Food & Nutrition

ZeroPoint Cheat Sheet: Non-Starchy Vegetables

All your top questions about non-starchy veggies, answered

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


What counts as a “non-starchy vegetable”?

  • Artichoke hearts, without oil
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Baby corn
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Basil
  • Beet greens
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Butter lettuce (Bibb or Boston)
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Celery
  • Chiles
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Coleslaw mix
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Delicata squash
  • Eggplants
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Frozen stir-fry vegetables,
    without sauce
  • Frozen vegetable mixes
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green beans
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Hearts of palm
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Mint
  • Mixed greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard greens
  • Napa cabbage
  • Nori (dried seaweed)
  • Oak leaf lettuce
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pea shoots
  • Pickles, unsweetened
  • Pico de gallo
  • Pimientos, canned
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin purée
  • Radishes
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Rosemary
  • Rutabaga
  • Salsa,
    fat-free
  • Sauerkraut
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Snow peas
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Spinach
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Summer squash
  • Swiss chard
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomato purée, canned
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Water chestnuts
  • Wax beans
  • 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 earn Points® by eating non-starchy veggies?


Eat 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 earn you 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.

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 earn 1 PersonalPoint. And, again, it’s OK to eyeball the amount.


Why do you earn a Point for eating these?


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

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Sherry Rujikarn is the food director at WW, where she oversees cookbooks and recipe content. She has spent her career developing and testing recipes, identifying and exploring food trends, and teaching home cooks about all things food-related.