I’m never going to be the kind of person to turn down an invite to meet up with my girlfriends for happy hour. It’s the best way to catch up on what’s going on in everyone’s lives! But I also don’t want to throw my healthy lifestyle out the window just because I’m at a bar. Here’s how I get around all the high-calorie cocktails and fried bar bites tempting me during happy hour.
Julianne Hough’s Tricks for a Healthier Happy Hour
Don’t go overboard on bar bites. Here’s the thing, if I show up to a bar starving, there’s no way I’m turning down those truffle fries or nachos. That’s why I always make sure I eat something before I walk out the door to meet my friends—a little protein goes a long way to keeping me satisfied. And if I do want a snack while I’m there, I look for things on the menu like grilled skewers or veggies with hummus or guacamole (even if it says those dips come with chips, ask for cut veggies instead).
Use happy hour as an excuse to stay moving. I try not to slide into a booth and stay there—instead, I think about how I can squeeze in some steps at the bar. I have the taxi drop me off a few blocks from the bar and walk the rest of the way, take the stairs if I have the option, and always offer to be the one to head up to the bar to grab someone a drink. At the end of the night I check my Fitbit Flex 2 and am always surprised at how many steps I got.
Go with a low-cal cocktail. Unless it’s a special occasion, I try not to order super sweet drinks. I’d rather sip on a glass of wine or, if I’m craving a mixed drink, something like a vodka soda with lime. I also love those new alcoholic seltzers that were everywhere all of a sudden!
Always double fist with water. It’s hard to not want to keep sipping on something at a bar, so I always go cocktail, water, cocktail, water. This way I’m pacing myself and staying hydrated, which is something I’m constantly trying to be better at (it’s good for your skin, energy, digestion, and more). This strategy also helps save some money, since you end up ordering fewer pricey drinks this way!
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.