Cocktails in moderation

Cocktails in moderation

Cocktails can be enjoyed in moderation with a few alterations.

Seems like a good subject to cover on a Friday night, when I could really use a cocktail right about now.

One of my favorite cocktails is a Lemon Drop Martini. The problem with the Lemon Drop is the sugar or simple syrup required to make it taste yummy. As part of my healthy life-style I do my best to minimize sugar intake and one of my mantras is no empty liquid calories.

What to do about that, sometimes, much-needed cocktail? Let the alcohol hold its own. I choose flavored vodka with club soda. A shot and a half (the typical single serving) of vodka will put you back about 90-100 calories and has no carbs. And club soda has no calories.

If you aren’t a fan of flavored vodka you can load up on the lemons or limes to add a refreshing taste to your cocktail.

Another option is Bacardi and Diet Coke. I prefer to avoid diet sodas and Rum and me do not get along all that well. Red Wine is another healthier option, in moderation. The average five ounce class of red wine will set you back 125 calories and five grams of carbs. And red wine has antioxidants which benefit your heart health.

My all-time favorite flavored vodka is Three Olives Bubble Gum (96 calories for 1.5 shots). For a change of pace I will have Three Olives Espresso Vodka (90 calories for 1.5 shots). Yes both with club soda… YUM! And no fruit is required.

If you plan well during the day you can easily afford a cocktail or three on a night out. Be forewarned… cocktails sometimes lead to bad decisions when it comes to food and men (hahaha)… kidding. Well I wasn’t kidding about the food. Check out the menu before hand so you are prepared to order lower calorie apps and entrees.

My Personal Trainer would tell you not to go out drinking immediately after a workout. Processing alcohol takes priority over everything else, so drinking right after a workout is counterproductive. So workout earlier in the day when you have plans to indulge in a few cocktails.

A healthy life-style is all about moderation, not deprivation. What good is your new body if you can’t go out and flaunt it once in a while? Cheers!! Kathi

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