With summer upon us, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a drink on the rooftop bar and hang out with some friends. But, it’s also prime time swimsuit season, so what’s a person to do? Well lucky for you, you don’t have to completely compromise your health goals or your social life.
Liquid calories are extremely hard to estimate. They’re unassuming and difficult to track, and before you know it, you’ve downed 1,000 calories within the span of one sitting! The key to living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance and we’re here to show you how to get lit and fit at the same time.
At Bounce Sporting Club in New York City, we have a wide variety of drinks. From wine to beer to specialty cocktails, we guarantee that you’ll find something that is both delicious and nutritious (well, not THAT nutritious).
When looking at wine, about one serving on wine is about 123 calories for both red and white wine. So technically wine does have fewer calories than hard alcohol, but let’s be honest, you’re probably not going to be sipping on a tiny glass of wine all night long. So here is the low down on wine: wine ranges from about 100-150 calories depending on how high the alcohol content is. Fun fact, the content of alcohol is actually what influences the amount of calories found in a drink. Most wines will have around three-to-five grams of carbohydrates and little sugar, unless you’re drinking some type of sweet wine.
Here are some of the most commonly ordered wines, along with their calorie and carb count (all measured at 5 oz).
- Chardonnay. 127 calories with 3.1g carbs
- Sauvignon Blanc. 127 calories with 3g carbs
- Cabernet Sauvignon. 127 calories with 3.8g carbs
- Pinot Grigio. 127 calories with 3g carbs
- Riesling. 128 calories with 5.5g carbs
- Merlot. 127 calories with 3.7g carbs
- Pinot Noir. 127 calories with 3.4 carbs
We all know that beer can be the alcohol that’s full of both calories and carbohydrates. Not to say that you shouldn’t enjoy your favorite brew on a hot summer day, but if you’re looking to drink multiple beers, maybe opt for a lighter beer. On the bright side, beer companies are more apparent when telling you what the exact nutrition facts are for their beer. On average, most beers have about 13 grams of carbs in them and at least 150 calories minimum. While that might not sound terrible, beers are like potato chips — you won’t just have one. I mean, remember how many beers you all chugged in college? Our point exactly.
If you’re watching your figure, you’ll want to be wary of craft beers which can have around 300-500 calories with 25-50g of carbs. Hard ciders can also be tricky since there’s usually more sugar than anything. Low-sugar varieties or dry ciders will be your best bet, and they also have a higher alcohol content.
Some great “diet” friendly beers are:
- Corona Light. 99 calories with 5g carbs
- Miller Lite. 96 calories with 3.2g carbs
- Budweiser Select 55. 55 calories with 1.8g carbs.
- Anheuser-Busch Light Pale Lager. 95 calories with 3.2g carbs.
- Beck’s Premier Light. 63 calories with 3.8g carbs.
One ounce of hard liquor, whether it be gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, or scotch, is around 64 calories for 80% proof liquor and 80 calories if its 100% proof alcohol. In order to keep it “health friendly,” it’s best to keep your alcoholic drinks with a light mixer or even served on the rocks. The typical mixers like juices or sodas are the ones packed with calories, sugar, and carbs. They’re also pretty easy to drink so people tend to down two or three in one sitting. Seltzer and club sodas are great mixers to use — you can even add some lemon or lime juice for a bit more flavor. Be careful of tonic water though — it has added sugar. Diet sodas as mixers aren’t bad either. Of course, we could get into all the chemicals in diet sodas, but we will spare you the details of all that.
If you want a specialty cocktail with a healthier twist, try these drinks.
- Margarita on the rocks
- Vodka martini with a twist
- Gin martini with a cucumber
At Bounce Sporting Club in Chicago, we offer a full range of drinks both healthy, and others not as healthy. We also have a wide variety of food that can cater to many dietary restrictions. Spend your next happy hour with us or book your next private event here! While we can’t guarantee that all our drinks are “healthy”, we can guarantee a great time! Call us today at 212-675-8007.