Healthy ways to sip this holiday season
Did you know that December 5th is Repeal Day? Yes, today is the 79th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st amendment to the constitution which ended prohibition. This holiday season, many Americans will exercise this right at holiday party after party. However, cocktails don’t have to counteract your healthy living efforts. Consider these five tips on how to sip smart this holiday season:
Watch your portions
Just like our dinner plates, cocktail glasses have grown in size over the years. No longer are we poured the standard five ounce serving of wine, it’s more like ten ounces at a time!! Martini glasses are typically three times the size they used to be. Those calories add up quickly so be aware as you or the bartender makes your drink. Stick with five ounces of wine, twelve ounces of beer or one and a half ounces of hard liquor at a time.
Alternate your sips
Sip smarter by alternating your cocktails with six to eight ounces of water. Not only will you minimize your calorie intake, but you’ll also ensure that your morning won’t be too painful.
Stick to lower-cal spirits
Drinks like margaritas or fruit daiquiris are calorie bombs. There are certain drinks that can shake off hundreds of calories if you just know what to ask for. Wine, light beer and vodka-seltzer drinks are all excellent choices that will allow you to indulge without damage to your waistline. Dilute white wine with club soda to enjoy a sparkling cocktail with half the calories.
Consider a “mocktail”
If you want to avoid alcohol and unnecessary calories altogether, consider drinking a fun non-alcoholic beverage (also known as a mocktail). Mix club soda with smashed strawberries and a splash of lemon juice for a fizzy strawberry-lemonade. Mint, cucumber, and lime can be mixed with water or seltzer for a mojito effect. Just ask your bartender for a fun drink without the spirits.
Remember, you should ideally stick to one serving per hour to give your liver time to metabolize the alcohol. Sip slowly, savor your drink and enjoy the moment with friends. After all, the holidays are ultimately about togetherness, not cocktails!
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