THE SURPRISING KJS IN PARTY DRINKS
We show you how to sip smarter and still enjoy the spirit of summer, without the hidden kilojoules. Cheers!
We show your how to sip smarter this summer
Aim to have two alcohol-free days a week over the festive season
Charging your glass to celebrate the New Year is one of life’s pleasures. But when the hidden kilojoules in your beverages equal half a packet of Tim Tams, unwanted holiday weight gain (as well as a hangover!) can spoil the party. Here are four ways to enjoy a lighter tipple.
A PLAN Alcohol relaxes your resolve and stimulates hunger. This makes it easy to drink more kilojoules and overeat salty party food. To stay on track, eat a light meal before you head out, and plan how many drinks you wish to enjoy.
ISN’T ALWAYS RIGHT ‘Low-carb’ and ‘light’ don’t always mean fewer kilojoules. Mixing your drink with fruit juice, tonic water or soft drink pours in extra kilojoules — not to mention added sugar! Read the label and sip wisely with soda water or unsweetened flavoured sparkling water as a mixer.
3 BEWARE OF TOP-UPS
An empty bottle or glass cues a refill, but constant top-ups and the pressure to keep up with rounds can undo your best intentions. Refill your glass with water between bevvies, or drink from a dark cup or bottle to slow your pace.
4 PRE-MIX FIX
Cans and bottles of sugary pre-mixed spirits are well-known hidden kilojoule traps. But we’re happy to report many are getting a healthy makeover. Downsizing from 500ml to 375ml is an easy way to trim excess kilojoules, which applies to cider as well. Look for low-sugar options, or buy the spirit separately so you can mix your own lighter drop.