Counting Calories at Holiday Happy Hour

24 Dec

Image: Marie Claire

How to Avoid Overloading on Alcoholic Calories

With a lot of holiday parties on the horizon, you may want to come up with a game plan to avoid weight gain. Making careful choices for dinner and dessert seem obvious, but what about cutting calories when cocktails are the main event?

Here are a few ways you can reduce calories when drinking and appetizers are the only choice on the menu.

* Ask for your cocktail on the rocks, instead of frozen. Slushy drinks tend to be prepared with bottled mixers that contain added sugar or syrup.Β 

* Sip a glass of water between drinks to pace yourself. This will help cut back on at least one or more cocktails.

* Order rum and coke in a highball glass, as bartenders pour an average of 20 percent less liquid into taller tumblers.

* Rather than drinking several glasses of beer, nurse a single glass of wine.

* Snack on nachos and salsa rather than guacamole.

* Sip wine from a Champagne flute for portion control, rather than a large goblet, when counting down to 2010.

Drink Recipes

To get your holiday festivities started, try these 12 recipes for lower-calorie seasonal mixed drinks (Health).


One Response to “Counting Calories at Holiday Happy Hour”

  1. EM 26/12/2009 at 3:12 pm #

    I love that Chocolate Martini, what a great cocktail.


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