It’s an unfortunate fact of life that alcohol isn’t exactly a health elixir. We’ve talked about the importance of cutting the booze out for optimal fat loss and lean muscle gain on MACROS before, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tipple every now and then.
Here are our MACROS friendly drinks to order at the bar.
At around 90-100 calories per shot, tequila is high in energy. Agavins, the natural sugar in tequila is non-digestible, meaning it won’t raise your blood sugar levels. In fact, agavins have been shown to lower cholesterol and even aid in weight loss. Don’t go too wild, but in limited quantities, tequila can be a good drink option. Steer clear of caloric minefields like margaritas, and stick to either a shot, or tequila with soda or mineral water.
Though wine originates from fruit, most of the sugar has been converted to alcohol during the fermentation process. Red wine contains the antioxidants polyphenols, resveratrol, and quercetin, which have been proven to improve heart health. Red wine also slows down the process of glucose entering the blood, which prevents high insulin spikes.
Opt for dryer red wines which are lower in calories and sugar.
Probably the closest you can get to ordering a salad at the bar – a vodka based bloody mary is one of the lowest calorie cocktails. High quality fresh tomato juice provides the nutrient lycopene as well as vitamin C and potassium.
Vodka Soda with Lemon/Lime
Ditch the high calorie tonic water and order a club soda (carbonated water) as a vodka mixer instead. Squeeze in some lemon or lime for a flavour boost!
Love the minty fresh citrus taste of a classic mojito? Order a mojito without the sugar syrup for a less caloric beverage – just rum, soda water, mint, and lime.
It’s no green juice, but everyone’s favourite go-to brunch cocktail is actually pretty healthy (as far as alcohol goes). Champagne is lower in calories than the average white wine – just be sure to only use freshly squeezed orange juice. For an even lighter version, replace half the champerz with soda water.
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