Veggie Variety

By Shani Petroff

I’ve always been a fan of fruits and vegetables. Peas and corn are among those I really enjoy.

Although, I have to admit that before the WW Freestyle program, I often stayed away from peas and corn. Even though they had a lower SmartPoints® value than many of my go-to snack foods, I rarely chose them to munch on. Part of me felt I shouldn’t waste my points on veggies when so many of them were already zero Points® foods.

I knew that my thinking was flawed. The veggies had nutritional value and they helped fill me up. Still, the idea of dipping into my budget when I could have carrots or broccoli for zero Points value, made me stay away.

Right or wrong, I’m happy that I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

I’m still getting used to the WW Freestyle program. Some days are harder than others, but one thing that I’ve really been enjoying is the new additions to my veggie list.

I don’t hem and haw before buying corn on the cob anymore.

When I go to the salad bar, I no longer skip over the peas and corn.

And a favorite snack has become those microwavable bags of mixed veggies—the ones with the green beans, carrots, peas, and corn.

I love that I don’t have to count them into my daily SmartPoints Budget.

I was a little nervous at first, because moderation is still an issue with me (one that I’m working on). I have one cookie, I wind up eating the whole box. I watch the first episode of a show on Netflix, I binge the whole season. So I was a little worried, I’d be snacking on a dozen ears of corn.

But that hasn’t happened.

The veggies don’t have that same overindulgent pull for me that ice cream, candy, and good TV seems to. And if I do go a little overboard, it’s still better to do it on this than with a full pint (or two) of Ben & Jerry’s.

I’m also practical, I know if I use all my points and then eat a dozen ears of corn every day, I probably won’t be happy with the results on the scale. But the same logic holds true for anything. A dozen bananas would have the same results.

It’s been really nice having these items back in my repertoire—the other new zero Points foods, too. But the veggies are such a quick and easy way to add some more variety into my meals. When I want something warm and fast without a mess—the corn on the cob or those bags of mixed veggies in the microwave really hit the spot! (There’s not even a bowl or pan to wash!)

Are your habits changing on the new program? You can find me on Connect @shani!

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