Are you looking for a lifestyle transformation but still want to live a little? I’m right there with you. Just because you’re embarking on a new journey to health, doesn’t mean that you can’t relax with a few drinks. Whether it’s a glass of wine at dinner or a mixed cocktail on a night out with the girls, when you’re watching your carb intake, it doesn’t neccesarily mean you have to come to a complete hault.
From mixed drinks to keto wines, there are plenty of options out there for you.
Keep in mind, that when you consume alcohol with the ketogenic diet, your body will put that alcohol in front of producing ketones. What does that mean? Well, nothing really, you’ll just have to wait up to 24-48 hours to start producing ketones again as long as that alcohol is in the liver.
Moderation is always key when it comes to consuming alcohol on any plan. Heavy drinking isn’t good for anyone but if you have stick to a few here and there then having a few low carb drinks won’t hurt anything.
#1 Liquor. If you have to choose between it all, choose the hard stuff!
Why so much liquor?
When it comes to low carb, distilled drinks are probably the safest. Very minimal carbs so really the only thing you have to worry about is what you’re mixing with them.
1. Jack Daniels with a diet soda
Obviously regular soda is out of the pic when it comes to low carb. But diet soda leads itself into numerous carb free drinks.
Make! Mix one jigger (1.5 ounces) of whiskey with Diet Coke, and pour over ice.
estimated calories (per serving): 100
estimated carbohydrates (per serving): 0 grams
2. GIN AND TONIC ( My personal fave)
Gin and tonic is virtually a great drink anytime of year. The crispness that the tonic brings makes it almost feel as a diet soda. You can swap out soda water for your tonic and still get the flavor without hurting the diet too much. Add a lemon or lime!
Make! Mix one jigger of gin with soda water, add a squeeze of lemon or lime, and serve over ice.
estimated calories: 150
estimated carbohydrates: <1 gram
3. Mojito, Keto Style
Traditional mojitos use syrup. If you use a diet lemon-lime soda you can get that same sweetness without the carbs.
Mix one jigger of rum with fresh lime juice and diet lemon-lime soda,and pour onto muddled mint leaves. Then pour over ice.
estimated calories: 110
estimated carbohydrates: 1.5 grams
4. Best Beer for Keto?
Yes, you can drink light beer on keto in moderation. There
are carbs in beer, but as you can see in the list below, they range from about
2 grams – 7 grams, so choose appropriately!
Here are some low carb beer options, perfect for keto:
Amstel Light – 5g net carbs
Beck’s Premier Light – 3.2g net carbs
Budweiser Select 55, Budweiser Select, Bud Light
– 1.9g, 3.1g and 6.6g net carbs, respectively
Coors Light – 5g net carbs
Heineken Light – 6.8g net carbs
Michelob Ultra – 2.6g net carbs
Miller 64, Miller Chill, Miller Lite – 2.4g,
3.2g, and 4g net carbs, respectively
5. Wines on Keto
Yes, you can definitely enjoy some wine on keto but remember that one serving of wine is 5 oz. This is the part that always gets me! LOL!
I would recommend choosing dry wines over sweet or semi sweet wines.
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6. If I enjoy a night out, what keto alcohol do I order?
If you are looking for keto friendly cocktails to order at a
bar, your best bet is to‚Ä¶
1) CHOOSE A HARD LIQUOR:
2) ADD A SUGAR-FREE MIXER:
Soda water – Also called seltzer water or club soda.
Unsweetened iced tea – Flavors are fine too, as long as they
Lemon or lime juice – Specify “no sugar or simple
syrup” to make it clear that you only want the lime juice. Typically
you’ll also want to add some water (still or sparkling) to dilute the sour
Diet soda – These will not kick you out of ketosis, but
typically use artificial sweeteners. Use in moderation.
Sugar-free energy drinks – Same warning as diet soda above.