There’s no shame in enjoying a fresh cocktail on the patio as you savor the perfect summer night, but sometimes it may be just a little too tempting to have more than one.
This can be especially true during this season, when everyone is gathering outside for social events, birthday parties, pool parties, family reunions, summer vacations — summer is a busy season filled with gatherings. So how can you enjoy the fresh taste of summer drinks, but not load up on the empty calories?
1. Avoid alcohol altogether
If you know that it is going to be hard for you not to overindulge, it might be best not to drink entirely. Avoiding that first glass will make avoiding the second one so much easier. This is important to consider because socialization can quickly create a pressure to drink, which makes it easier to give in. Another thing that you could do would be to create a mocktail or a cocktail that has very little alcohol in it. That way you can enjoy the taste and the socialization without the risk involved.
2. Choose mixed drinks with few calories
If calories are your concern, creating drinks with low-calorie mixers like seltzer can do you a load of good. La Croix is an excellent option for mixed drinks without loads of calories or sugar. A simple cocktail can have 100 calories or more, and beers and ciders can have way more. So being mindful of what mixers you choose saves a load of calories.
3. Practice moderation
Having a drink or two is not going to put you over the edge, but drinking a lot, or drinking often, is a different story. When you are with family members or friends, try to stick to 1 or 2 drinks, and then for the rest of the night drink non-alcoholic beverages. It’s also good practice to alternate your beverages with a glass of water. So, before you drink, enjoy a tall glass of water. After your glass of wine, have another tall glass of water.
However, do note that if drinking can potentially cause you to lose control, it is best to avoid alcohol altogether. If you can stick to one or two drinks, using these simple tips will help keep you from racking up the calories in those summer beverages all summer long.