'Tis the season for eating, drinking and being very, very merry. While summer is a great time to catch up with friends and have a drink or two, it's all too easy for this to throw your healthy eating plans way off track.
The Australian Government's guide to healthy eating recommends limiting alcohol consumption to a drink or two with an evening meal, indicating that this may even help protect against heart disease.
If you're looking for healthier alternatives to your favourite tipples this silly season, take a sip of the following.
Traditionally made with a lot of sugar, you can request your bartender makes this with half the usual amount of syrup, or make it yourself with even less. The remaining ingredients are mint, lime, soda water and rum. The former three ingredients are all great for you, while the rum gives it a beautiful, rich taste.
If you're really watching your waistline, you could even sip on this without the alcohol. The mint ensures that it's extra refreshing, and soda water will keep you hydrated all day long.
The seabreeze is a twist on the classic cranberry juice and vodka combination. It's a delicious combination of grapefruit juice, cranberry juice and vodka, served over ice. If you're feeling like something a bit lighter, swap out some of the juices for sparkling water.
Updated gin and tonic
Nothing says summer like a G&T on a hot day. Unfortunately, tonic water hides a lot of sugar that can stack on the kilos before you even notice.
Cut the calories in half by swapping out the majority of the tonic for soda water, which has zero calories but still gives you the fizz you desire.