Happy hour is a very popular way to end a long week. When losing weight, it is always ideal to stay away from alcohol but sometimes you may want to treat your self to an adult beverage. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you to survive happy hour without wrecking your diet.
Order healthier drink options
Stick with red wine, light beer and clear liquors when selecting an alcoholic beverage. Most light beers range around 100 calories and under 5 carbs while a 5 oz. glass of red wine typically is around 120 calories and 3 carbs. Clear liquors like vodka and gin are typically around 70 calories for a 1 oz. pour and around 3 carbs.
Stick with simple cocktails
More often than not there are a lot of creative cocktail options appearing on menus, but it is best to stick with the basics. Try cocktails that are one ounce of a liquor over ice and a low to no calorie mixer such as club soda, tonic water or diet soda. Ideally club soda garnished with lemon or lime is best option because it contains no calories or carbs.
Don’t go on a empty stomach
Happy hour is at the odd time between lunch and dinner, so it can be tempting to reach for bar bites. Alcohol will not only impair your decision-making skills, but it can help increase your appetite. Snack before you go, fill up just enough to bridge the gap until dinner so you are not tempted to reach for fried bar foods.
If you do need to snack, snack smart
If you are unable to eat before happy hour don’t drink on any empty stomach. Look for menu items that are high in protein and fiber such as mixed nuts, salad, hummus & veggies, shrimp cocktail or a cheese & fruit plate.
Avoid Happy Hour ‘Specials’
Most restaurants feature a menu with happy hour specials such as two for one drinks or $5 appetizers. While it is easy to be drawn to the special menu to save money, don’t feel obligated to order from them, it will often lead to overindulging or eating and drinking items that you normally would not. Spend a little extra and order what you want. It will keep you from feeling obligated drink an extra drink or eat foods outside of your diet plan.