Often when people go on a diet or try to change their lifestyles to include more healthy food choices, alcohol and other beverages are one of the first things to leave the menu. It does make sense. Most beverages contain calories and carbohydrates. If you are trying to limit your caloric intake or your total carbohydrate consumption, it doesn’t make sense to waste what few calories you have to play with on beverages when those calories could be used for food.
Water is often touted as being better for you anyway, and many diets eschew any beverages other than water. However, some wine, in moderation, can actually benefit you in your weight loss journey. On a diet? Here are three wines that will accompany it nicely, and you may find they have health benefits you never imagined. With these wines you can still enjoy a relaxing glass of wine on occasion while still meeting your health and fitness goals.
- Dry White Wines: Reasonably priced and low in calories, dry white wines are a great pairing for many diet foods which makes it a perfect wine when you are watching your calories. Salads, fish and veggies all match up nicely with dry white wines such as 2009 Hogue Riesling with its peach and citrus taste or 2009 Dancing Bull Chardonnay which has a nice apple flavor and makes a perfect everyday wine. With dry white wine coming in at 150 calories per five ounces or less, a glass or two every now and then won’t sabotage your diet.
- Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is a very fragrant and flavorful wine that is not only diet conscious in moderation but contains a good amount of resveratrol, a disease fighting component that is believed to have many health benefits. Most Pinot Noirs have around 120 calories per five ounce serving which makes it a great choice for dieters. Pinot pairs well with fish, chicken and most game birds. It also works well with pork. Try Bouchard Aine & Fils for a full bodied burgundy Pinot Noir that is affordable and tasty.
- Sparkling Wines: Sparkling wines are the very best way to watch calories. Most come in at around 110 calories per five ounces. You can even make your own with a refreshing white or rose wine by adding low-calorie or zero calorie seltzer water at a 1:1 ratio. This cuts the caloric intake down to around 60 calories and is still a tasty little treat! Try Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut! Chosen as one of the best sparkling wines under $15, this bottle of wine comes in at only $10. It’s light, fresh flavor goes well with fish, artichoke and even rich desserts.
You can still enjoy an occasional glass of wine when you are dieting. As with anything else, moderation is the key. Just like you monitor the nutritional information of the food you eat when dieting, you should also pay attention to the calories and carbohydrates contained in the wines you drink.[Image Credit]