One drawback of having a few cocktails is that you might unknowingly consume a significant portion of your daily caloric intake with what you think are just a few casual drinks.
Many alcoholic drinks contain a lot of extra sugar, which usually means they also contain a lot of empty calories.
Regularly consuming alcoholic beverages with high sugar and calorie counts can have both short- and long-term health effects.
The CDC state that too much sugar can lead to health issues like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and obesity.
Tips for drinking alcohol while following a healthy lifestyle
– Choose alcoholic beverages like vodka and tequila that have little to no added sugar.
– Use fruit or citrus juice to naturally sweeten cocktails.
– Drink water in between alcoholic beverages to prevent becoming drunk and becoming dehydrated.
But perhaps most importantly, you should drink moderately as part of a healthy diet.
According to the 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults should consume no more than one to two standard alcoholic beverages daily.
However, there are lots of choices and chances to be a little inventive when it comes to alcoholic beverages with fewer calories.
Check out some suggestions you may find appealing and that are also healthier than most!
- Vodka Soda (82 calories)
A vodka soda is easy to make, crisp, clear, and really refreshing.
To make it, you need some vodka, club soda, and some citrus juice, preferably lemon or lime.
If you wish, you can also garnish the glass with a citrus wedge and perhaps some fresh or frozen berries as well for a splash of color.
There are approximately 65 calories in one ounce of vodka in this drink, which typically contains 1.5 ounces of soda water and freshly squeezed citrus juice like lemon or lime.
A vodka soda weighing 8 ounces will amount to around 82 calories.
- Prosecco (100 calories)
Prosecco is frequently served and shared for toasting, and with only about 100 calories in a 6-ounce glass, it is unquestionably a reason to rejoice!
Prosecco is carbonated as well, which can be quite a bit more filling than alcohol without carbonation and may eventually cause you to drink less quickly.
- Tequila with Fresh Citrus Juice (128 calories)
Tequila with lime is really refreshing, with a lovely balance of sweet and tangy flavors, making it the perfect beverage to sip on all night long.
Tequila, just like vodka, has fewer added sugars than many other drinks. Tequila has about 128 calories per 2-ounce serving, and it tastes great poured over a big cocktail ice cube or on the rocks.
Add a squeeze of fresh lime or orange juice and garnish with a slice of citrus fruit to complete the drink and you can enjoy something truly special without having to worry about compromising your healthy lifestyle or giving up on treats altogether.
- Ranch Water (131 calories)
Ranch water is a straightforward, 3-ingredient tequila highball beverage made with lime juice, tequila, Topo Chico and a lime wedge for garnish.
It has about 131 calories per 10-ounce serving, which is considered low-calorie given the size of the drink in comparison to others on this list.
This cool, crisp beverage is ideal for a guilt-free hot summer day.
All in all, there are definitely quite a few enticing options when it comes to consuming alcohol while keeping an eye on calories, and if the “all things in moderation” philosophy suits you, it’s a reasonable strategy.