By ALEXANDRA R PARADISE on December 6, 2012 1:44 PM
Originally posted by: SiOWfa12
As we all know, the holiday season is full of good food, and as you can tell from looking through other blogs posts, people are concerned about eating healthy during the holidays. But eating healthy isn’t the only thing we should be concerned about; alcoholic drinks are sure to be plentiful, and they are a quick way to ruin your diet.
To remain healthy this season, it is important to choose drinks that have a higher number of calories from alcohol rather than fillers – this way, it won’t take as many drinks to get that buzz you want and your calories will remain limited. The website Get Drunk Not Fat lists alcohols in order of their “calories from alcohol.” For example, pure ethanol derives 100% of its calories from alcohol (this obviously cannot be consumed, but is used for comparison reasons). The chart also includes the number of calories in each drink.
As you may have guessed, light beers have the fewer calories than heavier beers. The beers with the fewest calories include: Molson Canadian 67 (67 calories), Miller Genuine Draft 64 (64 calories), Bud Select 55 (55 calories), etc.
But what about hard liquors? What mixed drinks have the least chance of sabotaging our diets? A list of the nine healthiest alcoholic drinks lists vodka and soda water as the healthiest mixed drink. Vodka averages about 96 calories per 1.5 ounces and soda water has no calories.
Another, more fun, low-cal drink is champagne. And with New Years Coming, what better way to drink in the New Year than with some bubbly? A 4 ounce glass of champagne is just 85 calories.
But the key thing to remember is that you should always drink responsibly. If you keep your holiday drinking to a moderate level, your diet shouldn’t get too off track.
When it comes to food AND drinks this holiday season, everything is okay in moderation.