There are countless reasons I love salsa, and near the top of the list: It’s healthy. Salsa is a condiment that fits easily into most diet plans, including WW. Almost all salsas are zero points on WW (formerly Weight Watchers). That means it’s an easy way to add flavor and spice to most savory recipes (and some sweet ones, too).
- What Are ZeroPoint Foods?
- Why Is Salsa a ZeroPoint Food on WW?
- How to Use Salsa on WW
- Other Salsa-Friendly Diets
What Are ZeroPoint Foods?
According to the WW SmartPoints system, there are 100 to 300 foods, depending on your track, that are “ZeroPoint.” This means that you don’t have to weigh, measure, or track your intake of these foods.
The main reason you don’t have to track these foods is simple: They’re good for you. The primary ZeroPoint foods across all WW programs are fruits and veggies. These foods are full of important vitamins and minerals, plus they’re less calorie dense than others. They’re also ZeroPoint because you’re unlikely to overeat fruits and vegetables.
While it’s not an all-you-can-eat buffet, you can generously incorporate ZeroPoint foods into your diet.
Why Is Salsa a ZeroPoint Food on WW?
Fruits and vegetables are the main ZeroPoint foods across all WW programs. And what is salsa made from? Fruits and vegetables! That means you can top your dishes with salsa or dip into a jar without tracking or measuring each scoop. Salsa is an easy way to bring variety and flavor to simple WW meals.
Of course, there are exceptions. Some processed salsas do have added ingredients, like sugar, that are not ZeroPoint. You should always buy salsas with simple, fresh ingredients.
That’s why the Makers Mark Fresh and Fresh Cilantro varieties from Sam’s Club are some of my favorites. The ingredients lists are short and sweet. With farm-sourced vegetables, spices, and nothing else, it’s easy to incorporate this ZeroPoint salsa into your WW program.
How to Use Salsa on WW
Salsa is the spice of life! Ok, maybe variety is, but there are a variety of ways to use salsa on WW. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate salsa into my WW meals:
- Serve up a snack dip. Serve it with veggie sticks, like sliced peppers, carrot sticks, and radish slices, for a ZeroPoint snack.
- Top a simple breakfast. Scramble up some eggs, tomatoes, and fresh scallions. Top it with your favorite salsa for a low-point start to the day.
- Finish a Mexican meal. There are plenty of easy WW meals with Mexican flavor, like chicken tortilla soup or grilled flank steak tacos. Finish them with your favorite salsa.
- Try a new burger condiment. Healthy chicken and turkey burgers are some of my favorite WW dinners. I like to spread a scoop of salsa on top for fresh flavor.
- Spice up a stir fry. Salsa isn’t just for continental cuisine. There are lots of Asian stir fry recipes out there that are WW friendly, and most are even better with a kick of salsa.
Other Salsa-Friendly Diets
If you’re just beginning your diet journey or are thinking of trying something new, it’s likely that salsa will fit into your new meal plan. It’s easy to incorporate salsa into most diets, including:
- Whole30. Simple salsas made from veggies, herbs, and fruits are all Whole30 friendly. Just be sure to read the label for sneaky no-nos like added sugar, honey, or legumes.
- Paleo. Like Whole30, you need to avoid legumes, grains, dairy, and sugar on a Paleo diet. That means most salsas are in the clear.
- Keto. Keto diets are basically low-carb diets. Vegetables and fruits, the basis of most salsas, are a-okay on Keto diets.
- Vegetarian. Vegetarian diets are simple: No meat. Thus, all salsas fit into your classic vegetarian diets. Most salsas are even vegan. (Vegan diets don’t allow any animal products, including eggs and cheese.)