Ladies night out? Here’s how to enjoy alcohol without impacting your waistline

We all know that drinking alcohol isn’t the healthiest pastime. However, according to experts, drinking in moderation from time to time is probably okay and will allow you to maintain a good outlook on food by not being too restrictive.

Calories in alcohol can add up fast, which is why if you do choose to indulge, it’s best to be wise about your drink choices. Choose one of these 10 low-calorie drinks next time you’re out with the girls to help you unwind without impacting your waistline.

  1. Vodka seltzer with lemon – 96 calories
    Choosing seltzer or soda water over a tonic will save about 80 calories. Add a splash of lemon or lime juice for a boost of flavour.
  2. Rosé – 120 calories
    A glass of rosé can be a great low-calorie go-to drink, as long as it’s not too sweet. Avoid dessert rosés as these have a high sugar content.
  3. Mojito with no syrup – Under 100 calories
    Asking the bartender to ditch the syrup can save you anywhere from 40 to 70 calories. Make this drink under 100 calories by using light rum and a sugar substitute such as Stevia. Add in extra lime juice and mint to increase the flavour.
  4. Diet gin and tonic – 120 calories
    If you really can’t part with tonic, at least make it a diet tonic, which could save you 70 calories.
  5. Red or white wine – 125 calories
    Opt for dryer versions with a low ABV to save calories. Dry red wine includes syrah, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir. Dry white wines include pinot blanc, chardonnay, pinot grigio, and sauvignon blanc.
  6. Light beer – 103 calories
    Switching to a light beer can save around 50 calories so stick with saisons, wheats and sours over stouts.

In short, when drinking, you get the bulk of your calories from alcohol itself which is why it’s important to pick mixers that don’t contribute to too many extra calories. This means avoiding syrups and added sugars, opting for low calorie or diet mixers, picking fresh juices and keeping an eye on portion size.