Thursday, August 11, 2011

Skinny Cocktails Taking Over Restaurant Menus

There once was a time when people on diets reduced their calorie intake by eliminating eating out and excluding alcohol.  Nowadays, one can dine out at many fine establishments and not only find low calorie menu options, but even low calorie cocktails, all without breaking the caloric break. 

Alcohol is still full of empty calories, that we can’t change, but with modern food science we can do something about the empty calories that super sugary mixers provide.  Just like with diet soda, beverage companies like Finest Call are starting to make artificially flavored mixers for calorie counting diners and the restaurants looking to attract them.   And, summer offers a variety of naturally sweetened and naturally low calorie fruits that are a great substitute for conventional mixers. 

Here are some examples of low calorie cocktails available in restaurants now:

Kona Grill provides an entire “Skinny” bar menu complete with appetizers and cocktails all under 200 calories.

Morton’s Steakhouse has introduced their line of Spa-Tinis; five beautifully
crafted cocktails served in stemmed glasses, and all under 200 calories.

McCormick & Schmick’s uses fresh lime juice with agave syrup to sweeten their
skinny margaritas instead of using the traditional sweet and sour mix.  Agave
syrup is sweeter than regular sugars that less can be used and calories can be

Now, who said dieting can’t be fun?




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