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.
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 – 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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!
it's new year's eve - a small tipple or two is traditional but never mind the calories, getting battered isn't happening, especially not with small kids who will be awake at 6am tomorrow. So a limit has to be done and I'll still have a good time.
Best low calorie drink is always gin and tonic plus a squeeze of lime. You just can't beat it, whatever time of year it is.
Does anyone really want to swap their Bailey's for sherry? For me, it's a festive treat that i don't want to consider the calories of.
useful stuff - after a year of work to lose the beer belly I really don't want to put it back on. Bottled it is!