Updated: Mar 27
Nothing easier than underestimating the number of calories you're drinking!
Way too often, cosy evenings in are followed by an indulgent glass of wine. Social nights out wouldn’t be complete without having some cocktails, wine with your meal, and maybe a nightcap to finish. However, if you value a healthy lifestyle - it's important to ensure that you're drinking smart. Of course, you don't have to give up alcohol altogether. But do keep in mind that alcohol is *not* healthy, and provides zero nutritive value.
If you've found your waistline tugging at your clothes, or can't get out of a weight loss plateau - addressing your drinking habits will go a long way in getting you back on track.
Choose Your Drinks Wisely
Rule number one is to avoid any drinks that are pre-mixed; non-alcoholic or alcoholic. These are unnecessarily high on sugar and/or artificial sweeteners, as well as many other additives such as preservatives, colourings and flavorings. Also try to avoid frozen mixed drinks such as Margaritas - they're also often made with pre-mixes, as opposed to being made from scratch.
5 Low-Cal Alcoholic Drinks
Champagne is a sparkling white wine and often has much fewer calories than a glass of white wine. A Champagne cocktail, made by combining grapefruit or orange juice with a more dry Champagne, will contain some valuable vitamin C. You'll also be able to drink less alcohol for the same sized drink.
Vodka & Soda
The combination of vodka and soda is virtually sugar-free (when there are no sweet mixers). It is therefore much lower in calories. Add in a squeeze of lime, and you get more flavor and a refreshing twist. However, there's zero nutritional value with this one!
Beer is high in carbs and sugar because it's made with grains. Drinking beer isn't just making you consume too many calories, but also playing havoc with your blood sugar levels. All that being said - you can always choose from a range of light lagers/beers that are low in calories and sugar. Also keep in mind that craft beers mostly contain more alcohol, and are consequently much higher in calories.
This traditional Irish drink is known as a healthy choice. Thankfully, it does have some nutritional value consisting of soluble fibre, B Vitamins and antioxidants. Despite their thickness, these drinks are low on calories, especially when compared to some other choices like lagers. However, the few nutritional benefits aside - you'll still be consuming alcohol!
Bloody Mary contains tomato juice and vodka mixed with salt, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. This is a low calorie drink that also offers some nutritional value. Tomato juice (make sure you go for a fresh tomato juice rather than a pre-made mix) provide a healthy dose of potassium, vitamin C, and some antioxidants like lycopene. Adding in more vegetables will provide even more fibre and nutrients.
How To To Detox After A Night Of Drinking:
How to take care of yourself after a night of overindulging - here's a few things you can do to detox after a night of drinking:
Sleep in. A hangover is the biological tax you're paying to party.
Go for a walk and get some fresh air
Eat eggs for breakfast
Step up the rehydration with electrolytes
And sip some ginger tea with honey in it
Hydrate as much as possible
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