It’s October and let the parties begin! Did you know the average American can put on up to 5 lbs. during the holidays? The holiday season isn’t just about overeating on 1 or 2 days, it’s a season that extends through the New Year. From now until January 1st, we’ll be attending many social gatherings with more snacks, more alcohol, more finger foods and calorie filled appetizers with little nutritional value.
If you’re trying to watch your calories this holiday season, you don’t have to be a downer at the party. Drink wisely with these smart strategies and cut out some of those unnecessary calories.
Avoid these high calorie delicious drinks:
*Mojito (242 calories, 25g of sugar in 8 oz.): This Cuban cocktail can harm your waistline and sap your energy the next day. Make it healthier by asking the bartender to cut out the sugar and add more club soda.
*Frozen Strawberry Margarita (564 calories, 16g of sugar in 12 oz.): Just because there’s fruit in the name, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. This drink packs in more calories than two bags of Skittles. Make it healthier by ordering a plain margarita on the rocks and cut those calories by 300. Also ask for no salt on the rim, that rim may provide 2,000 milligrams of sodium (that’s nearly an entire daily allowance).
*Gin & Tonic (164 calories, 17g of sugar in 8 oz.): 1.5 shot of Gin has 97 calories and no sugar. But fill that glass with tonic water and you’ll wind up consuming 4 teaspoons of the sweet stuff. Make it healthier by trading tonic water for club soda, seltzer or diet tonic to shave off 70 calories.
*Sangria (258 calories, 25g of sugar in 12 oz.): Sangria may seem like a smart choice since it’s red wine and fruit but many recipes add sugar, soda or juice. Make it healthier by opting for a glass of red wine.
*Beer (156 calories, 0g of sugar in 12 oz.): A single beer won’t do much damage to your diet but most people don’t stop at one when they’re socializing. Order a brew in a bottle versus a draft to avoid larger glasses and bartenders over pouring. Try MGD 64 or Beck’s Premier Light to slash 92 calories.
Like everything else, moderation is the key when it comes to enjoying cocktails while watching your weight. Treat alcohol the same way you treat other things in your diet – as something you can enjoy from time to time without going overboard.
What’s your favorite holiday beverage to enjoy?
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