If you are trying to stay on track with your diet, or just living a healthy life style the Summer time can be particularly hard. On a hot day, there is nothing more I want to do than sit on a patio or deck and soak up the sun with a nice cold one in my hand! However you don’t need to blow your entire diet and feel bloated by indulging in 6 pints of beer. If you are trying to stay on track, no alcohol is always the best choice but here are some drinks that won’t leave you feeling guilty and bloated in your cute summer dress.
If you are into coolers- These Smirnoff Ice Coolers are delicious.
I don’t particularly like coolers because I usually find them way too sweet. These taste like a vodka soda with a splash of cherry/raspberry/peach depending on the flavor you choose. They also taste refreshing over ice. 1 cooler has 100 calories, 4% alcohol 3g sugar and 4g carbs. Every flavor is good but my favorite is the black cherry!
If you have a blender- Make use of it!! Everything tastes more summer-y and more like a patio drink when it is blended. I have started my own vodka concoctions. I blend Vodka, ice, diet citrus pop or Fresca with a splash of Tropicana 50 calorie pink lemonade or a splash of diet cranberry or regular cranberry juice to make this. I also top fresh lemon or lime to make it look professional. Blended slice of lime or fresh fruit also adds to the flavor, you can definitely play around with this recipe.
Another go to for patio weather would be Vodka Soda with a splash of cranberry juice. Soda has 0 calories and vodka around 70 calories per 1 ounce. This still gives you the taste of a carbonated drink. Even better if you add flavored vodka. If you are a vodka lover- vodka water with a splash of cranberry and lime/lemon is also a good choice. Another tasty drink is Vodka water with a splash of crystal light or Mio.
If you are really craving a beer- go with a light bottle over a pint. Bud light or Coors light have fewer carbs than regular beer with typically 100-110 calories and 5-7g of carbs. My favorite is Michelob Ultra beer at 95 calories and 2g of carbs. Try and stay away from Corona’s and Bud light lime’s- they typically have double the amount of carbs than a regular beer unless you grab the Corona light. The new Bud Light Lime-a-rita’s have the calories and carbs of a small meal- NOT diet friendly.
If you are a rum lover- make your own Mojito’s without the syrup and sugar. Muddle some fresh mint with some limes/lime juice and soda. If you are into shots- opt for Tequila that is typically around 65 calories per shot. Gin and tonic or Gin and soda or diet sprite is also very tasty. Stay away from any sort of fruity cocktail that is loaded with sugar.
Opt for a Ceaser ( typically around 170 calories/11g carbs/9g sugar) instead of a Margarita, Daiquiri or Pina Coladas’ ( typically around 300 Cals 70g carbs/60g sugar).
Finally- Summer just wouldn’t feel right without Sangria. Pay attention to what your throw in the pitcher. Below is a healthy make over for a Red Sangria Recipe found on http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/best-sangria-recipe:
- Serves 10
- 1.5 bottles of red wine
- 1.4 cup triple sec
- 2 cups sparkling lemon/lime/orange flavored water ( make sure there is no added sugar)
- 1 lemon sliced
- 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
- 2 oranges diced or sliced ( not peeled)
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1/4 cup lower calorie/sugar orange juice
Combine everything ( except the sparkling water) in a pitcher in the fridge for 4 hours. Before serving add the sparkling water, stir everything and serve. Per Serving: 152 cals/14 g carbs/15g fiber/ 10g sugar.
These cocktails will keep you cool all summer long! What are some of your favorite healthy alternative patio drinks?