New Years Eve is just around the corner & I Know there are a few of us that like to celebrate with a drink or two. For those of you who’ve been training like demons & don’t want to ruin your hard work, here are the best low calorie alcoholic drinks to sip & enjoy!
Vodka Lime & Soda – 64 calories
A true favourite, especially among the ladies, the humble Vodka Lime & Soda only contains the calories from vodka, with the Australian standard “shot” being 30ml.
Champagne or Sparkling Wine – 78 calories
Now this is worth celebrating! A party favourite, bubbles contains 78 calories per 120ml - the standard Aussie size.
Corona – 82 calories
Feel like a cool beer on a hot day? Crack open a Corona & pop a lime wedge in. A regular 330ml bottle contains only 82 calories.
Mojito – approx. 100 calories
The average Mojito you buy at a bar can contain anywhere up to 200 calories, but yo can cut the calories down if you go easy on the sugar & amount of alcohol.
If you use white rum, lime, mint, ice, soda, a 30ml shot of rum (64 calories), & only a dash of sugar (or even stevia) this drink can be brought down to the 100 calorie mark!
White Wine – 102 calories
The average150ml glass of white wine contains 102 calories, but keep in mind the sweeter the wine the more calories it contains. Make this drink go further by turning it into a spritzer with soda water, this will also help keep you hydrated!
Red Wine – 117 calories
While it’s not the lowest on the list, red wine does contain Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skin of the grapes. It is known to lower cholesterol, absorb free radicals & improve your sensitivity to insulin. All in moderation though!
Here a a few favorites to be aware of...
Espresso Martini – 283 calories
Containing several different spirits, often something with a sugary or creamy factor, there’s no (tasty) way to lower the cals on this one. Best enjoyed as a dessert every once in a while.
Gin & Tonic – up to 200 calories!
A refreshing G&T can be deceiving as it looks a lot like a Vodka Soda, but with up to 3 times as many calories! A 30ml shot of gin contains 65 calories, so it’s the tonci water that’ll get you (it’s full of sugar!). To remedy this, opt for diet tonic or more ice & less tonic – 300ml of Schweppes Tonic Water contains 110 calories.
Bourbon & Coke – 195 calories
With 69 cals in a 30ml shot of Jim Beam, the rest of the calories in this drink is made up by the sugary Cola. Bourbon & Coke also varies, as you can buy pre-mixers which contain up to 248 cals. You could opt for a diet-cola version which would cut down the calories.
So there are a few options for New Years Eve drinks if you want to watch the calorie content. Most importantly, everything in moderation & drink plenty of water in between to stay hydrated - HAPPY NEW YEAR!