One of my favorite things about eating on Weight Watchers is that when I eat fresh fruits and veggies, they don’t count against my daily Smart Points intake. Yes, there are a few exceptions (I’m looking at you avocados, potatoes, corn, etc.), but in general, that’s the rule..with one HUGE exception: when you blend produce to make smoothies. I see “How do you track Smart Points for smoothies?” asked all over the place, and since I just learned the easy answer myself, I figured I’d tell you.
Weight Watchers members, it’s so easy. First, log in to you Weight Watchers account. On your tool bar, hit the “My Foods” button, then click the recipe tab. You have to go to recipe builder to calculate the Smart Points of your smoothie. Click “Create a recipe.”
Once you’re in the recipe builder, go ahead an put in all of your smoothie’s ingredients. Then you will have to add a step to the recipe, as I don’t think it lets you move on without adding at least 1 instruction. I kept it simple and just put “blend.” Then, take a look at the bottom of the builder page.
All of the sudden the “This is a drink” box appeared. All you have to do is check the box and click create and the Smart Points value of your smoothie will appear. How simple! There’s the good news. Now for some bad news: that recipe I plugged in above, with just those 4 ingredients…. 7 Smart Points. Ouch.
Of course, we’re all wondering why this depressing turn of Smart Points has to happen. It feels like our berries are betraying us. It turns out that research shows that drinking liquids does not promote the same feeling of fullness as eating solid foods. When you drink, you don’t have to chew, which could have an effect on the signals your brain is getting when you’re trying to tell it that you’re consuming food. Because of this, the nutrition information of the fruits and veggies in your drink (including the sugar content..the real killer here) is included in the Smart Points value of your beverage. If the foods were solid, they wouldn’t be.
Think about it. If physically ate my banana, 1.5 cups of greens, and 1/2 cup of berries, it would take me a lot longer to consume, and it would probably be more satisfying. If I blended that up, it could be gone in just a few sucks through a straw.
So there you have it: the solution for finding the Smart Points value of your smoothies and the explanation of why produce counts when in a drink.
I want to know: Does this turn you off from making/drinking smoothies, or will you still be a smoothie drinker? Let me know in the comments below.