Wednesday, March 17, 2010

'Tis a good day to be Irish!

Saint Patrick was a gentleman who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland, here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings lest you lose yourself and then,
Forget the good Saint Patrick and see all those snakes again.

Irish Toast

Happy St. Patty's Day! If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you already know that this is one of my favorite holidays. So what, may you ask, is my plan for the big evening? For starters, I'm hoping to leave work at a reasonable hour...I know, craziness! Then I'd like to swing by Mickey D's for a delicious Shamrock Shake. Finally, I plan to meet up with friends for a little celebration of all things Irish. Anyway, I'll only be indulging in one or two pints of light beer. But for those of you planning to get your drink on tonight, here are some good tips from Hungry Girl. Remember, if you're trying to lose weight, liquor can wreak havoc on the calorie count. So please drink responsibly!

* Moderation is the name of the game. Overdoing it with any type of alcohol is a fast way to derail a weight-loss (or maintenance) plan. Not only do the calories in alcohol add up, but if you're tipsy (or hung-over), fattening food may be tougher to turn down.

* A bottle of light beer or a glass of wine typically has about 100 calories. (There are exceptions, of course.)

* A shot of most clear-ish alcohols -- like vodka and rum -- has about 100 calories.

* Calorie-free sodas are great mixers. Seltzer and club soda are also good, but tonic has almost as many calories as regular soda.

* When you're out, order a club soda with a single shot of fruit-flavored vodka and just a splash of fruit juice. If the bar has fruit (orange slices, pineapple chunks, etc.), ask for a piece in your drink. That super-fruity sipper will likely clock in with no more than 120 calories.

* Avoid frozen drinks like daiquiris, mudslides, piña coladas, and margaritas... especially ones served in glasses the size of salad bowls. They are high in calories!

* Steer clear of sweet creamy drinks (like a White Russian) and mega-cocktails made with a ton of booze (like Long Island Iced Tea, which has five kinds of alcohol.) Those are loaded with calories.

* Most Important Cocktail Tip Ever! If you're drinking anything alcoholic, be of the legal drinking age and do not get in a car unless someone sober is behind the wheel.

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