What have you given up for your low carb lifestyle? Celebrating with a few drinks is great (even if it’s just celebrating the end of the week), but it’s easy to feel guilty about it when you’re following a low carb lifestyle. Well you’ll be very pleased to know that there are options for when you want to have a few but don’t want to compromise on your carb intake. Have a read of the list below.
Low Carb Beers
Carb values per bottle – 355mL
1) Bighead – 0.0 g
This craft brew has ZERO carbs. That’s right – absolutely none. I don’t know how they do it – I can only assume it’s magic. It has a light, fresh and refreshing taste.
2) Summer Bright Lager – 1.2g
A great light beer for summer (as the name suggests). Best enjoyed whilst chilling by the pool on a nice hot day. If you generally don’t like beer, give this one a try as it has a nice mild flavour.
3) Coopers Clear – 3g
A favourite beer of Luke’s. Australian made and proud, this beer has been around unchanged for a long time. Why change a good thing, right?
4) Hahn Super Dry – 3.0 g
One of the very first lower-carb beers to hit the market. It’s got a stronger ‘beer’ taste than the others but is still quite mild compared to some regular draught beers.
5) Platinum Blonde – 4.6 g
Another lower carb option which has been around for a while now. A nice sharp taste which works well with most meals at any time of year.
6) Regular VB – 11.6 g
Has a lot of carbs per bottle, or even Carlsberg which has a whopping 47g carbs per bottle!
Low Carb Wine?
Wines are a bit harder to give advice on, as there no labelling laws requiring nutrition information to be on the packaging, unless a health claim is made. This makes it hard for us to help you! But we do have a couple for you:
1) Lindemans Early Harvest Sauvignon Blanc – 0.7 g
2) McWilliams Sauvignon Blanc – 7.5 g
If you have any other specific recommendations, let us know! Otherwise, below is a more general look at the carb content that each variety of wine will likely have:
Low Carb White and Sparkling Wines
- Chardonnay: 3.7 carbs
- Pinot Gris/Grigio: 3.2 carbs
- Riesling: 5.5 carbs
- Champagne/Sparking whites: 1.5 carbs
Low Carb Red Wines
- Merlot: 3.7 carbs
- Pinot Noir: 3.4 carbs
- Cabernet: 3.8 carbs
*These values are taken from this website.
Side Note: when you drink, the alcohol travels to your stomach where most of it will then be sent to the liver to be metabolised (the rest is absorbed into the blood steam and travels to the rest of your body).
It’s metabolised in your liver by the same enzyme that breaks down glucose – so while your body is metabolising alcohol, glucose metabolism is temporarily stopped.
Given this, alcohol can cause issues with those who have trouble with their blood sugar levels, as the body stops reacting to changes in blood sugar levels and just tries to process the alcohol.
Low Carb Cocktails
I always love a good cocktail, but mixers are hard to choose when following a low carb lifestyle as many mixers are either soft drinks or juices.
In most spirits, there is virtually no carbs per shot at all, but they do still average around 250 calories per shot.
But, unless you make it at home there probably isn’t much chance of getting a low carb cocktail because of all the tasty mixers they add. But, I do have a few classic cocktail recipes for you which are low carb:
And then there’s Anna’s favourite – Cornelius Krump and gin! A seriously refreshing drink, absolutely perfect for Summer – with only 5.9g carbs! It makes great cocktails like the one on the right – if you haven’t tried it you need to get your hands on some!
- 45mL of your preferred Gin
- 150mL Cornelius Krump Cucumber Seltzer
- 15mL lemon juice
- Dash of freshly squeezed lime juice
- Cucumber to garnish
Place ice into a highball glass. Add gin, then fresh squeezed lime and lemon juice, and then your sliced cucumber. Then poor over the Cucumber Seltzer. Enjoy you low carb cocktail!
Or favourite low carb drinks? We’d love to hear about them (so we can try them too!).