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Summertime Drinks that Won’t Bust Your Diet or Your Waistline

Summertime brings on a “fun vacation” type feeling that involves many get togethers, trips, and the goal of achieving the ultimate relaxation.  Sitting by the pool enjoying a fruity drink with an umbrella seems like a great idea, but don’t forget about the 500 plus calories, with the majority coming from dare I say it, sugar!

Summertime drinks that won’t bust your diet or your waistline. 

  • Crystal Light is a great low calorie fruity mixer, with flavors like strawberry lemonade, iced tea, and punch.  Just add your choice of alcohol and enjoy.  Remember the 1 ½ oz shot of liquor still provides a whooping 100 calories, so moderation is key!
  • Spritzers are another great option.  Just mix red, white, or rose wine with club soda and add a twist of lime.  The smaller portion of wine will help keep your calories lower along with your weight.
  • Be sure to have a glass of water on the side of any alcoholic beverage.  This will allow you to enjoy sipping your alcoholic beverage while drinking the water for your thirst and hydration, a perfect balance.
  • Light beers are about half the calories of regular beers, seems like a no-brainer!  Your taste buds will adjust and your trimmer figure will thank you.
  • Light orange juice is a great way to lower the calories in your mimosa.  As far as the champagne, remember the drier the champagne, the higher the calories. 
  • Other great mixers include diet tonic water, diet soda, diet caffeine free sodas, and water. 

Enjoying an alcoholic beverage can be a nice refreshing summertime treat, but be sure to drink responsibly, not only for your safety, but for your waistline too.

By Emily Barr, MS, RD, CNSC

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