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I started Weight Watchers Freestyle at the beginning of January. I got a little too fluffy when I was pregnant. I’ve lost most of the “baby weight” but I’m not at a weight that I’m happy with, so off to Weight Watchers I went. They recently started a new program called Weight Watchers Freestyle, and I have to say, I like it. I thought it would be difficult when I first started because anything with carbs in it equals higher points. However, you get extra points per week to splurge with or to add to your daily allotment. I also exercise quite frequently, and exercise equals extra points too, so that way I can have a few carbs and not feel deprived. I struggled a bit the first week, but then I started to get into the groove and find foods that satisfied me.
I would say that the most important part in being successful on this program is having a plan in place and being prepared. Before I started, I did a search for Weight Watchers Freestyle recipes on the internet and found about 25 recipes I wanted to try. I’ve tried 19 of them so far and I’ve made a list of my top ten favorites so far.
These recipes have really helped me stay on track. For me to succeed on any weight loss program, I can’t feel deprived. The minute I feel deprived I start to lose focus and usually end up falling off the wagon. These recipes not only kept my point intake low, they satisfied me and made me feel like I wasn’t on a “diet”. Weight Watchers really is about a lifestyle change, and with these recipes it’s been fairly easy to change my lifestyle.
I’ve included links to each recipe. Most of them you can make ahead, and my ultimate favorite ones are the ones you can make in the instant pot or crock pot. Who doesn’t love a hot dinner when you get home after a long day? It also gives me more time to exercise as well. Instead of spending the time cooking dinner, I can spend that time sweatin’ to the oldies. The best part…I’ve had leftovers every day!
Do you have any must-make Weight Watchers Freestyle recipes? What are your favorites? Leave a comment or send me an email to let me know which ones I need to try next. I’m always ready to try a new recipe! The 2018 Weight Watchers Freestyle Cookbook is great too, and it’s a great price! You can find it here.
My Top 10 Favorite Weight Watchers Freestyle Meals
Chili! Who doesn’t like chili on a cold day? We’ve had some serious cold (and not so cold) days here in Wisconsin this past month. This chili is so filling and delicious. Here’s the best part…IT’S ZERO POINTS! Yes. Zero Points. That doesn’t mean you can eat the whole pot and still count it as zero points, but at zero points per serving, that leaves you with extra points for later in the day or week, or…you can have a piece of bread or crackers with the chili! I use ground chicken because I prefer that over turkey, but I’m sure the turkey in the chili would be tasty too. Visit DIY Candy for the recipe here.
Here’s another zero-point wonder. Greek Chickpea Salad. I don’t care for beans, but I love chickpeas. This salad is light but filling and tastes just like the food did when I was in Greece! I love it because it is healthy and doesn’t take much to fill you up. A batch of this salad lasted me nearly a week. It was nice because I could split up the portions to have ready for lunches each day. At zero points per serving, you can’t go wrong. Visit Meal Planning Mommies for the recipe here.
I’m obsessed with mushrooms and chicken is zero points. That’s a win in my book. This Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme recipe is easy to make and is DELICIOUS! It almost tastes better reheated the next day too. The recipe calls for low sodium chicken broth, but I always use the no sodium broth and add my own amount of salt with each serving. It helps reduce water weight which equals a lower number on the scale. At one point for 6 ounces of chicken and a half a cup of mushrooms, this recipe is one you’ll keep coming back to. Visit Slender Kitchen for the recipe here.
I have a family of four to think about when cooking, and two of them are children, so I have to look for some recipes that they will actually eat too. The kids (and the hubby) really like these Sloppy Joes. Made with extra lean ground beef, these taste just like the real thing. I get some low-calorie buns and enjoy them with a side salad. Visit Pointless Meals to get the recipe here.
Another slow cooker AND chili recipe that just might be my most favorite is Crock Pot Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili. Straight from the husband mouth, “This doesn’t taste like diet food.” This is so easy to make and is a great meal for those cold winter days. This is a wonderful example of comfort food lightened up. Make sure you wear gloves while chopping the jalapeno. I did not and ended up with a burning eyeball, but at least I had a full belly. We love this soup and you will too. It’s only 3 points for one and half cups, which is a good amount that will make you feel satisfied. Visit Four Sisters Dish for the recipe here.
Buffalo chicken is a favorite of mine. I LOVE hot sauce. It really is a versatile condiment and can take anything boring and make it a party. Sticky Buffalo Chicken Tenders is another comfort food that makes you feel like you’re cheating when you’re really not! This recipe calls for Frank’s Red Hot Sauce which is the only hot sauce I eat, but I’m sure it would be fine with any brand of hot sauce. These almost make me feel like I’m eating chicken wings. You will not be disappointed! Visit You Brew My Tea for the recipe here.
Buffalo Chicken PASTA! The world has combined two of my favorite things. The whole family loved this and I’ve made it twice this past month. It’s super easy to make. I had leftover shredded chicken breast from the crock pot so I used it in this recipe and it turned out delicious! This reheats well too. Visit Drizzle Me Skinny for the recipe here.
Easy Oven Fajitas. These fajitas are very simple to make and the batch is huge. We ate for almost three days off of the batch that I made. My husband is already asking when we’re going to have these again. The chicken mixture is one point per serving and we use flour tortillas which are three points each. You can use corn tortillas which are fewer points, but I like the flour ones the best. Add a little lime and cilantro and yummy! Visit Budget Bytes for the recipe here.
I participated in Weight Watchers in college and lost a bunch of weight. One of my staples then and now was Broccoli Cheese Soup. This soup uses chopped broccoli, chicken broth, Rotel and Velveeta. It’s only 3 points for a cup and delicious. This recipe makes a huge batch and lasts almost a week in this house. Visit Skinnypoints for the recipe here.
My favorite side dish that is great as left overs is Loaded Cauliflower Bake. I made this as a side dish one night when I baked some chicken breasts and we were instantly hooked! The creamy goodness of this dish tastes a lot like loaded baked potatoes and is a healthier alternative to that. Who doesn’t love cheddar, chives, bacon and butter? At two points for a 3/4 cup serving, why not have two? Visit Skinnypoints for the recipe here.
There you have it! My favorite (so far) go-to recipes to keep me on track! I’ll post more as I discover them. I’ve lost almost 10 pounds so far with Weight Watchers Freestyle so it must be working! Comment below if you’ve tried them and let me know what you think! Click here to check out the Weight Watchers Freestyle program.