Weight Watchers can be a great way to lose weight and keep it off. The easy to follow healthy lifestyle program allows you to eat whatever you want as long as you track your Freestyle SmartPoints! Weight Watchers meal prep makes life on the Freestyle plan easier because when you’re hungry you have something that’s already prepared to reach for.
I’ve pulled together my favorite Instant Pot meal prep recipes for Weight Watchers for you. These are hearty recipes that keep for a week in the fridge, or can easily be frozen and reheated.
The Instant Pot has been helping people stay on track with nutrition, and meal prep has cut down the time I spend making healthy meals for myself and the whole family. With an Instant Pot, one can quickly prepare all the recipes they need to have a successful week on the Weight Watchers Freestyle program.
Weight Watchers Instant Pot Meal Prep
All of the recipes I’m including in the Instant Pot meal prep course for Weight Watchers are calculated with the Freestyle Smart Points program. I use their online recipe creator to get my info and on occasion I chat with their online representatives to get a clear idea of how to count my recipes.
That being said, if you have questions you should always re-calculate them for yourself. We are all in charge of our own health and well being after all; do what is best for you and your WW journey.
Meal prep doesn’t always come easy. It takes commitment and you have to stick with it for the results to really add up. I’ve found that the investment I make of time, energy, and planning usually pays off when I see a loss at the end of the week instead of a gain. It’s easy to get off track or make unhealthy choices when you have to grab fast food, eat quick meals instead of healthy ones, etc.
I also find that I’m cheating on my plan less when I have healthy food prepped in advance. Planning ahead lets me control the points I’m eating and leaves room for healthy splurges that fit into my daily points!
When should I meal prep with the Instant Pot for Weight Watchers?
If I don’t do everything at once I’m not going to be truly prepped for the week. On occasion I’ll try and trick myself and say I’ll do some of this one day and some the next day but the truth is that it works better for me if I set aside a whole afternoon or evening to prep everything.
If you need help meal prepping, you can watch my video series here. It explains how to slowly prep a little more each week until you find the perfect level of prep for you and your family. Maybe you’re prepping too much, or too little–and that’s frustrating.
If push comes to shove and I don’t have time to do a ton of meal prepping this is where I start and what I always try and cook for the week: hard boiled eggs, chicken, and sweet potatoes. When those are in the Instant Pot or on the stove I cut up raw vegetables and fruit and portion them out accordingly.
I try and keep it reasonable for serving sizes but with Weight Watchers these items are free so if you want to store them in bulk so you can pull from your prep containers all week long that will work too!
Staples | Pick a couple of these basic foods to prep for week:
This post is full of easy pressure cooker recipes, some of them also have slow cooker instructions as well. I love being able to pressure cook and slow cook at the same time–I get so much done on meal prep day.
If you are looking for other easy ways to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less you can start with these healthy Instant Pot recipes that are versatile and can be used in a bunch of different recipes.
When I plan for Weight Watchers, these easy Instant Pot recipes always make my shopping list:
Hard Boiled Eggs | My Crazy Good Life | 0 Points
Brown Rice | Confessions of a Fit Foodie | 7 Points Per Cup
Instant Pot Chicken Breasts | A Pinch of Healthy | 0 Points
Quinoa | Confessions of a Fit Foodie | 6 Points Per Cup
Sweet Potatoes | These Wild Acres | 3 Points Per Half Cup
Veggies in the Instant Pot | My Crazy Good Life | Almost all veggies are 0 Points when steamed!
Breakfasts | Choose one or two to make for the week:
If you are worried about eating all of these throughout the week you can just make one recipe or if you need some variety you can make a few and freeze some. They all freeze pretty well and you can pull them out for next week without any prep.
Chorizo and Eggs Casserole | 1 Freestyle Point Per Serving
Starbucks Red Pepper Egg Bites | 4 Freestyle Points Per Serving
Egg White Bites (Starbucks Copycat) | 3 Freestyle Smart Points Per Serving
Fajita Breakfast Casserole | 2 Freestyle Points Per Serving
Mini Frittatas | 3 Freestyle Points Per Serving
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups | 3 Freestyle Smart Points Per Serving
Lemon & Blueberry Steel Cut Oats | 4 Freestyle Smart Points Per Serving
Weight Watchers Instant Pot Green Tea | 2 Freestyle Smart Points Per Serving
Simple Recipes (Non-Instant Pot) | Prep while your IP is in use:
These are some great options for snacking, breakfasts and more. They’re all easy to prep while your Instant Pot is busy cooking up your staples and dinners.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls | 6 Freestyle Smart Points Each
Mediterranean Egg Cups | 1 Freestyle Smart Point
Homemade Turkey Sausage | 0 Freestyle Smart Points
Sweet Potato Hash | 3 Freestyle Smart Points Per Serving
Buffalo Chicken Dip | 3 Freestyle Smart Points Per Serving
Lunches & Dinners
Pick one for lunches all week, 3 for dinners or freezer meals. Plan to eat leftovers for two days.
Healthy Hamburger Helper | 3 Freestyle Points Per Serving
Tuscan Chicken Pasta | 7 Freestyle Points per serving
Teriyaki Meatballs and Rice | 4 Freestyle Smart Points per serving
Swedish Meatballs | 5 Freestyle Points Per Serving (you can substitute the ground beef in this recipe for turkey!)
Chicken Burrito Bowls | 3 Freestyle Points Per Serving
Cajun Chicken Alfredo | 6 Freestyle Smart Points
Weight Watchers Crack Chicken | 3 Freestyle Smart Points Per Serving
Crack Chicken and Rice Casserole | 8 Freestyle Point Per Serving
Mac & Cheese | 11 Points Per Serving
White Chicken Chili | 2 Points Per Serving
Orange Chicken | 3 Freestyle Points Per Serving
Beef Stroganoff | 10 Freestyle Smart Points Per Serving
Instant Pot Meatloaf Bites | 5 Freestyle Smart Points Per Serving
Need more info about the Weight Watchers Freestyle program?
If you want to learn more about the Weight Watchers program itself you can learn a lot from their website. They have so many useful tools, tips and tricks, and some recipes that you can use as well. I really enjoy their recipe calculator which allows me to create my own recipes (like the ones linked above) and figure out exactly how many points are in each serving! It’s a nice way to see how I can alter my recipes to be more WW friendly too!