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Friday Five:  New Points Plus Program

Many folks are asking about the new or revamped Weight Watchers Points Plus program that Weight Watchers recently unveiled. Overall I haven’t noticed too many changes other than my daily points value by dropping by three percent. You can find a summary of the major changes here (courtesy of a reader who sent a PDF file from her WW leader), but I have included five of my favorite changes below. Most of them are for things I really love that now have lower points values. A good thing to remember as you look at these changes is that most of the changes are due to changes in the size or weight of a serving.

1. Red or White Wine: Previously on WW, a 4 oz glass of wine was 4 weight watchers points plus, now it is only 3 weight watchers points plus. For a fun, now lower points holiday wine cocktail, try this easy mulled wine. perfect for a cold holiday night. Pour half of the red wine you will be serving into a saucepan. Then place 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg, and a handful of allspice berries in a cheesecloth and drop into the red wine. Add in 1/2 cup Splenda brown sugar blend and the zest and juice from 1/2 an orange. Simmer for 5-7 minutes and then add in the remaining wine and warm. I prefer this recipe with Zinfandel but any red wine will work. Find more ideas for holiday cocktails here.

2. Avocado: A serving of avocado used to be 3 points plus, and now it is only two points plus. Since I absolutely love avocado, I was so excited to see this change. Perfect for tacos, sandwiches, and smeared on toast. Or if you are like me, usually at least one serving is on a spoon, scooped directly out of the avocado, with some salt.

3. Beef chuck (pot roast): A 3 oz serving of beef chuck, commonly known as pot roast, used to be 6 points plus. Now it is only 4 points plus. Beef chuck is a meat that needs to be cooked low and slow and is perfect for beef stew and chili. I used to use brisket for many of my slow cooked stews, chilis, and tacos, but may be switching to beef chuck now. It is lower in points value and cheaper.

4. Seasoned Dried Bread Crumbs: This may seem like a strange one to include, but whenever I crave fried food I like to make my own baked version. It used to be 4 points plus for 1/4 cup and now it is only three. They work perfect in this skinny chicken parmesan.

5. Baked Beans: I am a little embarrassed to admit how much I like baked beans, but I just love them as a quick side dish. Baked beans used to be 8 weight watchers points plus and now are just 5 weight watchers points plus for a 1/2 cup. My favorite canned version is from Trader Joe’s and am looking for recipes that I can make on my own. Any suggestions??

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12 Response to Friday Five: New Points Plus Program

  1. Kim on December 18, 2011

    One of my favorite Baked Bean recipe.

    Cooking Spray
    1/4 cup chopped green pepper
    1 (16oz) can vegetarian baked beans
    1 (15oz) can kidney beans,drained
    1/4 cup no salt added, tomato sauce
    2 T molasses
    1T yellow mustard
    1/4 t onion powder.

    1.Coat a medium saucepan with cooking spray:place over medium high heat until hot.
    Add pepper and saute 3 minutes.Add baked beans and remaining ingredients.Reduce heat, and simmer,uncovered,10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
    yields 6 servings- 1/2 cup

    3 points.

    • Kristen on December 18, 2011

      Thanks! Can’t wait to try this.

    • Judi on January 18, 2015

      Kristin, I just found your website & love it. Would you know how to contact the person who sent this recipe for baked beans? It looks like a great recipe but I’m trying to find out the carb count. Besides being on WW, I have Type 1 diabetes & use an insulin pump, which is dosed by the carbs in foods. If you have any way of finding this out I’d appreciate it. Thx

  2. Becca on December 21, 2011

    I LOVE your blog. I have been doing WW since May and I’m not sure what I think of the changes. One thing that drives me absolutely crazy is that I have an android phone and the app for android SUCKS!! It is HUGE and won’t let you move it to the sd card so it really bogs down my phone. I do think that once they come out with the scanner app, however, it will be very convenient! Keep up the recipes! I love them :) Happy holidays!

    • Kristen on January 3, 2012

      I have an iPhone so I haven’t experienced this – hopefully they fix it soon :) Thanks! Happy holidays!

  3. Emkay on December 22, 2011

    Thank you so much for posting this! It was so helpful in figuring out some of the more fun changes to the pointsplus program!

  4. Lindsay on December 26, 2011

    Hi, I just discovered your website. Your recipes look great. I attend WW meetings and I don’t think your post about the new plan is correct. The Points Plus values for the foods you mention have not changed. There were errors in the booklet handed out at meetings that incorrectly stated the Points Plus values and when they revamped the plan they reprinted the books to fix the errors. If you use a calculator to calculate Points Plus values of foods, there is no change in the above mentioned foods. This is how it was explained to me at meeting. Hope you find this helpful!

    • Kristen on January 3, 2012

      Thanks for the info! I am going to check this with the website and will update it asap.

  5. Lois Valentino on April 6, 2012

    thanks for the info…..I am a weight watcher, have 3 more maintenance meetings staying the same or not going over goal to reach my LIFETIMe…..very exciting…Love the baked beans recipe and all your info..Love it..thanks..Lois

    • Kristen on April 9, 2012

      Yeah! Congrats!

  6. Robin on March 4, 2014

    Thanks for the info. Does anyone know what a serving size for an avocado consists of? I can eat a whole one no problem, with some turkey for lunch lol. Just wondering, thanks :-)

    • Kristen on March 4, 2014

      Usually it is 1/4 of a a regular sized avocado – I am with you on being able to eat a whole one no problem. They are so yummy.


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