Cocktail Calories weighing you down?

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It's a new year, and a new you. Many of us are busting at the seams from all those wonderful holiday cocktails, foods and desserts. Even though we are all cutting calories, we still want to be able to enjoy a cocktail or two with friends and family, right? In this Simply Served edition we are going to give you some great alternatives to keep your calorie cutting goals on track, while still being able to enjoy a cocktail or two!

Let's start with calorie cutting basics. If you prefer:

Beer

Instead of going for your typical heavy beers, give some of the light beers a try. They are about half the calories! The average regular 12 oz beer is anywhere from 140-200 calories.

 

Wine-

If you love wine, try smaller portions. A 5oz glass of red or white wine is around 120 calories. You will find the high alcohol reds and sweeter white wine's will have a few more calories than that. A great alternative would be a white wine spritzer. This is the choice of many celebrities and fashion models, when they want to cut their calories in half. A white wine spritzer is half white wine and half club soda. If you would like to mix it up, you could use a blush wine or add a squeeze of lime.


Liquor-

When it comes to cocktails its usually the mixers that are included with your liquor that is loaded with calories. Some options for those of you who don't really care for sweet cocktails and are looking to cut calories, get your liquor of choice in 1oz shots. You could also mix them with club soda or diet soda with a lime twist. A standard 1.5 oz pour of 80-proof alcohol has about 96 calories.

If the above options don't work for you, here are some healthier cocktails to consider:


Bloody Mary- A Bloody Mary is a great source of vitamin A and Lycopenes, but watch the sodium! Tomato juice is five calories per every 5 ounces. You can add extra tobasco sauce to give it an extra kick, this will not only add flavor, but it will keep you from gulping your drink down and having seconds. A 5 oz Bloody Mary is around 118 calories.  


Mimosa- A mimosa is a great source of vitamin c. I would have to disagree with the stereotype that this cocktail is only good in the morning, I feel like it is good any time of day or night. This half orange juice, half champagne cocktail will be around 100 calories for a 5 oz glass.

 

Skinny Girl "ready to drink" Margarita- Who doesn't love a good Margarita? I'll tell you who, your waistline! A regular margarita can be anywhere from 400-700 or more calories! Don't worry, the Skinny Girl Margarita has gotten all of you margarita lovers out there covered. A 4oz skinny girl margarita is only 100 calories. It gets better that that, it has no preservatives, no artificial flavoring, and all natural ingredients! Not only that, but its easier than making a margarita, you just pour over ice and enjoy! Click here to learn more>>