Weight Watchers Lunch Ideas

Here are my seven favorite Weight Watchers lunch ideas. These are quick to make and filling too. New to Weight Watchers? To learn more about Weight Watchers and the recent changes, read my review here.
weight watchers lunch ideas

7 Weight Watchers Lunch Ideas

If you’ve been trying to lose weight for a while, you’ve probably heard all the hype about the best way to make it happen. While some of the ideas may work, temptation can end up derailing our efforts. I know that’s what was happening to me.

Tips like “train your brain to fight temptation” and “how to increase your self-control” may work for some, but facing a cafeteria filled with fattening choices, or reaching for a quick food fix, was hard for me to resist. Fortunately, I’m happy to say that I finally found a way around the temptations and it was actually a no-brainer. I came up with healthy and TASTY Weight Watchers lunch ideas. Makes sense, right? Check these out.

Tuna Salad

2 SmartPoints™

Talk about easy – just put Starkist Tuna Deli Style on a bed of lettuce with other veggies. This combo packs a lot of healthy protein and nutrients and best of all – it tastes great.

Protein Shake

2 SmartPoints™

Need Weight Watchers lunch ideas that you can enjoy on the go? Protein shakes are a great choice. My favorite is Premier Protein drink – it’s filling and tastes like dessert -the perfect combo. Protein drinks are handy for people who spend a lot of time in their cars or need a quick hunger beater after working out.

Egg Omelet

2 SmartPoints™

Whip up a delish egg omelet using egg whites (0 smart points for 1). Add 1 oz. of ham and 1 tablespoon of cheese and you have an egg omelet and it’s only 2 smart points!

Cheese Sandwich

2 SmartPoints™

You can make a cheese sandwich using a low-calorie bread like Sara Lee Delightful (only 45 calories per slice) and a low-calorie cheese like Laughing Cow Cheese (1 wedge). This combination makes a filling lunch. 1 slice of Sara Lee Delightful whole wheat bread and 1 wedge of Laughing Cow cheese comes in at only 2 SmartPoints™.

Taco Salad

3 SmartPoints™

This taco recipe was a labor of love as I came up with a version that came in at 3 SmartPoints™ instead of 22., a full day’s allowance. On top of that, it’s amazingly easy to make, taking only 5 minutes to cook! Click here for the recipe.

Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza with Cauliflower Rice

1 SmartPoint™ per Gyoza

I love, love, love Trader Joes! They always have interesting food options to try out, many that are Weight Watchers friendly. Two of my favorite finds are their pork gyoza and cauliflower rice, bought separately. I don’t know about you, but I love Asian food and the cauliflower rice has 0 SmartPoints™ as opposed to 6 SmartPoints™ for a cup of white rice. Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza is 1 SmartPoint™ per piece. As Weight Watchers lunch ideas go, this is one of my favorites.

Turkey Meatballs on a Bed of Zucchini

3 SmartPoints™ per Meatball

When it comes to Weight Watchers lunch ideas (great for dinner too) I love Trader Joe’s juicy, plump turkey meatballs – you’ll never want to buy beef versions again! Serve them over a nice bed of zucchini (spiral cut is best), and you have a filling, healthy lunch.

By making some of the Weight Watcher lunch ideas listed here part of your daily routine, you’ll be able to avoid weak moments when temptation hits. By replacing fatting options with wholesome, nutritious, and yes, satisfying foods, I found that I didn’t feel sluggish and enjoyed a more productive, efficient day.

There are so many delicious, weight loss friendly options available. I’d love to hear your Weight Watchers lunch ideas in the comments below.

What is Weight Watchers Simply Filling?

Weight Watchers Simply Filling is a  technique that’s an alternative to counting points. It appeals to people that want to lose weight and gain a healthy mindset without going crazy trying to remember to write down what you’re putting in your mouth. I usually use it when I have a super busy week and I know I’m going to be too busy to track my Smart Points.

what is weight watchers simply filling

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No Counting on Simply Filling

Simply filling requires you to choose from a list of power foods such as veggies, fruits, non-fat dairy, whole grains, and lean proteins. You may eat them in any quantity throughout the day. You may use your weekly Smart Points allowance to indulge in foods, not in the simply filling plan. But once they’re gone…they’re gone. So use your weekly allotment of Smart Points wisely.

