Tis the season for office Christmas parties, family get-togethers, and random meet-ups at the bar with old friends who are back in town for the holidays. What does this mean? Well, it could mean rehashing that argument from 2001 with your buddy who hit on your high school crush, but it definitely means drinks on drinks on drinks. And though winter typically calls for sugary-sweet cocktails and beers with more calories than a fast food biggie meal, you can still get a buzz on with your pals without destroying the figure you’ve worked all year to attain. Here are some of Balanced Fitness and Health’s favorite diet-friendly drinks for the holidays!
1.Whiskey/bourbon up (or with diet soda/soda water)
Whiskey is the true liquor of winter Scrooges, and we admit the warm feeling you get after a sip of room-temp bourbon is pretty enticing. At just under 100 calories per shot, you’re best off adding a mixer that doesn’t add to the count. Drink it up like a bad ass if you can. Diet soda or soda water are your best choices if the sound of plain booze makes you shudder.
Though the label has a lady on it, drinking these popular vinos doesn’t make you a chick. At a hundred calories a glass, you can afford to tip back a few at a classy dinner party and no one will be the wiser!
3. Vanilla vodka and diet ginger ale
Want something that tastes like a Christmas cookie but won’t stretch your waistband? This easy mixed drink is delicious and almost creamy, but clocks in at less than a hundred calories a glass (if you still to one shot per drink!).
4. Coconut milk egg nog
If you’re a fan of the creamy booziness of egg nog, replace the high-fat holiday staple with a vegan version with So Delicious coconut nog. At 90 calories for a half cup serving, you can afford to sneak yourself an extra few drops of rum. Delicious!
5. Irish coffee: Jameson, coffee, zero-calorie sweetener, and skim milk
Need a little energy boost before hitting the awkward high school reunion? Pour a cup of coffee and spike it with a shot of Jameson. An ounce has under 70 calories so you can have a sub-100 cal drink with a double-punch buzz! No adding French vanilla creamer or spoonfuls of sugar though, buddy!
What’s your go-to cocktail when you’re trying to stick to a diet? How do you motivate yourself to drink (and eat) healthily while on vacation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!