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Weight Watchers: 7 Worst Cocktails, Alcoholic Drinks You Can Order

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Worst alcoholic drinks to order on a diet – When you’re on a diet, you work hard to look good in the Summer. However, it’s also the time we make the biggest mistakes when ordering alcoholic drinks.

The typical bar and restaurant menus are loaded with landmines for diets like Weight Watchers, and most men and women have no idea how bad many cocktails, daiquiris, and alcoholic beverages are for their weight loss goals.

Here’s a list of the worst alcoholic drinks that you can order on a diet along with their copious SmartPoints totals. Oh, and if you have type 2 diabetes, please stay at least 5 feet away from these drinks at all times!


1.) Mudslide – (24 SmartPoints) 

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I wonder how many people google “mudslide nutritional info” like I just did? That phrase is an oxymoron, because when you add kahlua and Irish Cream together, there isn’t much nutrition happening. Actually, the mudslide recipe on kahlua.com encourages you to, “add some chocolate flakes on top, because… who says you can’t indulge?”

Um, I say you can’t! Unless you are planning on enjoying a single, annual mudslide to kickoff the Summer, (or, if an asteroid is hurtling towards Earth) it’s better to spend an entire day of Weight Watchers Points elsewhere!

Weight Watchers has a recipe for a healthier Mudslide-alternative here (3 SmartPoints)


2. Piña Colada (12+ SmartPoints) 

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“Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne…” Escape, Rupert Holmes

“So bring me two pina coladas, 
One for each hand, 
Let’s set sail with Captin Morgan,
And never leave dry land…” – Two Pina Coladas, Garth Brooks

Good songs, but bad choices! You’re really getting onto a boat with a pirate and two high-calorie alcoholic drinks?

Why doesn’t someone write a song about making a good decision with a sensible drink? It would have been a much better influence if Garth had written the song about decluttering his bedroom while sipping on a Pinot Grigio instead!

As for you, Rupert, I’m glad you like “getting caught in the rain” because those piña coladas are going to rain calories and Weight Watchers points down on your unhealthy ass!

Anyway, frozen pina coladas may be Puerto Rico’s national drink, but they can be more like  Hurricana Irma hitting your Weight Watchers points if you aren’t careful.

Pina coladas combine rum, creme of coconut, and pineapple juice for a sweet treat high in sugar and fat. If you have “one for each hand,” you can double the 400-600 calories in each. Also, I hope you like fruit, because you might not have any SmartPoints left over after indulging in a couple frozen daiquiris.

All daquiris are sweet and alcoholic which makes them high in calories and carbs, and a natural enemy of Weight Watchers (reviews), and most diets.

If you’re craving a pina colada, try coconut water and rum on the rocks with a splash of pineapple juice instead.

*Better alternative: Weight Watchers Pina Colada recipe (7 SmartPoints)

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3.) Long Island Iced Tea (12+ SmartPoints)

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With a Long Island Iced Tea, rum, vodka, gin, tequila, triple sec, sour mix, and cola come together like Voltron (or, perhaps, the “A-Team”) into a pint glass to attack your blood sugar levels (and hips) with 425 calories. Long Island Iced Teas are super-sweet, which is a big red flag for any diet-friendly drink.

There’s just no way to make a real Long Island Iced tea acceptable for diets like Nutrisystem, as they ask you to only have 1-2 alcoholic drinks per week., and an L.I.T would obviously wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. If you’re ordering a Long Island Iced Tea, at least make sure it’s made with fresh ingredients instead of standard sour-mix.


4.) Zombie (12+ SmartPoints) 

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The zombie, or “skull puncher,” was originally concocted to help people stop thinking so much, and just chill out. However, if you’re on a diet and order a Zombie, you might already be in a thoughtless, half-dead state.

Most zombie recipes call for 3 types of rum totaling over a double-shot (3oz) of alcohol. Most zombie recipes also calls for absinthe, which I believe killed more French people than Robespierre in the 19th Century. By the time this walking dead cocktail is complete, you’ve got a sweet drink with about 400 calories and 13 carbs.

Some bartenders even light the rum floater on the top of this drink on fire. Well, that’s ironic, because you’ll have to burn a lot of calories to get a Zombie out of your system!


5.) Large Margarita (10-12 SmartPoints)

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Salty and sweet together with Tequila in one over-sized glass or fishbowl? Yum, how could that be bad for your diet? Assuming a large margarita is twice as big as a small one, you could be looking at twice the 350 calories! The fishbowl variety can go up to 32 oz., so please don’t drink one or you’ll be looking at 32+ Weight Watchers points! (Do people drink out of fishbowls in other countries, or is that an American innovation?)

