ExecutiveChronicles | 5 Best Low Calorie Cocktails | The motto of the holiday party season is “eat, drink, and be merry,” right? If you’re drinking soft drinks that make you feel bloated, it’s tough to get past the “drink” and on to the “enjoy yourself” bit.
Here are some pointers to keep you on track while drinking. The first step in determining how much drinking you want to do before the party is to decide how many drinks you want to have beforehand, according to Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, author of Body Kindness.
It’s all right to have a good time, but sticking to a limit can help you avoid a hangover the next day. What should you put in your glass, based on what you enjoy? Warm beverages, such as hot toddies, mulled wine, or Baileys with hot chocolate or coffee are drinkable. “The most important thing is to take it slow,” adds Scritchfield.
Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn, the Tone It Up fitness trainers who enjoy wine so much that they launched a hashtag dedicated to it, take a different approach: “When we drink, we go for wine, champagne, or clear alcohol,” they clarify. “Clear alcohol, on the other hand, contains fewer calories and congeners, a chemical that can produce more severe hangovers, than dark liquors. It also includes antioxidants for some heart-healthy benefits.”
Here are some cocktails you can make yourself to stay lower-cal this holiday season. To imbibe without feeling guilty, sip in moderation and stick to these fewer-than-200-calorie drink options.
1- Mulled wine, 115 calories
A spicy-sweet holiday flavor is created by the Tone It Up mulled wine, which includes red wine, lemon peel, orange peel, nutmeg, cloves, honey, and ginger.
2- Mojito, 150 calories
While a sweet beverage may not appear to be a good option, it is one of the most popular in many parts of the world. You may cut the simple syrup in half, if you so choose (or omit it entirely), which is an excellent alternative. A shot of rum has about 100 calories, and 2 tablespoons of mint, lime, or soda water are all naturally low-calorie options. Use a cocktail shaker for best results. A cocktail made with dark rum is around 150 calories. The calorie content of dextrose (half the typical serving) in the form of syrup is approximately 40 calories.
3- Pomegranate martini, 111 calories
What are some other creative uses for pomegranate arils? Make a pomegranate martini, for example. Here’s how to make one.
4- Tequila & soda, 100 calories
This is a popular cocktail among nutritionists since tequila has a lower glycemic index than other alcoholic beverages. It’s great with a variety of fruit and vegetable toppings, from classic lime to cucumber and orange.
5- Seabreeze, 180 calories
If you’re a vodka-cranberry drinker, try switching it up this holiday with a Seabreeze. The drink’s 1.5 ounces of cranberry juice is reduced to only 4 ounces by the grapefruit juice, which also adds some vitamin C.