Food & Nutrition

ZeroPoint cheat sheet: Non-starchy vegetables

All your top questions about non-starchy veggies, answered
Published 9 November 2021

“Zero” usually means “nothing.” But at WW, ZeroPoint™ foods are everything! While plans are customised to each member, there’s one universal category of ZeroPoint foods that everyone has: non-starchy veggies.

What counts as a “non-starchy vegetable”?

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Baby corn
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bean sprouts
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Bitter melon
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccolini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chervil
  • Chicory
  • Chillies
  • Choko
  • Choy sum
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Eschalot
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Gourd
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Lemongrass
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Mushrooms, dried
  • Okra
  • Onion
  • Pak choy
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Seaweed
  • Shallots
  • Snow peas
  • Snow pea sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Squash
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Swede
  • Tomato
  • Tomato passata
  • Tomato, semi-dried, not in oil
  • Turnip
  • Water chestnuts
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

Do the veggies have to be fresh and/or raw?

Nope. They can be cooked or raw, fresh or frozen, or even canned (as long as there’s no added oil or sugar).

How do I add Points® by eating non-starchy veggies?

Eat 1 serve (1 cup) of non-starchy vegetables and track it in the WW app, simple as that. To estimate a cup, picture a volume about the size of your fist. If you’re dining on a WW recipe that contains enough non-starchy veggies in it to add a Point, your daily Budget will automatically increase by 1 PersonalPoint when you track the dish.

If you prepare your non-starchy veggies with ingredients that do have Points values, you should track those ingredients. For example, if you dress a cup of salad greens with oil and vinegar, you should track the oil, but the Point will still be added to your Budget.

As you’re cultivating your new non-starchy veggie habit, one important point to remember: It’s the volume you ultimately eat, not the volume you start out with. For example, if you’re starting out with 8 cups of spinach (a notorious shrinker), you’ll probably wind up with 1 cup once it's sautéed, so you would track 1 cup and add 1 PersonalPoint. And, again, it’s OK to eyeball the amount.

Why do you get an additional Point for eating these?

Non-starchy vegetables are filled with tonnes of nutrients—potassium, vitamin C, and specifically fibre, which helps you stay fuller, longer. Adding Points to your Budget rewards you for developing this healthy habit.