WW blog: Paul tells us why he loves ZeroPoint™ foods
Hi, I’m Paul (ww_paul on Instagram) and I wanted to share a quick blog about one of my favourites aspects of WW - #ZeroHeroes!
Zero heroes, more formerly known as ZeroPoint™ foods, are foods with a SmartPoints® value of zero. This means you don't have to track them, and they have no impact on your daily or weekly SmartPoints Budget.
The great news is, there are plenty to choose from on the WW programme. You may think this is limited to just fruit and veg, but actually there are a huge variety of foods on the list, including beans, pulses and other high protein foods such as fish, skinless chicken breast and eggs. (Paul follows the Blue plan on myWW™ - see the complete list of ZeroPoint foods on Blue.)
I don’t know about you, but I eat with my eyes. I like to see a big plate of delicious food in front of me, so most of my meals are big and hearty! This is where ZeroPoint foods come in handy.
ZeroPoint meals and recipes
I recently spent two weeks eating meals with a SmartPoints value of zero, to show how much you can actually do with zero heroes.
These included: watermelon pizza (pictured in the main image), sticky pineapple & chicken stir-fry with boodles (butternut squash noodles), chicken & spicy bean stew, Cajun chicken salad and even a ZeroPoint pizza! The pizza was made using grated courgette as the base.
At the beginning, I was a bit sceptical about whether I would stay fuller for longer. However, the range of ZeroPoint foods available meant I was able to enjoy big plates of food full of goodness, and I found that the meals really kept me going.
With WW, you never need to feel hungry. If you find your tummy rumbling between meals, you don't necessarily have to dip into your daily or weekly budget (although you can if you want!). I tend to use ZeroPoint foods as a base and jazz them up. Top tip – spices are great for this!
I use #ZeroHeroes to help plan my meals for the week ahead, especially if I know I’ll be indulging in meals out, or if there are events planned in the office which are likely to involve lots of cake! On days like that, I prepare ZeroPoint meals, meaning I can use my daily and weekly SmartPoints to enjoy eating out, or a slice of cake.
To put it simply, nothing is really off limits, as long as you make good use of the 200+ ZeroPoint foods.
Try this ZeroPoint recipe
One of my go-to ZeroPoint recipes is Smoky 3 Bean Stew.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
SmartPoints value: 0
1 white onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, sliced
1 clove of garlic
1 red pepper, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
3 tins of beans (your choice), drained and rinsed (I use butter beans, kidney beans and barlotti beans)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
300ml veg stock
Tomato puree, 2 tbsp
Dried oregano, 1 tsp
Dried thyme, 1 tsp
Smoked paprika, 1 tsp
Cayenne pepper, ½ tsp
Chilli flakes, ¼ tsp
Low cal cooking spray
Wedge of lime
Fresh red chilli, sliced
- Spray a pot with low cal cooking spray and cook the onions until golden.
- Add the garlic, tomato puree and carrot and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the tinned tomatoes, veg stock, herbs and spices and cook for 20 minutes.
- Using a hand blender, blitz the ingredients until they become smooth and creamy.
- Add the beans and to the pot and cook for a further 30 mins, stirring occasionally. For best results, cook for longer.
- Serve with red chilli and a wedge of lime.
Serving suggestions: as a topping on a pizza wrap, with white rice, with homemade potato wedges or layered with veg ‘pasta’ sheets and light mozzarella then baked.