Slimming advice: 7 low-calorie cocktails to try this summer
Many Brits can’t wait to cool down with a refreshing cocktail – but finding low-calorie drinks that fit your diet can be tricky. Here are 7 body-friendly drink alternatives that will leave you feeling refreshed.
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With the hot summer weather approaching, many Britons can’t wait to cool off with a refreshing cocktail or juicy sangria.
But if you’re watching your weight, it can be difficult to find low-calorie drinks that match your diet.
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are loaded with calories and added sugars, both of which can contribute to weight gain and other long-term health problems.
While it’s important to consume alcohol in moderation as part of a balanced diet, there are plenty of guilt-free options you can enjoy without jeopardizing your weight loss plans.
Here are 7 figure-friendly summer drinks that will keep you feeling refreshed without consuming those pesky calories.
Light Bloody Mary
Calorie count: less than 100
A Bloody Mary is a delicious, very flavorful cocktail, but it can be loaded with sugar and sodium, especially if you use a pre-made Bloody Mary mix.
However, if you make your own, you can enjoy a juicy cocktail with a serving of vegetables at the same time.
The main ingredient in a Bloody Mary is tomato juice – this antioxidant is rich in lycopene and has many health benefits, such as reducing fatigue, reducing oxidative stress and repairing damaged muscles after training.
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Yas Ansari, MS, RDN, a dietitian based in Los Angeles, Calif., recommends, “Combine an ounce of vodka with a smaller serving of fresh tomato juice, and add just a sprinkle of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces.
This keeps the sodium low while imparting flavor. Don’t be afraid to also use spices to infuse the heat – a little is enough.
This recipe helps control sugar intake, but be careful not to add more alcohol or tomato juice than necessary.
number of calories: 130
Nothing beats an invigorating glass of lemonade on a hot day.
Enjoy this refreshing recipe that is sure to delight your taste buds.
Mash three strawberries in a glass. Add three basil leaves and crush them gently. Add an ounce of vodka and fresh lemonade, stir, add ice and garnish with basil.
The combination of flavors will leave you with the perfect mix of fruit, pepper and vodka – ideal for lounging by the pool – or in your garden/balcony.
Mojito minus the syrup
Calorie count: less than 100
Mojitos normally contain around 160 calories, but ditching simple syrup can save you 40 to 70 calories per cocktail.
Ansari recommends making the drink with light rum and a teaspoon of sugar — or even a calorie-free sugar substitute.
Adding extra mint, increasing soda water, and packing in fresh lime also improve flavor without increasing calories.
At the bar, just ask the bartender to skip the syrup and add more mint and lime juice instead.
Calorie count: 90
Kombucha is a fermented health drink that has become popular for its high probiotic content.
It is made with tea and sweetened with sugar, which is eaten by the SCOBY, a starter bacteria.
The soft drink pairs well with an ounce of vodka – just be mindful of the sugar in kombucha and stick to low-sugar varieties.
Claims about kombucha’s health power are tied to probiotics – the bacteria targets diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and may even support the immune system.
Tequila with fresh lime juice
Calorie count: Less than 200
A margarita can contain between 160 and 400 calories depending on whether it is made with fresh juice or pre-made syrup.
Ansari explains, “Most margarita mixes are high in sugars and calories.”
To avoid the calories of the Mexican-inspired cocktail, the dietitian recommends drinking tequila with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
“It mixes into juice rather than syrup, keeping the calories under 200,” Ansari added.
Try to use 100% agave tequila – it’s fermented only from the agave plant and doesn’t contain any additional sweet sources that can increase the sugar content.
number of calories: Less than 30
This zesty mocktini mimics the taste of a regular martini, while cutting out the alcohol.
Add three ounces of diet tonic water, one ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass.
Enjoy the refreshing drink on a hot day and drink instead of a sweet alternative.
Non-alcoholic summer spritz
number of calories: 65
This alcohol-free, guilt-free spritz uses granadilla, a sweet and sour type of passion fruit.
All you need for this recipe is:
Pour the passion fruit pulp, lime juice and sugar syrup into a wine glass and crush gently with a pestle or the end of a rolling pin.
Add ice cubes and sparkling water and stir before serving.
If you’re aiming to lose weight, try making blended drinks at home, choosing low-calorie or unsweetened blenders, using herbs to add more flavor, and adjusting the ratio of ingredients.
Remember that you should only consume alcohol in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced diet, whether or not you are trying to lose weight.