So you started the year off with a cleanse or on a mission to change your eating habits for the better but by this time of the year most of our New Year’s resolutions are just distant memories or been put off until next year, especially when it comes to what we eat and drink. But is it possible to have your cake and eat it too, particularly when it comes to alcoholic beverages? Is there such a thing as healthy alcoholic drinks?
In an article on Gizmodo Ms Maren Robinson, a certified nutritional consultant and master of public health was asked what in her opinion is the healthiest alcoholic drink?
It was pointed out that as she is a holistic nutritionist she doesn’t count calories but looks at the heath profile of a drink, so don’t expect to lose weight if you drink these. She considered nutrient value, caloric density, potential for obtaining fruit and vegetable servings, sugar content, antioxidant level and medicinal properties, as well as flavour.
- Vodka Soda
Ingredients: Vodka, Soda water
Although this may not be the most exciting cocktail on the menu, it is low in calories because vodka only has 96 calories and soda water has none.
The writers of the Gizmodo article say the second option is the best because vodka soda is so boring. Here’s what they say you should drink,
Ingredients: lager, limes, Worcestershire sauce, Valentina hot sauce, black pepper, sea salt, ice.
Why it’s good for you,
They say the beer is made from barley, rice, and other grains) that can fill a daily carb quota and counts as an energy food. There are also plenty of good light beers available.
Lime juice has vitamin C which boosts immune support and neutralises free radicals that damage skin cells and tissues.
Sea salt helps to replenish lost electrolytes. And Mexican Valentina hot sauce…
Mexican Valentina hot sauce is made from hot chilli peppers. So are the alternates — Cholula, Tapatio or even Tabasco or Buffalo, and as a last resort, Texas Pete or Red Devil. Studies have proven that chillis have can reduce appetite and increase metabolism, helping you eat less and burn what you do eat faster. Studies have also shown that capsaicin (the oil that makes peppers spicy) may help in fighting prostate cancer. Chillis are also used in many countries as a digestive aid.