It is only fair that you get to have a cocktail or two during the holidays (hey, it’s a party, right?!), but you’d be surprised at how many calories and carbs a single cocktail can pack. Avoid these fattening cocktails and choose a lighter option instead that will leave you missing the calories – not the alcohol. On second thought, you won’t even miss the calories.
Don’t Drink: Long Island Iced Tea
Sporting 200 more calories than a Big Mac, the Long Island Iced Tea is the most fattening cocktail out there at 780 calories. This is definitely one you want to skip.
Instead, Drink: Rum And Diet Coke
At about 100 calories for a 5 ounce glass, you can enjoy a couple of these totally guilt free. Why drink 800 calories worth of liquor in one drink if you can have more for less?
Don’t Drink: White Russian
Liquor and cream? Think over 500 calories. Ouch!
Instead, Drink: White Wine Spritzer
Okay, so it’s not creamy, but you’re not going to get a creamy cocktail for under 80 calories – but you can with a dry white wine spritzer!
Don’t Drink: A Margarita
Margaritas are awesome. They’re also 550 calories each. Do you really want to use all your liquor calories in just one drink?
Instead, Drink: A Mimosa
This popular morning favorite can be sipped any time of day, especially for just 150 calories. You can drink almost four mimosa to a single margarita!
Don’t Drink: Pina Colada
With coconut milk, a sugary pre-mix and lots of rum, this cocktail easily packs a whopping 640 calories!
Instead, Drink: Skinny Colada
This is one cocktail substitute that will still allow you to get your pineapple and coconut fix, with a fewer calories. By substituting pineapple and coconut flavored vodkas and club soda, you can get all the pina colada flavor for just 170 calories.
Don’t Drink: Mai Tai
At 350 calories, you could definitely do worse than a Mai Tai, but why even go that far?
Instead, Drink: Summer Peach
Still fruity, still fun, but at 150 calories each, you can have two Summer Peach cocktails for less calories than a single Mai Tai.
Just because you’re watching your waistline (or trying to lose weight come New Year’s!) doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few cocktails during the holidays. Just be smart about what you choose and remember to always drink responsibly!
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