The crockpot is a great invention. Throw a random assortment of ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning and you have a fully cooked, delicious meal by evening. I often get stuck in a rut, however, with pot roasts and stews and salsa chicken. Luckily, I recently came across a compilation of Low Fat Crockpot Recipes that includes all the nutrition information, along with the Weight Watchers Points.
Problem is, it’s Points not Points Plus, but considering all of the recipes are under 10 points I figure it’s safe.
I actually own two crockpots, mostly because I couldn’t afford the one I really wanted. I started out with the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go crockpot in a discontinued white. I use it frequently and it’s fairly beat up but it does it’s job well and the latching feature was a major plus. It’s a must if you travel with your crockpot a lot and are tired of fighting rubber bands. The biggest issue with this crockpot is that it does not have a ‘set ‘n forget’ feature. I outgrew this crockpot mostly because when I make stew I insist in overflowing the pot with veggies. I then acquired a Wolfgang Puck 6 qt crockpot that had many different settings and a timer. The timer is, if I may exaggerate, a life-changer. I don’t even have to remember to turn it off. This slowcooker would not travel well. It’s massive and heavy (and impossible to store) but when I’m making enough stew for an army (we like leftovers) or hosting a party it’s my go-to pot that makes everything easier. Because yes, I have overflowed the 4 qt on a couple of occasions.
My first experience with Weight Watchers was last summer when I paid for a three month membership. It’s pricey and I couldn’t really afford to keep it up so I purchased a membership package with a plan to do it on my own. The internet makes this option so much more accessible, even for people that never paid for a membership in the first place. There are plenty of resources that provide calculators and Points Plus lists. The hardest part is calculating your allotted points. Since I have a WW approved calculator, I have a way to calculate this and have yet to find a website that matches their number.
The great thing about the new plan is that they recognize the need for fruits and veggies and each portion is ZERO points. That leaves you plenty of options for healthy, guilt-free snacks throughout the day. The tracking is tough at first but should soon become second nature. I also created this PointPlus tracker on Excel (which is currently set for my PointsPlus allowance but can be changed).
Other helpful links:
Weight Watchers Points Plus Food List
Weight Watchers Points/PointsPlus Calculators
Weight Watchers Calculator, made available due to calculator shortage
Just utilize Google, start with a ‘Weight Watchers PointsPlus’ search and you’ll have a wealth of resources right at your fingertips! Tons of recipes, points lists, and people ready to share their insight!
Amazon also has plenty of options for those looking to start the plan without a membership. You can purchase calculators, books, and entire packages making the plan more portable.
- Weight Watchers helps you think about what you’re eating
- It provides an easy-to-follow guideline to make dieting fool-proof
- There are plenty of resources online to help you on your journey
- It teaches you healthy eating practices and can become a lifestyle
- It allows for cheats and splurges.
- It puts the power in your hands, allowing you to make choices and alter the diet to work for you.
- It can become pricey if you choose to pay for a membership or purchase packages/tools/cookbooks.
- It’s difficult to get into the habit of tracking what you eat.
- It encourages you to substitute with less healthy, processed alternatives such as margarine or diet sodas.
- Constantly having to look up points is difficult at first, when you don’t have an idea of how the system works.