15th May 2015 | Blog
5 healthy ( or less unhealthy ) drinks for this weekend!
5 healthy ( or less unhealthy ) drinks for this weekend!
Let’s face it, it’s really hard to see the benefits of your ‘Healthy Spring Clean’ if you’re constantly getting roped into drinks with friends (and you must attend - the sun is shining, you’re desperate to know if Pete from IT will come out of his shell after a few shandies and that after work boozy beverage just tastes so much better in work clothes!)
However, lager makes you bloat and is full of carbs (one pint of lager is actually equivalent to a doughnut), spirits with sweet mixers are just sickly and full of sugar and one large glass of white wine has the same calories as a slice of Victoria sponge? Sorry to break that info to you people.
Anyway, how can you attend all the necessary social events and ward off that vino muffin top and post binge guilt?
We present to you 5 of the healthiest alcoholic drinks, all under 200 calories and buzzing with fantastic nutritional value. So, you can have that guilt free (ish) gulp - (although we must inform you that copious amount of any booze is and unfortunately never will be ‘healthy’ but we can definitely help you make it slightly healthier!)
Vodka, Soda and Fresh Lime
Ingredients: Vodka (we’ll leave the measure to you!), Soda water, fresh limes, ice.
Calories: Vodka averages 96 calories per 1.5 ounces. Soda water, of course, has no calories. Hooray!
We know, we know, you already fell asleep when you got to the word lime as it is so blimming boring. But it’s a reliable diet classic aka. ‘The Skinny B*@#$’.
Cram as many limes as the most probable tight bar man will give you for some flavour and also, did you know limes are good for women’s health? These citrus gems contain calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. One fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. Not bad for a tiny little fruit!
Ingredients: Mexican light lager, 2 limes, 2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsps. hot sauce, black pepper, sea salt, ice.
Calories: So this all weighs in at an impressive 160 calories or less - *pops on sombrero and does a happy dance*
Okay, don’t get put off as it sounds more like a minced beef recipe but this is so good for you. A spicy, salty twist on beer, the refreshing Michelada has a nice little gang of healthy stuff in it:
- Beer is made from cereals (barley, rice, and other grains) that can fill a daily carb quota. There are plenty of light lagers that come in at well under 100 calories. Corona Light will do or other Mexican light beer will do.
- Additional to our lime facts above, lime juice also has a ton of vitamin C in it, which boosts immune support and neutralizes free radicals that damage skin cells and tissues.
- Tabasco hot sauce is made from hot chili peppers. Studies have proven that chilis can reduce appetite and increase metabolism. Studies have also shown that capsaicin (the oil that makes peppers spicy) may help in fighting prostate cancer.
- Sea salt helps you replenish electrolytes.
- Worcestershire sauce is a healthy cocktail already. It has vitamin B6 foods—molasses, garlic, cloves and chili pepper extract—which help build red blood cells and maintain nervous system function. It's also full of antioxidants, vitamin C, the hard-to-get vitamin K, and niacin, which aids in digestion.
Skinny Gin and Grapefruit Cocktail
Ingredients: Gin (again, we’ll leave that measure to your hopefully sensible self!), 1 ounce of sugar-free simple syrup, 3 ounces of fresh Grapefruit juice, Ice
Calories: A very reasonable 110! Partay!
Yummy, now this has Summer written all over it! An ounce of 90-proof gin weighs in at approximately 73 calories. Create a simple, refreshing gin cocktail by using low-calorie mixers like sugar-free simple syrup and grapefruit juice to keep the calorie consumption down.
Very interestingly, possible health benefits of Grapefruit juice are:
- Weight loss - Grapefruit may not be a miracle weight loss food as touted in some previously popular fad diets, but consuming grapefruit as part of a healthy diet may just give you a little boost.
- Blood pressure and heart health - The powerful nutrient combination of fiber, potassium, lycopene, vitamin C and choline in grapefruit all help to maintain a healthy heart.
- Cancer - As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, grapefruit can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
- Digestion and regularity - Grapefruit, because of its water and fiber content, helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
Calories: They tend to range from about 110 to 130 for a five ounce glass, which ain't bad at all.
A bit of wine is actually pretty good for you. Red wine packs in a ton of nutritional value.
It contains 4-9% of your DRI of iron, 9.4 percent for potassium, and five percent of magnesium. But it is also filled with antioxidants – these include "flavanoids and nonflavanoids. Resveratrol (a nonflavanoid) has been shown to reduce blood clots and lower 'bad' cholesterol in rats."
Blueberry Ginger Bellini
Ingredients: ½ cup of blueberries, 1 tbsp. minced ginger, ½ tsp. Stevia leaf, Juice of ½ a lemon, 2 cups blueberry juice, Champagne
Calories: 185 (moving out of low-cal territory here – but calories aren’t everything!)
- Champagne: conventional wisdom held that red wine got its nutritional value from the grape skins (which are quickly removed from white wine), but it turns out that white wines have a ton of antioxidants too—they're just different antioxidants. Champagne is a sparkling white wine, though it's liable to be sweet and thus calorie-dense.
- Blueberries pack 14 milligrams of vitamin C per cup. They also may reduce the risk of heart disease in women, reduce cancer risk and fight UTI’s - like cranberries, blueberries contain substances that inhibit bacteria from binding to bladder tissue.
- Ginger is believed to reduce pain and inflammation, making it valuable in managing arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps. Ginger also has a warming effect and stimulates circulation.
Now before we sign out here, we’re not giving you license to go out and sink a bunch of these drinks and you will be a picture of health tomorrow. Bad news, that won’t happen. These are just some t plus favorite’s that are better than most out there. Drink these in moderation and we will follow up on our next blog about how to make sure you prep, limit the damage and follow up the next morning to make sure day 2 isn’t a write off. In the meantime though - behave!
Or, if you fancy missing that night on the tiles and getting super healthy, we recommended opting for t+multi vitamin! We know where the party’s at!