Seeing as though I managed to put in my workouts consistently last week, I wanted to enjoy my weekend and not feel guilty about what I would drink when we go out. I remembered an article I read on Self Magazine about certain cocktails that are not entirely detrimental to your wellness journey because they are packed with few calories. For example, I stopped taking long islands because the sugar content is too high. Coke is not your friend; both to your teeth and waistline! I thought to share these tips with you so that you can enjoy your happy hours without feeling too guilty. But of course, all these are to be taken in moderation ;).
Nairobi by night..
After doing my research from a variety of wellness platforms, these are the top 10 cocktails that when prepared well, are known to have few calories, hence friendly to your wellness journey. Major Key Alert.
1. Old Fashioned
According to Popsugar, one of the leading wellness brands in the world, they recommend that an old fashioned cocktail is friendly to your waistline because it does not have a lot of ingredients getting in the way like long islands for instance.
When your margatira is mixed well, it has very little calories. The right ingredients matter! It simply calls for tequila, lime juice, and a tiny bit of agave syrup or Cointreau. Never shy away from asking the bartender to use fresh lime juice and a splash of simple syrup.
This is definitely one of my favourite cocktails to have because with a combination of vodka, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice, it keeps the calorie count very low. Not many bars get this combination right, but Brew Bistro do a good job with it.
4. Rob Roy
For those who love their whiskey, this cocktail is said to pack as little as 150 calories. Rob Roy is made with scotch, vermouth, and bitters. I am sure the men reading this will appreciate this cocktail! 😉
5. Gin and Tonic
The right mixture of gin and tonic should have around 170 calories which is not bad for a night out!
6. French Kiss
For those who love berries like me, this cocktail is packed with antioxidants and the strawberries or raspberries in this drink act as a natural sweetener. You can add a bit of raw honey if you like your cocktails on the sweeter side. ;-)
Sometimes bartenders tend to add too much sugar when preparing this cocktail. The original recipe is rum, mint, soda water, lime, and just a touch of sugar. To be on the safe side, ask the bartender to go easy on the sugar. Nobody likes dental appointments.
8. Hot Toddy
For those who love hot drinks, the Hot Toddy is said to have as little as 113 calories. It is pretty simple to prepare; add boiling hot water (or black tea) into a mug and add a half-shot of brandy, bourbon or whiskey, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Stay warm and keep the extra weight off 😉
I am yet to try this cocktail but it is said to be most popular on St.Patrick’s day. It’s a lime green cocktail made of gin, mixed with lightly sweetened lime juice, garnished with lemon and cucumber & served in a martini glass. When made the right way, this cocktail will save you on the extra calories.
10. Mudslide/ Elephant Mudbath
Glamour magazine advise that this cocktail has only 184 calories. In a blender, combine crushed ice, vodka, coffee liqueur and Irish cream liqueur. Drizzle in Chocolate syrup and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with whipped cream. Slurp! Tamambo Karen do a great job with this cocktail.
My mantra with regards to healthy living is moderating what I enjoy to eat or drink. With these cocktail options, at least you will be cutting down on the unwanted calories. I am not the type to obsess over how many calories are in my meals but its good to know the nutritional value.
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