| Chardonnay, 160 cal | Moscow Mule, 183 cal | Vodka Soda, 200 cal | Cosmopolitan, 215 cal | Jack and Coke, 240 cal | Skinny Margarita, 275 cal |
I am pretty good about eating healthy. I typically make good decisions when it comes to food and limit my daily calories to a healthy intake for my body type. However, when it comes to drinking healthy, I am not the best. I am so bad about ordering sugary drinks. Bring on the frozen margaritas, pina coladas, and other fattening concoctions! I have noticed that this extra amount of calories a week really has affected the amount of ahem extra fluff on my body. No six pack for you ma’am! For this reason, I have been aware of my drinking habits as of late and am making conscious, healthier, drinking choices. But that got me thinking… what IS the healthier choice?
Drinking at Nicer Bars
If you have access to a wine or cocktail list, you are good to go! White wine is by far the healthiest choice, red wine being the second. If you are in the mood for liquor stick to a clear liquor such as a vodka martini or vodka soda. Keep the fruit juice mixers to a minimum.
Drinking at a Typical Bar
You aren’t going to have access to a wine list everywhere that you go, unless you are okay with an $8 glass of Barefoot at your local dive bar (um gross). Since your options are significantly more limited, keep it simple. Vodka water or soda is the healthiest option next to a Moscow Mule or something similar, which aren’t always available. I know that not everyone can stomach a vodka water, so I have been drinking flavored vodka and soda lately. Flavored vodkas have more sugar, but they are significantly better than ordering something like a rum and coke.
- Don’t just focus on calories. Stay away from hidden juice sugars in mixed cocktails.
- The darker the liquor, the higher the sugar concentration. (And the worse the hangover) For example rum, whiskey, and bourbon are very high in sugar and calories.
- Limes are your friend! If you can’t stomach a vodka soda or water get a ton of limes and squeeze them in! It makes the drink actually yummy!
- If there isn’t a wine menu available, pack a flask of wine (just kidding… pfft never have done that. ahem.) But seriously don’t do that you’re going to look like an alcoholic weirdo.
I hope that these tips helped! If you have any other healthier cocktails that you love please let me know in the comments! I love discovering new options!