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Low calorie alcoholic Christmas drink alternatives

Low calorie alcoholic Christmas drink alternatives

It’s Christmas!! (Anyone else got their Slade on?) It’s the time for friends, parties, ridiculous jumpers, short sparkly dresses and a festive tipple or two. If we’re not careful, it’s also time for a giant calorie-fest in those Christmas drinks.

Here’s some swaps to limit the waistline damage.

IRISH CREAM FOR SHERRY

Chocolaty and creamy, those tasty Irish cream drinks (you know the one…) are an indulgent whisky treat. At over 100 calories for a tiny glass, you want might to swap the cream for sherry which has only 60 calories for a slightly bigger glass.

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA FOR BLOODY MARY

Long Island Iced tea – five different spirits, cola and well over 460 calories. Swap for a simple Bloody Mary. With just tomato juice, spices and vodka you’ll halve your calories and more.

REGULAR MIXERS FOR SLIMLINE

Whether it is G and T or something and cola, the mixer can make all the difference. Switch to diet or slimline tonics or fizzes and see the calorie count cut in half.

EGGNOG FOR A SNOWBALL

Eggnog is a centuries-old festive treat, a mix of egg, milk, cream and sugar with rum or brandy added. Switch to a snowball (Advocaat and lemonade) and you turn 350 calories into around 100.

MULLED WINE FOR RED WINE

Gently spiced and simmering, mulled wine is another Christmas staple. But it needs sugar too, and that means around 200 calories a glass. Change to plain dry red wine and go down to 80 calories.

LAGER FOR BOTTLED BEER

Down the pub?  Swap that pint of draught lager for a bottled beer instead. This does mean less liquid but it also means considerably fewer calories, 140 in the bottle versus over 200 in the glass. A non-alcoholic chaser will quench your thirst.

SWEET WINE FOR PROSECCO

Sweet white wine comes in ever larger glasses, and that means ever higher calorie counts. A medium glass can be over 160 calories. Prosecco has a mere 85 calories for a large glass, and the fizz slows down the drinking too. Win-win.

Swap your drinks, indulge responsibly and have a happy Christmas with no new year downside!

Photo by Johann Trasch on Unsplash

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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