A Meal Plan with a little help from a friend, updated!

Weight Watchers Mango Chicken

This post is sponsored by Weight Watchers, but all opinions including recipe ideas and meal suggestions are my own.

Slowly, slowly I’ve been falling off my healthy wagon, winter does that sometimes even up here in the tropics where there isn’t really a “winter” as such, just a couple of cooler days here and there!  Anyway, with Spring now here and after watching all the fit and healthy bodies at the Olympics I’m was motivated to get back on my game, get fit again and sort out my eating.  When I was asked to review Weight Watchers new product & updated old product frozen meal ranges I was curious and said “yes”, the timing was right!  Do you get some extra padding & a bit sluggish over winter too?

I haven’t been very good at making myself a decent lunch these days, so I thought a kick start with a little help from a friend, Weight Watchers, might help me get back on track. They have a new range of meals, their Gourmet Range consists of modern recipes with lots of vegetables, chunky cuts of meat and healthy wholegrain ingredients like brown rice. They have improved the recipes in the Classic Menu for better tasting,  and also have a Light range too.

I thought today I’d put together a  “Meal Plan” that you may also like to use if you need a bit of help on the “let’s get healthy” front too.

All my recipes can be found in the blog archives, just put the recipe name in the search bar and it will take you straight to it.

Breakfast – an important start to the day.

I don’t know about you but breakfast time during the week is a rushed affair in our house so if I’m organised (only sometimes the case!) I  like to prepare it the night before and make either Chia Puddings or Overnight Oats.  Not only healthy & nutritious they also fill up for most of the morning too. If you want to cut back on the dairy you could use almond milk or coconut milk – whatever you like really.

Overnight oats

If you have got a bit longer in the mornings eggs are always a great option (if you want the easiest, no fuss, no fail way to make poached eggs check out my “super easy no fuss way to make poached eggs”).

Mid morning or afternoon snack times are where I sometimes come undone so in sticking to a “clean” way of eating this is where having your favourite type of juice up your sleeve comes in handy.  My favourite is my Green Green Juice recipe but I also mix it up with my Sweet & Citrus Green Juice or for a bit of a kick the Pineapple Ginger Juice.

Sweet & Citrus Green Juice

That brings us to lunch..a salad is always a good clean option,

Simple Spring Salad & a bit on tuna

(Super Spring Salad)

as are soups, like this Pea & Fennel one

Pea & Fennel Soup

but sometimes you want a little bit more but don’t have the time or inclination to make something yourself, sound familiar?  That’s where I used the Weight Watchers Frozen Meals which go equally well for dinner too, of course.

WW Frozen meals

I picked four meals out of their ranges to taste test, these all met my requirements for a meal made from wholesome and nutritious ingredients that I don’t have to make myself.

On day One I tried the Mango Chicken because, you know, tropical living and all that!  Day Two was a bit cold & rainy (not tropical at all!) so I tried the Beef Hot Pot, Day Three the sun was shining again so I felt like the Lime & Coriander Fish and then the last meal I tried was the Quinoa & Vegetable as a lighter sized option.

Weight Watchers frozen meals

The Mango Coconut Chicken was visually pleasing and I have to give it to all of them on the taste front.  They were all quite appetising, thought has been given to the flavours of the sauces and all of the meals I tried were actually really full of flavour and snap frozen once they have been prepared.

For dinners some lean protein with a side of vegies and grains fits the bill so using the Weight Watchers Quinoa & Vegetable frozen meal from the Light Menu with chicken or fish is a great option if you are hungry. Some of my other meals that suit going clean are Warm Lamb & Cauliflower Salad

lamb-cauliflower-salad-web

or Poached egg with Miso Veggies

Poached Egg with Miso Vegetables

So there are many ways to clean up your eating and there is nothing wrong with getting by with a little help from a friend!

For more information on the complete meal range options for Weight Watchers Frozen Meals you can head over here.

Are you into “clean eating”? Do you buy frozen meals? Do cook from scratch for lunch if it’s just for one? 

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10 comments on “A Meal Plan with a little help from a friend, updated!

  1. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    October 1, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I haven’t had a frozen meal in YEARS, which is silly as they would be so handy for me at the moment as I start to eat better and work on getting rid of my baby weight. The Mango Coconut Chicken sounds delicious!

    • Vicki
      October 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      I hadn’t either but they do come in handy, especially (for me) at lunch times.

  2. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    October 1, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I do buy frozen meals because some nights I just can’t be bothered. I tried the prawn linguini one of these the other week and enjoyed it. I will admit to pushing aside the carrots though.

    • Vicki
      October 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Ha! Not a fan of carrots?

  3. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    October 1, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I haven’t had a frozen meal in years, unless you count frozen leftovers! Those meals look quite yummy but yours look yummy plus. “Rushes off to google spring salad”!

    • Vicki
      October 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      I hadn’t either Sammie but I was quite impressed. Lovely to have you back xx

  4. Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic
    October 3, 2016 at 2:52 am

    I do but frozen meals sometimes. Especially for lunch at work, if I haven’t had time to make something ahead of time. I’ve been taking a lot of salads lately and they really help keep my energy up! 🙂

    • Vicki
      October 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      I’m into the salads too but sometimes I can’t be bothered with the chopping – lazy I know!

  5. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    October 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I have never bought a frozen meal – but definitely feel like my ability to eat healthy during winter is always hampered by comfort food.

    • Vicki
      October 6, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      I haven’t even had cold weather to be my excuse I still went for comfort food anyway!

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