A cocktail need not spell the death knell of your diet. When watching you weight, some cocktails are worse than others. Some cocktails will contain several types of liquors and additives. If you’re on a low-carb diet, you’ll not only do you have to watch out for calorie content, but also the carb content. Some cocktails will score much higher on that point.
- Your best bet is to limit full-blown cocktails. A great alternative to cocktails is any type of liquor on the rocks. Cutting out the sweet and fattening syrups dramatically lowers calories and carbohydrate content. For example, Corazon Blanco on the rocks or vodka with a splash of juice, on the rocks or with soda water are lower calorie options.
- Mix cocktails with water, club soda, low calorie juices, sugar-free syrups or artificial sweeteners for easy and big savings in calories.
- Ask the bartender or waitress to help you make a selection.
- Go for cocktails made from fresh-squeezed juices and natural products such as honey. Most cocktails contain refined sugar, which obviously is high in calories. Fewer additives also mean that the drinks taste stronger, but still scrumptious. Fruit and vegetable juices are also better choices as not only lower in calories than some other mixers, but also contain disease-preventing antioxidants. Still, fruit juices are lower calorie – not no-calorie. Therefore, remain frugal in adding fruit juice to your cocktail.
- Swap high calorie cocktails for their lower calorie counterparts.
- Stick to one type of alcohol, as it is taxing on the body to process and eliminate several alcohols at once.
- Avoid calorie rich ingredients or toppings such as chocolate syrup, cream and sugar on the rim.
- Add something with a bit of fizz, as it is a great way to add texture without adding calories.
- Stay far, far away from super-sized cocktails which contain double shots and extra mixers, which easily add up to more than a 1,000 calories.