It's almost the weekend and if you tend to go out and enjoy yourself .. you might want to rethink your cocktail choice. There are some facts that might lead you to believe that have a pre-dinner cocktail might lead you to consume extra calories. Not to mention that you might not realize how many calories you are consuming when you are having your liquid beverage of choice!!
Balance is key to a healthy lifestyle and its more than likely that you indulge in occasional cocktails here and there. But more often than not, you forget that these drinks tend to be higher in calories. Don't worry I have you covered because with a little knowledge and some planning, you can enjoy healthy cocktails without packing on the pounds.
When choosing a drink, the key to order healthy cocktails, the mixers, syrups, and sodas which are used to make the cocktails. Most drinks begin with 1.5 oz of distilled spirits, which is equivalent to about 96 calories. The higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories.
80 proof vodka (40% alcohol) has 64 calories per 1 oz (most common)
86 proof vodka (43% alcohol) has 70 calories per 1 oz
90 proof vodka (45% alcohol) has 73 calories per 1 oz
100 proof vodka (50% alcohol) has 82 calories per 1 oz
A standard glass of wine contains around 125-150 calories, but that depends on the size of the glass and the size of the pour.
Beer can range anywhere from 64-198 calories per 12 oz. Light beers are the healthier option because they contain fewer carbs but the same amount of alcohol as a regular beer.
After reading that you should be thinking to yourself, WOW I can eat a ton of food for those amounts of calories. I also have some tips for you when picking the best cocktail of choice when you are out !
-Alternate between an alcoholic drink and a nonalcoholic drink: Once you finish a glass of wine or beer, switch to glass of water or sparkling water. This will help you to drink less, stay hydrated and feel better the next day.
-Healthy alternative mixers: Light orange juice (8 oz): 50 calories, Light cranberry juice (8 oz): 50 calories, Light lemonade (8 oz): 5 calories, Crystal Light Pure: 15-30 calories, Club soda: 0 calories (75 mg sodium)
-Diluting a drink can make it last longer. Ask for a half glass of wine and half club soda or sparkling water, or order a drink with club soda and just a splash of juice.
The best idea is to plan ahead. By planning you are choosing to make better choices before you are inhibited by alcohol. The best way to avoid packing on extra alcohol pounds is to decide beforehand what number of drinks you are going to have and how you are going to order your drink to cut back on calories. Make sure to eat before drinking because alcohol is absorbed through the stomach lining and can absorb much quicker on an empty stomach.
Also remember to hydrate yourself when you are drinking cocktails of any kind for your body needs to detoxify. It will also keep you from getting the dreaded hangover feeling the next day!