Healthy Holiday Drink Recipes
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 are a time to gather with friends and family. This includes around the dinner table with rich, flavorful foods. Oh, and alcoholic beverages are also likely pairings during such celebrations.
While cheersing with loved ones is desired, you may be worried about derailing your weight loss efforts up until this point. But unlike popular belief, drinking alcohol can come with unhealthy strings attached!
Cut the fear of compromising health and weight loss goals with bistroMD's healthy, holiday drink guide. Also featured… Eight holiday drink recipes, including healthier variations to those often relished during the holiday season
Healthier Drinking 101
If drinking this holiday season, there are numerous tips to do so in a healthy manner.
First off, eating a balanced meal before or while drinking can slow down the absorption of alcohol. Also drink water with all alcoholic beverages to help keep the body hydrated.
Healthier drinking can also be achieved by understanding the calorie content of alcohol. 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 white or red wine
• Liquor: 100 calories per 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof spirits, including vodka, rum, tequila, and whiskey
The calorie content of alcohol is also dependent on the quantity and quality of the alcoholic beverage(s) as a whole.
To control quantity, men are encouraged to not exceed two alcoholic drinks per day. Women are advised to limit intake to one serving. Sticking to the suggested intake not only keeps calories in balance, but reduces the risk of harmful consequences to health.
In regards to the quality of the chosen drink, be mindful of added mixers. Besides, mixers commonly added to liquor can truly accelerate the sugar content. For instance, sodas, juices, and syrups can add on hundreds of unwanted and empty calories to mixed drinks.
One can reduce both added sugar and calories by limiting soft drinks, juices, and other concentrated simple syrups and sweeteners. Preparing these delicious healthy alcoholic drinks can also keep calories in check!
BistroMD's Low-Calorie Holiday Drinks
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 festive cocktail quite festive to the eyes! Utilizing pomegranate not only offers a rich, but an eye-appealing ruby red color along with powerful antioxidants.
BistroMD's purely pomegranate mojito recipe supplies a mere 90 calories and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
2. Fizzy Blueberry Mint Cocktail
These fizzy blueberry mint cocktails use simple ingredients, but they are full-bodied in flavor! Bring together the fresh zests of lime, orange, blueberries, and mint this holiday season.
The holiday drink recipe is featured on the rocks, but feel free to blend it with ice as desired.
3. Guilt-Free Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Conventional margaritas generally contain high amounts of sugar and pack on unwanted calories. In fact, just one 8-ounce margarita can provide upwards of 500 calories!
But sipping on bistroMD's guilt-free frozen strawberry margarita will take you to a tropical destination during the winter months. Oh, and keep the anticipated holiday weight off!
4. The Golden Apple Drink
The golden apple drink puts a healthier spin on alcoholic beverages on a favored classic while only providing 146 calories per serving. Truly, the warm flavors of spiced rum, butterscotch, and sparkling apple cider are ones to fall for!
Add sliced apples and cinnamon sticks are optional to elevate its appeal.
Additional Healthy Alcoholic Drinks
In addition to bartending bistroMD's holiday drink recipes, take a sip of these other healthy options.
5. Low-Carb Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Though traditionally sought-out during the holiday season, the cosmopolitan is often loaded with sugar largely due to cranberry juice. But do not discredit that favorite just yet!
Though this low-carb cosmopolitan cocktail recipe may be low in carb and sugar-free, it is ample in flavor.
6. Hot Toddy and 4 Delicious Variations
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 soothe 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! Delicious flavor variations include herbal, basil, orange, and chai toddies.
7. Peppermint Chocolate Martini
The seasonal appeal of mint pairs with the annual charm of chocolate! A healthified peppermint chocolate martini offers a unique twist to a traditional chocolate martini.
How? The healthy alcoholic drink uses tea bags, which reduces overall calorie content while adding depth to its flavor profile!
Additional featured healthy chocolate cocktails include a chocolate and citron cosmo and cherry chocolate espresso martini.
8. Skinny Spiked Eggnog
Eggnog is a holiday classic, though the high fat and calorie content is not so waist-friendly. This does not mean giving up it, though!
Lighten up and enjoy that favorite with this skinny spiked eggnog recipe without any ounce of guilt.