Light, fresh, and a little boozy. What’s not to love about this Just Peachy Cocktail?! It keeps your macros in-check while giving you a fun way to enjoy your summer cookouts or nights on the patio.
What everyone loves: thinking the carbs on the back of their booze labels are true indicators of the nutritional cost of their beverages of choice.
What everyone hates: Jeremy and me when we explain how booze math really works.
It’s not going to be a pleasant conversation, but it’s one we need to have. Let’s do some Booze Math, babe.
The Sad Truth
In additional to our traditional carbs/fats/proteins, there is a 4th hidden macro: ethanol. It has a nutritional value because it has calories, but we can’t easily fit it into carbs, fats, and proteins because ethanol isn’t listed on a nutritional label. So if you see a beverage that is 120cal but only 3 carbs, you KNOW there’s missing macros somewhere because 3 carbs x 4 cals per carb = 12 calories…not 120.
This means that Mich Ultra that says it’s 2.6c really costs you 24c because it has 96 calories.
Drink 2: Take the total calories and subtract the carb calories (carb grams x 4). In our example 120 cals – (3 carbs x 4) = 108. That’s how many calories come from ethanol. THEN take the leftover ethanol calories/9 because there are 9 cals per gram of fat. In our example 108/9 = 12. So you’ll log drink 2 as 3g carbs and 12g fat.
Don’t math? Me neither. We have a fancy schmancy Booze Math Calculator that’ll do it for you. Sign up here and I’ll send it over fo free.
Also, it’s important to know that your body stops metabolizing food while you’re drinking, so it works on these calories and everything else is on hold until it’s processed them. Booze will hinder your weight loss if you imbibe on a super regular basis. This is meant to be a treat every now and again.
- 4 oz moscato
- 1 oz peach schnapps
- 2 cherries
- 1 tsp cherry juice (from jar of cherries)
- 1 can of La Croix or your favorite flavored sparkling water (NOT FLAVORED WATER...we’re talking barely fla-vored, non-sweetened fizz); I like Aldi brand grapefruit flavor in this
- Combine all ingredients over ice.
Dairy Free: Yep!
Gluten Free: Uh huh!
Nobody here thinks 47.5g carbs is "low," but when you start doing booze math, you realize it's not so bad for a mixed drink.
MFP Listing: MacroED Just Peachy
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