Sure, alcohol is not the *healthiest* beverage out there, but it has its uses + benefits [in moderation ; )]. Like any indulgence, you should treat yourself once in a while, but there are ways to do it in a *less indulgent* way. Navigating a bar menu + it’s seemingly *endless* options can be daunting, + it’s easy to order your standard *go-to* instead of exploring or experimenting with lighter cocktail options.
Enjoying an adult beverage [or two ; )] should be a reward + way to unwind — this should be an occasion to destress, not worry so much about calories or nutritional content! But if you want to enjoy drinking without risking feeling like you’re *completely* contradicting your last #SweatSesh, we’ve got you covered ; )
THE *GOOD* //
Instead of mixing vodka [or any alcohol of choice] with a sugar-packed soda or juice, opt for club soda [sometimes called soda water]. Club soda satisfies the bubbly carbonation that you may associate with alcoholic beverages but is much simpler in terms of added sugars + ingredients. If you’re looking for a little fruity sweetness, ask for a couple slices of lime, lemon or orange + add the juice yourself. Another option — ask for a *splash* of something heavier like cranberry or orange juice to get some flavor without nearly as much sugar.
++ If you can skip the mixer + enjoy your drink on da rocks, do it! It’s the best way to skip the calories + extra sugars that can add up quickly when you’re drinking.
If you’re more of a fan of wine, opt for drier red wines, rather than sweet whites. These tend to be lower in calories + sugar content, so you can actually reap those health benefits of red wine that everyone talks about. ; )
THE *OKAY* //
Sodas + alcohol aren’t recommended given the amount of sugar in each alone, but if you have to combine the two, try to opt for diet sodas instead. They’re still not the best — but it’s definitely a lighter swap.
Speaking of lighter swaps, when ordering beer, choosing a light beer over something like a stout can make a big difference in cutting down the calories + carbs!
THE *AVOID AT ALL COST* //
When it comes to picking drinks that don’t pack the caloric punch of a full meal, it’s best to follow a *less is more* guideline — the more that gets added into your drink, the worse it gets for you.
Long Islands, flavored margaritas, daiquiris with heavy syrups, + anything with sugar-heavy mixers like Red Bull [seriously, just say no to the Red Bull] should be a hard pass. Not only are these drinks absolutely loaded with added sugar, they’re also usually served in a larger cup//container, making them a poor choice by portion size alone.
Remember, less is more + always drink responsibly : )
+ Ali [@ali.inchaarg], virtCHAARG girl from Philly