It’s hard to believe yet another new year is upon us, right? As you know, there’s just something about starting a new year that makes people want to shed those holiday pounds and start dreaming of summer, right?. Of course, one of the biggest challenges for meeting that weight loss goal is preparing and eating healthy foods that are tasty. Meal planning takes a lot of time — looking up recipes, making a shopping list, etc. You want to eat healthy and lose weight, but you just don’t have the time. So, what’s a weight loss wannabe supposed to do?
Well, Kristen over at Slender Kitchen may have just the answer for you! If you aren’t already familiar with her site, do yourself a favor and check it out! She offers her awesome Slender Kitchen meal planning subscription service. It includes not only a meal plan of three meals per day for the entire week, but also includes a shopping list as well as what pantry staple items will be needed for all of the recipes in that week’s plan. Pretty cool, huh?! Her meal plans include the full nutritional information which means it can be incorporated into any type of eating plan you might be following such as Weight Watchers, calorie counting, low-carb, etc. If you want a sneak peek, you can view a complete sample weekly meal plan here (PDF link).
If you’re interested in more information, be sure to check out the Questions & Answers section on the meal plans page (scroll down to the bottom half of the page). Here are the quick highlights of what the membership includes:
- Weekly Meals Plans for 2 or 4 people
- Nutritional information
- Weight Watchers® PointsPlus® included
- Complete, categorized shopping lists
- Vegetarian Meal Plans available!
- Low Carb Meal Plans available!
- Quick and easy breakfasts
- Packable lunches
- Delicious dinners
- Fallback meals to swap in
- Over 100 Bonus Recipes
- Ideas for snacks and desserts
- Time saving tips on meal preparation
- Month-to-month unlimited access!
- Printable and cell phone/tablet friendly
- Memberships are available for $6 monthly or at a discounted price of $35 annually
If you haven’t looked at the sample meal plan linked above, I’m sure you may be asking yourself what types of recipes are included and wonder how easy they are to prepare, if they taste good, etc. I’ve been a subscriber for over a year and can vouch that they are definitely easy to prepare and taste delicious! They also call for just basic ingredients that should be available at virtually any supermarket in the country. You don’t have to worry about trying to track down some exotic ingredient you’d probably never use again. Love that!!
As for the types of recipes, here are just a few examples for the types of recipes that have been included in the 2014 plans thus far:
- Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Honey Lime Tilapia
- Skillet Steak & Potatoes
- Tomato, Egg, & Cheese Cupcakes
- Chickpea Pot Pie Soup
- Slow Cooker Tuscan Sloppy Joes
- Western Omelet Frittata
- Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Carnitas
You can also find lots of amazing recipes and information on her blog. For example, just check out this photo of her Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate recipe that she posted recently. It looks amazing!! I definitely want to give this recipe a try.
Now comes the fun part! Kristen is offering one of my readers a complimentary one-year membership to her meal planni service. I’ll be using Rafflecopter for this giveaway, so please be sure to read the details carefully. Giveaway ends at 11 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. There is one mandatory entry and all the others are optional bonus entries. For the mandatory entry, leave a comment below letting me know whether you currently plan your weekly menus. If not, why? Please note this is a mandatory entry, so anyone who clicks the “I commented” button in the Rafflecopter window without actually leaving a comment will be disqualified.
Even if you don’t win the giveaway (or don’t want to wait), you can still take advantage of Kristen’s meal plan subscription service. She is graciously offering my readers a special discount through Wednesday, January 15. Rather than the usual $35 annual subscription price, you can get it for only $25! If you do the math, that works out to basically just 50 cents per week for a year’s worth of great meal ideas, recipes, shopping lists, and more. At that price, even if you don’t follow the meal plan exactly as written each week, it’s still a great resource for ideas, inspiration, or just a jumping off point for your own weekly menu plan based on your family’s tastes and/or food restrictions. To take advantage of this special offer, please visit this special subscription link and use the password “skspecial” to access the discounted pricing.
UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Candice on winning the one-year meal planning membership!!
Until next time …
Disclaimer: Slender Kitchen provided me with a complimentary one-year membership for the purposes of this giveaway. I received no compensation and, as always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.