Counting Calories? You can still have these drinks!
One of the top New Year's resolutions is to be healthier, lose weight, or something along those lines. If you are like millions who are trying to shed a few pounds or make healthier choices, have no fear, YOU CAN STILL DRINK!!! Below is a list of "waist conscious" adult beverages to help you get through your diets and workout plans!
10 Cocktails with the Lowest Calories
- Gimlet: 178 calories - If gin is your liquor of choice, go with a classic gimlet at the bar. This drink combines a splash of Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice with your favorite liquor—and that's it. To cut even more calories, skip the pre-bought juice and add simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lime instead.
- Martini: 176 calories - This classic martini is a mix of vermouth and gin. Asking your bartender to make it dry, means you'll get less vermouth and more liquor. Olives, optional.
- Mojito: 168 calories - Rum drinkers will want to avoid some of the popular cocktails like a mai tai or LIT. Instead ask for a minty mojito at the open bar. This drink is a mix of sugar, muddled mint leaves, and lime. Order this refreshing sip when you're looking for something sweet, not syrupy.
- Paloma: 166 calories - Tequila lovers will have to pass on the margaritas to shed calories, but a paloma is the next best thing. This drink is a blend of grapefruit juice, soda, and lime. Skip the sugar or salt around the rum for an even healthier after-five refreshment.
- Old Fashion: 154 calories - If you don't like to drink your bourbon straight, request an old fashioned at the bar. This cocktail has a splash of bitters to add flavor (without tacking on too many calories) and a bit of sugar
- Gin and Tonic: 148 calories - With tonic counting for only 10 calories an ounce, it's the perfect accompaniment to a top-shelf gin (or vodka).
- Sazerac: 136 calories - Whiskey drinkers who know best order a sazerac at the bar. This addition of bitters, absinth, sugar, and water smoothes out the bite of the liquor, without skyrocketing the calorie number.
- Vodka Soda: 96 calories - Ordering a vodka soda at the bar will cut down on your calories sipped for the night. Since soda water has zero calories, all you have to account for is the alcohol. Go ahead, and order another round
- Rum and Diet: 96 calories - Satisfy your taste for soda with a rum and Diet Coke at happy hour. Calorie-wise all you have to count is the 1.5 ounces of rum. However beware the high levels of caffeine, which might keep you up well past your bedtime.
- Champagne: 90 calories - Champagne and champagne-related cocktails are some of the most forgiving in the calorie department. One standard flute (about 4 oz.) rings in far less than a glass of wine or any mixed drink.
Put the Beer Bottle Down
Which alcohol is the worst choice you can make? Beer. Beer, everyone’s favorite, tops the list as the worst alcoholic beverage for you. The yeast, grains, gluten, and calories in beer make it a recipe for becoming bloated and inflamed. For each bottle you drink, you’re ingesting around 144-220 calories. Most of those calories come in the form of alcohol and carbs.
Alcohol is an “empty calorie,” which means its nutrient deficient and just a unit of energy for your body to use. The problem is when you drink beer, or sugary drinks, you’re ingesting not only the calories from alcohol, but also calories from the added carbs/sugars. Each drink is calorie-packed and nutrient-deficient – so those couple of beers could put a real stress on your waistline and your health.
Wine Isn’t So Great, Either
Wine isn’t as bad as beer – but it’s still not great. Red wine is your best option. It has more polyphenols(antioxidants) than white wine, and has been shown to have some positive effects on heart health when consumed in moderation.
The problem with wine is much the same as beer, the added calories. One five-ounce glass of wine contains around 125 calories, and in wine it comes in the form of sugars. Wine is made from grapes, grapes are fruit, and fruit contains natural sugars. Much like beer, your body now has to burn off the alcohol and carbs from the wine before it can burn off any fat you’re storing, making it tough on your waistline.
Wine is still better than beer, but it’s not the best.
The Best Choice You Can Make
The best form of alcohol, from a calorie perspective, are the classic spirits. We’re talking about tequila, rum, vodka, whiskey, and gin. One ounce of any of those classic spirits contains around 64 calories, most of which come from the alcohol content.
When you’re having more than one or two drinks, that calorie difference between spirits and wine or beer is huge. The problem with spirits is people tend to mix them with sugary fillers that boost the calories. Once you add juice, soda, bar mixes, and simple syrups, it makes the cocktail just as bad as beer or wine – if not worse.
But there’s no reason to start drinking your spirits on the rocks (unless you like them that way). You also don’t have to stick with boring old vodka waters. I’m going to outline a few fun recipes to open your mind to how you can drink low-cal while still enjoying yourself.
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