Avoid Gaining Weight with Drink Alternatives

Are your favorite summer cocktails crammed with calories? Go low cal with these light alternatives from Sari Greaves, RD CDN, Media Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Cheers!

Rum and coke is a popular mixed drink, but regular soda is highly caloric. Switching to diet soda is a great way to save calories. The difference? If you drink two rum and diet cokes instead of the sweeter version, you can save the equivalent calories of a chocolate doughnut.

A vodka tonic is a refreshing spring/summer cocktail, but the tonic is loaded with sugar and a poor caloric choice. Swap the tonic for diet club soda and add flavored vodka such as raspberry or citrus or lemons and limes for taste. The difference? If you drink two vodka tonics vs. two vodka sodas, the caloric equivalent is a bowl of chili con carne.

Long Island Iced Tea's are refreshing on a hot summer day, but is one drink worth 780 calories? That's the same amount of calories in a Burger King Whopper! For an equally refreshing cocktail with WAY less calories, try a glass of Sangria. The combination of wine, fruit juice, club soda and fresh fruit makes for a low-cal, warm weather drink.

Sweet white wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Rieslings are full of sugar. If you're looking to enjoy two glasses of wine with dinner, save 60 calories by choosing a dry white wine such as a Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio and treat yourself to a fat free Jello pudding for dessert. Another alternative? Fill your glass halfway with wine and the rest with calorie free club soda for a low calorie wine spritzer.

Daiquiris are made primarily with alcohol and a sugary mix making this drink extremely caloric. For the same sweet taste, with half the calories, try a Tequila Sunrise made with tequila, orange juice, and a splash of grenadine. This fun summer drink is low-cal, and high in vitamin C, a much better choice.