Food & Nutrition

ZeroPoint cheat sheet: Yoghurt & cottage cheese

All your top questions about yoghurt & cottage cheese, answered

While “zero” usually means “nothing,” at WW, ZeroPoint™ foods are everything! If yoghurt and cottage cheese are your ZeroPoint foods and you’ve got some questions, you’re in the right place.

Which types of foods are included in this category?

  • 97% fat-free cottage cheese
  • 99% fat-free, plain, Greek yoghurt
  • 99% fat-free, plain, natural yoghurt
  • 99% fat-free quark
  • Soy yoghurt, plain, unsweetened

What makes these foods so healthy?

The foods in this category are a good source of lean protein and other nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, and contain no added sugar.

I don’t love the taste of plain yoghurt or cottage cheese. What can I add to them to flavour them up?

Go sweet with a sliced banana, roasted fruit compote, or a sweet fruit salsa. Or you can add dessert-y toppings like mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts and dried fruit, and toasted coconut. Savoury more your speed? Top your yoghurt with veggies, nuts, legumes, and fresh herbs. Just make sure to track the Points for any additional food items.

Are there tasty ways to use some of these foods in meal prep, cooking, and baking?

Absolutely! Cottage cheese can be used as the base for creamy pasta sauces and dips, almond and soy yoghurts are terrific in acai breakfast bowls and frozen yoghurt bark, and dairy yoghurt—especially Greek yoghurt which is thicker and higher in protein than regular yoghurt—makes baked goods, cream soups, marinades, salad dressings, and sauces taste richer.

What’s the most surprising thing I can make with yoghurt?

How about dough? Yep, just mix self-rising flour with 99% fat-free plain Greek yoghurt to make two-ingredient dough. Think lower PersonalPoints pizza crust, bagels and calzones, to name a few!

Any other tips?

If your yoghurt has a touch of liquid on top, that’s okay. The clear liquid in yoghurt containers is naturally occurring whey. Don’t drain it; stir it back in.

Greek yoghurt can be a little more sour than regular yoghurt. Add some citrus zest to sweeten its flavour.