Have Your Beer and Drink it Too

Close your eyes and try to imagine a world where six pack abs were a thing of the past and beer bellies were the new sexy look all the Hollywood celebrities were sporting. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Instead of spending hours sweating it out at the gym, we could spend hours at the bar with martinis in our hands.

But… ring ring! Wake up! In the real world, rock solid abs are still definitely desirable. And unfortunately, we all know alcohol and washboard abs do not go hand in hand. What a bummer, because a perfectly chilled brew can be so incredibly satisfying. Especially during the hot days of summer, backyard BBQs, beach parties, and happy hours, life would just not be the same without some ice cold beverages. Is there no hope for the cocktail lovers on the journey to the ultimate destination named Abs of Steel?

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The problem with alcohol is that it packs a whole lot of calories into a tiny little sip. Whereas 1 gram of carbohydrates or protein has 4 calories, the same amount of alcohol has 7 calories. That’s almost twice as much! That means in an average 1.5 ounce serving of 80-proof alcohol, (which is 40% alcohol, the most common type we drink) there are 96 calories. And that’s if you are brave enough to drink it straight-up without mixers.

If you were to eat 96 to 100 calories, you could eat a small baked potato with some salsa and drop of sour cream. As you can see, one measly shot of alcohol is just loaded with calories. And most of us know, one 1.5 ounce serving of alcohol is not going to last us through an entire party.

But fellow happy hour worshippers do not despair. As it turns out, with a few simple changes and substitutions, you don’t need to trade up your six pack abs for your favorite six pack of beer. Wow, that’s almost like having twelve packs! In order to keep your waistline from expanding, keep these tips and options in mind, so that you can have your beer and drink it too.

Make cocktails with low calorie mixers such as diet soda, club soda, water, low calorie juices, artificial sweeteners, Crystal Light, or sugar-free syrups. You could easily save up to 100 calories; enough to have a cookie for dessert.

Ask your bartender to make your cocktail with the alcohol “on the side,” if you will. You can order your drink to have only a splash of alcohol. This way, you can still enjoy the taste without having to worry about your gut situation.

Be careful of adding fruit juices as a mixer. Sure, they may have vitamins, but they could easily add more than 100 calories to your drink. Choose the “light,” or low calorie fruit juices.

Order your drink “on the rocks”.

These tricks should help you out at the bar. If you’re enjoying your drinks at home, choose these lower calorie options:wine

Choose a four once glass of White Zinfandel for only 80 calories, or a glass of Chardonnay for 90 calories.Try Ca’ del Baio Langhe Chardonnay Sermine 2006 (Wine)

Choose a Bud Light for 110 calories, a Coors Light for 102 calories, a Corona Light for 105 calories, Miller Light for 96 calories, or from the many options available for light beers.

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Make a wine spritzer for around 100 calories with a dry wine and some club soda.

Make a margarita on the rocks for around 170 calories with tequila, Crystal Light lemonade and Diet Sprite.

Mix vodka and Diet Red Bull for only 75 calories.

Pour a glass of Brut Champagne for 60 calories.

If you want something more exotic, make a Caipirinha. Cut one fresh lime into quarters, and put it in cocktail shaker, along with one packet of Splenda and water. Mash the lime with the back of a wooden spoon and mix until it dissolved into mush. Add 1.5 ounces of white rum and ice cubes. Shake well and enjoy.

For a 110 calorie Mojito, crush ten mint leaves, juices from a quarter of a lemon and a quarter of a lime in the bottom of a glass. Add diet sprite, and 1.5 ounces of light rum, and ice cubes. Garnish with some lime, and you have a perfect low calorie drink.Crystal Light on The Go Lemonade – 30 Packets

For only around 100 calories, mix vanilla vodka with diet ginger ale for a fancy, sweet drink.

Make a Midori Lemonade for 80 calories with an ounce of Midori and Crystal Light Lemonade.

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To make a lower calorie Pina Colada, blend 1 ounce light rum, 1.5 ounces sugar free coconut syrup, ¼ cup fat free vanilla ice cream, 1 tbsp crushed pineapple, ¾ cup crushed ice, and a packet of Splenda in a blender for 30 seconds.

So there you go. The path to a great happy hour and the path to great abs don’t have to diverge at a fork in the road. Just remember these easy tips, and you can have them both.

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