7 Day New Year Slim Down – Day 3 – Healthiest Drink Options

For those of you joining us for this 7 day New Year Slim Down series today please make sure you check day the previous days here.

This year I wanted to do something a little bit different on the blog, by focusing 100% on setting that New Year’s intention correctly and making the most of your New Year’s motivation. We are after a lifestyle change rather than something that you do for a few weeks and then give up. When we give up we often feel bad for quitting but know that everything will be okay as you’ve quit every other year as well.  The thing is, we spend half the year feeling pretty average about ourselves due to giving up and not reaching that goal we set for ourselves.

Today’s New Year’s Slim Down is all about healthy drink options.


While this could be a very short post as I could just tell you that plain old water is the best option and leave it at that. I know that in our modern day society we aren’t happy with just having water all the time, and why should we be with all the yummy drink options that are out there in this day and age?! It doesn’t have to be a toss-up between ‘being good’ and ‘treat yo’self’.

Healthiest Drink Options


// H20

Water is always the best option when it comes to hydration, there is no denying it. Our bodies are made up of around 60%+ water and we lose this water through everyday activities as well as when we work up a sweat (which we will all be doing more of now we are coming into summer!). It’s essential to replenish this water and the best way to do this is through simply drinking water straight from the tap (or spring, or bottle). The added bonus with water is that it’s free and widely available (cleanly) in the western world. It is actually a privilege for us to be able to go straight to a tap and drink from it without fear of getting sick!

// Coconut Water

Coconut water is best served extra cold and is amazing for hydration as well. A word of warning for those who haven’t tried coconut water is that it does not taste great when it’s even remotely warm so make sure you always have your coconut water in your fridge cooling, I’d even go so far as to adding a couple of ice cubes. I personally like VitaCoco which you can buy at most supermarkets and they come in handy 1L bottles which are great for having at home. Coconut water is low in calories, rich in potassium, and fat and cholesterol free, making it a great option for when you feel like something a little different to tap water.

// Flavoured Waters

If you’re not a fan of coconut water and really can’t stomach always having plain tap (or spring) water, the next best option would be to slightly flavour your water. When I talk about flavoured waters I don’t mean going to the dairy and getting a bottle of flavoured water (unless you read the label) as most of them are FULL of sugar and other ingredients I can’t pronounce. My recommendation here is to either use plain lemon juice or lime juice to flavour your water in the first instance or if you really need something a bit more than that (I know sometimes you just really crave a little something sweet in your water!), I’d recommend the Soda Stream waters range. They are a range of naturally flavoured syrups which you can add to your water (tap water works fine, and no need for a Soda Stream machine!). My favourites are the crisp red apple and the home style lemonade. If you have a Soda Stream machine you can even fizz up some water so you feel as though you are getting a fizzy drink as well.

Healthiest Drink Options - New Years Slim Down

Alcoholic Options

// Long White Vodka

Long White Vodka is a new RTD (ready to drink) on the scene! Don’t be scared off when you hear RTD like I almost was, I am well and truly over the days of buying premixed sugar filled alcoholic beverages to get me through awkward university style parties. Long White Vodka is NZ made tripled distilled vodka with no added table sugar! Long White Vodka comes in three different flavours (Lemon and Lime, Passionfruit and Raspberry), is super refreshing with a touch of sweetness yet doesn’t give you that ‘sugar hangover’ feeling after having a couple. I can see myself enjoying a Long White Vodka at the end of a hard day renovating our new home this summer, perhaps after a quick dip at the beach! With between 160-170 calories per bottle you can rest assured that a couple of bottles with friends won’t derail your hard work at the gym during the year!

// Wine

I will preface this paragraph with the fact that I am NOT a wine drinker, I don’t enjoy it at all so tend to avoid drinking it. However I know that there are many people out there who really do love the stuff. If you are going to be drinking wine the most important thing you can do it correctly measure out your serving size, a serving of wine is 100ml (I don’t even kid!) and most people would easily pour 250-300ml+ when they pour a glass of wine at home. You know when the bottle only lasts three glasses that you are overdoing your serving size. A bottle of wine should last you 7 (seven!) drinks. Your best bet when it comes to wine is to choose a lower alcohol percentage and ensure you are drinking a standard serving size each time you partake in a tipple. A glass or two every now and again will not send you right off the rails, just remember to enjoy each mouthful.

// Spirits

The best options when it comes to having an alcoholic drink are clear spirits (not mixed with fizzy). The Long White Vodka I mentioned above is perfect for when you need an on the go option and spirits on the rocks are a great option for when you are at home (if you have it at home!). Remember a 30ml shot is a serving and your best to serve over ice or with soda water if you need a mixer to save yourself the calories and the sugar from the mixes that traditionally come with spirits. Follow my tips for being alcohol savvy and you’ll be in for a good night, without the repercussions of a hangover or derailing all your hard work during the year!


