Seasonal Drinking: Your Guide to Staying on Track
Although some drinks are universal throughout the year's entire, sometimes unique flavors of others just taste better during its corresponding season. Learn how to stay on track with health goals while enjoying popular seasonal products and drinks here!
Seasonal Drinking: How to Stay On Track
Did you know the biggest increase in caloric intake on weekends is not from indulging on extra desserts or having another afternoon snack, but from drinking alcohol? And if we up the volume on the alcohol for any given weekend, just think how this might play out when we are feeling compelled by tradition at one holiday party after another... People do not often think of drinking alcohol as a calorie source and it really is not hard to see why; even those who tend to pay attention to caloric intake tend to discount liquid calories and think of getting our calories from sources of nutrition.
And while you may pick up a few carbs from beers and even a little fat from the goodies that go into some of those fancy holiday mixed drinks, the likelihood to count them tends to be low. But it is not only drinking alcohol that we need to be careful of, as research shows that even with non-alcoholic beverages, people forget to count the caloric content of their drinks. Utilize these tips to relish on popular seasonal products this year, all while staying on track of your health goals!
Moderation is key when it comes to simultaneously drinking seasonally and staying on track of goals. Recommendations suggest men should moderate alcohol consumption to two servings while women are limited to one. Standard drinking sizes include 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
Ditch the Soda
Soda is essentially empty calories, offering no nutritional value and can tarnish weight loss goals if regularly consumed. And since alcohol already has calories in itself, reduce total calories by limiting soft drinks, juices, and other concentrated syrups and sweeteners.
Sip On Water
Water always reigns supremacy when it comes to the healthiest way to keep hydrated. Especially if needing a mixer, reduce both sugar and calories by limiting soft drinks, juices, and other concentrated syrups and sweeteners.
Relish On Seasonal Favorites
Rather than sipping on drinks you supplied throughout the entire year, relish on the ones only offered during designated seasons or during special holiday favorites. Appreciate the flavors and aromas each brings and remember good memories associated to them while building new ones.
The warm air turning crisp means warming up the fall flavors of pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, and cloves!
Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Also popularized as "PSL", pumpkin spice lattes can be quite high in sugar from syrups. But rather than taking a trip to Starbucks, take a nutritional spin on that beloved coffee drink by preparing in the comfort of your home! Start by whisking a ½ cup of nonfat milk with one tablespoon of pumpkin puree over medium heat in a small pot. Continue to mix and add in a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Once the mixture becomes frothy, pour atop of your favorite coffee!
Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
This fall-inspired protein shake packs on 25 grams of protein while offering hints of pumpkin, banana, and cinnamon and keeping health goals optimized!
The Golden Apple
Cider is an extremely popular drink come fall, so prepare this healthier and easy-to-make cider drink for your next gathering! BistroMD's Golden Apple drink puts a healthier spin on alcoholic beverages, with only 146 calories per serving and without any ounce of sacrifice.
Snow falling to the ground signifies warm and festive drinks pouring into your favorite mug! Whether cozying up by the fire or celebrating the holidays with close family and friends, relish on these healthier-for-you seasonal drinks.
Cozying up to a warm cup of hot chocolate is a childhood memory that deserves to be carried into adulthood, though the high sugar content should remain in the past. Sip on these eight healthy hot cocoa recipes and ideas, including dark chocolate mint and gingerbread variations!
Eggnog is a highly sought out seasonal beverage come wintertime. But with this healthified eggnog recipe, you can guiltlessly indulge and balance health goals this holiday season!
Purely Pomegranate Mojito
Although bistroMD's team of chefs believe this purely pomegranate mojito is delicious enough to enjoy all year long, it does make a festive holiday drink you and your guests are sure to love.
Consumers might start opting for lighter drinks to accommodate their New Year's resolution during the spring season, and the drinks below can accompany just that!
Turning over the new leaf following the New Year may grant a high-protein, chocolate and banana smoothie to recover after a workout or to start the day. And if desiring more flavors, find out how to make a nutritious and delicious smoothie here.
Did you know the average frozen strawberry margarita can contain upwards of 300 to 600 or even more calories in just one serving? Keep your goals in mind and stay on track with bistroMD's guilt-free, frozen strawberry margarita, weighing in at just 130 calories per serving.
Fizzy Blueberry Mint
But if you are more of a blueberry fan... Lighten up the spring menu with a refreshing blueberry mint cocktail!
The shining sun and waving American flag during the 4th of July warrants cold and patriotic drinks during the hot summer season.
Whether cold, hot, or sun brewed, sometimes it is hard to beat a refreshing glass of iced tea during a warm summer's day. Join bistroMD's tea party with these nine refreshing iced tea recipes!
On a warm summer day, pouring out and sipping on a simple, yet refreshing glass of lemonade is hard to bargain with. And by mixing up these lemonade recipes at home, you can reduce the large abundance of sugars and other preservatives generally added to prepackaged and store-bought lemonade packets and bottled products.
4th of July-Inspired Drinks
From berry good champagne to a bomb pop drink, look no further than these 10 patriotic drink recipes for the 4th of July (or to enjoy during any time for that matter)!