As summer is around the corner and BBQ’s will be a weekly occurrence it is important to consider what you are drinking as well as what you are eating, so we have some tips on alternatives to healthy alcoholic drinks.
Alcohol, just like protein, fat and carbohydrates are classed as a macronutrient, however, it is non-essential, meaning that we don’t need it to survive; even though after a long day at work it might feel like it sometimes. This means that alcohol provides calories, otherwise known as energy to the body but is devoid of vitamins or minerals or other beneficial nutrients. Not only that, it can actually prevent the absorption of some nutrients in the digestive system.
Therefore, there isn’t really such thing as a “healthy alcoholic drink”, however, there are better alternatives that you can consider when you are losing weight.
So, Is There a Diet Where Alcohol is Allowed?
Yes, this doesn’t mean you have to ban alcohol, but just be aware of the choices you are making.
So if you normally have a few pints on a Friday evening or enjoy some ciders on a Sunday afternoon, it is important to understand it’s potential detriments to achieving or maintaining a healthy weight as either one means consuming over 700 calories just from fluids; that’s the same amount as in an entire Hot Peri Peri Chicken Protein Pizza plus two chocolate protein brownies.
Can Still Lose Weight Drinking Alcohol?
Fit alcohol into your diet, work out what drinks you are going to consume how many calories they are and work it around your daily calorie intake to still stay in that deficit to lose weight.
Try to avoid high calorie drinks, the worst culprits for hidden calories are cocktails; so pass on the Pino Colada, Long Island Ice Tea or Mai Tia and on your girls night out, opt instead for a Mojito if your planning on dancing the night away; alternatively ladies can opt for a clear spirit such as gin or vodka and sip it slowly on the rocks, or add a slim lime tonic or soda water with a squeeze of lemon or lime.
If you fancy something a little grander, a healthy choice is a champagne as it is only 90 calories per glass; and if you fancy that cold beer, just make sure you choose lower calorie varieties, Budweiser Select, Becks Premier Light and Amstel light are just 55 calories, 63 calories and 95 calories respectively.
Great Low-Calorie Mixers
Alternatively choose a diet soda such as diet coke or diet lemonade or lower calorie cranberry juice as your mixer, which means it will contain less than 120 calories per glass.
Low-Calorie Mixer Examples:
- Diet Indian Tonic (4 Kcals)
- Coke Zero (0.3 Kcals)
- GetMoreVits Juice Drinks (10 Kcals)
Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic Light (8 Kcals)
Food Choices When Drinking
It is also important to think about how alcohol may affect your food choices, we all know it is capable of tricking us into buying that kebab on the way home and makes us reach for a takeaway the next day when our head is a little sore. Try to drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink to prevent any hangovers and poor food choices then instead of nipping to the fast food restaurant en route to bed, drink some water and a have a couple of slices of toast with nut butter instead.
Alcohol is something we can definitely include as part of a healthy lifestyle as long as we focus on making the right choices; some research even suggests in moderation it can help us live longer too. If we can squeeze some ginger, coffee and lemon into our drinks too, they may not counteract the negative effects of alcohol but there are some proven health benefits in having them.
Healthy Alcoholic Drinks for Men or Women
- Gin and slimline tonic – 115kcals
- Red wine – 120kcals
- Vodka with soda and lime- 105kcal
- Champagne – 90kcals
- Cosmopolitan – 100kcals
Calories in Popular Alcoholic Drinks
Popular Alcoholic DrinksAverage Calories
|Gin on the rocks||80 kcals|
|Vodka with soda and lime||105 kcals|
|Whisky and coke||190 kcals|
|Red wine||125 kcals|
|White wine||127 kcals|
|Light beer||64 kcals|
|Standard bottle beer||150 kcals|
|Pina Colada||840 kcals|
|Espresso Martini||194 kcals|
Healthy Alcoholic Drink Recipes
Light pina colada (165kcals)
- 30ml coconut flavoured run
- 100ml pinapple juice
- 200ml sparkling water
- 1 tbsp. light coconut cream
Matcha and ginger cocktails (185kcals)
- 30ml vodka
- Juice 1 fresh lime
- 20ml Matcha syrup
- 10ml ginger juice
- 200ml sparkling water
Raspberry herb cocktail (195kcals)
- ½ cup fresh raspberries
- ½ tsp. stevia or unrefined sugar
- 1 sprig each of mint and basil
- 30ml vodka
- juice ½ lemon
- 100ml Prosecco
- 100ml sparkling water