No matter how much people diet, they want that glass of wine. They can give up sweets and fried foods, but when it comes to that glass of wine… that’s where they have met their match. Well, you can have your cake (or drink) and eat it too. Just drink using your brain instead of a foggy drunk mind! When it comes to dieting and drinking, here are the best and worst choices.

margThe worst: As a general rule, the darker the beer, the worse it is for you. When it comes to wine, it is hard to tell, but port wine is highest in calories overall. Champagne is loaded with sugar and margaritas can pack a huge punch too, with about 250 calories in each one. And beware: each shot of hard alcohol is 100 calories! Liqueurs are even worse, and don’t forget- a lot of calories hide in the mixers you use.

The best: Budweiser Select 55 is the best beer with the largest amount of alcohol and the fewest calories around.  The best kind of wine you should reach for on a diet is actually a glass of chardonnay, which is around only 90 calories. When it comes to mixed drinks, there are actually a lot more options than you’d think. Two of the easiest drinks are vodka and soda with fresh-squeezed lime and rum and diet cola. If you like sweet drinks or Sprite, use Crystal Light instead. It is a great guilt-free disguise when added to vodka and water. You can even bring the packets with you to bars if you are afraid you will be tempted by the availability of juice. All three of those drinks are only 100 calories each. If you want something with more flavor, try a low-calorie mojito by using soda water, fresh-squeezed lime, muddled mint leaves, Stevia instead of sugar, and clear rum. As a rule, always choose alcohol with diet soda rather than juice, and if you REALLY want a margarita on your diet, use the recipe below from the “Skinny Girl Margarita”:

  • 2 oz of clear Tequila
  • The juice from 4 lime wedges
  • A splash of Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Triple Sec

Happy drinking! Find more “Skinny Girl” drink recipes on Bethenny Frankel’s website:


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