1. Use your ZeroPoint foods to plan ahead
2. Before you go, look up the menu online
3. Use your weekly SmartPoints and rollovers
4. Understand the lingo
5. Don’t be shy about special requests
6. Resign from the clean plate club
7. Be salad savvy
8. Enjoy yourself
A quick guide to dining out
At a coffee shop
Think of speciality coffee drinks as dessert. Those fancy flavored, cream-topped drinks can have more SmartPoints than a slice of cake!
At an Indian restaurant
Tandoori dishes are often a healthier choice since they're grilled, not fried.
Don’t skip past the vegetarian options—they can be a lower SmartPoints choice.
Go hot and spicy—vindaloo or madras if you can handle it. You’ll find them harder to over-eat.
At an Italian restaurant
Opt for tomato or vegetable-based dishes (Arrabiata, Marinara, Napoletana) rather than creamy or cheesy dishes (Carbonara, Alfredo, Boscaiola).
Many restaurants now offer two sizes of pasta. The appetizer portion is often enough for a main course.
At an Asian restaurant
Use chopsticks. They can help you take smaller bites and slow down your pace of eating, especially if you’re not used to them.
Avoid foods that are described as "crispy"—they're likely to be deep-fried.
Portion sizes can be large, so consider sharing dishes.
At the pub
Scan the menu closely and look for options that won’t blow your SmartPoints Budget.
Try an appetizer and see how you feel before ordering more food.