On a typical Friday night, bars are packed with people ordering bar food and drinks that are loaded with calories. If you are watching your weight or are looking for a healthier option; look no further. The drinks that I am going to show you are some nice options to a healthier Friday night. And remember, moderation is key.
Red Wine red wine is packed with flavonoids, antioxidants that can help in inhibiting cancer cells, and most red wines are low in calories. A glass or two of red wine a day is said to be the perfect portion to bring a little health to your glass.
Bloody Mary is also one of the more common drinks on a bar’s menu. It is filled with antioxidants from a fresh blend of tomato juice, so ask your bartender what he/she is using. A Bloody Mary is a healthier drink option at a bar, but remember that it has vodka in it, so keep your drinking in moderation,
Mimosas are made with champagne and orange juice. Like red wines, champagne and sparkling wines also contain antioxidants, although in less quantity. So go ahead; enjoy one on Friday night; or at Saturday brunch.
Wine Spritzers will refresh your senses while taking a break from the dance floor or chatting with your friends. It is made of white wine and soda water, and usually contains 100 calories per 5 oz. You can add a slice of lime to give it a little kick and to balance its alcohol levels while adding hydration to your evening.
Rum Cola is a good mixed drink that is not too heavy on the tummy. This drink is normally made up of 185 calories per 8oz, but use diet cola instead to bring down the numbers. Soda contains tons of sugar and acids (and we’re not great fans of soda), so keep this drink in moderation.
Light beer is for those who are avoiding the beer belly situation. 12 ounces of light beer usually contains 95 to 140 calories – imagine how much calories a strong or full strength beer contains. This is probably one of the health buffs’ favorite bar beers. It may not be as flavorful as the strong beer, but it is definitely healthier and lighter.
Gin and Tonic’s refreshing blends are the most popular during the warmer seasons. This drink contains about 100 to 200 calories, depending on the amount of serving. Ask for a splash of tonic with your gin.
Whiskey is the stereotypical male drink (although there are plenty of ladies that like it). You can drink it straight (no ice) or on the rocks (with ice). It has 40% alcohol and considered a hard-hitting drink. It can contain as low as 80 calories to as high as 250, depending on your serving. Ask for it neat with a back of water to keep you hydrated and definitely keep this one in moderation.
Being healthy is a choice, so getting yourself a good cold drink that is not too heavy on the tummy and on your system will make it work.