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Top 10 Healthiest Beers

Consider one of these ten beers next time you crack a bottle.

healthiest beers

These top 10 healthiest beers, ranked by details.com, may be your safest bet when it comes to preventing beer belly (besides not drinking at all). My top 3 favorites are No. 2, No. 4, and No. 7.

Number 1. Pacifico

Ranking first is the Mexican pilsner, Pacifico, with only 135 calories per bottle and 4.5% alcohol.

Number 2. Guinness

Also one of my personal favorites, Guinness is low in carbs (11 g), higher in fiber (3.5 g) and 4.2% alcohol. It’s also nitrogenated unlike most other beers making it less filling. I personally love the dark, robust flavor.

Number 3. Sierra Nevada

Coming in third, for my friends with a hoppier palate, is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a higher alcohol percentage (5.6%) and 175 calories/bottle.

Number 4. Sam Adams Light

I don’t like light beer but the people at Sam Adams are masters of their craft. With 119 calories, 9 grams of carbs and 4% alcohol, Sam Adams makes the top 4 of the healthiest beers.

Number 5. Abita Purple Haze

I’ve personally never had Abita Purple Haze before but considering it’s brewed with fresh raspberries, only has 11 grams of carbs and is 4.5% alcohol, I could certainly imagine why it made the top 5 healthiest beers.

Number 6. Left Hand Good Juju

Made with fresh ginger this ale may help aid in digestion (of course alcohol-free ginger is a better option though). Left Hand Good Juju only has 131 calories, with 4.5 percent alcohol.

Number 7. Yuengling Lager

A personal favorite of mine, Yuengling lager only has 135 calories and 4.4% alcohol. Yuengling is a much more flavorful choice of beer than Budweiser or cheap college beers and is fairly inexpensive. I was glad to see this made the top 10 healthiest beers!

I paired Yuengling Lager with my Boneless Rib Sandwich for an incredible, health conscious BBQ dinner.

Number 8. New Belgium Sunshine Wheat

IPA-lovers rejoice, there’s another option for you. This American pale wheat ale only 145 calories/serving with 4.8 percent alcohol, and 13 grams of carbs.

Number 9. Flying Dog Snake Pale Ale

Another one for the IPA-lovers, Flying Dog Snake Pale Ale packs more alcohol (7.1% alcohol) and hops in each bottle than the others but comes at the price of 188 calories per bottle and 13 grams of carbs per bottle.

Number 10. Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA

Surprisingly, for a beer that’s 5.6% alcohol, this brew only contains about 11 grams of carbs per bottle. Definitely worth trying if you’re an IPA fan.

Pair these beers with my Top 10 Healthy BBQ Foods.

Top 10 Healthy BBQ Foods

healthy bbq chicken

Make these 10 dishes at your next BBQ for a healthy, all-day eating frenzy with tons of flavor and variety. Each dish has it’s own unique twist and is a guilt free option to put on your plate.

1. Spicy BBQ Chicken Breast

Toss 3-4 oz. cuts of chicken breast in a mix of BBQ sauce and hot sauce and throw it on the grill. Rub it with more of the sauce mix when it’s just about done cooking. That’s it!

2.  Pulled BBQ Chicken Thighs

Enjoy shredded meat heaven with Pulled BBQ Chicken Thighs. Cook your chicken thighs, then using a fork shred the meat into a pile of strands. Rub that pile down with more bbq sauce and serve.

3. Jalapeno Cole Slaw

Turn some heads and turn up the heat with jalapeno cole slaw. You can get the recipe right here!

jalapeno cole slaw

4. Spinach Pasta Salad

Carbs on carbs on carbs. That’s all BBQ side dishes every turn out to be. Mix in some raw baby spinach leaves, cooked quinoa, grape tomatoes, and dried cherries to your regular pasta salad for a healthier twist on your favorite side dish.

5. Shrimp Kabobs

Doesn’t get easier than this. Toss your shrimp in some smoky paprika  & Cajun spices, stick them on a skewer with tomatoes, zucchini, steak, onions and peppers.

6. Sweet Potato Wedges

Bake your sweet potatoes first, then slice them into wedges and rub them down lightly with olive oil, sprinkle some parmesan cheese, a pinch of fresh garlic and some parsley.

7. Bison Burgers

Because no one ever got excited about a turkey burger. Bison burgers are a great way to enjoy a juicy burger but with a fraction of the fat, all of the taste, and none of the guilt. Put one on a toasted bun with melted reduced fat cheese, chili, roasted veggies, and/or the classic lettuce, tomato & onion.

8. Pulled Pork Tacos

You can get the recipe right here!

smoky pulled pork tacos

9. Grilled Veggies

Corn is good, but pile on some real vegetables by roasting zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, onions and peppers to add a wide variety of flavor to your BBQ platter.

10. Boneless Rib Sandwiches

Keep an eye out for this recipe because it’s coming! Boneless Rib Sandwiches on Texas Toast topped with Mac & Cheese… This was supposed to be healthy right? Don’t fight me on this. You know you want one.

Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

Turn heads at your next BBQ with these Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos.

smoky pulled pork tacos

To keep it simple, I’ll post the recipe as if you’ve already prepared your pulled pork but in case you’ve never made it before, you essentially just have to slow cook several pounds of pork shoulder with spices, bbq sauce, and onions.  This is what you need for one serving:

Ingredients
2 whole wheat or flour tortillas
6 oz. pulled pork
2 tbsp. cole slaw (shredded cabbage & carrots, lite mayonnaise)
2 tsp. spicy mustard
2 tsp. diced raw onions

Instructions
1) Place 3 oz. of pork in the center of each tortilla.
2) Top with 1 tbps. of cole slaw per taco.
3) Add spicy mustard evenly over the top.
4) Top them off with raw diced onions.

Nutrition Info
Protein: 41 g
Carbohydrates: 44 g
Fat: 18 g

Want to turn up the heat?

Use this Kickin’ Jalapeno Cole Slaw instead of regular cole slaw.

This recipe is perfect for portion control, flavor, variety, and is balanced nutritionally. Try bringing to your next BBQ get together and let me know how everyone likes it!