Eat Real carbs

You also get to fill your tummy with real carb- carbs that come from whole grains rather than foods that are overly processed and stripped of their nutrients. Some of the carbs on the Weight Watchers Simply Filling plan include:

Whole grain cereals with1 gram of sugar or less and 3 grams or more of fiber in each serving

    Cooked hot cereals

    Wild and brown rice

    Whole grain pasta and wheat    

    Quinoa

Eat what you want in portions that you like

Weight watchers have included a huge list of foods that you can take without obvious restrictions found in many plans. Many people find it hard to fight cravings since they already tained their minds to believe that they need certain food to stay thin and feel healthy. Thus, they starve the bodies.

With the Simple Filling plan, you never go hungry. You can eat different foods until you feel satisfied. You do not underfeed or overeat. There are no predefined eating frequencies, and portion controls that mess with your day.

Weight Watchers Simply Filling Plan

The Weight Watcher’s Simply Filling plan is an easy to follow the plan with amazing results. It debunks the myth that you have to restrict what you eat to lose weight and stay healthy. In fact, your body stays healthy if you eat what you need and when you need it. Forget about calories, portions and restricted food. Eat what is healthy and live happily.

Most of us have tried every weight management and healthy eating fad that comes around, from counting calories to crash diets. We end up getting frustrated if the method doesn’t work or it becomes impossible to follow over time. Sometimes we just want to throw in the towel. The Simply Filling technique allows you to reduce the headache and just focus on you.

In my next post, I’ll share the simply filling food list as well as my favorites.

 

How Many Weight Watchers Smart Points in Beer?

How Many Weight Watchers Smart Points in Beer?smart points in beer

If you’re headed to the pub for St. Patrick’s day, date night, or to meet a few friends for the game, you can enjoy your favorite beverage as long as you allocate points for it.
Although I’m not much of a beer fanatic, I do enjoy a diet root beer every now and again. It’s my zero point beer alternative. For everyone else. Here’s the Weight Watchers smart points in beer to help you stay in your budget.

Beer Type Fluid Ounces Smart Points
Becks Premier Light Beer 12 2
Bud Ice Beer 12 4
Bud Light Beer 12 4
Bud Light Lime Beer 12 4
Bud Light Platinum Beer 12 5
Budweiser Beer 12 5
Busch Beer 12 5
Busch Light Beer 12 4
Coors Light Beer 12 3
Coors Light Citrus Beer 12 4
Corona Extra Beer 12 5
Corona Light Beer 12 3
Coronita Extra Beer 12 3
Dos Equis XX Lager Beer 12 5
Fat Tire Draft Beer 14 6
Foster’s Beer 12 5
Guinness Beer, Draught 12 4
Heineken Lager  Premium Light Beer 12 3
Heineken Lager Beer 12 5
Heineken Light Imported Lager Beer 12 3
Keystone Light Beer 12 4
Labatt Blue Canadian Pilsner Light Beer 12 4
Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat Beer 12 5
Lone Star Light Beer 12 4
Michelob Light Beer 12 3
Michelob Ultra Light Cider Beer 12 5
Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus Light Beer 12 4
Michelob Ultra Superior LIght Beer 12 3
Miller Light Lemonade Beer 12 5
Miller Lite Beer 12 3
Miller Lite Pilsner beer 12 3
Milwaukee’s Best Light Beer 12 3
Modelo Especial Imported Beer 12 5
Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer 12 4
Pilsner Urquell Beer 12 5
RedBridge Beer 12 4
Sam Adams Light Beer 12 4
Sapporo Premium Light Beer 12 3
Select 55 Premium Light Beer 12 3
Shiner Blonde Light Beer 12 3
Shiner Bock Beer 12 5
Stella Artois Premium Lager Imported Beer 12 5
Yuengling Draft beer 14 6

Smart Points in beer vary depending on brand and size of your drink. If you don’t have the smart points in beer list above handy a good rule of thumb is:

  • If it’s a light beer – allocate 3 or 4 smart points
  • If it’s  a regular, larger or premium beer – allocate 5 smart points
  • If its a draft beer and you’re getting the 14 oz size – allocate 6 smart points.

What type of beer do you like? Are you a zero smart points root beer fan like me or do you prefer a cold one? Let me know in the comments below!