Danielle Van Schaick BASc, RD, CPT
Registered Dietitian, Lead Dietitian
‘Tis the season for Christmas parties, entertaining friends, and visiting with family – all of which may include some celebratory drinking! If you’d rather not gain 10lbs over the holidays, here’s a quick guide to help you choose the lowest-calorie drinks, as well as a few tips to help you recover from ‘one too many’!
Calories in Alcohol & Mixes
Gin 1 oz 65 calories
Rum 1 oz 65 calories
Vodka 1 oz 65 calories
Whiskey 1 oz 65 calories
Sparkling Wine 4 oz (115 ml) 92 calories
Dry Red 4 oz (115 ml) 83 calories
Dry White 4 oz (115 ml) 77 calories
Coors Light 12 oz (355 ml) 102 calories
Bud Light 12 oz (355 ml) 110 calories
Corona 12 oz (355 ml) 148 calories
Heineken 12 oz (355 ml) 150 calories
Molson Canadian 12 oz (355 ml) 153 calories
Guinness 16 oz (Pint) 207 calories
• Light beers are often around 102 – 115 calories while regular ale or lagers are around 150 calories.
• Stay away from darker beers (stouts and cream ales). They can have as many as 205 calories in 12oz.
Don’t forget the calories in your drink mixes:
Club Soda 12 oz (355 ml) 0 calories
Tonic Water 12 oz (355 ml) 124 calories
Ginger Ale 12 oz (355 ml) 120 calories
Coca Cola 12 oz (355 ml) 140 calories
Egg Nog 1 cup 343 calories
And, in case you have ‘one too many’…
1. Drink LOTS of water – before, during, and (especially) after drinking.
2. Get out for a walk or, even better, drag yourself to the gym! Although you might not feel like getting off the couch, even a short brisk walk will have you feeling 100% better, and ready to take on the rest of your day.
3. Whip up a banana-orange smoothie for breakfast; the potassium in the banana and milk, and the vitamin C in the orange juice will help to rebalance your electrolytes and detoxify your system.
Dani Health & Nutrition
Danielle is a private practice dietitian with a strong background in health, nutrition and fitness. She holds an Applied Human Nutrition Degree from the University of Guelph and successfully completed a Dietetic Internship with Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).