I have been back on the Weight Watchers wagon officially since December 8 or so, and I’m down about 5 pounds. I totally messed up over the two week holiday break and basically just maintained my week 1 loss, but you know, I could have gained so I’ll take it.
This cranberry apple pecan chicken salad has been my go-to lunch for several days now, and I have not gotten tired of eating it. Using zero SmartPoint foods makes this a no brainer, plus it’s ridiculously easy to make.
I like eating the chicken salad with Nonni’s cranberry thins (4 SmartPoints/serving), flatbread crisps (2 SmartPoints for 8 crackers) and apple slices, leafy greens, or whole wheat bread. It’s satisfying, portable, and won’t make you feel like you’re eating bland diet food.
I didn’t have the traditional celery and onions to add in like a “normal” chicken salad, but this version to me is plenty flavorful and tasty on its own. If you don’t have a food scale for your weight loss or cooking journey, I highly recommend one. This digital food scale is similar to the one I have had for nearly 10 years.
Weight Watchers Cranberry Apple Pecan
Chicken Salad Recipe
Points: 2 Weight Watchers SmartPoints
- 3 oz. of cooked, skinless chicken breast (shredded, cubed, sliced…whatever you’ve got)
- 6 gm of chopped pecans
- 12 gm of reduced sugar craisins OR 8 gm of regular dried cranberries (finely chopped)
- 1/3 of a red delicious apple (sliced into bite size pieces)
- 55 gm of 0%/ fat free plain Greek yogurt (roughly 1/4 cup)
- Finely chop your cranberries, pecans and apple. Put into a bowl.
- Add in chopped chicken breast
- Measure out greek yogurt and add into the bowl. Mix it all together.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crackers (add points), salad mix or fruit/veggies.
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Honestly, I’m loving how simple and flexible the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program is. I will say that it is a lot harder to eat bad things on this plan simply because they cost a lot of points! I can fit in a cheeseburger OR pizza in a given week, but likely not both if I don’t want to blow a ton of points. This is a good thing ultimately, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit if it felt restrictive sometimes.
BUT, you know what else feels restrictive?
So onward I go. I’d love to be at 25 pounds loss by my March 8 birthday, so fingers crossed! I’m putting in the hard work and efforts, so I hope the scale will reward me handsomely.