This time of the year can be really fun for indulging, but there comes a point when you just need a break (hello, January 1st!). If you find yourself hitting that point when you still have some more festivities to attend (I’m looking at you, New Year’s Eve), then these lightened up drinks, dips and treats are for you.
Alcohol is high in calories. Cutting down how much you drink in any given night is smart for a number of reasons, including your waistline. Try alternating between a drink and a glass of sparkling water to slow your drinking pace. And keep in mind that mixed drinks can often deliver lots of extra calories. A glass of wine is usually around 120 calories; beer can range upwards of 250 calories for higher-alcohol brews. Here are a few lower-calorie alternatives:
Spritzers (pictured above): Spritzers are a great way to curb the alcohol per drink.
Bellinis: They have more calories than spritzers, but like spritzers, they help you to drink less actual alcohol.
Alcohol-free wines have half the calories of regular vinos and they’re surprisingly delicious.
Berry Strata: This is like a berry bread pudding — yum.