With the weather getting nicer and summer upon us, it is officially time to give up those heavy beers we’ve been drinking all winter and switch to some, lighter low-calorie options. Before I say anything, let me put this out there: alcohol has no nutritional value whatsoever. Red wine may have antioxidants but I mean, so do berries, nuts, vegetables, whole-grain products, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, and even chocolate. The key to drinking is MODERATION. If you eat healthy and exercise, having a few drinks here and there is no big deal.. unless you are drinking 800 calorie margaritas all the time...
With that said, I have compiled a cheat sheet to help you make educated decisions when consuming alcohol so that you can continue enjoying your weekends while staying on track with your health and fitness goals!
Avoid: Stouts, porters, IPAs, pale ales (200-450 calories range)
Aim For: light beers, pilsners, wheat ales (90-150 calorie range) *Usually, the higher the ABV. the more calories a beer contains
Avoid: Drinks with dessert or exotic names, bright colors, soda, fruit juice or red bull (300-800 calories)
Aim For: Liquor with soda water, gin and tonic, liquor and diet soda Though listed as an option, I do not endorse drinking diet products. Though they may be calorie-free they are filled with harmful chemicals.
Avoid: Moscato, dessert wine, some sangria for its high sugar content from added juices, syrups
Aim for: Red or white wine, champagne (100 - 130 calories per glass) - full of heart healthy antioxidants and flavonoids!
The World’s Highest Calorie Drinks: (Per 1 Serving)
+ Margarita Calories: 740
+ Long Island Iced Tea Calories: 780
+ Mai Tai Calories: 620
+ Pina Colada Calories: 644
The World’s Lowest Calorie Drinks: (Per 1 Serving)
+ Red or White Wine Calories: 100
+ Champagne Calories: 90
+ Light Beer Calories: 90-120
+ Vodka Soda Calores: 96
+ Shot of Liquor Calories: 90-110
In the end, there is no real way to make drinking “healthy." However, educating yourself will help you to make calculated decisions and keep you on track!