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Choose Holiday Beverages Wisely

posted Dec 13, 2011, 10:03 AM by Amanda Bontempo   [ updated Dec 18, 2011, 1:45 PM ]

The easiest way to pack on pounds this holiday season is to ignore what is poured in your glass.

We celebrate with wines and cocktails and bring in the new year with Champagne toasts. We get lost in the spirit of mulled wine and hot toddies. Don't sabotage your New Year's resolution to eat and live healthier by ordering drinks unwisely.

Keep your choices slim and avoid sugary mixers like fruit juices or sodas. Sugar sweetened beverages pack in the calories and the pounds that settle as unwanted fat.

Instead, opt for something sugar free like diet soda or seltzer, or have your drink on the rocks. Get the skinny on the calorie content on common drinks to help you choose your beverage wisely. My choice is a couple ounces of wine with a couple ounces of seltzer. Try to intersperse your drinks with a glass of a calorie and sugar free beverage like water, seltzer or diet soda to avoid over-imbibing which can make us more likely to overindulge in other sweets and treats.
  • Champagne or sparkling wine (4 oz) 80 calories
  • Red or white wine (5 oz) 120-125 calories
  • Beer (12 oz) 150 calories
  • Beer, light (12 oz) 100 calories
  • Hot toddy (6 oz) 250 calories
  • Mulled wine (5 oz) 210 calories
  • Distilled liquors (vodka, whiskey, gin, rum) (shot, 1.5 oz) 100 calories
  • Vodka and Red Bull 180 calories
  • Vodka and sugar-free Red Bull 75 calories
  • Vodka and tonic (6 oz) 120 calories
  • Tequila (shot, 1.5 oz) 100 calories
  • Gin and tonic (6 oz) 140 calories
  • Screwdriver (4 oz) 210 calories
  • Dry martini 125 calories
  • Apple martini 235 calories
  • Sake (1 oz) 40 calories