We show you how to sip smarter and still en­joy the spirit of sum­mer, with­out the hid­den kilojoules. Cheers!

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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.


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.


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.

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