For those of you who wonder if there is such a thing as “healthy” spirits the answer is, there’s always a healthier choice. You can eliminate anywhere from 200-400 calories per drink with the right information.
First, there is definitely not a “0” calorie cocktail, because the calories in liquor are derived from the alcohol itself. Next, know what alcoholic beverages “not” to drink:
- Coolers – You may as well take a straight shot of liquor. At least that way you will have avoided about 8 teaspoons of sugar, about 250 calories, and having to drink more bottles to feel the alcohol.
- Beer – Calories from beer come from the alochol and carbohydrates, a double dose of weight loss agony.
- Cocktail Mixers – Loaded with sugars, water, and in many case artificial flavorings.
- Flavored Liquors – Usually has less alcohol content than the pure form. Example: Vodka 40%-50% vs Flavored 25%-35%. Add your own flavor instead.
- Use diet sodas or just carbonated water for mixed drinks
The main culprits that load up the calories and pounds in cocktails are the high sugar juices and sodas. Fortunately the major soda companies have effectively produced diet sodas that not only do not have the calories or sugar, but actually taste great! Coca-Cola Zero and Pepsi MAX both have “real” soda taste, no sugar, and no calories.
Slender Lady Martini – Yields 6 servings = only 100 calories per serving!
1 cup of Splenda or 24 packets.
1 Cup of Lime juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)
1 Cup of Water
1 1/2 Cup of Tequila, Vodka, or Rum (Brown liquors and gin usually don’t taste well with this. as they have a distinctively stronger taste.
optional: add some mint leaves to add a refreshing bang.
Stir well and pour over ice. Garnish with lime slices and/or mint leaves.
Things to remember:
- Always eat before drinking – An empty stomach means rapid alcohol absorption and makes you more apt to over eat!
- Limit alcoholic beverages to 1 per hour – Any more than this spikes your blood alcohol levels rapidly. Drink glasses of water during and between drinks to maintain hydration and slow down your pace.
- Drink responsibly – Don’t drink and drive or let loved one drink and drive.
Whether you like fruity, savory, bitter, or stiff drinks – the ultimate goal is to enjoy life responsibly. Happy Labor Day 2011!
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