Low-Cal End-of-Summer Spritzers, Cocktails and Mocktails

Low-Cal End-of-Summer

Spritzers, Cocktails and Mocktails

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While the sun is still shining and the days of summer are still long, we tend to focus on exercising and eating healthy to look and feel our best. And we sometimes forget to count the drinks and cocktails we consume, which can be key to maintaining our bikini bodies.

When reaching for a drink on warm summer days, water is the best possible choice, while soda is the number one beverage to avoid. All soda, even diet soda is offensive when it comes to health and weight loss or maintenance. Every time you drink a bottle of soda, you get hundreds of empty calories! If you find the taste of water boring or bland, incorporate slices of lemon, lime or orange. According to the World Health Organization, a compound in these sour citrus fruits called d-limonene can give sluggish bowels a kick, which helps maintain a healthy digestive system. 

If your choice is alcohol, don’t forget that alcohol has calories too—7 per gram! That’s more than protein or carbohydrates, and almost as much as fat.  So, if you want to feel your best around the pool this summer, it is important to realize low-cal choices are helpful in maintaining that beach body you worked so hard for.

Apart from the calories in alcohol, the calories in the mixers of your favorite cocktails often pose a far greater issue than the actual alcohol. Why? Because a cocktail you order at the beach bar will contain more sugar than vodka. In fact, 4oz of a daiquiri or margarita mix can contain upwards of 35 grams of sugar—that’s 7 teaspoons of sugar!  Calories from mixers are simple and refined sugars, which are the worst kind of calories. When they’re combined with how alcohol affects your metabolism, it is not ideal for your body.

The obvious solution is abstinence, but what fun would that be? You can still enjoy summer sippers and not have to worry about the large number of calories. Choosing the right drinks can curb your appetite, tweak your metabolism, and help cut calories. Here’s a guide to how to drink alcohol and maintain your weight. First and foremost, minimize the calories from mixers. Even the most natural juices are loaded with sugar. A glass of 100 percent orange juice has six teaspoons of sugar, and a glass of 100 percent apple juice has seven teaspoons. Instead of using bottled juices, make margaritas with fresh squeezed lime juice, and use calorie-free club soda instead of regular tonic water and other high-calorie carbonated drinks. Try this Super Skinny Margarita recipe that will satisfy your craving, but keep your weight in check.

Super Skinny Margarita
  • 3 ounces of sparkling ice lemon lime
  • 1 ½ ounces tequila
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 lime slice for garnish

Shake first four ingredients and pour over ice into a chilled glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with lime slice.

Per serving: 100 calories, 3g carbs, and 2 grams of sugar

If your choice is wine, you can expect to consume roughly 100 to 120 calories per glass. White wine contains fewer carbohydrates than red wine, making a small difference in terms of calories. On the other hand, a study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry shows that red wine’s allergic acids delay the growth of fat cells while slowing the development of new ones. However, there’s a way to cut calories, but still enjoy your favorite wine.

Wine Spritzer
  • 4 ounces of white wine or rose
  • Club soda to taste
  • Fresh fruit garnish

Per serving: 45 calories, 4 carbs

And for the non-alcohol drinkers, take a look at the delicious low-cal mocktail recipes below, and prepare sip your way slim!

Virgin Citrus Mimosa
  • ¾ cup lite orange juice
  • ½ cup lite grapefruit juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 packet Stevia 
  • 16 oz bottle of sparkling water

Combine all juices and stir in stevia. Cover with foil and chill mixture for at least 2 hours up to 24 hours.  To serve pour into 4 champagne glasses, add sparking water and stir lightly to mix. Garnish with citrus. 

Per 6oz. serving: 28 calories, 19mg sodium, 3g carb, and 1 gram of protein

Lean Green Mocktail
  • 1 whole cantaloupe
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 apple
  • 1 quarter inch piece of ginger
  • 16 oz sparking water
  • Salt to taste

 Juice all fruits and vegetables. Mix juice with sparking water and serve over ice. Garnish with citrus slice. Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 44 calories, 33 mg sodium, 8g carbs, and 1 gram of protein

 Peppy Tomato Mary
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire
  • ½ tsp. horseradish
  • Hot pepper sauce to taste 
  • Ice cubes

Combine all ingredients into small pitcher over ice, garish with celery.

Per 8 oz. serving: 37 cal, 41 mg sodium, 6 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of protein

Mint Pineapple Grape Fizz
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened grape juice
  • 1 6oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 cups club soda chilled
  • Ice cubes

Place the ½ cup of mint leaves in pitcher; use the back of a spoon to bruise the leaves.  Stir in pineapple and grape juice. Cover and chill for 4 -24 hours.  Strain mint, and discard.  Stir club soda into juice mixture, pour into 6 ice filled glasses, garnish with mint sprigs. Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving: 61 calories, 24 ml sodium, 8 carbs

 Minty Lime Quencher
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 1-2 packets of Stevia
  • 2 cups sparkling seltzer water
  • 1-cup ice

 Add first 3 ingredients to a large glass and shake to combine. Add ice, divide mixture and top off with sparking water.  Add lime as garnish.

Per 8 oz. serving: 26 cal. 40 mg sodium, 5 carbs, and 1 gram of protein.

Skinny Blueberry Vodka Mojito 
  • 2 oz. vodka (optional: use blueberry vodka for even more flavor)
  • 4 oz. Sprite Zero
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint (reserve one sprig for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh blueberries (reserve a few for garnish)

Muddle vodka, mint and blueberries together in a shaker.  Add one cup of crushed ice and shake. Pour into a cocktail glass and top with Sprite Zero, garnish with remaining mint & blueberries!

Per serving: 130 calories, 5 carbs

Tequila Highballer
  • 2 ounces of tequila
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Club soda, to top
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Fill a highball glass with ice and add tequila and lime juice. Top with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Per serving: 95 calories, 5 carbs

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