How to: Have a Calorie Conscious Happy Hour

Whether we like it or not, swimsuit season is quickly approaching. So, if you’re trying to get rid of the winter belly you’ve developed (who isn’t?), watching what you order at the bar is essential. The good news: Totsy did the counting for you, so you can remain calorie-conscious even at Happy Hour.

Cosmopolitan vs. Dry Champagne

Winner: Dry Champagne

       

The Lowdown on the Showdown: We know you like to celebrate the end of the workweek in style, so why not toast the weekend with a cool glass of Champagne? Those women sipping Cosmos all night might be in their alcohol-laden glory right now, but come Saturday morning, they’ll have trouble zipping up those skinny jeans. One Cosmo can pack 250 calories depending on how it’s made, which is more than double the calorie count of a glass of champagne.  Cheers to our favorite new Friday night drink!

Long Island Iced Tea vs. Rum and Diet Coke

Winner: Rum and Diet Coke

             

The Lowdown on the Showdown: Don’t let the name fool you – this drink is nothing like those refreshing glasses of iced tea you drank as a kid, unless you managed to gulp down the entire pitcher in one sitting. One standard glass of Long Island Iced Tea is comparable in calories to a McDonald’s Big Mac. But if you order a Rum and Diet instead, you’ll cut almost 500 calories and a whole lot of regret.

Bloody Mary vs. Tequila Sunrise

Winner: Bloody Mary

     

The Lowdown on the Showdown: The Tequila Sunrise is a tempting drink, especially when you’re aching to drop everything and bask on a Caribbean island. But a Bloody Mary is red hot when it comes to the calorie count: you can get all the refreshment for approximately half the calories. At 200 calories a glass, the Tequila Sunrise is a delicious treat (treat being the key word), but if you want to be swimsuit ready, grab a 115 calorie Bloody Mary.

Coors Light Beer vs. Premium Lagers

Winner: Coors Light Beer

         

The Lowdown on the Showdown: If your hubby orders a pint of Coors instead of that Stella Artois he’s been gulping down for years, he’ll save almost 100 calories. Since this light beer is just as strong as its high calorie counterparts and packs a punch in the taste department, the only thing he’ll lose is his beer belly.

Try this at home: Skinny Girl Margarita

          

While a ladies night in complete with pedicures, chick flicks, and fruity drinks might be the relaxing escape you need, it could be disastrous for your waistline. Just one margarita can contain over 500 calories, making it easy to consume an entire day’s worth of calories and then some by the time Elizabeth and Darcy get married in Pride and Prejudice. But replace that with a glass of Skinny Girl Margarita and you’ll cut 400 calories. You’ll be saying “I do” to this tasty drink in no time.

-Diana Denza

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