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Diet-Friendly Alcohol Choices

Choose Wisely to Stay On Track

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  • MINXXA
    I'm one also who will never give up my drink! Although moderation DEFINITELY is good. I also don't get hungry if I have a few drinks, so that "drinking leads to eating" doesn't apply to me, thank goodness! I did learn recently (and it's in the article too), that alcohol gets absorbed and the food you eat with it then doesn't get processed correctly and ends up as fat. That's good to know, although I rarely drink and eat at the same time anyway. I would be interested to know how soon after eating you could drink alcohol without it affecting how your food is digested? Just a thought... - 3/17/2009 4:38:57 PM
  • It's funny that I saw this article today because I spent some time earlier looking up nutritional facts on wines - especially Riesling - my favorite. Since I don't intend to give up my wine, I do want to be conscious of the calories. This article basically confirmed what I found on the internet. Calories per ounce ranged from 20-24 calories. - 3/17/2009 3:15:40 PM
  • In reference to the comment about the cocktail recipes cited in this string of replies: the calories might be a little higher than some alternatives but I would rather have something a little more interesting in moderation with a few more calories than something less interesting with fewer calories.

    So, yes, I might agree that there are even lower cal alternatives to the low-cal alternatives. That is a scientific fact. Answering "yes" does not mean I would answer "yes" to the implied question: shouldn't we drink the lowest calorie drink?

    I guess you have decide between low-cal alternatives to regular drinks and super low-cal alternatives to the alternatives. Personally, the low-cal alternatives sounds just FINE!

    Wouldn't you agree that you don't always have to go for the lowest calorie alternative to lose weight:) or maintain? - 3/17/2009 11:09:59 AM
  • I saw a comment about mixing alcohol and an energy drink...My 20-year old friend had a heartattack two weeks ago from drinking that combination. He has always been really healthy and in shape, and the doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with him until he mentioned that he'd gone out the night before and had been mixing red bull and jagermeister (sp?). After hearing his story, I would never mix the two together and I've been telling everyone because it is such a dangerous combination and I don't want anything like that to happen to anyone - and if it can happen to a healthy man, the dangers must be far worse for those not in shape. Thanks :) - 3/17/2009 10:50:04 AM
  • Thanks for the great article! - 3/17/2009 2:25:14 AM
  • ELENAPK
    i too suffer from the in college and currently 21 issue... my way to get around this is white rum or vodka or gin with club soda and lime juice (if i have a choice of beverage)... if im somewhere and we have pitchers or a keg i only fill my glass half full... it slows me down so i drink less in the end... at home i only keep MGD 64 for beer... not a great beer but the scale hates me less for it - 3/17/2009 1:13:17 AM
  • GERROSE
    hey guys, wouldn't you agree that 1 drink mix a day with 1oz.of either vodka or gin mixed with a diet soda would be less calories than some of the cocktail recipes I just read. Thanks, gerrose. - 1/29/2009 10:23:29 AM
  • LEEANNEEMIG
    Here's a couple recipes for cocktails with 100 calories or less:

    80 calories, no fat, - 2 points)

    1/2 cup Pink Energy Drink
    2 oz. Baja Bob's Blue Raspberry Martini Mix
    1 oz. Vodka

    Shake with ice. Pour. Revel in the purple-iciousness.

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    (75 calories, no fat - 2 points)

    4 oz. Diet Sprite
    2 oz. Hansen's Natural Juice Cocktail, Low Calorie Peach Mango (or Minute Maid Light Mango Tropical)
    1 oz. Sugar Free Peach Torani Syrup
    1 oz. Vodka

    Shake with ice and enjoy this tropical treat!
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    Cherry Vanilla Thrilla'

    (70 calories, no fat - 2 points)

    1/2 cup Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper
    1 oz. Vodka
    1 oz. Sugar Free Black Cherry Torani Syrup
    Lots of ice

    Pour ingredients into a shaker. Shake. Pour. Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry. Yum!
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    PER SERVING (1 drink): 100 calories, 0g fat, 8 - 55mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 1.5g sugars, 0g protein -- POINTSŪ value 2*

    Ingredients:
    4 oz. seltzer or club soda
    1 1/2 oz. vodka (80 proof)
    1 1/2 oz. Torani Sugar Free Syrup (any fruit flavor)
    splash of lime juice

    Directions:
    Mix seltzer (or club soda), vodka, syrup, and lime juice, and serve over ice. Enjoy!

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    - 1/27/2009 9:25:11 PM
  • One drink a day? So can I save them up and drink a bottle of wine on Saturday night? Seriously you could tell me I can never have chocolate again and I wouldn't care, but I'm not giving up my drink! It's too much fun! I did trade rum for vodka though since I was getting a rum belly. And snacking is not really a problem for me. When I drink I have no desire to eat. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. - 1/16/2009 12:41:13 AM
  • Well....this really is trouble.I can keep my diet, but weekends for me its all about drink and party. - 1/6/2009 10:30:40 PM
  • KWOO87
    this is an awesome article. i'm in college, and if there's anything to do when you're not studying or working, it's partying. from now on, i'm going with wine! - 1/5/2009 9:16:36 PM
  • MMSPINS50
    All this info is great to know but I agree with Coach Nicole in her comments. Also no matter how you look at it all alcohol gets absorbed the same way. In my experience when having some drinks it lowers my will power therefore reaching for a not so good munchie would be easier to justify. A total commitment in counting calories, healthy eating, exercise and a occasional drink is my ticket to success!
    - 1/5/2009 6:42:28 PM
  • This does help. I am a cocktail waitress and never really knew which, if any were ok to drink. I am pleased to discover that my vodka or wine choices made the list! - 1/5/2009 9:43:38 AM
  • STRESSED9641
    went out last night and thought I made a pretty good diet choice... vodka and grapefruit juice!! yummy! I also sometimes get a cold shot of raspberry vodka and chase it with water. - 1/3/2009 9:56:01 AM
  • Looks like I am going to have to rid myself of my Malibu Rum stash!! - 12/30/2008 8:56:00 PM

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