FAQs About Weight Watchers SmartPoints® and PointsPlus® values on the Hungry Girl Website

Why do some SmartPoints® values for recipes differ from what the SmartPoints® calculator says?

We follow the same method as Weight Watchers when calculating the SmartPoints® value for a recipe: We add up the SmartPoints® values of the individual ingredients. Most fruits and veggies have a value of zero and remain zero in recipes. (Blended beverages are the exception.)

Cocktails are also specially calculated. Like Weight Watchers, we first calculate the recipe's value based only on the non-alcoholic ingredients; we then add Weight Watchers' determined value for the alcohol itself.

Bottom line? The SmartPoints® calculator isn't meant for recipes. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that's different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why!

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Why isn’t there a SmartPoints® value listed for every recipe on your website?

Prior to December 2015, when SmartPoints® launched, Hungry Girl recipes included PointsPlus® values. Since SmartPoints® values are specially calculated ingredient by ingredient, each recipe would need to be carefully recalculated from scratch. So we can't easily update every recipe in our archives. (There are thousands!)

We have updated our Popular Recipes, as well as many favorites within the daily email archives.

How can I figure out the SmartPoints® value for an older HG recipe (or any recipe) that doesn’t list the saturated fat?

The best way to determine any recipe's 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.")

Even if a recipe lists saturated fat, this method is more accurate than putting the total nutritional info into the SmartPoints® calculator (which would automatically count the nutrients from fruits and veggies).

Why do some recipes list PointsPlus® values?

The nutritional stats for these recipes were calculated prior to December 2015, when Weight Watchers replaced PointsPlus® with SmartPoints®.

Why aren't you listing PointsPlus® values on new recipes?

When Weight Watchers launched SmartPoints®, it discontinued the PointsPlus® system. We're following suit and providing you with values that reflect the current program.

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The PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® values provided 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 PointsPlus® registered trademark and SmartPoints® trademark.