New Weight Watchers® Zero Points Food List includes the zero point foods, including lean proteins and beans you can enjoy on the new myWW™ plan.
Weight Watchers® Zero Point® Food List is all new with three different plans! Find out what foods you can eat on each color plan and understand the points values for things like lean proteins, eggs, beans, lentils, tofu, nonfat plain yogurt, and all your favorite veggies and fruit.
One of the main features of the Weight Watchers® program is their point system. All foods are given a points value and your goal on the program is to stay within your daily points allowance. However, anyone who has dieted before knows that when hunger strikes, it can be difficult to stay on track. That's why Weight Watchers® offers a wide variety of healthy food options that have zero SmartPoints®. These zero Points® foods can be eaten freely on the plan and are a great way to stay within your daily target.
Under the newest Weight Watchers® plans - myWW™ there are now different zero point foods for the Blue, Green, and Purple plans. For example, the list for Blue and Purple includes lean proteins like eggs, chicken breast, and turkey. It also includes beans and legumes like chickpeas, black beans, and lentils as well as nonfat plain yogurt and tofu. The Green plan only the fruits and vegetables that were zero points in the previous plans. While the Purple plan also includes foods like oats, whole wheat pasta, and grains.
Personally I couldn't be more excited about all these new options! It will make it much easier to choose a plan that works for you. With that said, it also makes it tricky to learn the new system and stick to a plan that will work for you.
Zero Points Foods on Green
On the green plan, free foods only include non-starchy fruits and vegetables. This does not include potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, avocado, yams, and other starchy or higher fat fruits and vegetables.
Zero Points Foods on Blue
The Blue Plan includes fruits, vegetables, lean animal and plant-based protein sources like chicken, turkey, eggs, tofu, lentils, beans, and yogurt. Plus you can now enjoy sweet corn and peas for free. Specifically, here are some of zero points foods. For a full list, consult the official WW site.
- Boneless skinless chicken breast
- Boneless skinless turkey breast
- Ground lean chicken
- Ground lean turkey
- Thin sliced deli chicken breast
- Thin sliced deli turkey breast
- All fish and shellfish (this does not include smoked or dried fish)
- Canned fish that is packed in water or brine (i.e. canned tuna or canned salmon in water)
- Tofu and smoked tofu
- Quorn fillets, ground Quorn, and Quorn pieces (meat substitute)
- Nonfat plain regular and Greek yogurt
- Plain soy yogurt
- Fresh, frozen, and canned beans and lentils that are packed without oil or sugar (Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, split peas, soy beans, and more)
Zero Points Foods on Purple
On the Purple plan, the free food list is long but the daily points target is also the smallest. It includes all the foods listed above for the blue plan, fruits, vegetables, and also includes whole grains. Some examples include:
- Rolled oats
- Whole grain pasta
- Brown rice
- Sweet potatoes
Vegetables (all plans)
Just like on the previous plans, most vegetables are zero points on all three plans. This means you can enjoy most non-starchy vegetables for free. Just be aware that you do need to count any oil or butter the vegetables are cooked with. There are a few vegetables that are not zero points on all three plans including potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips, cassava, mushy peas, yuca, and olives. This includes fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables as long as they aren't packed with any additional oil, sugars, or fats.
Fruits (all plans)
On all Weight Watchers® plans, almost all fruits are zero points but they should be eaten in moderation since they can quickly add up. The only exceptions to this are avocados and plantains.
Also, it is important to know that when you blend fruit in a smoothie, it is no longer counted as zero points. The reason for this is that a smoothie contains much more fruit than we would normally eat in one sitting. For example, someone would rarely sit down and eat a banana, a cup of berries, a mango, and some pineapple in one sitting but isn't rare to see this in a large smoothie. This includes fresh fruit as well as frozen, canned, or jarred fruit as long as it is packed without additional sugar.
Condiments, Flavor Enhancers, and Spices
The last category of zero points food in the WW plans are for things like spices, low calorie and low sugar condiments, and many things we use to enhance the flavor in recipes. Some examples of these ingredients include things like vinegar, broth, fresh and dried spices and rubs, mustard, hot sauce, capers, and salsa. Please note, that some of these ingredients do have points depending on the amount you are using. They may be zero points for a small serving but if you are using more in a recipe, they may contain more points.
A Word of Caution
There is no doubt that zero points foods are one of the things that people love the most about the Weight Watchers® program but for some they can lead to slower weight loss if they are overused. This is especially true when it comes to lean proteins, beans and legumes, eggs, and fruit. Generally, you should try to eat zero points foods in moderation and only until you are full. Try not to overeat, watching portion sizes, even if it is zero point food. For example, even though eggs are zero points with the new plan, it still isn't a good idea to have a 4 or 6 egg omelet for breakfast. Instead opt for a 2-3 egg omelet, which is closer to a standard portion size.
Additionally, if you find your weight loss is slowing or plateauing, it may be a good idea to look at how you are using zero point foods. Many people find that they may be overusing these foods and when they cut back, their weight loss picks up again. Again, this is just a strategy to consider if your weight loss isn't progressing as you would like. If it is - then just keep doing what you are doing!
Learn more about the Plans
As always, for the most accurate information on points, consult the official WW website and materials. SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.