7 Day New Years Slim Down – Homework

    • Choose at least one non-alcoholic and one alcoholic (or two non-alcoholic if you don’t drink) drink and ensure you have the best option on hand in your cupboards so you can make good choices next time you need a drink 🙂


  • Leave a comment letting us know which non-alcoholic and alcoholic drink would you be most likely to reach for to go into the draw to win a $20 prezzy card to stock up your favourite drinks. – Competition closes 29th Jan 8pm. Please read the Terms and Conditions for all Competitions Here.

This post was made possible thanks to Long White Vodka, if you’re in a ‘treat yo’self’ mood, give one of their new RTD’s a try. NZ Made triple distilled vodka with no added table sugar!

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  • Lauren
    January 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    That RTD sounds really nice, will have to hunt it down! I usually have wine if I am out drinking so it would make a nice change. I usually have water (or coffee lol) during the day.
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    • Kristel
      March 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Coconut water with Pete

  • lena
    January 6, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I really want to get a soda stream, and I like the sound of the waters range.
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  • Samantha - PlanetBakeLife
    January 13, 2016 at 9:03 am

    My alcoholic drink of choice is always a rum and coke. Without fail.
    Also, I tried a Tropical Warrior Protein Shot from Tank the other day and loved it. It had coconut water in it and it was really nice. I reckon I’d go back for that again.

  • Kate Key
    January 13, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I’ve seen the Long White Vodka everywhere and I’d really be keen to give it a go! Yuuuum. And good old fashioned water is my favourite, I really struggle to get through the day if I don’t have my 2 litres.

  • Laura
    January 13, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Great post! I really like the Long White drinks, really tasty. I’d really love to get a soda stream as I quite like fizzy water and their new water drops have me intrigued!
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  • Sarah
    January 13, 2016 at 9:38 am

    The long white vodkas are yummy and i’m not usually a vodka fan 🙂

  • Suzanne
    January 13, 2016 at 10:21 am

    For non alcoholic, its always water! I try to have my Bobble within arms reach.

    Normally I’m a red wine drinker, but I am really keen to try the Long White Vodkas to see if they are something I’d have again.

  • Anna
    January 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Non alcoholic would be flavoured water I love adding water drops to my water from time to time! And alcoholic I would love to try the long white vodka it sounds fab!! 🙂

  • n
    January 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Water or flavoured water for non alcoholic and alcoholic I don’t usually drink alcohol but I guess long white vodka sounds refreshing

  • Irie
    January 13, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    I LOVE coconut water and I think that coconut water would definitely be my favourite non-alcoholic and the long white vodka RTD’s in the flavour of ‘lemon and lime’ is my favourite alcoholic! 🙂

  • Kiamaia kemp
    January 13, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Long white vodka sounds delicious

  • Lucy Thomas
    January 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

    They all look so nice I try anyone look yummy couldn’t choose one lol

  • DONELL Read
    January 14, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Sounds really good

  • Tarsha
    January 14, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Ive tried the RTDs and found that i got very drunk very quickly on them. They are so easy to drink! Certainly a great list to know though.

  • Rebecca Deakins
    January 14, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Is Lemonade or Organic Orange and Mango Juice

  • TeAroha
    January 14, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Id love to give the Long White Vodka a try i have seen it around.
    For alcohol I usually go for a wine or cider. Now & then vodka and soda water with lemon wedges.
    For non alcoholic Im bad with juice but i try to do water as much as possible.

  • Charmaine Willis-Croft
    January 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I am a big water drinker, love it. Alcohol, I usually drink beer which is probably the worst for your belly! I think I’ll have to try the long white vodka, sounds good.

  • Tash
    January 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I’d go for the flavoured water if it had to be non alcoholic or if it was want I really want it would be the Long White Vodka.

  • Marissa
    January 14, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Gin and tonic, and always water as my non alcoholic option

  • Dee
    January 14, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I love a long white vodka in raspberry and soda stream water

  • Kristy Williamson
    January 15, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Would Love to try the Long White Vodka and I always choose H20 for my non alcoholic beverage.

  • megan
    January 15, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Have to say never can go wrong with water. But beside that I do love mac lemon crush on a hot sunny day.
    Beer or bourbon are my always frist choice but i do like the long white vodka`s

  • Grace Thresher
    January 15, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Always good to have healthier alternatives. And I avoid sugar so the less sugary the better ☺️

  • Emily
    January 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Definitely coconut water, I just cracked into one (a drinking coconut) this afternoon and layed out in the hammock just relaxing, it’s so refreshing. The Long White Vodka has been on my list of must-tries for a while now

  • Sarah Blair
    January 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I love to drink good old H2O its so refreshing, for an alcoholic drink I usually pick wine

  • Esther
    January 17, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Already loving long white vodka! Such a refreshing choice

  • Daniela Brady
    January 17, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I love chilled Long white vodka, especially on a hot summers day😍 Yuuum!