Actually, the worst part about Margaritas is that you rarely drink just one, and will probably devour a bowl of tortilla chips or nachos in the process. (Why does alcohol make you hungry?) The high salt and sugar content means that if you have a couple margaritas, you’re likely to end up dehydrated with a headache.

There’s nothing wrong with a single, regular-sized margarita without salt, though. Just make sure it’s made with real agave syrup and fresh lime instead of the usual industrial-strength sour-mix you’ll get at most bars.

*Good alternative: Weight Watchers Margarita Recipe (4 Points)


6. White Russian (10 SmartPoints)

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I love the Big Lebowski, and “The Dude” famously loved his White Russians. I hope he wasn’t on a diet or lactose-intolerant, as White Russians mix vodka and Kahlua with Whole milk or, at worst, heavy cream (Ugh!) for up to 500 calories and a load of saturated fat.

So, once again you’re combining sweet with creamy, which are both no-no’s on a diet. A White Russian will cost you about 9 SmartPoints.

Runners Up: Grasshopper (10 SmartPoints), chocolate martini, (9 SmartPoints) Mai Tai (9 SmartPoints), Amaretto Sour (8 SmartPoints), Irish Coffee (8 SmartPoints).


7. Cosmopolitan (9 SmartPoints)

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Although they’re a favorite on Sex and the City, Cosmo’s aren’t very diet-friendly. Even though they look small, pink, and friendly, they can pack 300 calories and 7g carbs each. The sugar from the cranberry juice isn’t helpful, and confirms that sweet drinks are usually bad for a diet.

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On a Diet, Diabetic, or Counting WW Points? Tip: Avoid Sweet or Creamy Drinks!

You’ll notice a common theme on this list of worst drinks for Weight Watchers: the drinks are all sweet. If you are counting points, avoid any drinks that are sweet and/or creamy in bars and restaurants, and anything made with ice cream or with the word “slushie” in it. (God forbid!)

If you’re drinking at home, stay away from liqueurs, and avoid any sweet or heavy wines and beers. Dry wines and light beers are a good choice for the occasional alcoholic drink, and a simple vodka and soda with a lemon or lime makes for a Weight Watchers or diet-friendly alternative to sweet and fancy options.

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Starbucks + Weight Watchers: 9 Healthy Menu Choices w/ SmartPoints

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Best Starbucks drinks and menu items with low Weight Watchers Points: As a fellow Starbucks lover and former (successful) Weight Watchers member, I know how difficult it can be to avoid those morning coffee cravings.

The great news is, you don’t have to quit the good stuff altogether as your basic coffees and teas are actually very low in SmartPoints, calories, sugar, and can pack some killer nutrients. You just need to make some conscious lifestyle choices when ordering your daily (or weekly) beverage.

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Need some advice for navigating the Starbucks Menu if you’re counting Weight Watchers points? Here are some quick tips before we get started:

  1. Stick with simple. Coffee and tea alone have zero SmartPoints 
  2. if you want to add milk, skip the half & half and opt for soy milk or skim milk instead
  3. Skip the fancy seasonal drinks (like the Pumpkin Spice Latte!) and most breakfast items, although we highlight the best ones below
  4. Keep sugar to a minimum, or even use a packet of Splenda
  5. The rule of thumb with Starbucks drinks is that Sweet and/or creamy drinks will cost you SmartPoints.

Ok, got the basics? Here are the 9 best healthy drinks & food menu items to order at Starbucks if you are on Weight Watchers, (review) or just about any other diet:

*Recommended: Does Weight Watchers Really Work?


1.) Espresso: (0 SmartPoints)

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Espresso is also the perfect drink to have on weight watchers, the espresso itself contains zero SmartPoints. Some people opt for a ‘red eye’ when ordering their Starbucks drink. It’s not an official expression, but basically means an extra shot in your cup. Great way to get the extra caffeine without the added calories.


2.) Fresh Brewed Filter Coffee: (0 SmartPoints)

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When it comes to fresh filter coffee, this is your next best bet. There’re usually two or three different varieties and they are zero SmartPoints, just add points for your milk or cream. For an even lighter option, using soy or almond milk will be more forgiving on your waistline than cream.

Blonde roasts are perfect for your morning cuppa as they will give you just the right amount of energy to kick start your day. Those who are looking for something a little weaker with a similar taste can get the Pike Place, it has 30mg less caffeine than the Blonde if you go for the grande option.

