EUROS 2021: LOW CALORIE DRINKS that aren't BEER
The Euros 2021 are here! This is one of the biggest sporting event in the world (short of the World Cup).
Why is everyone seemingly SO excited (EVEN the fake football fans) about the Euros? Because it's been a while since there's been a BIG football event! It didn't happen last year as planned, because of - you guessed it - COVID!
But with COVID restrictions easing, restaurants and pubs opening back up, and the SUN shining down on us, the EUROS 2021 celebrations are in FULL FORCE!
With games being screened almost every day, there is a big chance you will have some sort of alcoholic beverage (most likely a cold beer) in hand while watching some beautiful men scoring some beautiful goals.
And we mustn't forget the SNACKS that come with these pints.
Is the above setting a disaster for your waist line? Unfortunately it is!
DO YOU KNOW how many calories your PINT of beer has?
1 PINT of Stella contains 227 Calories!
1 PINT of Guinness contains 210 Calories!
Let's do some maths! Say you had 4 pints of STELLA while watching a game...
That is 227 x 4 = 908 CALORIES
You've consumed 908 Calories in 90 minutes. That's pretty much HALF your daily calorie allowance gone in those 90 minutes.
This is how long you'll have to exercise to burn off about 200 calories:
- Running - 14 minutes
- Football - 20 minutes
- Walking - 44 minutes
Before you begin to PANIC, don't fret! There is still a way to enjoy watching these much awaited action packed games with a drink in hand!
Firstly, follow these alcohol "DON'Ts" for when you're watching your weight:
- Avoid high fat meals or snacks if you’re having a drink
- If you drink, don’t go overboard
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
- Don’t skip your usual workout – work hard, play hard!
- Don’t skip meals (but don’t go too heavy either)
Drinks to AVOID
This list of drinks contains MORE THAN 400 calories per serve...Shocking right! Do your best to avoid mindlessly sipping on these while watching the games...
- White Russian
- Fruity Daiquiris
- Piña Coladas
- Long Island Iced Tea (THIS contains UP TO 700 calories!)
- Multiple PINTS of beer
So what CAN you drink?
This list is the ideal types of drinks to have in hand at a bar, pub or at home (in moderation of-course):
1. Vodka Based Drinks
Calories: 100 calories in 1.5 ounces of distilled 80-proof vodka
Use mixers such as club soda, sugar-free juices, sugar-free sodas etc
2. Gin Based Drinks
Calories: 115 calories in 1.5 ounces of 90-proof gin
Gin with low calorie and sugar free tonics makes a great, refreshing drink! Perfect for the summer heat. Throw in some frozen berries, cucumber and lemon slices for an extra kick!
3. Tequila Based Drinks
Calories: 100 calories in 1.5 ounces of tequila
Now, we're not condoning taking shots of tequila, but tequila can mix very well with low calorie and low sugar lemonades or lemon based squash!
If you're not a big alcohol drinker, or don't consume alcohol at all, you could still be sabotaging your waist-line with some horrifically high calorie drinks!
Try these low calorie alcohol-free drinks:
1. Refreshing Squash mixed with water
2. Iced Skinny Lattes
3. Slender Blend Shakes
4. Lemon & Cucumber water
5. Diet Sodas
6. WATER (Stay Hydrated!)
And last but certainly not least, always drink in MODERATION, and NEVER feel pressured to drink any alcoholic beverages.
You can still enjoy the games just as much with a large pint of water in hand!
Stay Safe and ENJOY A EUROS FILLED SUMMER!
- Aleena Khusro
Senior Social Media Manager & Nutrition Specialist