Throughout your weight loss journey, you’re going to go out to eat. Whether it’s a birthday party or a graduation celebration there’s no avoiding celebrating with family and friends. Instead of stressing over your diet, let this list guide your food choices. You can enjoy your favorite restaurant and stay on track with your goal!
Olive Garden Weight Watcher Points
Known for their endless salad and breadsticks, you can get your Italian fill here. The goal at Olive Garden is to keep the breadsticks under control. You can still enjoy a delicious Italian dinner and only use up some of your points as long as you steer away from the large pasta dishes, and focus more on their grilled entrees.
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Herb-Grilled Salmon, Side Salad with Light Italian Dressing. 5 WW points. You could even have one breadstick (4 points) or a cup of minestrone soup (0 points).
What to Avoid: Chicken Alfredo (or any large pasta dish). 59 WW points.
And if you love endless salad, check out my zero point everyday salad dressing.
The Cheesecake Factory Weight Watcher Points
Unfortunately, cheesecake is not your friend at this place if you’re looking to lose weight. One slice of their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake is 75 points! Fortunately, The Cheesecake Factory has an extensive menu, including a “skinnylicious” section where you can stay under 20 points for any of the entrees. From the skinnylicious pasta to the skinnylicious hamburger, it ranges from 12-18 points.
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Skinnylicious Chicken Pasta and 1 Brown Bread Roll. 15 WW points.
What to Avoid: Chicken Carbonara. 83 WW points.
And if you have a craving for cheesecake be sure to check out these 11 weight watcher friendly cheesecake recipes.
Texas Roadhouse Weight Watcher Points
The good thing about Texas Roadhouse is that it’s easy to order a grilled meat entree with a few sides of veggies. By doing that, you can keep the points in check. Although veggies are a ZeroPoint food, the veggies at Texas Roadhouse will cost you 2-4 points due to the fact that they cook them in butter or oil. But paired with grilled chicken or steak, you’ll get a filling meal without blowing points for the day. Just watch out for the appetizers- the Catus Blossom boasts 77 points!
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: 6 oz Sirloin, Baked Sweet Potato, and Green Beans. 16 WW points.
What to Avoid: Ribeye with Ribs. 54 WW points - not including any sides!
Carrabba’s Italian Grill Weight Watcher Points
The best choice at any Italian place is going to be grilled meat with veggies. Carrabba’s Grilled Chicken Marsala with a side of grilled veggies is only 8 points. However, if you absolutely have to have pasta, it’s best to go with the linguine over fettuccine. For dessert, skip the traditional cannoli (47 points!) and go for a mini cannoli (16 points).
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Linguine Pescatore. 18 WW points.
What to Avoid: Fettuccine Carrabba. 76 WW points.
Red Lobster Weight Watcher Points
Seafood can be very healthy and low in points. However, Red Lobster has found a way to make it one of the most unhealthy meals you can get at a chain restaurant. Their “create your own combo” can include Walt's Favorite Shrimp, Shrimp Linguine Alfredo, a 24 oz Lobsterita, and Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp served with french fries, caesar salad, and a cheddar bay biscuit. In total, it’s 3,600 calories and over 6,530 mg of sodium. So let’s not order that!
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Mashed Potatoes (or Quinoa Rice), and Broccoli. 6-7 WW points OR If you have a few more points, the Sesame Soy Salmon Bowl is 17 WW points.
What to Avoid: Admiral’s Feast. 46 WW points.
If you love those red lobster biscuits, be sure to check out these Cheddar Biscuits.
Outback Steakhouse Weight Watcher Points
You already know the Outback Bloomin’ Onion is not points-friendly. It serves 6 and at 77 points total, that would be 12 points each if you did end up splitting it 6 ways. But just two ounces of the Bloomin’ Onion sauce is 11 points. Before you know it, you’re 23 points in and that’s before the entree comes.
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Signature 9 oz Sirloin with Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie. 9 WW points.
What to Avoid: Bloomin’ Burger with Aussie Fries. 60 WW points.
If you love outback, be sure to check out my air fryer bloomin' onion.
PF Chang’s Bistro Weight Watcher Points
PF Chang’s has some great options for WW members. Most of their dishes can be 20 points or lower since they feature a good amount of vegetables. Their famous chicken lettuce wraps are 21 points, which is a decent dinner option. You can get the Miso Glazed Salmon with a side of rice and steamed veggies for only 17 points. Just watch out for that chocolate cake.
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Ginger Chicken with Broccoli. 8 WW points.
What to Avoid: The Great Wall of Chocolate. 88 WW points.
Buffalo Wild Wings Weight Watcher Points
Just because it’s game-day doesn’t mean you need to blow your diet. At BWW, you can keep it healthy and still enjoy the fun. Just opt for grilled chicken, so you can use your points on fries.
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Naked Tenders, Fries (or Potato Wedges) and Medium Sauce. 14-15 WW points.
What to Avoid: Boston Lager Burger, Fries with a 12 oz Beer. 66 WW points.
Applebee’s Weight Watcher Points
Applebee’s can be sneaky with its food. You may see “chicken salad wrap” and think that it’s a great choice, but it’s one of the highest calorie options they have. You’re better off sticking with grilled meat and a side of veggies (like most restaurants). Their Blackened Cajun Salmon, Fire Grilled Veggies, and a side of Signature Coleslaw is 11 points total and a delicious option.
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Tex-Mex Lime Grilled Shrimp Bowl. 17 WW points.
What to Avoid: Oriental Chicken Salad Wrap. 52 WW points - and that’s without a side of fries!
Chili’s Weight Watcher Points
Chili’s has a wide variety and is known for their big portions- including the cocktail menu. If drinking, skip the cocktails and go for straight liquor with diet soda. You’ll save a good bit of points that way.
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Sante Fe Salad with Chicken. 12 WW points. Just make sure to get a light dressing.
What to Avoid: House Mango Frozen Mar Go Rita. 23 WW points.
Bonefish Grill Weight Watcher Points
You can eat at Bonefish Grill for almost no points due to their delicious grilled fish and veggie options. But when going out to eat, you may want a little splurge. If so, stick with a version of seafood and veggies (like the Tuna Poke Bowl - 18 points) and you’ll still keep points low.
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Caesar Salad with Salmon (includes dressing)! 14 WW points.
What to Avoid: Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos and Fries. 50 WW points.
If you are a seafood lover, be sure to check out these weight watchers friendly shrimp recipes.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Weight Watcher Points
Cracker Barrel has great traditional breakfast options. Some are good for WW and others are not. As long as you stick with eggs and a whole grain carb you’ll keep the points low.
Best Order For the Value of Your Points: Old Timer’s or Smokehouse Breakfast. 3 WW points.
What to Avoid: Stuffed Cheesecake Pancake Breakfast. 49 WW points.
Save this list for your next dinner celebration. Who knows, you may influence those around you to enjoy a healthy, delicious meal while still eating out!
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