A single night out can cost you a shocking 1,000 calories in alcohol alone. During this season’s flurry of festivities, those liquid calories can add up fast–and that’s before you even get to holiday party as like snacks, sweets and the heavy breakfast to cure your next-day hangover.
A traditional margarita is made from tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, but bartenders often cut prep time by using high-calorie mixes And since the American Heart Association recommends that women have at most six teaspoons of added sugar per day, even just one refill will put you over the edge.
Gin and tonic
Tonic water is generally made with high-fructose corn syrup, the same sweetener that’s found in cola. A 12-ounce can of tonic contains eight teaspoons of added sugar. Opt for sugar-free seltzer or club soda for a hit of bubbles as an alternative.
Wine-lovers can rest assured–their go-to sip isn’t on Sass’s no-no list: “The antioxidants in red wine may increase ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and protect against cholesterol buildup in the arteries,” she says. Plus, research shows resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes, might also decrease inflammation.
Martini is one of the most another alcoholic drink. Because a classic martini is made from just gin and vermouth, a type of fortified European wine, it’s not exactly nourishing, Sass says. But, keep in mind that all types of alcohol have been shown to increase breast cancer risk, even when consumed in moderation.
A glass of cold white wine can be totally refreshing during this hectic time of year, but pick the type you sip on carefully. Cause, dry white wines, such as a sauvignon blanch or pinot gringo, tend to have lower sugar content. Sweeter varieties like Riesling could have closer to 165 calories per serving.
Beer’s often thought of as the ultimate bloat-bringer, but it may not be all that bad. In one study of over 70,000 women, researchers found that those who drank moderate amounts of beer had lower blood pressure than those who drank wine or spirits. The regular version will set you back closer to 160 calories per 12 ounces.
Sure, it’s a little basic, but a vodka soda may be your healthiest choice if you’re in the mood for hard alcohol. When you combine a shot of vodka with seltzer, you skirt excess calories—and a nasty hangover.
Have your lowest-calorie alcohol option? Champagne. A standard glass of the sparkling stuff will set you back only 84 calories. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!