Thursday, May 16, 2024

A Little Naughty, But Mostly Nice Holiday Drinks

One of the things I often hear from clients is that they don’t want to give up their wine or other alcoholic beverages. I am a big believer in balance, and sometimes that may mean having a drink, especially when you’re celebrating the holidays with your family and friends. To get the most value out of your alcoholic beverages, take a look at my tips and recipes for healthier versions of classic favorites.

Best drinks at the party:

Organic Red Wine – red wine has the highest level of antioxidants and resveratrol, which has shown to have some heart-healthy benefits. One 5-ounce glass contains only 100 calories. Try Avignonesi brand—the owner that created this organic winery is committed to only using sustainable and biodynamic practices. These wines are available at Total Wine and More.

Organic White Wine– One 5-ounce glass contains 120 calories. I like Frey Vineyard Organic Wines. Their winemaking techniques actually avoid the use of sulfites, which can cause headaches and allergic reactions for some people.

Champagne/Sparking Wine/Prosecco – Each glass is usually 4 ounces and has 80-90 calories. Try Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut—it’s 11% alcohol and has about 2 grams of sugar per glass.

Z-Tips:

  • Drink flavored Italian Sparkling Water from champagne flutes in between alcoholic beverages to reduce alcohol consumption and stay hydrated. Try raspberry/lemon or the strawberry flavors.
  • Avoid martinis, and instead, have your drink on ice. As ice melts, it will dilute alcohol and make your drink less concentrated, so it’ll be easier for your body to process it.
  • Substitute dairy milk and cream for almond milk and coconut cream. Plant-based milks are cholesterol free, and they offer additional benefits like vitamin E and good-for-you fats.

Recipes:

Pineapple Vodka Cocktail

Craving a mixed Vodka drink? Combine healthy green juices with vodka for a balanced mixed drink.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Pina KaleLotta from OnJuice.com
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • Fresh wedges of pineapple

Mix ingredients in a glass with ice. Decorate with a wedge of pineapple.

Vegan Eggnog

When you’re in the mood for old-fashioned eggnog, try this cholesterol-free recipe that will give you all the flavor, as well as extra protein and fiber that a traditional drink won’t.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Califia Farms Eggnog Flavored Almond Milk
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 10 ounces extra-firm sprouted tofu
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rum or brandy (optional)

Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender. Enjoy!

Alina Z.
Alina Z.http://alinaz.com
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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