Healthy Holiday Drink Guide
Holidays bring rich, flavorful foods to the table and more often than not, alcoholic beverages. Though, drinking alcohol comes with apparent, unhealthy strings attached, cut the fear of compromising health and weight loss goals with our healthy, holiday drink guide along with eight healthy drink recipes!
Holidays not only bring rich, flavorful foods to the table, but oftentimes alcoholic beverages. However, drinking alcohol may come with perceived, unhealthy strings attached. Cut the fear of compromising health and weight loss goals with bistroMD's healthy, holiday drink guide. Also featured… Eight healthy drink recipes!
Healthier Drinking 101
First off, all alcohol sources provide calories, 7 calories per gram to be exact. Encouraged serving sizes and calorie content include:
• Beer: 150 calories per 12-ounces of regular or light beer or 8 to 9-ounces of malt beer
• Wine: 125 calories per 5-ounces of red or white wine
• Liquor: 100 calories per 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof spirits, including vodka, rum, tequila, and whiskey
The caloric content of alcohol is further dependent on the quantity and quality of the total alcoholic beverage. General recommendations indicate men should not exceed two drinks per day while women are limited to one. Sticking to the suggested intake not only keeps calories in balance, but reduces the risk of harmful consequences to health. Additionally, the mixers commonly added to liquor can truly accelerate the sugar content of the drink, potentially adding on hundreds of unwanted calories. Reduce both sugar and calories by limiting soft drinks, juices, and other concentrated syrups and sweeteners.
BistroMD's Low-Calorie, Holiday Cocktail Recipes
Desiring a cocktail but unsure on how to craft a healthy, yet still tasty drink? Look no further than these healthified cocktails, straight from the bistroMD bar!
1. Purely Pomegranate Mojito
Transform a traditional minty mojito into a visually-appealing festive cocktail! Utilizing pomegranate not only offers a rich, but an eye-appealing ruby red color along with powerful antioxidants. Find the holiday-inspired recipe here!
2. Fizzy Blueberry Mint
Though these blueberry mint cocktails use simple ingredients, they are full-bodied in flavor! Bring together the fresh zests of lime, orange, blueberries, and mint this holiday season.
3. Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Conventional margaritas generally contain high amounts of sugar and pack on unwanted calories. But sipping on this frozen strawberry margarita will not only take you to a tropical destination during the cooler winter months, but keep the anticipated holiday weight off!
4. The Golden Apple
The warm flavors of spiced rum, butterscotch, and apple cider unite for this holiday-inspired drink! The golden apple puts a healthier spin on alcoholic beverages, providing only 146 calories per serving!
Additional Cocktail Recipes
The traditionally sought-out holiday beverage is often loaded with sugar. But this cosmopolitan drink recipe is not only sure to please, but low in carb and sugar-free!
6. Hot Toddy
Sipping on a hot toddy has been utilized as a natural cold remedy for decades, and for much reason! The components of warm herbal tea, lemon, and honey are sure to sooth even a stubborn sore throat. But in sickness and in health, these four healthy hot toddy recipes are sure to please this cool, holiday season!
7. Mint Chocolate Martini
The seasonal appeal of mint pairs with the annual charm of chocolate! This healthified mint chocolate martini offers a unique twist to a traditional chocolate martini by utilizing tea bags, reducing calorie content but maximizing its flavor profile!
8. Skinny Eggnog
Eggnog is a holiday classic, though the high fat and calorie content is not so waist-friendly! But with a skinny eggnog cocktail, enjoy the winter staple without any ounce of guilt!