Coffee shops are a popular choice for those watching their waistline – after all coffee and tea without milk are zero, and by using skimmed milk and sweetener you can get a satisfying drink without blowing your allocation. At Caffe Nero, a regular cappuccino with skimmed or soya milk is 1 Smart Point, and a shot of the sugar free vanilla syrup is also zero. Even an Americano with full fat milk scrapes in at 1 Smart Point at Costa Coffee, and a macchiato with full fat, skimmed or soya milk is zero. But step away from the hot chocolate unless you have Smart Points to burn. A Starbucks venti signature hot chocolate with whipped cream, made using whole milk comes in at 33 Smart Points, and that’s before you add your own sugar. Even the skimmed milk version is 30 – hardly a skinny option. And beware the so called skinny muffins – the Starbucks skinny blueberry muffin is 12 Smart Points, compared to the regular lemon and poppyseed muffin, which is 20, and the almond croissant, which is 23. Other highly pointed items include Costa’s triple layer lemon cake at 26 and Nero’s strawberry and vanilla frappe crema at 24.
When we’re on a diet plenty of us crave a fast food fix, and it isn’t always an unhealthy as you might think. A McDonalds Big mac is 17 Smart Points, and their bacon roll with brown sauce is 10. The lowest scores come for the salads, unsurprisingly, with 2 Smart Points for a grilled chicked salad. KFC is a bit trickier, with a snack box of hot wings coming in at 24, and the Big Daddy Box Meal with Corn and Pepsi Max at 42. Lower options include original recipe salad without dressing at 7 or a zinger salad, again without dressing, for 8. Burger King’s bacon Double XL is 29, while a regular hamburger is 8 Smart Points.
Pubs and carveries
Let’s be honest, much as we love pubs they often offer some of the most difficult menus from which to choose low calorie options. CLICK NEXT PAGE BELOW TO CONTINUE READING …