What Foods Have ZeroPoints on the MyWW Purple Plan?
The new MyWW Program has launched here in the U.S. It offers 3 plan options from which to choose: Green, Blue and Purple, each with a different ZeroPoints foods list and SmartPoints Budget.
ZeroPoint foods are foods that have zero WW SmartPoints. They are nutritionally dense foods that form the foundation of a healthy eating pattern. They make eating simple and add flexibility to your SmartPoints Budget, because you don't have to track or measure them.
The plan with the longest list of ZeroPoint foods (Purple) has the lowest SmartPoints Budget, and the plan with the shortest list of ZeroPoint foods (Green) has the highest SmartPoints Budget.
The Purple Plan includes 300+ ZeroPoint foods from which to base your meals and snacks including fruits, vegetables, eggs, skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breast, fish and seafood, corn, beans, peas, lentils, tofu, nonfat plain yogurt and cottage cheese potatoes, whole wheat pasta and grains.
As a longtime WW the list is reminiscent of those foods that used to be included in the Simply Filling Technique,with some notable exceptions (light breads, whole grain sugar-free ready to eat cereals and most fat-free dairy.)
Purple Plan ZeroPoint Foods List
The Purple Plan is list of ZeroPoint foods includes:
- Beans & Legumes: fresh, frozen, and canned beans and legumes that are packed without oil or sugar (adzuki, black, black-eyed peas, cannellini, chickpeas, edamame, fat-free refried, fava, great northern, kidney, lentils, lima, navy, pinto pinto, kidney beans, split peas, soy)
- Chicken & Turkey Breast: ground chicken breast, 98% fat-free ground turkey, ground turkey breast, skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breast
- Eggs: whites, whole, yolks and egg substitutes
- Fish & Shellfish: all fresh, frozen, canned in water or sauce, smoked
- Fruits: fresh and frozen fruit without added sugar (excludes dried fruits and fruit juices); canned fruit in water or sugar-free syrup and canned fruit in its own natural juice; unsweetened applesauce
- Nonfat Yogurt and Cottage Cheese & Soy Yogurt: plain nonfat Greek, plain nonfat, up to 1% plain quark, plain soy
- Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes: baked, boiled, mashed (plain), microwaved, roasted without oil, and steamed.
- Tofu & Tempeh: firm, silken, smoked, soft, tempeh
- Starchy Vegetables: fresh, frozen or canned corn, green peas, parsnips, split peas, succotash
- Non-Starchy Vegetables: fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables as long as they aren't packed with any additional oil, sugars, or fats.
- Whole-Wheat Pasta & Grains: air popped popcorn w/o oil or sugar, amaranth, ancient grain mix without seeds, barley, black bean pasta, brown rice, brown rice noodles, brown rice cereal, brown rice pasta, buckwheat, buckwheat noodles, bulgur, chickpea pasta, corn pasta, edamame pasta, farro, freekeh, kamut, kasha, lentil pasta, millet, oatmeal, oats, pea pasta, quinoa, quinoa pasta, rye berries, shirataki noodles, sorghum, soybean pasta, spelt, spelt berries, teff, wheat berries, whole-grain pasta, whole-grain sorghum, whole wheat couscous, whole-wheat pasta, wild rice.
Click here to Print Your Complete Purple ZeroPoints List from WW
More About ZeroPoint Fruits
On the myWW Plan almost all fruits are zero points. The only exceptions to this are avocados and plantains. Because of their calories and sugar content they should be eaten in moderation since they can quickly add up.
Also it is important to know that when you blend fruit in a smoothie, it is no longer counted as zero points.
WW ZeroPoint Spices, Seasonings and Condiments List
Many seasonings, spices, and low calorie condiments are also Zero SmartPoints. These include:
- Fresh and dried herbs and spices
- Fat free salsa
- Hot sauce
- Lemon, lime or orange zest
- Lemon or lime juice
- Soy sauce
- Unsweetened pickles
- Wine vinegars
myWW ZeroPoint Does Not Equal "Free" Food!
You might be wondering, what foods are now free on Weight Watchers Purple plan?
The myWW Program and and its associated ZeroPoint foods are designed to support you in your desire to eat better and lose weight. Remember "zero" is not the same as "free." While full of nutrition, all of these foods have calories associated with them, so remember to eat responsibly 🙂
For example, it's acceptable to have a banana, not an bunch of them. An egg or two, not a dozen. Think in terms of reasonable portion sizes and let your rate of weight loss be your guide.
The goal is to eat until no longer hungry, not to stuff yourself until uncomfortable. This may take practice, if you like me, are used to overeating to the point of discomfort.
It's about learning moderation, balance and you're own "just right."
3 Smart Ways to Make ZeroPoints Foods Work for You
#1 Think of them as your foundation.
Start building your meal by using a ZeroPoint food as your primary ingredient. Layer in bulk and flavor with other ZeroPoint foods. Then add foods with SmartPoints as accents to round things out.
This will allow you to build amazing tasty, satisfying meals with low SmartPoints! Like we did here with: WW Chicken Orzo Soup with Lemon (3SP), Easy Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet (4SP), Skinny Foil Pack Shrimp Boil (4SP) and Skinny Southwest Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (0SP)
#2 Use them as a buffer.
If you blow through your daily SmartPoints allowance before bedtime, use meals and snacks with ZeroPoints to get through the rest of the day.
My go-to choices include hard-boiled eggs, cooked green beans tossed with salsa and plain nonfat Greek yogurt with fruit and baked potatoes with non-fat cottage cheese and salsa.
#3 Use them to create a SmartPoints surplus.
Choose ZeroPoint or low SmartPoints foods for breakfast and lunch, so you have more of your daily SmartPoints available for dinner.
You can save up to four Daily SmartPoints a day which automatically roll over into your weeklies, that are then available should you need them on the weekends or for other special events, kinda like overdraft protection on your checking account.
Pretty cool, right? The more I've come to realize that managing my weight is a lot like managing my finances the easier and less emotional it has become for me!
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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Would Morningstar meatless crumbles be 0 points? If not what would the point count be? Thanks for all the hard work you put into all the information you give us.
Hi Rosa, the Morningstar meatless crumbles are 1 point per half cup. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Simply filling foods list says as long as it has 2 grams or less of fat per serving it is zero points. I would check the package.
Try Quorn crumbles. They're so good and zero points!
I just joined WW and I’m purple. They allowed me 38 points which sounds excessive. I’m honestly lost. I don’t know what to read or what to follow. And when do our points decrease? Will it show me that on the tracker? Thanks!
Hi Glen, The WW website has tons of information. You probably want to begin there. You could also ask for guidance on WWConnect in the App. Hope this helps. ~Martha
I really like the WW program; I'm purple.
The only thing that hangs me up with WW (online) is having to consult and input into a tech device which I don't always have at my disposal versus keeping the journal manually. I did email customer service twice to inquire if this is possible but did not receive an answer.
Martha, do you have any thoughts or options available?
Thank you so much!
I think the underlying reason for tracking is the awareness it creates. While WW is currently set up to be used with modern technology, I believe the benefits are the same with a manual journal. I first lost my weight with Weight Watchers decades ago using a paper tracker! Hope this helps. ~Martha
where can i get a myww point calculator for purple
Hi Pamela, I don't know. WW has done away with blue, purple, and green and gone to Personal Points now.