Food & nutrition

How to enjoy a tipple and stay on track

You might think you have to steer clear of the bar when New Year's Eve celebrations roll around. But with a little forward thinking (plus some clever recipes) you can raise a glass or two and stay on track. Cheers to that!

Drink in moderation


Alcoholic drinks are often high in sugar and calories - no surprise then, that they tend to be high in SmartPoints® too! They also tend to make you less able to resist temptation, and more likely to veer off track. So try to confine your drinking to pre-planned events rather than spontaneous sessions!


Choose drinks that are lower in SmartPoints


Clear spirits, such as gin and vodka, tend to be relatively low in SmartPoints, especially when coupled with slimline mixers - a vodka and slimline tonic, for example, is just 2 SmartPoints.

Beer and cider, meanwhile, can vary wildly in terms of SmartPoints values. So if they're your preferred tipple, a little forward planning in terms of which are the most SmartPoints-friendly will go a long way. 

If you're a wine drinker, remember that it's a choice that comes with a relatively high SmartPoints value. Try interspersing glasses of wine with glasses of water.


Make your own cocktails


Cocktails are everywhere over the festive season, but they can be tricky to track if it's not clear what's actually in them. But if you're having people over, you'll be totally in control of that, and there are plenty of choices that are surprisingly low in SmartPoints. Try this prosecco berry cocktail or our dark 'n' stormy cocktail recipe in the app.