Drinking the Low Calorie Way

Low Calorie Drinks

So once the girls turned four I decided it was high time to get rid of the “baby weight” once and for all. I started running (okay I’ve been once but it was at six am so that counts for four times at least). I’ve been eating better. And I tried to employ my favorite weight losing tactic: stopping drinking.

But did I mention the four year old twins. I could take out a prescription for Valium but instead I decided to lay off the craft beer for awhile and come up with some low calorie alternatives.

First off is my first love red wine, it clocks in at around 150 calories for six ounces. And six ounces is a fair amount of wine. With summer impending, I also wanted something a little lighter. The skinny margarita is great in theory but I am way too lazy to squeeze limes and buy orange liquor. So instead I make my own version. I love to use Trader Joe’s margarita mix since it’s low calorie and not neon green. When lacking that I use lime juice mixed with cold water to preferred tart level. Then I add in agave nectar or sugar for sweetness. Then a shot of Tequila. Depending on the mix, this usually caps out at 250.

If you’re really feeling fancy, I love this new recipe from Godiva Spirits: The Legendary Lady.

1 1/2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka
3 ounces iced tea
3 to 4 lemon wedges for garnish

1. Combine Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka and iced tea in a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake well and strain into a highball glass over ice.
3. Garnish with lemon wedges

They suggested it for Mother’s Day and I took their suggestion. It does take effort since I have to buy specialty vodka. But it makes me think I am drinking chocolate. And it’s healthy, because of the antioxidants in the tea. That’s my story and I am sticking to it. Plus it comes in at under 200 calories.


  1. Oooh, yum. My go-to low cal drink: raspberry vodka, lime, club soda / seltzer. You could try just the raspberry chocolate vodka with seltzer. Probably would be pretty good!

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