Since I missed posting this last week I am just going to combine weeks 11 and 12 together into one post! Last week I was going to compare some of my favorite alcohol drinks to see which ones were the healthier choice and this week I am sharing a “better for you” cocktails round up!
This whole journey is about being a healthier me, and with that comes making good choices about what I eat and drink. Having said that, I don’t plan to cut alcohol out of my diet altogether, but I can be more mindful of the nutrition facts of what I’m drinking! For this comparison, I am going to chose 3 sets of drinks I enjoy to compare- wines, cocktails and ciders.
#1: Red Wine vs. White Wine
While I do enjoy all kinds of wine, my favorite is a light white wine. My absolute favorite white is Reisling and my favorite red is Pinot Noir, so for this comparison let’s look at those two!
A glass of Reisling has about 120 calories, 5.5 grams of carbs and no fat. In contrast a glass of Pinot Noir has 122 calories and 3.4 grams of carbs. So… it’s kind of toss up! I think I still prefer white because many red wines have sulfates which I find give me a headache!
#2 Gin & Tonic vs. Parrot Bay & Juice
A gin and tonic has about 170 calories plus 15 grams of carbs (about 5% your daily intake!) A shot of coconut rum has about 51 calories plus whatever juice you put in! Generally I would mix it with orange juice and a splash of Sprite or ginger ale. An 8 oz serving of orange juice has about 94 calories so together (and rounding up) that’s about 150 calories! The downside is that OJ is much higher in carbs, so you have to think about that balance. This one seems like a toss up to me, so I’ll just drink either or, and not worry too much about it!
#3 Strongbow Cider vs. Bud Lite Apple Rita
There are 189 calories in a can of Strongbow, 100% of which come from carbs (15 grams)! The 12 oz bottle comes in at a little less, only 140 calories. Bud Lite Apple Rita on the other hand comes in at an impressive 193 calories for an 8 oz can! This includes 22g of carbs, which makes this drink, my current favorite of all 6 of these, the clear loser here!
Overall I think all 6 drinks generally have about the same nutrition information, although the wine is the clear winner if you’re counting calories. Arguably, there are other health benefits to drinking wine as well (in moderation, of course). However, my findings here aren’t going to sway me from drinking any of these 6 favorites based on their calorie or carb count!
Which one do you think is best?
I’ve also compiled a fun round up with some “better for you” cocktails! These cocktails are either low carb, low sugar or use fresh ingredients to make them slightly more healthy than normal!
Which one are you going to try first?!
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