Want to go on a night out with your friends whilst not running all the hard work you’ve been putting in in the gym? Then worry not!
Seeing as we’re huge advocates of promoting a healthy, balanced lifestyle, we understand the role socialising plays in people’s lives. We also understand how just because you want to enjoy a meal or night out with your friends, that doesn’t mean you want to un-do all the hard work you have put in during the days/weeks/months before. Therefore, we thought we would help you reach a compromise by listing the top alcoholic drinks for the health conscious person, so you can indulge guilt free.
We would however like to note that just because this is a list for healthier/lower calorie alcoholic drinks, any of them in excess (i.e. a ‘skin-full’) will no longer be considered healthy!
Vodka, fresh lime & soda
We thought we would start with a classic, as anyone will tell you if you’re trying to ‘watch your weight’ then drink vodka & soda on a night out. Some people may consider it ‘boring’ and in our opinion we would probably have to agree. There are other more tasty alternatives, but it is a great drink to help you stay clean whilst still enjoying your night.
IMPORTANT: Make sure it’s FRESH lime you get, as lime cordial is full of sugar and this would no longer make the ‘healthy’ list.
Gin & tonic
This one had to make the list otherwise we couldn’t live with ourselves. In a nutshell, we love gin and gin is awesome!! Fair enough we are biased seeing as it’s our favourite tipple and wannabe gin connoisseurs, however it is also healthy too. It has low calorie content (as do most liqueurs; whisky, tequila etc.), only marginally higher than vodka but bursting with flavour. There are so many variations of gin now too it’s unreal. It really does appear to be the ‘in’ drink at the moment with gin festivals held all over the country and this is only going to improve the quality and selections available.
Another positive about this drink are the garnishes that enhance flavour are fruits or other natural foods, as opposed to sugary drinks to create flavour (e.g. vodka coke). Using the correct garnish compliments the botanicals the gin is made from and enhances the flavour! (e.g. Hendricks and cucumber, Portabello Road and pink grapefruit)
NOTE: We strongly suggest using Fever Tree tonic water too where available for the best possible taste and there is a ‘Fever Tree Light’ too which is always a good option. Not all bars will stock Fever Tree but most should have a light option.
We all knew it was coming, and although the debate will continue, in our opinion a bit of red wine is actually good for you. It’s not particularly high in calories (around 110 per glass) and it is packed with anti-oxidants, including resveratrol, which has been shown to lower cholesterol, prevent the growth of fat cells and reduce risk of coronary heart disease. Also, as wine is supposed to be sipped, savoured and embraced, it “should” slow your drinking down, and therefore help you drink less!
“Guinness makes you strong.” That was the Guinness advertising slogan and so it’s good enough for us!
On a serious note, researchers have found that antioxidant compounds found in Guinness, similar to those found in many fruit and veg, are responsible for the health benefits as they lower the deposit of harmful cholesterol on artery walls and so reduce risk of heart disease and blood clots.
On the calorie front, considering it’s an ale, it’s calorie low coming in at around 125 calories per 12oz, as opposed to other substitutes such as lager and real ales which are in excess of 200+ calories, due to the Guinness being made mainly from whole grains.
NOTE: Guinness alone will NOT make you strong, just felt we should clarify that before the complaint emails!
One for the girls here, finally a tasty cocktail has made the list. Mimosa is Champagne and orange juice and Bellini is Champagne and peach (well they’re the ones we’ve chosen). We have moved out of ‘low-calorie’ territory here with these, but calories definitely aren’t everything.
Both drinks boast other health beneficial properties; they contain vitamin C (helps boost the immune system), potassium (reduces high blood pressure), calcium (promotes bone health and increases cardiovascular health) and folic acid (important for healthy red blood cells).
IMPORTANT: Bubbles may go to your head!
So there you have it, our guide to drinking alcohol. There’s a drink for every occasion so you can fit in and be part of the crowd whilst still keeping one eye on your health/waistline too. As we have stated before, this only counts if it is consumed in moderation.
Just because you care about looking after your body, feeling great and being fit and healthy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink alcohol or go out and have fun; in fact we encourage it. So go out, enjoy yourself, just make sure you get straight back on your normal regime the day after.
**AWESOME BONUS HEALTHY DRINKING TIP**
Everyone gets the ‘munchies’ when they’ve been drinking on a night out, that’s pretty much a fact. You’re decision making will likely be impaired too due to the drinking, so to stop you reaching for the crisps or getting a cheesy takeaway at the end of the night, get yourself some healthier snacks in the cupboard so you’re not compounding the extra alcoholic calories with poor food choices. Great options are rice cakes or popcorn, enjoy!