The myWW+ guide to carbs on Purple

"Can I make ZeroPoint bread?" and other hot questions.

Purple opens a world of ZeroPoint possibilities with the ability for you to enjoy grains and whole-wheat pasta without tracking the SmartPoints. But with great power comes a whole lot of questions! Let's start with the basics:

Purple includes all the ZeroPoint foods on Green and Blue, plus:

  • More starchy vegetables (including potatoes and sweet potatoes)
  • Whole-grain pasta and noodles
  • Brown and wild rice
  • Oher whole grains such as oats, quinoa, rye, barley, and spelt

You can find the complete list of ZeroPoint foods for Purple here.

Can I grind ZeroPoint grains into flour and use them to make ZeroPoint bread and muffins?

No. The grains on the Purple list are zero when they are in their whole form, meaning that they’re not ground into flour.

  • If you’re making a recipe using ZeroPoint grains in their whole form and then adding other ingredients to it, you only have to count the ingredients that have SmartPoints.
  • If you are processing oats or other whole grains into flour (or using a store bought flour), it should be tracked as the food it is (e.g. oat flour).

Here’s a little cheat sheet: 

  • Brown rice flour, chickpea flour, black bean flour, and whole-grain flours = SmartPoints values
  • Brown rice, chickpeas, black beans, and whole grains =  ZeroPoint foods

RELATED: The WW guide to rice

Can I grind a different ZeroPoint food, like black beans or chickpeas, into a flour to make homemade pasta?

Yes! Pastas and noodles made with flours from legumes and whole grains can already be found on the Purple ZeroPoint food list.

We’ve included them because when these flours are used in place of refined flour, they create a more filling, satisfying, and versatile base for pasta dishes. Since pasta made from these flours is a ZeroPoint food, you’re welcome to make it from scratch and only track any ingredients that have SmartPoints.

RELATED: 8 great grains to eat on Purple 

Which types of pasta and noodles are zero on Purple?

  • All grain-based pastas such as whole wheat, brown rice, and quinoa
  • Pastas made with flour from ZeroPoint foods, such as beans, chickpeas, lentils, konjac (shirataki), and others

You’ll find the full list here!

What about pre-made pasta?

If you’re using pasta from a grocery store, restaurant, or meal kit that contains additional ingredients such as sugar, enriched wheat flour, xanthan gum, or pea protein isolate, these pastas WILL have SmartPoints and should be tracked. 

Unsure about how many SmartPoints a particular pasta food has? Use the barcode scanner in the WW app to find out! 

Are whole grains, starchy vegetables, and legumes still zero if I use them in a recipe?

Yes. If you’re using any ZeroPoint foods in their whole form in a recipe, and not adding any additional ingredients with SmartPoints values, they’ll stay zero.

This is true even in baked goods! For example, if you use whole oats in oatmeal cookies, oatmeal or brown rice in bread, or black beans in brownies, those ingredients will stay zero. (But if you add sugar, flour, butter, or anything that isn’t on the Purple ZeroPoint list, they'll have SmartPoints.)