Friday, June 13, 2008

Surviving summertime happy hours

Hey there! Just in time for beach-weather...check out my guest post yesterday on's Body By Glamour - Margarita Shapes Up blog.

Margarita Shapes Up
Surviving summertime happy hours
Hi, guys! I'm taking a get-my-life-together day off today (that's what personal days are for, right?!) and lucky for you, my nutritionist friend,
Marissa Lippert, a registered dietitian, is guest blogging. See you on Friday! xo

With summer heating up full-speed ahead, I figured what better time to guest blog about summertime cocktails and alcoholic drinks--the perfect topic for a nutritionist, right? Actually, it is! I'm a firm believer in the "everything in moderation" motto (even indulgences) and when the temperature starts rising, dewy glasses of refreshing white or rosé wine start dancing through my head. What screams summertime more than hanging out with friends and coworkers while sipping a frosty beverage? One beverage can easily multiply, however, posing a slight roadblock when you're trying to stay on track with healthy-weight goals. A few things I try to keep in mind: Take it slow and enjoy (rather than guzzle) what you're drinking; stay well-hydrated, particularly in hot weather, and have a glass of water or seltzer between drinks (this also serves as a sneaky tip to curb the amount of alcohol and excess calories you're knocking back); be smart about the type of cocktails and coolers you're choosing--3 or 4 light beers are equivalent to that 400-calorie frozen mango margarita that's loaded with excess sugar.
Here's my top 5 list of summer's 'heavy-hitter' drinks along with some sly-and-slim cocktail picks:
Frozen margarita - 300-500 calories (depending on brand and amount)
Daiquiri and pina colada - 449 calories
Long Island iced tea - 276 calories
Margarita on the rocks - 170 calories
Vodka tonic - 169 calories
Mojito and sangria - 149 calories
White or rose wine - 110 calories
Corona light with lime - 99 calories
Vodka and club soda - 97 calories
Wine spritzer - 40 calories (2 ounces of wine + 4 ounces seltzer)
*calorie amounts above are per serving
We all have one...what's your favorite calorie-smart summertime cocktail?

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