Sometimes, you would be in the mood to party in a club at night, and alcohol will surely be part of the fun. But wait, aren’t you on a strict diet?
Going low calorie on alcoholic drinks may be the last thing on your mind. Luckily, there are other options available. Choosing a green tea shot sounds terrific, but will that be a healthier choice? Here are suggestions that can help in making alcoholic drinks healthier.
How to Make Alcoholic Drinks Healthier
- Always use fresh fruit for the juice, but remember to dilute it with water or use ice to further lessen the calories. You can use it in place of sugar or fruit-flavored syrups, and when you do so, you get fiber, natural sugars, and vitamins.
- Go for seltzer water to remove the added sodium and other chemical additives. If the drink requires soda, lessen the quantity of the soda itself or use diet substitutes.
- Honey, which is rich in antioxidants, can be a substitute to make syrup. It also lets you control the sugar levels. Remember to go for a 1/2 tablespoon of honey with 3/4 tablespoon warm water.
- Remember to go for light spirits rather than dark ones. People often get the worst hangovers with dark alcohol.
A Few Things to Remember:
- An ounce and a half of hard alcoholic liquors account for about 96 calories.
- A five and a half-ounce pour of wine accounts for about 130 to 140 calories.
- A 12-ounce light beer accounts for 120 to 150 calories.
Popular Healthy Drink Recipes
There are ready-made mixes that you can buy, but it is better to start from scratch.
Start the base with a 3/4 cup of unsweetened, tomato juice low on salt. Next, add in freshly squeezed 1/2 lemon, a drop of chili and Worcestershire sauce. Include newly ground pepper to taste and a jigger filled with vodka. Use a slice of lemon and a celery stick as garnishes.
Pour a shot of vodka with two shots of cranberry juice, no sugar added, over cubes of ice. Stir in two shots of sparkling water and use a lime wedge as a garnish.
Mix 12 newly harvested mint leaves, freshly squeezed juice from half a slice of lime, and one tablespoon simple syrup in a glass. Put in a few ice cubes and pour one and a half ounces of light rum and 3/4 cup seltzer. Use a lime wedge as garnish.
Same preparation as the classic mojito, but before the rum and seltzer water is poured in, toss in pieces of frozen fruit as desired.
Toss one shot of cognac, half a shot of Cointreau and juice from one whole lemon in a mixer with ice. Pour the mixture in a glass and use a lemon slice as garnish.
Shake 1/4 cup of blackberries in the bottom of the glass. Toss in ice and add a shot of fresh lemon juice, a shot of lime juice (freshly squeezed), and half a shot of simple syrup. Finish with a shot of vodka and a slight amount of sparkling wine.
Suggested Go-To Strategies to Stay Healthy While Boozing
- If you are on a champagne binge, go for ultra brut. Its meaning is the same as “no added sugar” in the health industry. That results in fewer calories and lesser chances to get a hangover.
- Never drink on an empty stomach, as people always say. Check that you also down one or two glasses of water after each drink.
- Go for a mojito rather than a rum and coke. Mojitos may include seltzer water, fresh lime, mint, and simple syrup. Rum and coke have more sugar because of the cola, even if it is diet coke.
- If you love vodka, go for cranberry juice for the mix. Here are the numbers, though: vodka with diet sprite goes for 70 calories at 8.5 ounces. Vodka-diet cranberry juice has the same weight. Dieticians would suggest going for the cranberry juice as it is helpful against urinary tract infections.
- Be careful when choosing your shots. Sometimes, even drinks like a green tea shot will not be like its name.
Sometimes you may forget to watch what you are drinking. If you think you have gone over the limit you set for yourself, it is better to stop. Dieticians advise to either go on a workout before or after drinking to ease any hangovers that you could experience the morning after.