Watching your weight doesn’t mean you have to abstain from alcohol. Wine and spirits such as gin, vodka and tequila have less than 100 calories per serving – hardly a diet killer. It’s sugary, creamy cocktails that send calories through the roof – upwards of 500 calories or more! Here are some ways to celebrate over drinks that won’t pack on pounds:
Lighten your usual drink
For drinks made with vodka, tequila or other spirits, go with a zero-calorie mixer like club soda and a splash of juice instead tonic water containing 80 calorie per cup. Look at it this way: For about the same calories, you could enjoy two rum and Diet Cokes or have one Cosmopolitan.
Sip a spritzer
An average glass of wine has about 90 calories. Do like the Europeans and make yours a wine spritzer (half wine, half club soda) and your drink drops to less than 50 calories.
Nix sugary mixed drinks
Two sugar-laden mixed drinks like a margarita can pile on a whopping 800 calories or more! For a skinnier festive drink try tequila with a splash of juice and a wedge of lime, or have the bar make your cocktail with a calorie-reduced sprit such as Voli Light vodka that comes is a variety of exotic flavors.
Sweet drinks are veritable calorie bombs and they can go down awfully easy. Instead, order one stronger drink you’ll linger over such as a martini that’s mostly straight liquor, and served icy cold with a splash of vermouth a 2.5-ounce glass it’s only 160 calories
If you usually have a few cocktails at a party a great way to save calories (and keep your hands busy) is to alternate each with an icy glass of water or zero calories seltzer.
Have a happy, healthy holiday!
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Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, is a registered dietitian in New York City and the author of two bestselling diet books: The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear – with fiber and The F-Factor Diet. Subscribe to Tanya’s free weekly newsletter and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and subscribe to her free weekly newsletter.