If you are eating low carb there is no need to complete go without alcoholic drinks on those special occasions. Listed here are some very acceptable low carb alternatives.
I can’t go past a red wine. No seriously, I CANNOT GO PAST a red wine. It is like my secret chocolatey lover. That lovely rounded feel in the mouth, that nice warm feeling as it caresses you in its warm spicy arms, the way it makes you feel when… SORRY sorry, that nearly got away on me.
85 -125 calories and 3-5 carbohydrates per 5oz
Red wine can have a few more carbs (and I am only talking a couple) than white but it does have potentially a few more health benefits when drunk in moderation, and that really is the key. MODERATION folks, NOT GULPING.
Lindemans have a great range of low carb and lower calorie white wines which we love if we are partaking of a wine during the day.
Less than 1 gram of carbohydrate and under 80 calories per 150ml glass
Lindemans’s Early Harvest Semillon Sauvignon Blanc – lighter in alcohol and calories which is great for the middle of the day
Lindeman’s Early Harvest Crisp Dry White – my favourite and compares well with higher calorie white wines
Lindeman’s Early Harvest Sparkling – We always have a bottle of this on hand for special occasions. We can drink the bottle between two and not feel as though we need to go to bed to sleep off the effects. No that does not mean you can have another bottle, you naughty minx you.
McWilliams also have a low-calorie range which I have not yet tried. Give me time, I’m working on it.
Spirits are mostly zero carbs and fairly low in calories but be careful what you team them with.
95 calories and only a carb or two in the lime
I love an ice cold ‘Grey Goose’ vodka with a squeeze of lime and a little xylitol to take the edge off. Just the ticket at the end of a long hot day.
Other low carb and calorie combos include:
- Dry Martini
88 calories and ZERO carbs
Our current favourite is Big Head. It doesn’t quite live up to my old favourite Corona but at zero carbs it’s very good substitution.
So there you have it. This list is by no means all that is available but should have something to satisfy most palettes.
There are many recipes out there that can be made with a little stevia or xylitol to replace the sugar and they are just as acceptable as the original without the calories.
A word of warning: It is not fully known how alcohol affects the body when eating low carb but we do know that it is burned off before fat so could interrupt weight loss.
After eating low carb for some time now, I find two glasses of wine seem to be my limit, any more and I’m telling family secrets and that is not a good idea at all. EVER.
If you find you tend to drink more than you should perhaps you should read my post that offers 5 Tips On How To Drink Less Alcohol. It may help.
Do you have a favourite low carb alcoholic drinks recipe that you use? Don’t keep it a secret. Send it in and I will list them here.