If you workout, eat right and stay fit, the last thing you want to do is sacrifice your waistline for a beverage. Personally, I stay clear of anything that isn’t red wine. I read a study that said having a glass of red wine is like working out for one hour and I have steered clear of everything else ever since! But if you want some variety, here are 5 adult fun drinks that will help you stay within (or a little above) your carb allotment for the day. Let’s dig in!
The Low-Carb Eggnog!
One of the most festive adult beverages around, especially during the Christmas holiday season is definitely eggnog. The problem with this delicious treat is that it can be extremely high in sugar, which blasts you out of your low-carb zone. Unless you are just eating celery throughout the day, and saving up all your carbs for your eggnog, you will need to make some substitutes. In order to sip with no guilt, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this. First, you could find a low-carb eggnog at the store. You’ll need to look for eggnogs that SPECIFICALLY say low-carb, because the light versions can still have over 23 grams of sugar in one serving! So make sure to read the labels. A tip, look for the eggnogs made with almond milk, they usually have way less carbs (still a little high for a drink but still better than the regular version) coming in at 9 carbs or less. The second way to reduce the amount of carbs you consume in your eggnog is to control it by making your own! There are several options of low-carb eggnog recipes online. We found one that seems to be pretty straight forward and easy to make. Plus it only comes in at three total carbs, and that we can definitely get behind!
Watch the video below so you can follow every step!
If beer is your flavor of choice then you are in luck. As the whole low-carb craze has hit a fever pitch, brands have started to take notice. There are now more options than ever for low-carb conscious individuals who are also beer drinkers.
Try these low-carb beer brands:
Carbs: 2.6 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 90
Carbs: 2.6 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 95
Carbs: 5 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 95
For more low-carb beer brands, check out the Delish’s complete list.
Now if you are counting carbs, wine can usually be a spot on choice. Most wines range from 3 – 4 carbs per five ounce serving, and thus can be the perfect option when you’re looking for something that won’t make your waistline expand. If you’d like to figure out exactly how many calories and carbs each wine selection has, check out this chart, just click on the type of wine you’d like! But a good rule of thumb is to stay away from the dessert wines and sangria which have upwards of 18 – 20 carbs in each five ounce glass and could have over 230 calories. Be mindful that mulled wine, ports and moscatos can have over 7 carbs in each five ounce glass. When you’re reaching for that second glass, be aware that those carbs can add up, so be careful not to accidentally fall into a carb loading situation.
Sangria The Low-Carb Way!
One of the easiest and most festive ways to serve wine at a party is in a huge punch bowl in the form of sangria! The only drawback for us carb conscious folks is the sugar and carbs. To avoid it as much as you can try substituting a few things for low-carb options. For instance, instead of using a sweet wine, try utilizing your favorite red wine of the dry variety. Same thing if you’re making a white sangria, use a dry white wine. This will help you start from a lower carb count. Just take a look at the low-carb wine section above to get some ideas. As for the sugar that some sangria recipes call for, try replacing it with your favorite low-carb sweetener or sugar substitute, there are so many options available now. Oh, and make sure to use unsweetened club soda if your recipe calls for it, and use fruit with low carb counts, and there you go!
Here’s a simple low-carb sangria recipe to give you an idea of how to make your own!
Low-Carb “Baileys” Irish Cream!
To put a low-carb twist on some of these delicious drinks that contain Baileys, try making your own copycat Baileys recipe. We found one that will definitely suffice, and included the video recipe below. Follow it step-by-step, but feel free to substitute your own favorite sugar alternative. You can make a White Russian and so many more adult beverages with this mixer. In fact, you can even just enjoy it over ice, it’s that good! Brew some coffee, freeze it in an ice cube tray, put them in a glass, pour your “Baileys” over it, and voila! You’ve got a holiday treat that will hit the spot without overloading you on carbs!