*Related: How Many SmartPoints in a glass of wine? | WW points list


3.) Classic Caffè Americano: (0 SmartPoints)

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A Caffe Americano is great for someone who loves the espresso taste and doesn’t want a filter coffee. It is a strong coffee and great for first thing in the morning. It is basically a shot of espresso and hot water has zero smartpoints and 15 calories unless you add milk or cream.

If you want a less harsh taste, Starbucks now has their blonde espresso beans which are smoother and tastes ever so slightly sweet; perfect for those who crave a sweet touch but are trying to go sans sugar.

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4.) Iced Coffee: (0 SmartPoints)

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Iced coffee is a personal favorite and if you stick with a regular nitro or Nariño cold brew, your coffee will be guilt and SmartPoints free. That is unless you add some additional cream or sweetener. As a weekly treat you could have a grande iced latte, but it comes in at 5 smartpoints if you use 2% milk.

Tip: Remember, coffee doesn’t hydrate you like water, so make sure you’re drinking enough


5.) Teavana Teas: 1 SmartPoint (But, Not “Sweet!”)

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Tea is a perfect menu option for non-coffee drinkers who still need a bit of a kick on a morning. Tea is great for the body and has a ton of antioxidants. If you’re an English Breakfast Tea drinker then skip the milk and opt for a slice of lemon instead, lemon is also the perfect pair for an Earl Grey.

Green Tea works wonders for digestion and is common drink amongst dieters. Chai tea is zero SmartPoints, but beware of sweet tea, lemonades, and peach teas. The extra sugar will cost you SmartPoints, especially in the Venti size. Don’t believe me? Here the difference between “smart” and “sweet”:

Observe the points difference when you add lemonade:

  1. Shaken Iced Green Tea: (tall or grande) 1 SmartPoint vs.
  2. Shaken Iced Green Tea Lemonade (venti) 8 SmartPoints
  1. Shaken Iced Black Tea: (tall or grande) 1 SmartPoint vs.
  2. Shaken Iced Black Tea Lemonade: (Venti) 8 SmartPoints

And, look how many points “sweet tea” will cost you:

  • Shaken Sweet Tea: (Venti) 8 SmartPoints
  • Shaken Iced Peach Tea: (Venti) 8 SmartPoints

Yikes! What a difference “sweet” makes with your tea choice. If you do have a sweet tooth, make sure you view that sweet tea as a treat, because you’re going to pay for it in Weight Watchers SmartPoints. If you do go with sweet, order it in a grande or tall.


6.) Caffè Misto: (2 SmartPoints)

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Sometimes you need a creamy coffee drink, so instead of getting a regular latte (4-7 SmartPoints), try ordering a Caffe Misto instead. If you want to further reduce it’s 80 calorie total, try order this:

  • A Tall Caffè Misto made with steamed nonfat milk and coffee (instead of espresso) with Splenda or a little sugar

At only 2 SmartPoints and 60 calories, it’s a very point-friendly latte-alternative to a latte. In fact, you could say that Caffè Misto is a hit (get it?) with Weight Watchers!


7.) Best Breakfast Food: Oatmeal (4 SmartPoints) 

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Starbucks has some real WW SmartPoints bombs on their breakfast menu, but the steel-cut oatmeal is great, including Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal and Classic Whole-Grain Oatmeal which will only cost you 4 SmartPoints. Add fruit on top if available, because fruit is Zero SmartPoints!


8.) Spinach, Feta, Egg White Breakfast Wrap: (8 SmartPoints)

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Although most Starbucks breakfast sandwiches will cost you a lot of SmartPoints, the Spinach, Feta, Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap (nutritional info) is not bad at 8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. It also has only 290 calories and 19g protein, so if you need a breakfast sandwich, it’s your best bet. Personally, I like all of their breakfast sandwiches with a packet of free Starbucks Sriracha sauce!


9.) Best Bowl / Salad: Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl (12 SmartPoints)
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There aren’t a lot of lunch bowls, bistro boxes, and salads under 12 SmartPoints, so consider the Chicken & Quiona Protein Bowl w/ Black Beans and Greens. (nutritional info) It costs a reasonable $8, comes with a chile mildly-spicy vinaigrette, and boasts 27g of protein and 9g fiber, so don’t judge it on WW points alone!

*Related: Weight Watchers Quinoa RecipesHow Much Does Weight Watchers Cost?


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