I’m still a college student, which means drinking is a big part of the culture I am enveloped in. I have to take take two chem classes before the fall (big downer), so for the first time I will be living in my college house for the summer instead of going back to the Bay (my home-home). I’m two weeks into my three months of ‘break’, and it’s already clear to me that the school year has nothing on summer, in regards to going out that is… With so many students staying in Los Angeles this summer, and the copious amount of time that the break from school brings, there is something going on nightly-and daily. Of course I’m still studying (can you sense the bitterness) so I have to be reasonable, but I will always save a couple of nights on the weekend to go out with my friends!
Alcohol, as most know, is very caloric…one shot of vodka can be about 100 calories, so depending on how much your body can hold, it can really add up! (Especially with the addition of sugary juices) I didn’t drink much in High School, so my freshman year of college was my entry into the world of alcohol. I really didn’t understand how much of an impact it can have on your health, and I ended up gaining the dreaded freshman 15 (more like 20). I equated that to a poorer diet due to dorm-life, when looking back I think the majority of the weight was from the increase in alcohol consumption.
Now that I am a senior, I feel like I know a thing or two about drinking. So here are some of my methods to keep the calories and the crazy to a minimum but still allow myself to let loose!
1) Now as I mentioned, the sugars juices added in cocktails and the sodas used for chasers are sneaky calorie bombs. Because the calorie content of the alcohol itself is so high, choosing a sugar free option is a good way cut down Choose mixers such as diet soda, tonic, soda water, and lemon or lime juice.
2) Steer clear of beer, and if you can’t choose a light option. I have had enough beer in Germany to last a lifetime so this one is easier for me but beer is highly caloric, and will leave you feeling bloated! A good beer option: Miller64 with just 64 cal/can
3) If you love sweet drinks (like me) try adding a drop of two of MIO liquid to a vodka soda! I love MIO and it’s compact enough to stick in your purse before hitting a bar! It makes a plain low calorie drink taste like a fancy cocktail!
4) Slow and steady. College (unfortunately) brings about a big binge drinking culture. A lot of the times people end up drinking way more than they need to. Calories aren’t even the main concern with this one, alcohol can be dangerous! You don’t want to end up in the hospital-or worse-because you forgot to pace yourself.