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Alcoholic Beverage Choices for the Health Conscious

Posted Jun 01 2010 8:05pm
This will be my last post until I return from Vegas. So, I figured I would highlight the lowest calorie drinks since I am about to head out to Sin City, and would like to be friendly to the waist-line. First of all, it is important to remember that what is considered safe for alcohol is 1 drink per day for women, and 2 drinks per day for men. And no, you can not save up, and then go to Vegas and binge drink--not healthy. However, this is Vegas we are talking about.

Adiós sugary sweet pineapple cocktail!
Top Choices for Lighter Alcoholic Drinks:
  1. Wine: on average about 100 calories per 5 oz. glass, plus wine contains heart healthy polyphenols
  2. Vodka Soda/Vodka Diet Tonic: about 70-90 calories depending on the vodka brand/proof
  3. Champagne: one flute is only about 75 calories
  4. Coconut Rum is surprisingly lower in calories than other hard liquors: 51 calories per oz.; just mix with a diet tonic, and splash of orange juice and you have a drink under 100 calories! Don't forget there are other light liquor choices like tequila, brandy, scotch which are all about 65 calories per oz.
  5. Bacardi and Diet Coke/Diet Tonic: a traditional cocktail at 65 calories per 5 oz drink, but I'm not a huge fan of coke...
  6. Gin and Diet Tonic: a personal fav at 120 calories per 6 oz.
  7. Lemon Juice and Lime Juice will only set you back 10 calories; add to a flavored liquor on the rocks or with diet soda/tonic.
  8. Light Beer: about 60-115 calories depending on brand
When not at a bar, you can get more healthy conscious by buying 100% fruit juice, diet mixers, mixing sangria, skinny margaritas , or pomegranate cocktails !

Did you know? Alcohol is not a carbohydrate--it is a separate category. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram which puts alcohol in-between carbohydrates and fat (less energy per gram than fat, but more energy per gram than carb/protein). This means is that it can be easy to consume hundreds of calories from alcohol without realizing.

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