The Healthiest Alcoholic Drinks

The Healthiest Alcoholic DrinksI’ll admit it, I like to drink. I go out occasionally, drink way too many pints, get bad food on the way home, and wake up the next day hungover. Of course that day becomes a write off as well, mainly because I’m too hungover to get out of bed and do anything, so I mainly lie around and eat even more bad food. As you can see, one night of drinking can lead to days of overindulging and thousands of extra calories consumed that you otherwise wouldn’t have ingested.

With this in mind, there are a few things you can do to bring down the total amount of calories you’ll take in during a night of drinking, or at the very least make some healthier choices. One of my favorite blogs, Gizmodo, put together a list of the nine “healthiest” alcoholic drinks that you can have when you’re going to tie one on. I put healthiest in quotes because there aren’t really (m)any alcoholic drinks that will have a positive effect on your health–especially when you’re drinking a lot of them at one time–but there are definitely ones that aren’t as bad as others.

The standard for anyone who’s watching their weight is the vodka soda. Vodka is a spirit with a low amount of calories (relatively speaking) and the soda has no calories. In my opinion, this is boring and only recommended if you are looking to get drunk quickly. You don’t really sit around sipping and enjoying a vodka soda.

As I said, Gizmodo has compiled a list of other drinks in addition to the vodka soda that will appeal to anyone who’s looking to take a healthier approach to drinking, opting for drinks made with fruits and vegetables–or just straight alcohol–rather than ones made with sugary fruit juice cocktails and soda. Check out the list complete with recipes at the link below.

Via: Gizmodo

Which Alcohol Has the Least Amount of Calories?

Which Alcohol Has the Least Amount of Calories?Have you ever seen an alcoholic or just someone who drinks a lot and thought to yourself “how does that guy stay so thin while drinking so much?” Beer and alcohol—especially when mixed with juice or soda—is packed with calories. Is there any way to drink and enjoy a night on the town while keeping your caloric intake to a minimum?

There are in fact ways to drink while on a diet and consume very few calories, but you need to choose your drinks wisely. First, you need to choose an alcoholic spirit with the least amount of calories. Vodka or gin is a good choice, generally containing 40% alcohol and between 95 and 100 calories per 1.5 oz. serving. Tequila also hovers around the 100 calorie and 40% alcohol per serving mark, with whiskey following close behind with around 100 -110 calories and 40-45% alcohol per serving. Another good option is rum, with Captain Morgan rum and Malibu rum containing 86 calories and 35% alcohol for the former and 81 calories and 21% alcohol per serving for the latter.

If you tend to shy away from hard liquor, there are some beers that contain about the same amount of calories in a 12 oz. serving. Light lagers such as Bud Light and Coors Light have 110 and 102 calories and 4.2% alcohol per serving, with Amstel Light coming in at 95 calories and 3.5% alcohol. Straight lagers like Heineken have more calories and alcohol with about 150 calories and around 5% alcohol per serving. Dark stouts like Guinness, Murphy’s, and Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout pack more calories per serving with anywhere between 128 and 171 calories per serving and 4-5% alcohol.

You will likely want to avoid ciders and other malt beverages if you’re counting your calories and trying to maintain your weight while drinking. Woodchuck Amber and Angry Orchard ciders have about 200 calories and 5% alcohol per serving, with Magners containing much less at 125 calories per serving but with only 4.5% alcohol. Malt-based beverages like Smirnoff Ice and Mike’s Hard Lemonade come in at nearly 250 calories with 5% alcohol with Four Loko being the worst of all with 337 calories and 12% alcohol per 12 oz. serving.

If hard liquor has too much alcohol for you and beer doesn’t provide enough, a good balance is wine. A 5 oz. serving of red wine has about 14% alcohol and only 120 calories. White wine, on the other hand, has a little less alcohol, usually around 12.5% per serving and around110 calories.

If you’re mixing your drinks, remember to choose your mix wisely. The more complicated the drink, the more calories it will contain. Lime juice will add about 24 calories per serving, and simple syrup will add 54 calories per serving. Juices will add another 100 or more calories per serving, and soda will add another 100-150 calories. As you can see, mixed drinks might go down easier but you’re adding a lot of empty calories.

To keep your calories to a minimum when you’re drinking hard liquor, choose to drink the alcohol straight on the rocks if you can handle it, or use club soda or diet pop as a mixer, as both have zero calories. Furthermore, remember to drink a glass of water in between each drink to keep your body hydrated. It will likely make the next day a little more tolerable since the major cause of a hangover is dehydration.

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