Drink Up

AUGUST 2011: DRINK UP

By Nutritious Life

Beer
‘Tis the season of….beer? Yes, it’s the season of the summertime brew. With beer gardens gaining popularity and outdoor happy hours a must during the steamy days of August, many of us like to indulge in a seasonal beer. From wheat ales to sweet pilsners to classic pale ales, we find ourselves ditching traditional light beers in favor of these summertime selections (topped with a nice slice of lemon or orange of course!). Many are crisp, refreshing, and low in alcohol, which can trick us into thinking that they are a “light” choice. But don’t be fooled! While most are light in color, they can be heavy in calories. These summertime favorites can range anywhere from 150 to 200 calories each. That’s twice the calories of a traditional American light beer! And we all know that one beer can quickly turn into 2 or 3 or 5. They may be refreshing in the heat, but your waistline will not thank you come September.

NLT: Can’t give up the beer? Stick with tried and true Amstel Light. With just 95 calories in a 12 ounce glass, this is the perfect any-season beer! Better yet, opt for a more figure-friendly cocktail like a white wine spritzer. Simply take 4 ounces of your favorite white wine and combine with 4 ounces of no-calorie sparkling water. Add lots of ice and a slice of lemon and voila! – a refreshingly delicious and oh-so-light cocktail. This simple substitution can save you more than 100 calories per glass (compared to a regular cocktail) and keep you hydrated in the heat of summer. Want to add some bling to your cocktail? Check out these “Cool Jewels” ice cube trays in the shape of diamonds. Transform your figure-friendly cocktail into a girl’s best friend! http://www.worldwidefred.com/cooljewels.htm.