Belt Busters: Watch Those Drinkable Calories

MP900440312The festive month of December has arrived.  Along with extra calories from holiday cookies, candy, and restaurant fare, there are those often shrugged off or unacknowledged extra calories that creep insidiously into our diets from common holiday beverages.  Those beverages do not even need to contain alcohol, but many are alcohol based.  Without being mindful of those drinkable calories while you are humming holiday carols, you might be singing the blues come January 1.   Anyone hoping to avoid moving out a notch on the belt come January would be wise to be mindful of the extra calories from holiday beverages.  The good news is that there are some festive drinks that will do less damage to your waistline.  Your secret weapon here is to watch the portion size of your holiday beverage and be mindful of the calories contributed to your daily intake. Taking it a step further by tracking all your calories (not just thinking about them), usually ends up really helping to keep the belt notch in one spot.

Here is a sampling of those calories:

  • 4 ounces of champagne- my favorite at only 65 calories a glass
  • 1 ounce brandy-65 calories!  Consider drinking on the rocks to give the illusion of a larger serving!
  • 12 ounces non-alcoholic beer-70 calories
  • 2 ounces Martini-120 calories
  • 5 ounces of wine (red or white)-120 calories
  • 12 ounces Light beer-varies from 50 -120 calories
  • 5 ounces Bloody Mary-125 calories
  • 2.5 ounces Cosmopolitan-130 calories
  • ½ cup low-fat eggnog-150 calories
  • 12 ounces Regular beer-150 calories
  • 10 ounces Irish coffee-160 calories
  • 2.5 ounces Chocolate martini-190 calories
  • 7 ounces Gin and tonic-190 calories
  • ½ cup regular eggnog-220 calories
  • 6.5 ounces Margarita-330 calories
  • 10 ounces Hurricane-380 calories
  • 6 ounces Amaretto Sour-420 calories

Just as when selecting food for a healthy diet, portion sizes matter!  Multiple servings of some of these high calorie beverages, coupled with typical high fat snack foods often served along with these drinks will most likely blow your calorie intake to the North pole.  There’s an old saying, “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” so enjoy your party beverages, but think about your choices as you enjoy the holiday spirit this month.  Doing so will make for a healthy and easier transition to 2016.