How many of you pledged on New Year’s Eve that this would be your year to get in shape? You’ve ostracized pizza, introduced yourself to quinoa, and initiated a workout routine; you’re on the right track. However, what many people fail to realize is how easy it is to fall off the wagon when you’re holding a cocktail. I’m not saying that in order to reach your fitness goals you have to give up drinking; frankly, they might kick you out of college for that. What I am telling you is this: The drinks typically ordered at bars will hurt your progress. Most drinks are filled with sugary mixes, which when added to the already sugar-containing liquor, is a recipe for cancellation of your hard work, not to mention a mean hangover.
Luckily, there are “healthy” alternatives! You can still get the essence of your favorite drinks with half the calories and sugars. Here are some safe options, from my health file to yours, which you can feel guilt-free about ordering at bars or making at home:
Yes, one of the chief ingredients in a mojito is sugar; however, you can request your drink with half the simple syrup, or ditch it all together. The mint, lime, and soda water are all naturally low-cal.
2. Cranberry Vodka or Cosmopolitan
This is a crowd favorite, and a tricky one to make healthy considering the cranberry cocktail mix used at bars is all sugar. To cut the calories, ask for vodka with soda water and just a splash of cranberry. Add a lemon or lime to sweeten it more if it’s too strong.
3. Rum and Coke
Usually I would never recommend soda, but if you’re a die-hard rum and coke fan, order yours with diet coke instead of regular.
To keep this normally sugary drink sugar free, you can request tequila with club soda and multiple limes. If you are making them from home and still want a little sweetness, add some natural maple syrup to the mix.
Most likely you won’t be ordering wine at a bar, but for at home wine nights, opt for organic varieties such as, “Our Daily Red”. Organic wines have fewer sulfites (a preservative used in wines), so they are of healthier, more natural quality. And don’t worry about the word “organic” representing “pricey”. “Our Daily Red”, for example, is only around $7.99.
I hope these simple tips proved to you all that you do not have to sacrifice a good night out to stay with your fitness goals. Nor must you choose between a life of health and a life with parities.
You can have your cocktail and drink it too.
Also, always remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.
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