When summer finally arrives, it’s all about being outside, crashing cookouts, having great food, and refreshing drinks. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up on your summer body goals. One of the quickest ways to fall off track of your health and fitness goals is by indulging in sugary alcoholic beverages on a daily basis.
As is the case with all good things, too much of your favorite summer drinks like margaritas, mojitos, and beer can wreak havoc on your diet and your body. But don’t swear off your favorite drinks just yet, there are ways to make or order healthier cocktails that will help you keep that summer body well into the next season.
Keep it on the Rocks
Frozen cocktails may cool you off temporarily on a hot summer day, but you should definitely skip these sips if you want to stick to your body goals this summer.
Most frozen drinks, like margaritas, Frosé, and pretty much any frozen concoction you can imagine, are packed with high amounts of sugar to make sure your drink is tasty even as it melts down.
A 32-ounce frozen margarita can come with 600 calories, and over 120 grams of sugar! And since no one can have just one frozen drink, the easy fix is to avoid these whenever you can.
And if you have to have the margarita, you can order your cocktail on the rocks instead for the same taste without nearly as much sugar as the frozen versions.
Keep it Simple
The summer months seem to spark bartenders’ creativity. Once the temps go up, you’ll see menus with fancy drinks each with a list of 5-10 ingredients, including liqueurs and simple syrups and other tasty sweeteners.
While these are fun to sample every once in a while, the drinks with the most ingredients often come with the most calories.
If you’re intrigued by a certain drink, just talk to the bartender and ask them to make a simplified version of the drink. If the drink calls for an orange liqueur, for instance, ask them to use