The best (and worst) patio drinks for beach season

Beautiful but deadly - put down that sugary cocktail and go for a nice wine spritzer instead.
Beautiful but deadly – put down that sugary cocktail and go for a nice wine spritzer instead.
Twist Me Toned - Tannis Miller
Twist Me Toned – Tannis Miller

“Let’s hit a patio!” A common thing to do in hot summer months, drinks on a patio. If you were dieting it would be a big challenge, but rest assured, at Twist Me Toned, our realistic approach lets you participate almost guilt-free.
Use these tips and recipes to avoid empty, liquid-calorie overload both at home and at your local bar.
-Always order water as well as your beverage of choice and sip throughout.
-Avoid sugar-laden “fruity” cocktails
-Avoid anything that includes syrups, purees and juices. (These are jam-packed with calories and sugar!)
-Choose light beers, red and white wines, champagne, or spirits such as vodka, gin, rum, tequila, or sake.
-Choose low-calorie mixes like tonic water, light cranberry, and/or add a press of water. Try a drink on the rocks (infused vodka?).
-Dilute drinks with water, sparkling water, or club soda (or even wine!).
Alcohol itself is worth seven calories per gram, higher than both carbohydrates and protein! For the standard type of spirits that’s 64 calories per ounce!
Here are some drinks that have the HIGHEST calories:
Beer, reaching around 149 calories per serving
Liqueurs such as Drambuie, Cointreau and Kahlua reach approximately 188 calories per serving (with no mix!)
Martini – 140 calories
Margarita – 280 calories
Cosmopolitan – 200 calories
Pina Colada – 378 calories
Mojito – 214 calories
Try these out instead:
1. Wine Spritzer
2. Raspberry-infused vodka, soda water and splash of cranberry
3. Low Cal Mojito
1 ounce vodka
2 slices cucumber
½ ounce honey
½ ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces cold green tea
Shake and pour over rocks
4. Low Cal Margarita
1 ounce tequila on rocks
Soda water on side (add to taste)
Freshly squeezed lime
Optional muddled berries or fruit of choice
Shake and pour over rocks
Don’t forget to pair with some clean foods and sip on water!

At, Tannis and business partner Ainsley McSorley are your partners in success. With their unique online training system, they help women of all ages worldwide develop healthy body image and fitness and nutrition knowledge to shape their bodies and reach their highest fitness goals. Members receive monthly workouts and grocery lists and track their progress with progress trackers, activity calendars, and personal progress photo albums. Their interactive messaging board and the ability to connect with Tannis and Ainsley on a regular basis keeps motivation high and results soaring. Staying on track and being bikini-ready has never been easier!

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