If you live a low-carb or keto lifestyle, there are those times when you want to go get drinks with co-workers, enjoy a cocktail with friends or family, or (let’s face it) have had a rough day and need your own “happy hour”. So you might be wondering…
“Can I Have Alcohol With a Low Carb or Keto Lifestyle?“
Yes! You can live a low-carb and ketogenic lifestyle and have alcohol too. Just like anything else, you need to know how many carbs or sugars are in the alcoholic beverages that you enjoy. Here are some tips to give you success with your low-carb or keto journey and have your adult beverage too.
Tip # 1 – Stick to the Clear Liquors
So, do you have a favorite liquor? When choosing liquor, the easiest thing to do is go with your clear liquors. They tend to be lower in carbs before you mix anything with them.
It is often what you mix liquor with that increases the carbs and other macros. Liquor can be easily paired with low-carb mixers like seltzer, sugar-free tonic water or sugar-free flavored soda (just watch the artificial sweetener type).
Some good clear liquors to try are rum, tequila, gin, and vodka. Some colored liquors are okay, but in lesser quantities, like dark rum or whiskey.
Tip #2 – Very Dry Red Wine or White Wine (in moderation)
As far as wine goes, the amount you have determines whether or not it will fit in your low-carb or keto diet. So, Mama, if it has been a super rough day, pace yourself.
For the most part, wine averages around 3-5 carbs per serving, but white wines do tend to be lower in carbs overall. Sauvignon blanc is the wine with the least amount of carbs, with 2.7 carbs per glass. Other white wines that are good options are pinot grigio, champagne, and chardonnay. Riesling, which is sweet, is over 5 carbs per glass.
Dry red wines all have similar amounts of carbohydrates – ranging from about 4 grams to 5.5 grams per 5 ounce serving. For red wines, the best ones are pinot noir and merlot. The lowest carbs in red wine is non-Burgundy Pinot Noir, while the highest is Pinot Noir from Burgundy.
Tip # 3 – Beer Occasionally
If you are more of a beer fan, good news…you can still have a beer! Like anything on low-carb or keto, you need to know the carb count and make sure you are tracking it. It is a good idea to add your “future beer carbs” into your daily eating plan so that you have a good strategy for your low-carb foods during the day.
If the thought of light beer is actually causing you to make a face right now, I totally understand. I am a crafts beer lover myself. However, there are craft beers out there that have been made for us, with as low as 1.5 net carbs per beer can. You can check out some of the best beer options at www.beerconnoisseur.com.
I would like to raise my glass and offer cheers to you and your low-carb or keto journey! Remember that small changes over time add up to big results. Whether low-carb or keto, you have chosen to get healthier and create a bountiful life. Keep up the good work, Mama!