Are you needing to cut down on calories to start the New Year on the right note?
Look no further, as the team behind your favourite online wine shop Cybercellar, have dedicated their time to finding out how to stick to your new healthy lifestyle.
Cybercellar has gone even further to research the number of calories a male and female should consume on a daily basis. According to authority nutrition, an average female should consume 2000 calories a day to maintain her weight and 1500 calories a week to lose 0.5kg in a week, whereas an average male can consume 2500 calories to maintain his weight and 2000 calories to lose 0.5kg in a week.We can assure you that there is room for a glass of something to whet that palate.
Here’s the low-down:
This deliciously crisp, sometimes green wine is the perfect pairing with your lunch or dinner salad. But how many calories are in a normal glass, you ask? We are working on conversion rates of 5 ounces which converts to roughly 150 ml, equivalent to approximately a small glass of wine. Your average Sauvignon Blanc has around 123 calories in it, and if you are watching your carb levels too, it contains around 3 grams of carbohydrates.
Chenin has slightly less calories and average around 120 calories per glass. However, compared to Sauvignon Blanc, it soars in carbohydrates and tips the scale at 4.9 grams per glass. These peachy and fruity wines are obviously tempting for a reason, so depending on the number of calories you have consumed during the day, a glass should not do much harm.
In comparison to its white wine counterparts, Chardonnay has significantly less calories. How does 84 calories per glass sound to you? With an average of 3.18 grams of carbohydrate in each glass, this sounds likea good fit to your new healthy lifestyle.
Also significantly lower than Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin, a roséweighs in at only 83 calories, with a low carb content of 2.9 grams per glass. It’s no wonder this pink drink is a ladies favourite.We love the fresh rosé from Leopard’s Leap that is not too dry nor too sweet. Pair this with a delicious salad and sip away!
Moving onto the reds now, and we are all expecting them to be significantly higher than the whites, are we not? Well, our favourite easy-drinking Cabs only have 3 calories more than our Sauvignon Blancs, with 126 calories, and come in below the Chenin’s calories at 3.82 grams Carbs.
This delicious, spicy and moreish wine is a favourite on South African tables next to a lovely steak. Remember to order a small salad or veg as an alternate to fries. A glass of Shiraz contains 122 calories and 3.79 grams of carbs in each glass. This seems somewhat average for what can sometimes be a full-bodied and complex wine, however, be conscious of your consumption.
It is no surprise why it is termed “the ladies’ favourite drinking red”. Merlot contains the same amount of calories as a rosé (83)! This, coupled with its very average number of carbs, 3.7 grams, makes Merlot the perfect companion for summer evenings around the braai for weight-conscious ladies.
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Bubbly fanatics across the country, rejoice! Our favourite bubbly partner happens to be a dieter's dream! With only 90 calories and carbohydrates racking up an entire 1 gram, there is no excuse not to indulge.
Touching on our favourite spirits, these prove to be somewhat anomalies. Although packed with calories, gin has very little to zero carbs. With 263 calories, this drink is still one of the most recommended to anyone taking up a summer diet. Mix in the tonic, however, and the glass is packed with 32 grams of carbs. Our recommendation is to either swap out the tonic for soda water and pack the glass with lemon and mint, or find the low-sugar, low-carb options!
Watching the sunset with a whiskey on the rocks is something every summer dream is made of. With 250 calories found in every 100 grams, so 105 in a shot, and the carbs leveling out to about 0.1 grams per serving, this is a golden treat whilst watching your calorie count!
You are expecting beer to simply top the chart on everything, aren’t you? And you are also possibly wondering why we have even bothered to add it in here. Surprisingly though, there aren’t as many calories as you would think! A can of beer has only 153 calories. The carb side, however, makes up for that, with a whopping 13 grams of carbs. So, do not hesitate on drinking that ice cold beer after a long day – you deserve it!