FAQs About Weight Watchers SmartPoints® Values on the Hungry Girl Website


All SmartPoints® values are calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe, or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the SmartPoints® trademark.

What does it mean when I see SmartPoints® values in your emails and on your website?

SmartPoints® are part of the Weight Watchers program. According to Weight Watchers, "Every food and drink has been assigned a SmartPoints value, based on the latest nutritional science."

Recipe values are determined by adding up the values of the ingredients. We provide these values as a courtesy to our many readers who follow the Weight Watchers program. 

Recipe value not what you expected? We follow the same method as Weight Watchers: using the brand's recipe builder as opposed to the food calculator. Many foods have a value of zero and remain zero in recipes.

For more about the SmartPoints® system and the Weight Watchers program, visit WeightWatchers.com

Why do some SmartPoints® values on your website say Freestyle™ while others do not?

In December of 2017, Weight Watchers launched its latest program, Freestyle™. Two years prior, Weight Watchers launched its SmartPoints® system.

Freestyle™ features the same great SmartPoints® system, just with more 0-value foods. "Based on our successful SmartPoints® system," says Weight Watchers, "WW Freestyle offers more than 200 zero Points® foods—including eggs, skinless chicken breast, fish and seafood, corn, beans, peas, and so much more—to multiply your meal and menu possibilities."

This means that many recipe values are lower on the Freestyle™ program, since more ingredients have a value of 0. When a recipe displays Freestyle™ SmartPoints®, you'll know that the value follows the current program's guidelines. Recipes that simply display SmartPoints® and do not reference Freestyle™ have not yet been updated.

How can I figure out the Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value for an older Hungry Girl recipe?

The best way to determine any recipe's Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website. (Click on "My Foods," select "Recipe," and click "Create a recipe.")

What about SmartPoints® values for the products you write about?

The values of most packaged foods are the same on Freestyle™. According to Weight Watchers, "The SmartPoints value system remains the same and is based on the same four nutrients: calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein." For this reason, we'll continue to refer to product values as SmartPoints® without referencing Freestyle

Where can I expect to see recipes with current Freestyle™ SmartPoints® values?

All new Hungry Girl emails will include values that reflect the Freestyle™ SmartPoints® plan. To sign up for the daily emails and receive the latest recipes, click here.

The Popular Recipes section of our website has been updated to include Freestyle™ SmartPoints® values. You can find these recipes here. They'll also be first recipes displayed when you use the search function on our website.

Many recipes throughout the website have also been updated. Just look for Freestyle™, and you'll know the SmartPoints® value is current.

We've also updated the values for the recipes in our latest cookbook. Click here to download the Freestyle™ SmartPoints® values for the recipes in Clean and Hungry OBSESSED!

Freestyle™ SmartPoints® values are also available for Hungry Girl magazine. Get more info here!