Feeling blue…but seeing green!!

March 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Although food can be your best friend, it can also be your worst enemy: like when I got food poisoning two nights ago. Obviously I haven’t been able to eat much the past couple of days, so instead of giving you some food for thought, I thought I’d hit you with some knowledge about low calorie drink options during your St. Patricks Day outings.

Drinking Disasters:

  • The day diet: Not eating enough food before going out often causes you to make unhealthy choices later. Not convinced? Does the mention of bar food, 1 a.m. pizza deliveries or instant Mac & Cheese ring a bell? While you may be foregoing calories and carbs during your day in order to indulge in drinks, it’s easy to justify the 500+ calorie midnight meal when you’re slightly inhibited.
  • Mixers and mix-ins: Soda, juice, syrups, chocolate and salt are all okay in moderation, but should not be included in each drink. Many mixed drinks should be treated as a dessert; it’s okay to indulge in one.

Beer

If you’re a beer drinker, there are many light varieties on the market. It might take awhile to find one that sits well with you, but you’ll be glad to find the one that compliments your taste buds and your waist. The Daily Beast put together a collection of the 50 healthiest beers. Curious what a light beer will run you? A 12 oz. can of Natural Light contains 95 calories and 3.2 carbs. For those who don’t want to sacrifice taste, try Beamish Irish Stout or New Belgium Skinny Dip.

Mixed drinks

With mixed drinks, the devil is in the details. A 6oz Pina Colada is around 378 calories. Chocolate Martini? 438. Drinking an 8 oz Long Island Ice Tea will set you back 780. Curious about some of your other favorite cocktails? Check here.

What you can do:

  • Mix with diet soda, diet tonic, light versions of your favorite juice or plain lemon or lime juice
  • Swap a glass of wine or light beer in place of your mixed cocktail
  • Alternate between an alcoholic beverage and water to keep yourself from becoming dehydrated and to save calories
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the bartender to alter your drink: use 1/2 the sugar, leave the salt off the rim or add some splashes of club soda.

Hope this helps you plan your night! As for me, I’ll be sticking with ginger ale for the time being

Amelia

Weekly Challenge: Definitely made it well over my quota yesterday (so important to drink water when you’re sick), today I’m only at 11oz, I have my work cut out for me…

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