The dreaded word calorie can be found on the back of most food and beverage items, including liquor. Therefore, you may want to consider healthier choices when making or ordering alcoholic drinks. On a lighter note, even sinfully indulgent alcoholic drinks can be updated with a healthful, fresh twist.
Try some of these new drink ideas, and tips for making your own favorite drinks healthier, this spring:
-choose light beers, wines, or cocktails with low-calorie mixers
-use mixers that are low in or have no calorie, fresh/light juices, or sugar-free syrups
-completely ditch the mixer! Try drinking flavor-infused liquors on the rocks instead of using a sugary mixer to avoid extra calories
-try coconut water as a mixer. While sweet and delicious, it has more vitamin nutrients (which can help keep you hydrated and avoid hangover symptoms) and less calories than the typical mixer.
-remember to drink plenty of water throughout the night! Drinking water in between alcoholic beverages can help reduce both the number of calories an alcohol you consume
A few fun drink ideas for the spring:
Wine Smoothie -Take your favorite white wine (also a healthier alcoholic drink choice) and blend together with a bag of frozen fruit smoothie (can be found at your local grocery store).
Peach Cocktail -To make this mouth-watering drink, you will need tequila, fresh lime juice, agave syrup, a blended fresh peach, and ice. Place all ingredients in a shaker, shake, and strain into a glass with ice.
Acai Champagne Cocktail -Make this simple and classy drink by pouring acai juice in a champagne flute and topping it off with sparkling wine.
When you are out with your girls this weekend or whipping up a quick nightcap, remember your health goals. Being healthy does not mean you have to sacrifice the things you enjoy! Your body will thank you.
Written by Ayanna Smith
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