The calories in alcoholic beverages (1/12)

Calories can really add up when you're consuming them in liquid form. Find out how many calories are in these 11 common drinks

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Beware empty calories

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, compared with 4 calories per gram of protein or carbohydrate and 9 calories per gram of fat. Some wines provide small amounts of iron and potassium, and beer contains niacin, vitamins B6, chromium and phosphorus. But to benefit from the nutrients in these beverages, you would have to consume much more than the recommended limit of two drinks per day for a man or one for a woman. Each beverage that follows provide about 15 mL of ethanol, the usual definition of a drink. (Note that the calorie amounts for beer and wine vary depending on the type.)

 

Did you know? The average Canadian adult gets 21 percent of their total daily calories from beverages!

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Broccoli-Salad

Healthy Broccoli, Cranberry & Almond Salad

I like to blanch the broccoli for this recipe to remove a bit of the crunch ‘just plunge the florets into boiling water’but you can use raw broccoli ‘if you prefer. Usually this dish would contain mayo but I’ve used low-fat yogurt instead. Even the kids will love this salad’s sweet taste!

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Spicy Jamaican Barbecued Chicken

Because the flavour of chicken is mild, it benefits from a tasty baste when barbecued or broiled, such as in this recipe for spicy Jamaican barbecued chicken. Basting also helps to keep the outside from burning until the chicken is cooked through’especially when cooking over charcoal.