I’ve used ZipList for recipes, meal planning and grocery lists for a long time – but they made recent changes that just ruined it for me. I just discovered Plan to Eat – It is a pay service – $40 for the year, but you do get a 30 day free trial. I’ve been playing around with it now for a day and I’m already in love with it!
Save any recipe on any website with a button click – then drag and drop recipes to a calendar, it automatically makes your grocery list. It will sync with your Google Calendar and show your planned meals each day with a link to the recipe. Unlike ZipList it saves the entire recipe and lets you edit the recipe. It also has an entry for “Nutrition Score” – I put in my Weight Watchers Point Plus value so I know what to enter in my tracker. For recipes without nutrition facts, I use Calorie Count – just copy and paste the ingredients in, and it gives you the nutrition facts (much easier than the recipe builder on WW’s site.)
I’ve been a little off (to put it mildly) on my WW tracking – and it’s usually because I come home and have no idea what to eat, so I eat fast food, or go back to old standbys that are full of fat and carbs. So I’m going to get back to planning healthy meals – and Plan to Eat is going to be a big part of that. I’ve been haunting sites like Skinny Taste, Emily Bites and LaLoosh – they have great recipes with WW Point Plus values – with Plan to Eat – I find a recipe I like and push a button – and bam, the recipe is saved for me.
Then I go to the meal planner in Plan to Eat – drag the recipes I want to the day I want to eat them – and then I have a grocery list waiting for me. And you can make it so the Nutrition Score shows so I always know how many PP’s a serving will be.
This is going to be easy and help me get back on track with my WW tracking!
I know I sound like a commercial – but I’m just so happy to find something to replace ZipList – it’s such a shame they took a great service and ruined it. You can no longer plan meals, it’s buggy, and printing the grocery list is just a nightmare. Plan to Eat solved all that! And I don’t mind paying $40 a year to make my life so much easier.