If you pack your lunches and take them to work or school this list is for you. One of the things I love about cooking soups and salads for dinner is that there are always leftovers that I can take to work the next day. Don’t you love having a sensible lunch prepared the night before so you don’t have to think about it in the morning? I know I do. In this post, I am sharing 20 of my favorite Weight Watchers friendly soup and salad recipes. All of these can be prepared the night before and packed into your lunches the next day.
(This may go without saying, but for the salads, you will want to leave out the dressing until right before you are getting ready to eat the salad, so the greens don’t get soggy and limp.)
This is a follow-up post.
Yesterday I posted a giveaway post for a product I have been using and loving! The Jaxx FitPak Meal Prep package is perfect for anyone trying to get their eating under control when they are away from their house. If you have not signed up, you have until Sunday evening to do so. You can do that here.
As I used my Jaxx FitPak set I kept coming up with ideas of foods I wanted to use in mine. Soups and salads kept coming to mind as I considered what I could easily measure out into my containers. The set comes with all the items pictured above. To be thorough, I am also sharing a few snack ideas that pack and travel well in a lunch bag and some WW shakes you can make in your shaker cup.
We’ll start with a list of snacks.
10 quick snacks that pack and travel well:
- Hard-boiled eggs (made ahead of time)
- Strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries
- Carrot Sticks
- Sliced bell peppers
- Trail mix
I loved that I was able to quickly measure out one cup of Cheerios in the morning and eat them at my desk when I didn’t give myself enough time to prepare breakfast. I grabbed some leftover soup, some fruit and carrots and I was out the door. Give yourself a big pat on the back for each fruit and vegetable you pack… You deserve it! 🙂
(My lunch, pictured above, was just 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points! You can get to the Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup recipe I used here.)
10 MPM other “perfect leftovers for lunch” soup recipes:
- Beefy Italian Cabbage Soup – 2 WW SP per serving
- Tomato and Cheese Ravioli Soup – 4 WW SP per serving
- Spicy Chicken Enchilada Soup – 3 WW SP per serving
- Creamy Turkey Vegetable Soup – 5 WW SP per serving
- Hearty Tortellini and Chicken Soup – 7 WW SP per serving
- Chicken Noodle Soup – 3 WW SP per serving
- Sausage and Spinach Soup – 6 WW SP per serving
- Greek Lemon Chicken Soup – 3 WW SP per serving
- Meaty Vegetarian Chili – 4 WW SP per serving
- Chicken and Mushroom Soup – 3 WW SP per serving
(The salad pictured above is a BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad that I will be sharing on MPM soon. It was delicious! I can’t wait to share it with you. I have been using my shaker cup for water mostly.)
10 other MPM salads that are perfect for packing in your lunches:
- Italian Chopped Salad – 3 WW SP per serving
- Turkey-Walnut Honey Dijon Spinach Salad – 6 WW SP per serving
- Caesar Salad – 3 WW SP per serving
- Strawberry Tossed Salad – 6 WW SP per serving
- Italian Style Pepperoni Pizza Salad – 5 WW SP per serving
- Greek Pasta Salad Bowl – 6 WW SP per serving
- Turkey Taco Salad – 3 WW SP per serving
- Turkey Club Salad with Creamy Peppercorn Dressing – 7 WW SP per serving
- Chicken Cobb Salad – 8 WW SP per serving
- Rainbow Bean and Rice Salad – 5 WW SP per serving
The FitPak in our giveaway includes a “shaker cup” that can be used to make shakes, smoothies, or to add flavored powders to your water. If you drink protein shakes in the morning these shaker cups are a must-have. I have been using mine for water mostly, and I love drinking from it. It holds a lot of water so I don’t have to refill it as often as the other cup I was using at work. One morning I tried Carnation’s Breakfast Essentials Complete Nutritional drink with milk, because I had a packet in my pantry, and that worked well.
Looking for something you can shake and drink in the morning? Here are some WW drinks perfect from your shaker cup…
Weight Watchers shakes that are between 2-3 WW Smart Points:
Weight Watchers French Vanilla Smoothie – 2 WW SP
Do you have some ideas you would like to share?
Feel free to drop a comment below if you have other snack, lunchtime or shake ideas you would like to share with the other MPM readers.
It’s been fun reading the ideas you have shared in the giveaway tool, by the way. I will be making a list of some of your ideas in a separate post later. I think you will enjoy seeing how other MPM readers answered the question, “What is one quick and easy WW friendly snack or lunch that you love to eat?”
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*SmartPoints® calculated by Meal Planning Mommies; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated without Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.