Are you happy it’s the weekend? (Obviously a rhetorical question.)
What are you doing this weekend? Are you going to any parties? A happy hour? Are you afraid to have an alcoholic drink because you don’t want to ruin all the progress you made this week?
Of course, alcohol can negate any work you do if you drink too much or the wrong things. For me, I don’t see any problems in drinking healthier drinks in moderation. It also depends on your fitness goals. If you are trying to get super lean you may choose not to drink. I am not trying to get super lean, so drinking low sugar, low calorie drinks on the weekends (and the occasional glass of wine during the week) is totally legit.
I realize different people are going to have different opinions on whether or not alcohol can fit in along with your fitness goals. I completely embrace moderation, and the ‘work hard play hard’ mentality.
Tonight I’m going to a baby shower. That also happens to be at a bar. (It’s being thrown by the owners of my company. Clearly, they are the definition of awesomeness. 😉 ) My typical drink of choice is a vodka water or club soda with lemon and lime when I go out. Water is the healthier mixer, but club soda is also calorie-free. I like tonic, but it is not calorie-free. The zero calorie tonic water is sweetened with aspartame, so I try to drink that less frequently, it at all.
When I’m at home, I can have a little more fun with mixed drinks, like adding juices or fruit. This strawberry basil vodka soda mixed drink is my latest creation! Who could say no to a drink that looks this pretty?
Strawberry Basil Vodka Soda
- 2-3 strawberries, cut in half
- 2 basil leaves
- 1 oz. vodka
- 6-8 oz club soda
- Place strawberries and basil in bottom of shaker or mason jar.
- Fill jar 3/4 the way full with ice.
- Add vodka, then fill to the top with club soda.
- Shake to mix.
Serving Size 1 drink
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Sodium 42 mg
Total Carbohydrates 4 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.