How to enjoy cocktail hour and not feel guilty.
We have all been in that struggle between wanting to enjoy drinks on a night out with the girls and feeling guilty about moving away from your health and nutrition goals. If you’re not careful, on a night out, you can ingest up to 1000 liquid calories.
It’s true you can always enjoy yourself and drink with moderation. I’m a firm believer in setting realistic goals for yourself and enjoying life. Here are some helpful tips to make cocktail hour a little more diet-friendly. <3
Alcohol has seven calories per gram. These are described as empty calories, meaning they have no nutritional value, so aim to keep your intake under 200 calories
Vodka and soda is safe. If you get bored, get a good, old-fashioned bourbon with bitters, which has about 150 calories. Traditional recipes include sugar, but you can opt for a squeeze of lemon instead.
A good bartender should be able to make a classic margarita on the rocks without any sugar or additives. Made up of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, it should be around 154 calories.
Carrie Bradshaw was obviously on to something, drinking the Infamous Cosmopolitan, a mix of vodka, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice that breaks the scale at the 150 calorie mark.
Try ordering water in between your drinks. Not only will it help keep you hydrated; it will also help you feel satisfied longer, curbing your desire to delight in late-night snacks, like pizza.
Make drinking water fun. Order it in a fancy glass, ask for lots of fresh fruit, a squeeze of lemon, or a wedge. Make it sparkling, perhaps with an umbrella and a fun straw.