Health Up Your Happy Hour

We all know what it’s like to work hard during the week to keep our health in check – making sure we eat healthy and exercise often. However, when Friday afternoon rolls round it’s all too easy to let our good work go to waste and give in to the temptation of a few happy hour drinks.

Want some tips on how to still have a good time after a hard week’s work but not undo all your hard work? Try these next time you meet your co-workers or friends for a drink!

Know your calories: Come armed with info so you don’t convince yourself that happy hour treats are really not that bad for your diet. Don’t fool yourself—that plate of nachos is almost 1,500 calories! Order wisely.

Strategise splurges: Gearing up for a fun evening? Make smarter decisions throughout the day. Opt for the salad at lunch instead of McDonalds, for example, so your total calorie count for the day doesn’t dip into dangerous territory.

Choose low-calorie liquor: Going for one of the many lower-calorie liquor options can often make the difference and help you save calories.

Alternate with water: If you’re in for a long happy hour session, sip slowly and don’t keep going back to the bar for refills; alternate with a glass of water instead.

Don’t come hungry: Have a healthy snack in the afternoon so you won’t be swayed by all the happy hour specials on the menu.

Have a limit: Make post-happy-hour plans so you don’t stay so long that you start to get tempted by too many drinks. Meet up with friends to cook dinner at home or for a healthier activity in lieu of sitting at the bar.

Go for natural: Certain mixers can contain high amounts of refined sugars or overly processed foods. Choose cocktails sweetened with fresh fruit for a healthier libation.

Have a different kind of happy hour: It’s about having fun with your friends, and that doesn’t always have to mean cocktails and calories. Meet up for a walk around the park on a nice day, or take that gym class you’ve all been dying to try.

Choose something strong: You’ll be more likely to sip slowly if you choose drinks with strong, spicy, or tart flavours, like a scotch on the rocks or a Bloody Mary.

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