How to Avoid the Worst Calorie Bomb of All
There are all kinds of calorie traps that await you during the holidays...office cookies, "quick bites" during a shopping run, and a huge amount of parties and special events. But there's one thing you might not even realize is contributing to your waistline expansion...and it's right there in your glass. That's right....those festive holiday cocktails can have distinctly un-festive consequences to your well-being.
The holidays are one time when even the most moderate drinker can be tempted to overindulge, or nondrinkers have their annual glass or two of wine. The problems is that many festive holiday drinks are loaded with sugar, fat and then the calories in the alcohol itself.
Your best bet to minimize the damage is a glass of sparkling wine. A flute of champagne is about 90 calories, feels oh-so-sophisticated and is nice to toast the holiday season..and is light enough in alcohol that it won't make you silly. Other good bets are lighter, more diluted cocktails, like those made with juice and sparkling water instead of sugary bottled mixers ... or even heavier indulgences like eggnog. Check out this list from Active.com of lower-calorie cocktails that go easy on the booze and sweets while still tasting delicious.
Of course, if you're pregnant, driving or just prefer not to drink, the pickings can be slim. But luckily there are options beyond sugary sodas, boring water or non-alcoholic fakes of the hard stuff. Holiday party-appropriate options abound that are interesting enough to even tempt the drinkers in your crew, like these from Bon Appetit. I mean, salted Meyer lemon and sage presse? And Martha Stewart has a great list of holiday-specific drinks that are special and sobriety-maintaining. Mulled cider anyone? Or a cranberry sparkler?
What's your favorite non-alcoholic holiday drink?