For a healthy New Year’s Eve, drink in moderation, keep in mind that alcohol has carbs, and consider substituting low-carbs mixers in your favorite drinks.
There are many low-carb options out there for dieters who like to drink. As with everything, moderation is key. Heavy drinking isn’t good for anyone, but having a few carb-conscious cocktails here and there won’t hurt.
The best way to be healthy when drinking on New Year’s is to consume no more than a moderate amount of alcohol — One drink for women and two drinks for men — those would be moderate amounts.
For people who count their calories, wines with high alcohol content are typically higher in calories. But for those whose only dietary concern is carb grams, the higher the alcohol by volume content in a wine, the less sugar it has.
This fact can be confusing. After all, we’re all taught that alcohol is a sugar. So if there’s more alcohol there’s got to be more sugar, right? Well, not exactly.
During the fermentation process, the yeast eats up much of the sugar. Wines with a higher alcohol by volume content have been fermented longer, thus, the microscopic organisms eat more of the fructose and glucose found in the grapes.
If you’re looking for a smart low carb wine choice, a dry red wine is one of your best options. First of all, red wine is considered by many health experts to be better for your health than white wine.
A dry wine contains only up to 20 grams of carbs per liter. There are plenty of dry wine options that contain only 15 grams of carbs per liter or less. In general, the drier the wine, the less residual sugar it has.
Another general rule of selecting a good low carb wine: the cheaper the bottle, the more residual sugar it usually has. Though bottles that run $15 or more can contain more sugar than a low-carb dieter would prefer to have, very cheap bottles more often than not have a much higher residual sugar content.
The following styles of wine are typically lowest in carbs:
Beer is a problem on low carb. There’s a reason people talk about “beer bellies”. There are tons of rapidly digestible carbs in beer – it’s been called liquid bread. For that reason, unfortunately, most beers are a disaster for weight control and should be avoided on low carb.
Don’t let an enjoying a six-pack ruin your hard-earned six-pack. But don’t feel like a few beers in New Year’s Eve will result in a beer belly either! Almost every brewery now has a lighter option available so you’re not limited to the watery old standbys
Bud Select 55 — Calories: 55, Carbs: 1.9 g, ABV: 2.4%
With the number of calories in its name, it may come as no surprise that this bottle of Bud is the lowest calorie and carbohydrate beer on the list. But with the calories went the alcohol content, leaving about half the alcohol by volume (ABV) of the average beer. If you’re someone who likes to have more than a few in one night, this may be the way to go.
Miller64 — Calories: 64, Carbs: 2.4 g, ABV: 2.8%
Another brew that advertises its low calorie count right in the name, Miller64 clocks in on the low side when it comes to ABV.
Beck’s Premier Light — Calories: 64, Carbs: 3.2 g, ABV: 2.3%
Thanks to Reinheitsgebot, a German purity law established in 1516, this lesser known 64-calorie beer is brewed using just four ingredients: barley malt, hops, water and yeast — proving once again, sometimes less is more.
Michelob Ultra — Calories: 95, Carbs: 2.6 g, ABV: 4.2%
If you like variety when you’re drinking, look no further than Michelob Ultra. With four flavors including amber, lime cactus, pomegranate-raspberry and dragon fruit-peach, in addition to the original, all with just 95 calories, you can’t complain this light beer lacks in flavor. Just be sure not to confuse this brew with Michelob Light, which will set you back 8.8 grams of carbohydrates.
Busch Light — Calories: 95, Carbs: 3.2 g, ABV: 4.1%
A longer brewing process cuts 38 calories from the original Busch while losing just .2 percent of the alcohol content. Not bad. Plus this brew is as easy on the wallet as it is on the waistline.
Whether you’re giving a toast or celebrating a successful year, you might mark the occasion with a glass of champagne. If you carefully watch what you eat to avoid weight gain or track your intake of carbohydrates, a few sips of this bubbly beverage shouldn’t derail your health efforts.
A 4-ounce serving of champagne contains just 1.6 grams of carbohydrates. The carbohydrate content of champagne is lower than that of other types of wine. Per 5-ounce serving, white and red table wines contain about 3 grams of carbs. Sweet dessert wine, which some people favor over champagne as a post-dinner drink, is significantly higher, with 14.1 grams of carbs in a 3.5-ounce glass. As tempting as it might be, don’t use the low carbs and calories of champagne as an excuse to drink more.
Clear liquors at about 40% alcohol are a safe bet and are considered keto alcohol, and anything that tastes sweet is not! Acceptable keto alcohol includes:
Consider using low-calorie mixers in your favorite drinks
Although it may be hard to substitute low-carb options in your drinks if you’re at a bar, it’s easy to swap in ingredients if you’re mixing drinks at home, use diet soda instead of regular soda as a mixer. Drinking a rum and cola that uses diet cola, for instance, really makes a difference.
Diet Jack and Coke
Obviously, a regular cola would shatter your daily carbohydrate allowance. But diet soda lends itself to numerous carb-free cocktails. This spin on the traditional Jack and Coke simply uses Diet Coke instead.
Make! Mix one jigger (1.5 ounces) of whiskey with Diet Coke, and pour over ice.
estimated carbohydrates (per serving): 0 grams
When you’re using diet cola, you can make any simple favorite low-carb. Despite its sweet flavor, rum doesn’t contain any carbs either.
Make! Mix your favorite unflavored rum with diet cola and serve over ice. For an added twist, throw in a piece of lime.
estimated carbohydrates (with a twist of lime): <1 gram
Carb-free gin and tonic
Gin and tonics are great summertime drinks. They’re crisp and cool, but tonic water is loaded with carbs. It contains 32 grams per 12-ounce can! Swap out soda water for your tonic, and you’ll get the flavor without hurting your diet efforts.
Make! Mix one jigger of gin with soda water, add a squeeze of lemon or lime, and serve over ice.
estimated carbohydrates: <1 gram
The traditional mojito uses syrup for sweetening, but if you use a diet lemon-lime soda like Diet Sierra Mist or Diet Sprite, you can get the sweetness without the carbs.
Make! Mix one jigger of rum with fresh lime juice and diet lemon-lime soda, and pour onto muddled mint leaves. Then pour over ice.
estimated carbohydrates: 1.5 grams
What To Watch Out For
Sugar is hidden everywhere! Even something seemingly innocent like a gin and tonic can have over 30g of carbs- tonic water is very high in sugar. If the bartender adds artificial lime juice and simple syrup, you’re probably well over 50g of sugar in one glass. Avoid the following popular drinks and mix-ins, and you’ll be a low carb pro in no time.
Flavored alcohol (coconut rum, peach schnapps, Bailey’s, etc.)
Juices (cranberry, orange, pineapple, tomato, etc.)
Fruit add-ins (cherries, berries, pineapples, oranges, etc.)
Syrups (fudge, whipped cream, fruit flavored syrups,
sweet creams, coconut cream)
Simply put, the state of being hungover is caused by DEHYDRATION. The fix? DRINK MORE WATER. While drinking alcohol, DRINK WATER. Got home safe and going to sleep? DRINK WATER. Wake up feeling icky? DRINK WATER. Water will cure and prevent hangovers better than any spicy, gingery, supplement, raw egg tonic anyone can try to sell to you. The answer is water. Between drinks at the club or bar, down a cup of water. Do this a few times and it will help immensely. Avoid that nausea, headache, fatigue and misery with this easy fix.
The best hangover cure is lots of water, some aspirin to speed up recovery and a good lounge on the couch. Chill and recover