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Saturday, September 28, 2013

How to Cut the Calories on Cocktails

So, you've worked hard to develop healthy eating habits, changed your daily diet to include plenty of low-calorie foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein and all those other good things you should be eating. It's hard work to change the way you've been eating for years. Now that you're there, don't sabotage your efforts by drinking all the wrong stuff.

Yes, drinks like cocktails, wine and beer can add calories to your diet. It's OK to have a drink, but make sure you choose the ones that are going to complement your already healthy food choices. Here are four to consider.

1. Margarita - margaritas are great, but skip the pre-mixes. They are very high in sugar and can add as much as 100 calories to that drink. Be sure to ask your server for a margarita with just fresh lime juice and a splash of agave syrup. No more.

2. Mojito - this popular drink can pack as many as 200 calories. But you can cut those calories way down by making them yourself. Start with a cup of ice in a shaker, add 6 wedges of lime, 1 1/2 tbs. of lime juice, and 2 tbsp of fresh mint leaves and mix. Then add 1/2 tsp of warm honey, 2 ounces of rum, and 4 ounces of club soda. Bacardi rum has 65 calories per ounce, so 2 ounces will do just fine for this drink.

3. Sangria - contains mostly fruit, like apples, oranges and red grapes. It also contains red wine, lemon soda and club soda. This allows you to choose which wine and sodas will help keep the calories down. Remember, wine has 20 calories per ounce, Zevia makes a no-calorie lemon-lime soda, and there are no calories in club soda.

4. Cosmopolitan - the trick to cutting the calories in a cosmo is to decrease the vodka and increase the club soda. Use only one shot of citrus-flavored vodka; one serving of Smirnoff Citrus Twist has only 58 calories. Then just add one splash each of club soda, cranberry juice and the juice of one lime wedge. You won't miss that extra shot of vodka!

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