Thursday, August 6, 2009

Figure Friendly Alcoholic Beverages (from Beachbody Newsletter)

Margarita. The enemy in the margarita is the margarita mix. There are "light" versions out there, but the taste is less than extraordinary. Here is another option that will cut your calories in half without sacrificing flavor.
3 oz. light limeade (either the Minute Maid® version or your own, made with limes, water, and a sugar substitute)
Lime juice (one lime)
2 oz. tequila
1.5 oz. triple sec
Salt to taste

Either pour over ice or blend with ice. Add salt to taste. Sip while pretending you are on a beach in Mexico, and you look amazing in your swimsuit.
Calories before: 435
Calories now: 180

Cosmopolitan. The sneaky trickster here is regular cranberry juice, which should be called sugar with cranberry flavoring. This light version uses only one type of alcohol, which drastically cuts your calorie count.
3 oz. light cranberry juice drink
1 oz. raspberry vodka
Squeeze of lime
Lime twist, as garnish
Shake together with ice. Strain ice cubes and pour into fancy fluted glass. Look incredibly trendy and thin at the same time.
Calories before: 413
Calories now: 98

Tipsy Arnold Palmer. Sweetened bottled versions of lemonade and iced tea can be pretty loaded with sugar. However, if we brew our own iced tea and squeeze our own lemons, with a bit of sugar substitute and 2 ounces of vodka, we can make a really tasty cocktail that doesn't have so many calories. Or, the light Minute Maid version and some diet iced tea will work for the domestically challenged.
3 oz. light lemonade (or juice of one lemon plus 3 oz. water and sugar substitute)
3 oz. diet iced tea (or 2 teabags steeped in 3 oz. water)
2 oz. vodka
Sprig of mint (optional)
Pour over ice. Stir. Enjoy. Just don't try to play golf after two of these.
Calories before: 156
Calories now: 71

Strawberry daiquiri. Nothing says vacation like a drink that a little umbrella will stand up in. Sugar, yet again, is the culprit. Try this version for a vacation flashback that will be reminiscent of the good times, and not how you ordered seconds of dessert.
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1.5 oz. light rum
Sweetener to taste (depends on how sweet the strawberries are)
Throw it all in a blender, and let the good times begin. Please don't consume so many that you try to drink the umbrella.
Calories before: 299
Calories now: 118

Piña colada. Done correctly, it is the taste of summer. If not made well, a piña colada will taste like someone served you suntan lotion in a glass. This recipe uses actual fruit and skim milk to replace the sugar and cream.
7 oz. canned chunk pineapple, including juice
2 packets artificial sweetener
1 tsp. imitation coconut extract
1 cup skim milk
1 cup ice cubes
Blend well, garnish with a small plastic monkey, and mentally escape to the Caribbean.
Calories before: 297
Calories now: 146