The 100 Calorie Holiday Beverage
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!
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.
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!