I’m back! As I mentioned last week, I’m trying the Weight Watchers Simple Start plan.
I’ve been using it for a week and am really enjoying it so far.
As I mentioned, I did Weight Watchers about 10 years ago and had great results. The program has changed since then, though, so I was a little worried about understanding how everything worked.
As it turns out, the Weight Watchers Simple Start plan is even easier than I could have imagined. Instead of worrying about portions or points, I just choose from the awesome list of Simple Start meal and snack choices.
Look at some of these amazing options:
Don’t they look amazing?
All of the Simple Start meal and snack choices are packed full of Weight Watchers Power Foods. The Power Foods fill me up and help me stay feeling full during the day. Since the foods are so healthy, I don’t have to worry about portions during the Simple Start period.
This is my favorite Simple Start meal so far – Orange Chinese Chicken:
Orange Chinese Chicken
2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 tsp orange zest, strips
1 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), four 4-oz pieces
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
15 oz canned mandarin oranges in light syrup
1/2 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp orange zest, finely grated, or to taste
2 tsp cornstarch
• Heat oil in a large nonstick pan (like this one I love) over medium-low heat. Add zest strips and cook, stirring, until fragrant and slightly cooked, about 1 to 2 minutes. Meanwhile, season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. When zest is finished, increase heat to medium-high; add chicken to skillet and cook until golden, flipping once, about 2 minutes per side.
• Drain oranges and reserve 1/4 cup liquid. Add oranges with reserved liquid to skillet and simmer 2 minutes. Whisk together broth, soy sauce, finely grated zest and cornstarch in a small bowl; add mixture to pan and simmer until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes more. Yields 1 piece of chicken and about 1/4 cup of sauce per serving.
It was a huge hit with my husband and I’ve made it a couple of times already. The second time, I made a larger portion so we’d have some left over for a couple more meals.
I love not having to do the work or figuring out what might be allowed at this point. I can just buy the ingredients, make the recipes and eat.
It’s that simple.
After my 2-week Simple Start jump-start period is over, I can continue along with the Simply Filling plan or use the Points Plus values to choose my meals. But for right now, I just choose my meals from the list.
I’m also noticing that I don’t want to eat the junk food like I used to. I don’t know if it’s because I’m staying full longer or if it’s more will power to stick to the plan, but either way I’m thrilled.
Tune in again next week and see how I’m feeling after 2 weeks on the Weight Watchers Simple Start plan.