Do you miss getting the feel of buzz in your system while drinking alcoholic drinks? You want to drink, but you can’t because you are on a diet? Then let give you some great news. You can still get the buzz that you want by drinking low-carb alcoholic drinks.
There are a lot of low-carb alcoholic drinks out there for those who are on a diet, and at the same time, for those who love to drink. But like everything, the key here is moderation. In this article, I will show you a guide on what kind of alcoholic drinks are low in carbohydrates.
Drinking too much alcohol can slow down your loss of weight. It can also weaken your gain of health during your low-carb diet. If you can drink alcohol moderately, that won’t be a major issue as long as it’s low in carbs.
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Low-carb drinks are usually champagne, wine, and pure spirit drinks like vodka and whiskey. The high carb ones are usually sugary cocktails and beer.
The wines usually contain at least 1 to 2 grams of carbohydrates. The beer has a typical amount of 13 to 14 grams of carbohydrates. Some brand of beers only contains 1.9 grams of carbs.
In Spirits, if they are mixed with the usual ingredients, the number of carbs may range from 0 to 39 grams of carbohydrates. The coolers or sometimes called wine coolers, hard lemonades, alcopops, and spirit coolers contain 31 to 39 grams of carbohydrates.
Even if you are on a strict low-carb diet, you can still enjoy a glass of alcohol or 2 on special occasions. A lot of alcoholic drinks contain sugar, but there are still some decent options for people who need to limit their intake of carbs.
Below are 15 low-carb alcoholic drinks that you could try even when you are on a diet. Some of the drinks listed below are carb-free, most have a low count.
Obviously, drinking a glass of regular coke can shatter your every day allowance of carbohydrates. But a diet soda won’t, diet cokes and sodas are often used in making carb-free cocktail mix. This mix is a traditional Jack and Coke, but using a diet coke instead of the regular one.
How to mix: Just mix a jigger or 1.5 ounces of whiskey and diet coke, and then serve it with ice. The estimated calories per serving are 100, while the carbohydrate is 0 grams.
This is great as a summertime drink. They are cool and crisp, however, tonic water contains lots of carbs. In a 12 ounce of the can, it already contains 32 grams of carbs. For a low-carb tonic and gin drink, you should swap out the tonic water with soda water. In this way, you’ll still get your flavored alcoholic drink without damaging your diet efforts.
How to mix: Mix 1 jigger of gin and then add soda water, serve it with a squeeze of lime or lemon and ice. The calories are 150, and the carbohydrate is less than 1 gram.
The usual sea breeze has a fruity taste, a perfect beverage during summer. But, the mix doesn’t need to be filled with sugar. The traditional mix is usually made with a grape juice, but if you replace that with a Diet Squirt, it could eliminate the extra carbs.
How to mix: In a glass, fill it with 1 jigger of vodka, 4 ounces of Diet Squirt, and 2 ounces of cranberry juice (make sure it’s unsweetened), then pour in some ice. The estimated calorie is 110, while the estimated carbohydrate is 6 grams.
If you want a cool and refreshing wine, the pinot grigio is one of the good options that doesn’t contain too many carbohydrates. Note: A glass of wine should only be 5 ounces.
The estimated calorie is 123, while the carbohydrate is about 3 grams.
The traditional mix of mojito uses a syrup as a sweetener, but if you rather use a Diet Sprite or Diet Sierra Mist, you can get the desired sweetness but without the carbs.
How to mix: Mix in 1 jigger of rum with a fresh lime juice and one of the said diet lemon-lime soda. Add in a couple of mint leaves and serve it with ice. The estimated calorie is about 110, while the carbohydrate is about 1.5 grams.
When you use a diet cola, you can make any of your simple favorite low carb beverages. Despite the sweet flavor of rum, it does not contain any carbohydrates.
How to mix: Mix any of your favorite non-flavored rum with a diet cola and serve it with ice. You can also add in a slice of lime or lemon for a twist. The calories are 100, while the carbohydrate is less than 1 gram.
Beers don’t usually make it into the list of low-carb beverages, because most of them contain lots of carbohydrates. However, some light beers could be okay for your diet efforts, especially if the light beer is a Michelob Ultra.
The estimated amount of calories in the beer is 95, while the carbohydrate is 2.6 grams.
If you are one of those people who love red wines, then having a glass of Pinot Noir can be an excellent option of low-carb beverage. The estimated calorie per glass is 122, while the estimated carbohydrate is about 3.4 grams.
When it comes to drinking, even if you are on a diet drinking moderately is still as important as not being on a diet. Knowing what mix is in your drink can help you make an intentional choice of beverage, which will still keep you on track of your healthy diet goals.
Just a reminder though, if you are on a low-carb diet your alcohol tolerance is reduced. You’ll be more likely to get a hangover, so the best way to prevent that is to not over drink yourself. Drink lots of water, and do not drive while still under the influence of alcohol.
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