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The 100 Calorie Holiday Beverage

Beverage | December 19, 2015 | By

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The 100 calorie beverage is not a secret number for success it’s more about bringing awareness to your intake.  Many of us can add 400 calories or more to our day… in a night out for holiday cocktails or on a chilly day going through the Starbucks drive through.  We know we’re going to have adult beverages AND were going to want a hot cup of something.  So be prepared and make good choices…at least most of the time.

Celebrate: Champagne sparkling wine 4oz, 100 calories.  Watch your pour! Choose bruts they are less sweet =less sugars= less calories!

Watch the alcohol content-more alcohol= more calories
White wine (Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Albarino, Gruner) 5oz, 9-12% alcohol, 100-140 calories
Red wine (Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Syrah) 5oz, 11-13.5% alcohol, 120-160 calories  
**Note:  Longing for more wine info check out Wine Folly

Make it last: Wine spritzer 1/2 wine 1/2 club soda with a twist!

Get Spirited:
1 oz = 100 calories
Vodka martini 120
Whiskey sour 160

Go skinny: Vodka or tequila without sweeteners, but with lime juice and sparkling water.  Be creative don’t forget to add mashed fruit (berries-apples-pomegranates) vegetables (mashed cucumbers) or herbs (basil-thyme-mint) these add a lot of flavor and antioxidants with not many calories.

Beer belly:
Oh beer how I love thee.  Preferably a closer to 7% alcohol content, complex, junipery and delicious IPA.  However, if you are watching your waistline these things can derail you.  More alcohol content =more body more flavor AND more calories.  So our local Sierra Nevada IPA Hop Hunter at 12oz 6.2% alcohol is going to have 186 calories and some days this will work for me.  Celebration ale 12oz 6.8% 214 calories. Don’t be fooled dark beers do not always mean more alcohol and more calories Deschutes Porter 12oz 5.2% 185 calories.

A skinny beer option:  Session IPA’s, they are light but have lower alcohol with an IPA flavor try Ballast point Even Keel 12 oz 3.8% 114 calories.

Light beers have 100 calories or less and may be a good second or last drink option.
**Note:  Craving more beer info check out realbeer:  What part of beer don’t you understand?

Baby it’s Cold Outside:
Size matters!  Cut the # of pumps of flavored sweetener or eliminate!  Go no whip!

Short non-fat chai tea latte 103 calories
Tall Cappuccino 2% 90 calories
Trader joes hot chocolate made with water 100 calories
Starbucks short non-fat no whip mocha 110 calories
Hot tea 2 calories
**Note:   Explore Starbucks drinks under 200 calories: 

Above all Enjoy-drink and be merry and be safe with the people you love!

Merry Christmas!
Sydney

 

 

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