Skinny Girl Summertime Drinks – Healthier Beverage Options for BBQs

28 May

Are you still thinking about getting skinny for the summer? Well, we’re just around the corner from sweet summertime and we all know that with summer comes lots of gatherings, food, and ALCOHOL. If you are on a mission and losing weight and want to continue doing so, I’m here to help you “Get Prepared” for all those summer parties

Step 1: Create an action plan!

  • How long will you be at this event? You’re going to get thirsty & hungry. Do you know what food will be served? What about drinks? The regulars are Pop/Soda, Beer, and a Sweet Tea or Lemonade. Bring a bottled water, Shakeology or even R&R if you want something sweeter. That way, you’re getting your daily water and/or protein, without all the extra calories in SUGAR. Sugar is a Fat and Carbohydrate. Not good for losing weight.

FACT: Alcohol should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight. Alcohol is metabolized and quickly absorbed into the body. Other than using alcohol for energy, the body will break it down and store it as a fat. It provides ZERO nutritional value. Knowing this means we have to make smarter decisions if we are not willing to avoid the temptation.

If you are going to consume do so occasionally and in moderation. Think about it, when we do have a drink, how many do you normally consume? Sometimes its not the drink itself that is high in calories but it’s the number of drinks consumed.

Step 2: Know Your Calorie Count!

How many calories are in a drink is dependent on what type of drink you have.

  • Your common beer is going to be around 110 calories a bottle. That number will change based on light vs regular and the brewing type. Drink a 6pack and you wont have a 6-pack.
  • Wine is about 100 calories a serving. Again this number changed depending on the type of wine consumed.
  • For liquor, lets look at Vodka since its so popular. Theres 97 calories in a 1.5 fl oz serving of Smirnoff Red Label vodka. That’s a typical shot serving.

So lets be honest with one another and admit that most people are probably not willing to eliminate this indulgence all summer long. But, let’s make a deal. There is always a balance to everything and modifying your beverage choice, makes it what I like to call a “better bad”. Meaning its still not a great option, but it is better than the other option.

Here a few tips to help you:

  • Keep it simple! – Stay away from the fancy mixed drinks that are calorie loaded & will defeat your hard work
  • Order your drink “on the rocks” or “neat”
  • If you prefer to have it mixed then add a calorie smart mixer. Choose Crystal Light, Diet Cranberry Juice, or Seltzer (I try to keep all POP/SODA away from my clients)
  • Drink light beers
  • Use caution when consuming marketed low-calorie beers. If you look at the alcohol volume they are lower. If you are just enjoying 1 drink, this is a great choice. Many people don’t realize this and they drink more and consume more since the alcohol percentage is less and they aren’t “feeling the effects.”

Check out this list of 10 Highest and Lowest calorie Beers

ImageFor a refreshing mixed drink here’s my best friend Erin’s Lemon Spritzer

1 ½ ounces (approx 1 shot) of vodka
5 oz of Minute Maid Light Lemonade
Topped off with soda water

Served on the rocks or blended
Garnish with fresh fruit like lemons, limes, and a strawberry.
Serve in a dispenser for parties and sharing.


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