  • Kirsty
    January 17, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I love vodka and soda water, with lime, cucumber and mint during the summer BBQ season.
    Ice cold Water is my go to for non-alcoholic, I sometimes like to mix in some of the hansel low calories mixers as well

  • Christel
    January 19, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I love rekorderlig and more often than not, that’s what I choose on the rare occasion I decide to drink!
    Non alcoholic favourites are Sodastream waters and just plain old water!
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  • Sherie
    January 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    The RTD sounds amazing going to look for those

  • Nadine
    January 20, 2016 at 6:22 am

    I am following the “I quit sugar” programme, I am really enjoying my Soda Stream with herbal teabags, or just lemon. I will definitely be giving the coconut water a try next. Thanks for the tips.

  • sally carey
    January 20, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Long white Vodka sounds intriguing. I love water and normally enjoy a gin and tonic but since the last week of calorie counting to get an idea on what I do eat I was horrified to find how many calories are in these drinks. Will definitely try long white vodka thank you

  • Michelle Dean
    January 20, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Thanks for the tip on drinking coconut water cold. I’ll need to give it another try. Really need an alternative to tap water. ☺

  • Jodi rose
    January 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Definitely always go for the straight water. Since I got a water filter and cooler it’s made me drink so much more than before! And I’ve tried the long white vodka but never realised the 0 added sugars! That just earned its spot as my permanent go to drink now! 😻😻

  • Sarah McDonald
    January 21, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Great idea! I’m a spirits drinker myself but have become a big fan of long white recently!

  • victoria smith
    January 21, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    i mainly drink water , but i have found a new wine that i love and it’s a low in alcohol so i am happy to read in your blog for sliming down 🙂

  • Lisa
    January 21, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Long Whites are a delicious refreshing summer drink! Definitely a favorite pick for me & my man! 😄

  • Tina Lyford
    January 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Water and long white vodka

  • Shani McLean
    January 22, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Water & I’m dying to try the passionfruit long white vodkas!!

  • Janlea Cunningham
    January 22, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Great drinks

  • Barbara Haddock
    January 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

    What a super array of refreshing drinks and Long White Vodka, what can one say!

  • Melissa Reynolds
    January 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I always drink water during the day. The Long white vodka sounds lovely, I will have to give that a try for sure 🙂

  • Leslie Whitehead
    January 22, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Water and the Long White Vodka sounds abit of me

  • Felicity Smith
    January 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

    the long white vodka sounds really nice. I am a fizzy water drinker usually so it would be a nice change

  • Rochelle Rhodes
    January 22, 2016 at 10:45 am

    My go to alcoholic drink all summer has been Long White’s! I’ve even got a couple of boys into drinking them. Definitely very refreshing after a long hot summer’s day and I absolutely with what you’ve said about the ‘Sugar Hangover’. Thanks for sharing the contents and calories in each bottle, it’s very annoying that this kind of information doesn’t need to be included on the product as it’s very handy to know!

  • Allyce pellowe
    January 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Always water. But cant say no to vodka; )

  • Tami
    January 22, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Long White Vodka is so yummmmmmy

  • Lisa Green
    January 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Love Long White Vodka so so good!!

  • Justin Matangi
    January 22, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Flavoured water sounds awesome

  • stepanka
    January 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    The new RTD sounds like something I would like to try, have never tried it before. And water is my most to go drink anytime!

  • Amanda bull
    January 22, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    My alcoholic drink of choice would be vodka soda lime- super refreshing if u add cucumber and mint to it also
    I tend to only drink water – but I’d opt for a green tea x 50 – healthy energising and delicious

  • JoCee
    January 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Long white vodka is the one

  • Pauline Baas
    January 22, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Water is always best…….Or a cider always goes down well!!!

  • Kathy Bass
    January 22, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I can’t wait to try the new Soda Stream flavoured waters!! And the only alcoholic bevvie I like is Vodka and Lemon (less alcohol, more lemon 🙂

  • kylie
    January 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Long white lemon and lime are amazing!

  • danielle ziegler
    January 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I love long white vodka for sure but really I lpve lots of drinks ha ha

  • Bex
    January 22, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Love soda waters n fruit, the RTD are too sweet for me but super cool that rtds are gwtting better!!! Cocnut water yummmmmm

  • Nicola
    January 22, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I’m enjoying the lower alcohol wines and ciders at the moment of i feel like a drink. I also love Good Buzz Kombucha and Healtheries iced tea for non alcoholic options
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  • Bonnie
    January 22, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    They all are amazing options. gonna try them over the next few weeks 🙂 thanks

  • Leila Thomas
    January 23, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Long White Vodkas sound perfect for summer

  • Tyla
    January 23, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Tried this 4 the first time at a family bbq. I thought wer u been all my life yummy. Now my newbie

  • K Chadwick
    January 23, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Good read 👍🏽

  • April
    January 24, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I’m a water kinda girl and I did enjoy long white vodka raspberry I’m yet to try the rest of the long white vodka range.

