Best Diet Drinks This Holiday Season
Treading carefully along the straight and narrow of what to eat/drink is tough. Avoiding the sweets and fatty, high carb alternatives is usually an uphill battle this time of year. Not to mention there are a ton of holiday parties and social gatherings where it would be quite awkward to stand on the sidelines as your friends and colleagues partake in the festivities.
However, you don’t have to forgo a single party or night out with friends. This list of vodka cocktails we’ve put together will offer low calorie, gluten-free, organic, and overall healthier alternatives that will still get you tipsy. If you are trying to keep the extra pounds off this holiday season, there are a few vodka recipes suitable for just about any diet. Here are 5 recipes that are good for the body, and also taste great!
1) The Seabreeze
If vodka-cranberry is your cup of tea, or should I say “cup” of vodka, then you’ll love this lower-calorie option, the Seabreeze. It maintains the vodka foundation but replaces the sugary and calorie rich cranberry juice that dominates the original drink. Substituting cranberry juice with grapefruit juice will make this beverage much healthier, as the juice takes up the majority of this recipe. The cranberry flavor isn’t eliminated entirely, but lessened, as cranberry juice provides a healthy dose of vitamin C at 23mg per cup. In this recipe, you’ll only need to use 1.5 ounces of cranberry juice and 4.5 ounces of grapefruit juice.
2) The Pomegranate Martini
The pomegranate martini is a true diet cocktail with its calorie content of ranking among the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks available at most bars. For those looking to avoid weight gain, it’s arguably the best beverage on the menu. If you are familiar with the cosmopolitan, then you should feel right at home with this vodka martini that is fashioned in a similar manner. The drink is a nice blend of subtle yet enthralling ingredients namely vodka, orange liqueur, lemon, and pomegranate juice.
3) The Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary is an excellent combo featured in most lists of first-rate vodka cocktails. Meeting several criteria, from cold weather selections to diet accompaniments, this drink is great in general.
To ensure a low-carb finish, steer clear of the sugar components in the standard version recipes. Instead just stick to the essentials and savory flavors.
Normally, you’d use between 3 and 6 ounces of tomato juice to achieve that trademark crimson shade, however, just go with the minimum quantity required to cut down on carbs. This will still give the rich taste of the Bloody Mary that we know and love, without the overkill. Other ingredients you’ll also need to include are vodka, celery salt, and lemon. Adorn this drink with various low-carb toppings like olives, and lean meat cuts.
4) The Blueberry Mojito
This enchanting mojito looks amazing and tastes even better. I think the best part is that it won’t derail your diet progress, and you can drink as many as your stomach can tolerate at the company NYE party. The primary ingredient here is the extremely-low calorie yet delicious blueberry juice, spruced up by a handful of mint leaves. The layered taste is derived from a mix of white rum, vodka, and sparkling water.
5) The Apple Champagne Martini
With this one, the sour apple martini has been revamped with a nice new low-carb twist that makes it better in several ways. A combination of champagne, zero calorie sweetener (in place of the sugar normally used), cinnamon whisky, and apple vodka make up the essential ingredients you’ll need to make this drink.
That rounds off our list of the best cocktails for those on a diet this holiday season. The key to dieting is moderation, not restriction. Most dieters that lose weight end up gaining it all back because they eventually begin eating the same things they struggled with before dieting.
To avoid this spiral leading to failed new years resolutions and a disappointing beach body, just make sure your calorie content stays at a minimum. Feel free to enjoy all of the normal holiday festivities without worrying about what you can’t drink. Instead, order one of the drinks mentioned above as they are made from an assortment of low-carb mixers.
PS – You can throw in apple slices at the end of any drink on this list for a naturally sweet garnish.