Ready for values for Weight Watchers Smart Points – Olive Garden and Chili’s 2018?
Note: I’ve updated this for the new Freestyle program
I love Weight Watchers Smart Points! I also love Olive Garden and Chili’s. Can you say bread sticks? These don’t always “go together”, but I love them. Literally. Love. So, I needed to create this post featuring “Weight Watchers Smart Points – Olive Garden and Chili’s 2017”.
I’m not sure why these two are my “go to” spots. It’s probably because my husband has been virtually addicted to Olive Garden since birth. Just kidding. But, my family loves eating there. I personally like a local place called Garrozzo’s Italian Restaurant. It’s real Italian food. As for Chili’s, I love their fajitas! But, when I want real Mexican food, I go to another local joint called Manny’s Mexican Restaurant. 🙂
Anyhoo, I’m glad the Weight Watchers plan offers enough flexibility for me to have my Chili’s and Olive Garden from time to time. However, it’s not all rainbows and Jolly Ranchers. Both restaurants can do a real number on my daily Smart Points allotment. Ugh. I get 30 points a day and most burger and fries combos come dangerously close to that number (if not exceeding it). Same goes for Olive Garden, I can easily eat all my daily points with the bread sticks alone. Here’s how I try to budget them, but it’s hard.
But, I think I’ve found the way out of this point-deficit fun house. I’m planning to do it the next time one of my girlfriends calls and says:
“Hey, Girl, what are you doing for lunch?”
Instead of arriving at the restaurant and finding myself totally off-guard by all the yummy high-point options, I’ll quickly grab my iPad and visit My40somethinglife.com! Then, I’ll search for this blog post and make wise choices from the carefully crafted list below. Problem solved.
No more “deer in headlights” moments that usually leave me ordering something crazy like a double-decker lasagna burger with a side of fries and sour cream on top. Well, not really, but when I don’t plan ahead, I usually order something just as stupid.
Let’s see what I came up with so far:
The next time I go, I’ll consider having the following:
Grilled Chicken Salad
6 oz Sirloin with Grilled Avocado
Chili’s Grilled Chicken
2 Weight Watchers Smart Points
Chili’s Black Beans
2 Weight Watchers Smart Points
Chili’s Steamed Broccoli (side)
0 Weight Watchers SmartPoint
That’s a 5 point lunch right there! You can’t beat that!
Margarita Grilled Chicken
Chili’s Side Rice
4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Chili’s Asparagus and Garlic Roasted Tomatoes
6 Weight Watchers Smart Points
Bacon Avocado Chicken Sandwich
CA Turkey Club
Top Shelf Tacos – Ranchero Chicken
If you like guacamole as I do, order a small side of it for only 4 points and put it on your steak.
For a drink, I’ll have either a diet coke, water or iced tea.
Ready for my next favorite food haunt? Olive Garden can be a little tricky. That salad is not zero points unless you forgo the dressing and ditch the croutons. And the way they peddle those bread sticks! It’s a crying shame. Don’t worry, though. It’s still very doable; just opt for the minestrone soup for only 3 Smart Points.
Now, for the best Weight Watchers Smart Points options for Olive Garden…
If you’re really craving pasta, have Olive Garden’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – Tuscan Duo/Trios (lunch portion). It’s only 11 Weight Watchers’ Smart Points! Did you know you can request whole-wheat pasta? I’m not sure how many Smart Points that would be, but it’s likely a better choice.
I could also have the Olive Garden Baked Tilapia with Shrimp at only 8 Weight Watchers Smart Points.
The Garlic Rosemary Chicken is also a great lunch option at 11 points. But, I’ll skip the salad and the bread sticks.
Be sure to beware of those Olive Garden bread sticks. They can be scarier than Halloween when it comes to Weight Watchers!
Olive Garden bread sticks are 4 points. That’s really not too bad as long as you eat only one bread stick (But, who does that???)
Olive Garden House Salad and Dressing will add 4 Weight Watchers Smart Points to your meal – that’s without the croutons. I’d go for the steamed broccoli for only zero.
Risotto Bites (lunch)
11 Smart Points
Also, one serving of Grilled Shrimp is only 0 Weight Watchers Smart Point. Thanks, Freestyle!
Taste of Mediterranean dinner Herb Grilled Salmon
Early Dinner Duos Chicken Piccata
One serving of Marinara is 2 Smart Points.
Garlic Parmesan Fries
Early Dinner Duos Grilled Chicken Parmigiana
Italian Sausage Links (2 links)
16 Smart Points
Taste of Mediterranean (Dinner) Tilapia
Chocolate Mousse Mini Dessert
11 Smart Points
How many points in the Olive Garden Bellini Peach Raspberry Iced Tea?
It’s 4 points per serving and you know they’ll be re-filling it for you! We’re better off with just plain unsweetened tea.
I might even have the Olive Garden Parmesan Crusted Zucchini. If I do, I can subtract 3 points from my allocation.
Whole Wheat Linguine is 9 SmartPoints
If I do the zucchini, I’ll pair it with some sort of protein like the grilled chicken for 2 Smart Points. Otherwise, I’ll be hungry in again in an hour.
Zuppa Toscana – 8 Smart Points
Minestrone (again) – 1 Smart Points
Pasta e Fagiloi – 2 Smart Points
Chicken & Gnocci – 8 Smart Points
Well, there it is. I hope I’ve given you a few ideas. Enjoy!
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