The great thing about Weight Watchers is that you can truly eat anything you want as long as you track your bites. The struggle begins when you attend an awesome food festival like Disney’s Garden and Flower Festival and there are so many great options.
As many of you may know I’ve been following the Weight Watchers plan for over a year now and FINALLY lost 50 pounds. Yes, I’m VERY slow at losing weight but I’m still losing so that is all that matters.
When a friend and I decided to do a Disney Dash I knew I would want to eat my way around the world without gaining a crazy amount of weight back.
Since it takes me so long to lose even one pound I knew I wanted to be very careful.
I had a great time, I ate whatever I wanted, within reason, and I’m happy to say didn’t pack on any pounds from my adventure.
How Points Are Calculated
I’ve made notes on each of the foods I tried with a very approximate guess on how much each dish is in point value.
These are taste size portions and that is reflected in the points.
I’ve used a combination of the Weight Watchers app and some good old common sense.
In most instances, I’ve probably put too many points per dish, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
You’ll find points noted after each food item.
Tips For Enjoying the Festival without KILLING Your Points
Even though the servings are considered a tasting it is usually enough to split with another person.
Especially since you’ll be eating throughout the day (pace yourself).
Remember, if you only have one bite of something you drastically reduce your points. A great reason to travel with friends that like to share.
Build Your Point Bank
This is definitely a situation where you want to roll as many points as possible the week leading up to your Disney Dash.
Try to get some exercise points built up as well. You’ll want to make sure you’re up for the dash so start walking now. We walked almost 7 miles at our Disney Dash.
It’s a lot of walking and standing and usually very limited seating.
By having extra points in your bank you’ll be able to enjoy the festival without fretting over each and every bite.
What Surprised Me Most
It’s also important to note that I wasn’t able to eat nearly as much as I thought I would.
I think a year of eating smaller portions has definitely changed how much I can eat.
Which leads me to a very important tip: Do NOT stuff yourself. Enjoy the bites, but don’t suffer from FOMO if you can’t eat more. Simply enjoy the gardens, the sunshine and a tasty drink or bottle of water.
There is no shame in tapping out of the food game.
I quit way before I wanted to, but I enjoyed the bites I did have and there is always next year.
Enjoy the festival and don’t over fret the points. It really is only one, maybe two, days out of the month.
As long as it’s not a daily occurrence I think you’ll be ok.
Weight Watchers Dining Guide to Disney’s Garden & Flower Festival
Learn what I thought of each of the foods I tried and how much they each cost over on my Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival post.
Note, this is not an all-inclusive list but hopefully gives you a really good idea of what you can expect, pointwise, at the festival.
Best Bites Recommendations
Trowel & Trellis
Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with savory garlic spread. 2 POINTS
[1/4 oz parmesan cheese=1, butter=1]
Farmhouse Meatball with lentil bread, spinach, marinated vegetables, and a creamy herb dressing. 8 POINTS
[lentil bread = 1, meatball = 6, marinated vegetables = 0, creamy dressing = 1]
Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado cream, matcha crumb, pomegranate and baby herbs. 7 points
Cotton Candy. 6 points
[1 ounce = 6 points]
Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice. 4 points
[beef = 3 rice = 1]
Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw. 9 points
[Coleslaw = 1, BBQ pork = 4, Bun = 4]
Beef Briskey Burnt Ends Slider and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue, and House-made Pickle. 13 points | 9 points without the bun
[Beef briskey 2, pork belly 1, sausage 2, chorizo + cheddar fondue 4, bun 4]
Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans. 13 points
[Chocolate Cake 6, Bourbon-salted caramel sauce 6, pecans 1 point]
Frozen Simply Lemonade. 4 points
Frushini fresh pineapple, strawberry, and melon rolled with coconut rice, sprinkled with toasted coconut, whipped cream with raspberry sauce on the side. 5 points
[Coconut Rice 2, Fruits 0, whipped cream 1, raspberry sauce 2]
Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish. 6 points
[WW: shrimp 0, cheese grits 4, gravy 2, relish 0 TOTAL 6 points]
Watermelon Cucumber Slushy. 4 points
Violet Blueberry Vanilla Croissant Doughnut topped with candied violets. 25 points
[WW: the points on this is obscene coming in at a whopping 25 points. I figure one bite is about 5 points, totally worth it]
Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Doughnut. 23 points
Berry Tea Mint Julep. 4 points
The Citrus Blossom
Orange Cream Slushy. 4 points.
Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic). [WW: 4 points]
Bites to Avoid at Epcot’s Garden and Flower Festival AKA Not Worth the Points
Pomodori Verdi e Mozzarella-Fried Green Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese and Balsamic Reduction. 13 points
[WW: fried green tomatoes 5 points, mozzarella 5 points, balsamic reduction 3 points.]
Pizza Toscana-Rustic Italian Flatbread with Sweet Sausage, Carmelized Onion, Mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan Cheeses. 6 points per slice
Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue. 12 points.
Foods I Didn’t Have Time To Try, but wanted to
Flavor Full Kitchen
Citrus Poached Salmon with Ancient Grain Salad, Roasted Vegetables and Citrus Greens. 5 points
[WW: Salmon 0, ancient grain salad 3, roasted vegetables 1, citrus greens 1]
From the Garden-Roasted beets, cashew cheese, micro herbs, lemon oil dressing. 6 points
[WW: roasted beets 1, cashew cheese 3, micro herbs 0, lemon oil dressing 2]
Mickey Tart Peanut Butter Mousse with Strawberry Jam and Boba Pearls. 6 points
The Honey Bee-stro
Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey-blistered Grapes, Sunflower Brittle and Coriander Flowers. 5 points
[WW: roasted cauliflower 1, carrot puree 1, rice pilaf 2, asparagus 0, grapes 0, sunflower brittle 1]
Local Wildflower Honey-mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses and Petite Lavender Shoots. 7 points
[WW: Cheesecake 4, ice cream 3]
The Citrus Blossom
Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon. 3 points.
Citrus Shortcake with Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, Citrus Crumble and Apple Cider Sorbet. 1o points
[WW: Shortcake 4, orange chiffon cake 3, lemon curd 1, mandarins 0, whipped cream 1, citrus crumble 0, apple cider sorbet 1]
Taste of Marrakesh
Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad. 4 points
[WW: Chicken 1, dried fruit 1, couscous salad 2]
Smoked Salmon Stack with Avocados, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Caviar and Focaccia Crostino. 4 points
[WW: Salmon 0, avocados 1, tomatoes 0, sour cream 1, caviar 0, Focaccia Crostino 2]
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