Cosmo, Mojito, Margarita or Sour Apple Martini on Weight Watchers? Yes you can!
Who says dieting and alcohol don't mix? Not the folks at Weight Watchers. As long as you make good drinks decisions they say it is OK to enjoy a cocktail or two. As long as you keep to good Weight Watchers principles and be aware of what you put in your body you do not have to pass on the party while losing or maintaining your weight on a Weight Watchers diet.
The POINTS value for liquor is about 1.5 per ounce. This value holds for straight shots of vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and others. Since most cocktails use a jigger for measurement (1.5 ounces of alcohol) better count 2 POINTS. 12 ounces of regular beer will cost you 3 points and 2 points for light beer. A glass of wine usually runs between 2-3 points. So if you choose to drink spirits the mixer you use to make cocktails really matters.
To keep your cocktail low calorie stay far away from processed juices, sugary mixers or liqueurs that are packed with hidden sugars and can really rack up the POINTS. For example that shot of Sour Apple Schnapps in a Sour Apple Martini can add over 70 calories, 8 grams of sugar and 3 points to the cocktail. The shot of Countreau, Triple sec or other orange flavored liqueurs can do the same or worse to an already high calorie Margarita.
Another way to keep your calories and points in check it is to watch the size of the drink. For example a 3 oz Margarita can have 170 calories/3-points, in a 8 ounce glass 453 calories/9 points, 12 ounces (like a beer portion) 680 calories/11 points you get the idea.
By learning the values of the ingredients in your cocktails you can know how many POINTS values you've been drinking. On their official website they even have a Cocktail Cheat Sheet and a Summer Cocktail Calorie Counter. According to the articles on Weight Watchers official site something you can do to keep your belly from hanging over your swim trunks is choose cocktails made with, and we quote, "Quality Liquors + Smart Mixers"
What is a "Smart Mixer" you ask? Well if you want flavorful drink mixers that add low or no calories, low or no carbs, definitely no sugar and NO POINTS to cocktails the smart choice is Good Spirits Mixers. Finally available are these delicious sugar free cocktail mixers that have no diet aftertaste. So enjoy your Weight Watchers drinks with Good Spirits, like water or club soda these are zero points value mixers.
Mix your Watcher Drinks with Good Spirits Cocktail Mixers –
Zero POINTS value mixers