  • Rebekah Taylor
    January 24, 2016 at 11:21 am

    My soda stream is a life saver especially this summer. Just buzz. Add a slice of lemon and a sprig of thyme or mint and if i have them a few berries. So refreshing.

  • Amy
    January 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Great read 💁🏻 will definitely try these options out!

  • Jess harrison
    January 25, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Love red seal tea with ice and soda streAm water. The lemon and lime long white vodka is my new fav to

  • Shea
    January 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for the info , will definitely be sharing with friends and fam 🙂

  • Margaret Neal
    January 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I realllllly suck at making decisions but I came up with a new drink which is both a mix of my fave non & alcoholic beverages not sure if you’ve heard of the new water called ovi peach flavour os great with vodka & a bit of cranberry juice or squeeze of fresh lime rehydrating instead of dehydrating haha 😜

  • Rachel
    January 25, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Can’t wait to try the lemon lime. Raspberry and the passion fruit are divine xx

  • Rachael
    January 25, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Never been a wine or beer kinda girl so thinking I’d give the long white vodka range a go 😉

  • Teiba watts
    January 26, 2016 at 7:16 am

    A friend brought around some of those White Island vodka and they were surprisingly Good!

  • Sarah
    January 26, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I found the White Island vodka drinks a few months ago, love the lemon and lime and passion fruit. My non alcoholic drink of choice is pure filtered water, have my filter jug next to bed so always available!

  • Helen
    January 26, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Our family are enjoying all the new flavoured waters on the market this summer. Normally the kids just want soda so im thrilled they are happy to have a healthier option 🌏

  • Cat
    January 26, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I would love to try the soda stream waters!!! And long white vodka raspberry!!! Hmmm… summer sussed

  • Nicolle Walker - Simmons
    January 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

    So stoked to see my new fav drink (long white vodka) made the list mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Maccine
    January 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I also couldn’t handle the taste of coconut water. I would definately go for flavoured water because Im not a a huge drinker at all. Great read.

  • Suzannah Newton
    January 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Due to failing kidneys I can’t drink alcohol and sometimes feel a little left out at parties or gatherings. I love to take ice cold water and add blueberries, lemons, mint and orange segments and make myself “fun water” haha. It becomes a real treat!

  • Tabitha newton
    January 27, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Coconut water is absolute manna from the gods, and hydrates my body and soul!

  • Sheree
    January 28, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Definitely long White vodka 😀

  • Aroha
    January 28, 2016 at 11:54 am

    The Long White Vodka sounds absolutely delish!! 🙂 plus I have a soda stream just so I can have “sparkling water” whenever I want so i’ definitely love to give the flavoured (water) syrups for soda streams a go! 🙂

  • Nicky
    January 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I tried this vodka at Electric Avenue a year ago & loved it. Get it every now & then. Healthy drinking 😉 I drink water every day too.

  • Tamara
    January 29, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Water & long white vodka .

  • Stacey
    February 8, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    When I scan on myfitnesspal a bottle of lemon lime long whites it comes up with 4 calories? Can anyone advise why?

    • Amanda @ Move Love Eat
      February 9, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      It is likely that someone on MFP has entered this incorrectly. I find this happens all the time. There should be a button you can click to ammend the nutritional information and let MFP know it is incorrect and then put in the correct calories so that it will be correct for you (and everyone else) in the future.

  • Kristel
    February 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Some good points 🙂

  • Natasha pomare-leaming
    February 13, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Long white is nice. And I’ve chosen it regularly already. Whereas no alcohol is involved can’t get more complicated than good old water. Uhhmm our body thrives on it and it is readily available in my kitchen everytime. The tap. =)

  • Alice Kennedy
    February 14, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    It’s good to read about the best options for a “treat yourself” mood. I’d love to try the Long White Vodka 😊

  • Deitrah
    February 14, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I don’t know why I didn’t expect H20 to be on there. Of course it’s number one! Thanks

  • Lisa
    February 17, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Long white vodka has been my go to drink ever since they came out and they are very refreshing absolutely loveeee them! There are all I drink now, no nasties all natural is just what I like❤❤❤

  • Danielle ziegler
    February 17, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Wow yum they all sound good and the long white Vodka mmmmmmmmmmmmm so refreshing and great to know healthier options 😉

  • Rebekah Taylor
    March 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I am actually in love with the DB citrus (just to be different) only because I havent tried this Long white vodka you speak of….

  • Eddy Gies
    March 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Sparkling water my first choice for non alcho, and Appletons 12y rum for alcoholic drink of choice.

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