Holiday Beverages That Are Light and Right
Tips on keeping your holiday beverage calories in check
Do you know that eggnog spiked with rum can pack on an additional 600 to 700
That's right. We have pummeled your brain with the do's and don'ts of
holiday treats but have said nary a word about those wonderful winter
beverages. Yet beverages can add up quickly, especially if they contain
alcohol. One gram of alcohol has seven calories compared with 4 for carbs and
protein. Ounce for ounce, you can eat almost twice as many carbs and protein as
you can alcohol.
So as you make those holidays merry, you need to keep track of and make
smart decisions about your beverage consumption. The choice is yours to decide
-- where would you prefer to get your calories?
A glass of wine or beer has roughly 125 to 150 calories, right? Maybe, it
depends on the size of the glass and how often you refill that glass. It is
hard to know exactly how much you have consumed because all too often, the
glass is continually refilled. It is safe to say that the average serving size
of wine and alcoholic beverages is usually more than you think it is.
The savvy dieter finishes one serving then switches to a nonalcoholic,
noncaloric beverage such as sparkling water before considering another serving
of alcohol. This way, you not only reduce the risk of over-consuming calories
and alcohol, but this strategy also helps meet your fluid needs. And your head
will thank you in the morning when you awake feeling chipper without a
Not only do cocktails boost calories but they also have a powerful impact on
mood and inhibitions. Your resolve can be really strong going into that party
but after a few drinks, you may find yourself mindlessly overeating the nuts,
dips, or whatever food is within striking distance. Yet another reason to limit
Nonalcoholic Thirst Quenchers
Soft drinks usually come in 12-ounce cups and add a good 150 calories per
serving. While 150 calories might not sound like a lot, it is mostly sugar.
Super size it and you can pack away 400 calories without a blink of an eye.
What's worse, the liquid calories fulfill your thirst but do little to satisfy
hunger. Artificially sweetened beverages are a fine alternative but even those
should be limited to a few servings per day.
Choosing a glass of fruit or vegetable juice is a great option, chock full
of nutrients and disease-preventing antioxidants. Vegetable juice contains the
least amount of calories and can be very pleasing. Fruit juice that is 100%
juice contains almost twice as many calories as vegetable juice and while very
nutritious, can add up to several hundred calories in large glasses.
One of the best thirst quenchers is good old-fashioned water. Sparkling
water makes a nice substitute if you like the effervescence of soda. Jazz up
noncaloric waters with fresh citrus, a splash of juice or a sprig of fresh
mint. This is a great way to meet your daily fluid needs without any extra
calories. And for those who don't want to look like they are not imbibing in
the festivities, sparkling water with lime or fruit juice looks like you are
enjoying a social cocktail.