Cutting the Calories Out of Cocktails
Happy hour can be healthy hour if you stick with lighter, leaner libations.
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No one would start dinner with a two cheeseburger appetizer, eat another two cheeseburgers alongside a full entrée, and then finish off with a two-cheeseburger dessert, right? But if you’re drinking three large frozen margaritas in an evening, you’re packing away as many a calories as are in six McDonald’s cheeseburgers, warns Alex Bianchi, D.O., of Bianchi Medical Weight Loss in Hockessin.
Order 1 ½ ounces of gin with club soda, which has 0 calories, and you’re swigging about 300 calories total for three drinks instead of a whopping 2,400 for those three margaritas. Better yet, stick to one gin and club soda.
You need to watch the bar foods you’re noshing on as well. Many are fried, cheesy or otherwise calorie-packed. Opt instead for grilled seafood, or ask if you can get a plate of vegetables to share with a friend.
“Once you’ve had one beer, your judgment goes down. Then you have another, and another,” Bianchi says. “Then the nachos and all the other snack foods
come out and next thing you know, you’re 1,500 calories or more in the hole.”