What Is Your Drink of Choice Over the Holidays?

The holiday season is in full swing. Over the holidays, we will have many opportunities to be surrounded by good food and good company. Many individuals would like to stay on track with his/her eating habits during this period of time. Individuals tend to be really hard on ourselves  in terms of their eating habits but individuals often forget alcohol is another major source of calories during the holiday season.

If you choose to drink, let’s remind ourselves of what the drinking guidelines. Men are recommended to have no more than 15 drinks per week OR no more than 3 drinks per day. Women are recommended to have no more than 10 drinks per week OR no more than 2 drinks per day.

What is the definition of “one drink”?

  1. 1 bottle of beer (341 mL) with 5% alcohol level
  2. 1 bottle of cider/cooler (341 mL) with 5% alcohol level
  3. 1 glass (142 mL) of wine with 12% alcohol level
  4. 1 shot (1.5 oz or 43 mL) of hard liquor (i.e. rye, gin, rum, whiskey) with 40% alcohol level

How many calories are in some common “one drink” options?

  1. Beer: 55 kcals (one bottle of light beer) – 240 kcals (one bottle of craft IPA beer)
  2. Mimosa (4 oz): 87 kcals
  3. Champagne (4 oz.): 90 kcals
  4. White Wine (5 oz.): 120 kcals
  5. Red Wine (5 oz.): 150 kcals
  6. Gin & Tonic (8 oz.): 161 kcals
  7. Martini (3.5 oz.): 215 kcals

Food For Thought: Does it surprise you to find champagne is one of the lowest calorie alcoholic beverage options? If you choose to drink, make champagne a drink of choice more often. 😉

 

 

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