Free Bananas

Written by weightwatchers.com editors on 12/16/2010 10:05 AM | COMMENTS (20)

Yesterday I read a comment from a WeightWatchers.com user. She said she is eating peanut butter again now that bananas are a "free" food. A simple statement and in my opinion, a VERY amusing one.

So it got me wondering…now that fruit has zero PointsPlus values, how are you using the PointsPlus values you used to use for fruit?

Leslie Fink, MS, RD

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  • Post Image whoisthismaya

    12/16/2010 11:43 AM
    Zero P+ fruit really hasn't freed up any extra points for me considering that a lot of my other favorites went up in P+ values. Don't get me wrong--I'm now totally a convert to the P+ plan (I lost 2.4 lbs. last week once I started to follow it in earnest)--I just think zero P+ fruit and value increases for "carb-ey-er" choices balance each other out.


  • Post Image chernabog69 (denise)

    12/16/2010 8:09 PM
    I have increased my protein. I also went from 19 Points a day to 29 Points. A lot of the things that I eat didn't go up in Points, so I have more to work with now.


  • Post Image uvanurse9

    1/2/2011 11:28 PM
    Clementines are my favorite thing in the world right now! They're small, portable, and perfect for snacking!


  • Post Image bthorman (beth)

    12/16/2010 10:33 AM
    I agree - I love the fact that fruit are now 0 PointsPlus values. Now I can have a glass of wine with dinner and I'm drinking more milk.


  • Post Image 167128

    12/17/2010 9:39 AM
    Under the new Points Plus plan everything is re-calculated, so fruit might be "free", but other foods "cost more", so I am making a point of not comparing the old and new plan. The new plan is great. With 29 points a day and free fruit it feels very manageable, as opposed to waking up facing and 18 point day...I have lost each of the two weeks I have been on the plan.


  • Post Image pitcher1031 (cinthia)

    12/31/2010 12:19 AM
    I am finding that I have much less sweet cravings now that I am eating more fruit! I love that I don't have to fight with myself to pass up that piece of chocolate cake because I can have a banana!


  • Post Image beckajw

    12/16/2010 1:51 PM
    Cheese, milk, and peanut butter!


  • Post Image momof5inmi (beth)

    12/18/2010 10:22 AM
    I'm also eating alot of fruit..and that has helped with my sweet thooth(truth be told...every one of my teeth is sweet! LOL) I'm now pay more attention to what i'm eating..now..how to get thru all the parties without loosing control? haven't figure that out yet!


  • Post Image powers60

    12/27/2010 1:01 PM
    I alway factored in fruit but all my favorites went up so high in points that I use them on those.I had to give up alot of favorites but I am still working the program


  • Post Image xraykayh (karen)

    12/21/2010 10:11 AM
    Although fruit is now free, I still have a hard time getting all my fruits and vegetables every day. However, applesauce is now a staple and a good snack if I am hungry before a meal.


  • Post Image sangamv

    12/23/2010 12:11 AM
    I use them as snacks, dates like dessert. Pine apple like dessert.


  • Post Image justgina4u

    12/16/2010 10:46 AM
    Now that fruit is zero it allows 1 tsp. of olive oil on my salad which was not a thought that would of crossed my mind at a previous 18 per day person.


  • Post Image bocky85 (debbie)

    12/16/2010 2:20 PM
    Cheese for me! And more milk. I am loving the new program.


  • Post Image sunriseinba40

    12/16/2010 5:53 PM
    Nothing. Bananas are free, sandwich thins are 3. Apples are free, my yogurt is 3. It was pretty much a trade off. I like the new program, it just didn't change the way i was eating at all.


  • Post Image lorikay7 (lori)

    12/16/2010 11:28 AM
    Almonds, and there's room for a silk nog coffee too!


  • Post Image tefrank (tanya)

    12/16/2010 1:06 PM
    CHEESE! Delicious, wonderful, can't live without it cheese.


  • Post Image foozy1

    12/16/2010 2:05 PM
    Nothing! I eat more fruit, of course. But my Thinwich bread (those super-thin slices of bun for burgers or sausages) have gone from 1 point to 3 points. And whole-wheat pasta is no longer a bargain: it costs as much as ordinary pasta. P+, for me, is mostly a shove toward healthier choices (though not, obviously, in the pasta department). I AM pleased that some of my physical activity now gives me more points to spend.


  • Post Image holleyva

    12/18/2010 8:42 PM
    Honestly, since I've started this program, I am having a heard time eatin a lot of fruit. But with time, its getting better.


  • Post Image zuleika07

    12/16/2010 10:19 PM
    I like to put fruit in my fat free or low fat plain yogurt. Or you can use the yogurt like dip and add a bit of honey or agave with your fruit. :)


  • Post Image icdelt92

    12/16/2010 11:27 AM
    Milk. Yogurt. Whole wheat toast with my morning eggs instead of just eggs.




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