Written by Charlotte Campbell
Healthiest Beer Garden Drinks
When the sun’s out, the whole world seems to flock to the nearest beer garden. This can cause a dilemma for gym fans. On the one hand, it’s that rare sunny day, you can’t waste it being unsociable! On the other hand, you don’t want to set back the progress you’ve been making.
Here are the best drinks to compromise the gains/friends balance.
Of course, the unpopular truth is that alcohol-free beverages are better than booze. Though, even here you can fall into empty calorie traps. Coke, lemonade and other flavoured sodas are often sky high in sugar, as are a lot of pub fruit juices. If it’s available, fresh fruit juice with no added sugar will leave you feeling good.
Your lowest calorie options are clear spirits such as gin, vodka and rum. A measure of one of these drinks with a tonic mixer will serve up around the 100 calorie mark. Add in a spritz of fresh lemon or lime juice to create an even more refreshing flavour and add some antibacterial properties to your drink.
If a trip to the beer garden isn’t complete without a drink of its namesake, you might want to go light. Beer is generally very high in calories and carbohydrates, so not great for your gut. Budweiser, Coors and Miller are all top brands with a “Lite” version for the calorie conscious. Generally, a bottle comes in at under 150 calories.
The bottle serving also makes it easier to kerb your intake if you are usually a pints drinker. Even if you buying rounds or matching drink for drink, you’ll still have lowered your normal consumption – and will feel better for it the day after.
Be warned though, these beers are often still high in carbohydrates, so they’re not totally angelic.
It may seem like the most calorific of all beer garden choices, but a serving of Guinness isn’t as bad as the dark thick texture might suggest. A half pint contains around 105 calories and is high in carbohydrates. However, unlike beer, it provides the body with a host of antioxidants which benefit your blood and heart.
Don’t fall for the usual myth that Guinness is good for your iron intake, though. One pint contains three times LESS iron than one egg.
It’s not traditional beer garden fare, but this Mexican shot of choice is low in calories. It is also a source of agavins, a type of sugar that has surprising benefits. It has been linked to weight loss and efficient use of calories in the body through aiding digestion. Not only that, but it can help aid the absorption of calcium into the body, helping your bones stay healthy and strong.
It’s All About Moderation
You don’t need me to tell you, but it’s worth repeating. As with everything in a healthy, balanced lifestyle, moderation is key. Overdoing the booze will leave you unmotivated for the gym the next day, as well as creating a huge spike in your normal calorie intake.
But, if you do overshoot your alcohol plans, don’t throw in the towel. Drag yourself to sweat it out, and get right back on track.