14 ZeroPoint food categories on the PersonalPoints Program
Your ZeroPoint foods list is as unique as you
On our new PersonalPoints™ Program, ZeroPoint™ foods are everything! For the first time EVER in WW history - your ZeroPoint foods list is truly YOURS! You tell us the foods you love to eat and our PersonalPoints Engine serves up your personalised plan - including your very own customised ZeroPoint foods list. That means your list will be different from your friend’s or family members. That's the beauty of our new program - now your plan is as unique as you.
So, what exactly are ZeroPoint foods?
These are WW's nutritious go-to options that are exactly what they sound like - foods that have a PersonalPoints value of, yes, zero. Think of them as your staples that will help set you up for a healthy pattern of eating. They’re zero heroes because:
- They’re good for you - ZeroPoint foods were specifically chosen because World Health Organisation guidelines recommend eating these foods more frequently as part of a healthy pattern of eating. Oh, and they’re delicious!
- They’re diverse - Use ZeroPoint foods as a base for creating a meal, pump up dishes by tossing in extra ZeroPoint foods, or reach for them at snack time to help you stay full and satisfied.
- They come in just-for-you sizes. Sure, you could eat 12 eggs, but would you want to? Try sticking to your usual portion size (say, one or two eggs) for starters. If you find yourself still hungry, have another one—you’ll soon figure out the right portion size for you.
- They can help you get to your goal - WW clinical trials show that you can eat ZeroPoint foods without weighing, tracking, or measuring and still lose weight, no matter which categories are on your personal list.
Take a look at the ZeroPoint food categories
Keen to find out what foods are on the ZeroPoint foods list? Here’s a summary of the 14 potential categories your personal program could include:
1. Avocadoes (NEW!)
Yes, avocados are officially a ZeroPoint food. Cue applause! 🥑 Our newest addition made it on the list for a few reasons: a) avo’s are rich in healthy (unsaturated) fats - known to have a positive impact on heart health and b) are a good source of fibre, associated with lowered risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and improved digestion. Plus, as the Dietary Guidelines recommend that most of your fat intake should come from healthier sources, we’ve made avo a zero hero to encourage you to reach for them. Whether they’re diced in a salad, smashed on toast or made into a guac - there are so many ways you can enjoy this tasty fruit while losing weight. To get you inspired, try our best avocado recipes of all time.
2. Non-starchy vegetables
With a wide range of health benefits, it's no wonder non-starchy veggies are a ZeroPoint food for everyone. Plus, on the new PersonalPoints Program, you’ll be rewarded for every serve (1 cup) you enjoy, by adding 1 additional Point to your daily Budget. What’s so good about non-starchy veg? Well for starters, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C (just to name a few), plus they’re low in fat, kilojoules (calories), and are a great source of fibre and water - all of which can help when trying to lose or maintain your weight. Need we say more? Then check out this collection of non-starchy veggie recipes and let's eat more veg!
Both delicious and nutritious, fruit as a ZeroPoint food category is a no brainer. Not only are they a good source of antioxidants, fruit is also low in fat and kilojoules and full of fibre - making them an excellent choice as part of a healthy, balanced eating plan. With over 60 options to choose from (we see you mango 🥭), we guarantee you’ll never fall short of a tasty fruit recipes and satisfying snack options in this ZeroPoint food category.
Whether they’re baked in muffins, added to bliss balls, or simply served with fruit and yoghurt - there are so many ways you can enjoy this whole grain. Plus, they pack a nutritional punch too, containing nutrients like thiamin, magnesium, zinc and fibre. In need of more ideas? Head to the WW app and search oats recipes to make the most of this zero hero in your plan.
5. Chicken & turkey breast (skinless)
It's easy to see why these nutritious foods are their own ZeroPoint food category on WW. Both chicken and turkey breast are excellent sources of protein, a key nutrient for helping you feel fuller for longer and supporting bone and muscle health. Plus they are incredibly versatile, making great additions to any tray bake, stir-fry, pasta, curry, stew - you name it, we have a chicken recipe for it. If these proteins frequent your menu most days of the week, then this category is a must-have for you.
6. Fish & shellfish
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids and also an excellent source of protein, there’s no denying the health benefits associated with these zero heroes. What’s included in this category you might ask? All fish, shellfish and seafood (fresh, frozen canned or raw) - as long as they contain no added ingredients with Points! From salmon poke bowls and fish cakes to tacos and curries, we have so many fish recipes so you can leverage these zero heroes in your eating plan - and all for zero Points. Score!
Poached, scrambled, boiled or baked - no matter how they’re enjoyed, eggs have an impressive rap sheet. High in protein and key nutrients such as choline and B12, eggs are cheap, easy to cook and are incredibly versatile, making them a great snack option or addition to any main meal. If you need some egg-cellent ideas, check out some of our egg recipes. It's no wonder they’ve been a member favourite for years!
8. Tofu & tempeh
If you follow a plant-based diet, or are simply looking to eat less meat, then this is a must-have ZeroPoint category for you. Including tofu, tempeh and plain Quorn, these protein-rich foods can be used in a variety of meals like salads, stir-fries, patties and even nuggets (yes - tofu nuggets!) and will help you make the most of your Budget. Plus, they’re also a good source of calcium and phosphorus, both of which are important for our teeth and bones. You can thank us later.
9. Beans, peas & lentils
For members looking for plant-based proteins, this food category definitely delivers. Chickpeas, black beans, edamame, green peas - you name it, they’re all included! And for good reason. These nutrient-dense foods offer SO many health benefits, providing a good source of dietary fibre, potassium, zinc, iron and folate. If you ask us, that’s a great reason to reach for these nutritional powerhouses more often.
10. Low-fat yoghurt & cottage cheese (plain, unsweetened)
Packed with protein, vitamin D and calcium, it's not hard to understand why 99% fat-free yoghurt and cottage cheese are their own ZeroPoint food category. Plus, there are so many ways you can enjoy these tasty options across the week.
11. Brown rice, quinoa & other whole grains
With over 20 nutritious foods to choose from, you’ll never be short of options with this ZeroPoint food category. What's included on the list? Brown rice, quinoa, wholemeal couscous and barley - just to name a few.
12. Whole grain pasta & noodles
If pasta is a staple in your week, then you’re in for a treat! But it doesn’t stop there. Noodle varieties such as buckwheat, brown rice and legume are all included, too. Sounds too good to be true? Despite popular belief, whole grain pasta and noodles are in fact a good source of fibre, with pasta also providing a good source of B vitamins, helping your body gain energy from the food you eat.
13. Potatoes and starchy veggies
Wait - aren’t potatoes “bad for you?” Despite their reputation, these underground tubers are nutrient-dense and rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and potassium which support your immune system and protect against cell damage. Whether they’re roasted, baked or enjoyed in a frittata or pattie, they’re incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in more ways than one on your plan. And all for zero Points - how amazing is that?
What’s included in this category? Potatoes, sweet potatoes, as well as a plethora of other starchy veggies such as parsnips, yams, jerusalem artichokes, cassava, taro, acorn squash and more!
14. Corn & popcorn (plain)
Last, but definitely not least! If you’re a sucker for a bowl of popcorn on movie night, then this ZeroPoint food category is a match-made in heaven. BUT it's not the only way you can enjoy this nutritious wholegrain. Whether it's grilled on the BBQ, tossed into fritters or enjoyed as a mid-meal snack, there are so many ways you can leverage corn and popcorn in your eating plan to make the most of your PersonalPoints Budget.