Healthier Holiday Bevvies

by Head Health Nutter on December 12, 2010

The holiday season is in full swing and if your pants are already shrinking, read on! Every decision counts and today’s post gives us ammunition to start living our New Year’s resolutions now with healthier holiday drink choices.

Between taste-testing my baked holiday goodies and all the temptations offered at social gatherings, the indulgences are starting to add up – straight to my butt and thighs! I suspect many of you are experiencing the same struggles so we’ve planned several posts (including today’s) that focus on healthier holiday options.

Healthier Holiday Drinks

If you’re maintaining your weight with healthy eating and regular (and holistic) physical activity, you have the luxury of looking mainly at holiday drinks offering health benefits and not so much their caloric load. Try Steph’s Holiday Hot Apple Cider and Minty Hot Cocoa in Healthy Holiday Bevvies.

Oprah’s favourite doctors, Doc Oz and Doc Roizen (authors of the YOU series), suggest hot toddies, gin cocktails, mojitos and red wine instead of your usual picks (and tells us why) in Healthy Holiday Cocktails.

For those of us who want health benefits AND to be mindful of calories this season, knowledge is power! The MayoClinic lists common holiday drinks and their calories. And have some fun by choosing holiday drinks rated low on the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s chocolate kiss scale in Healthy Holiday Drinks.

While all alcohol has calories and most of them empty (i.e. deficient in nutrition), distilled spirits seem to be the best option if you’re watching your weight: they have no carbs and measure in at about 100 calories per ounce. Many sources warn about the hidden calories in mixes so try this one:

Holiday Cosmo-POM-itan

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 4 oz POM Cranberry
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • pomegranate seeds (for garnish)

Preparation

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add ingredients (except for garnish). Shake and strain into a martini glass and garnish with 5-6 pomegranate seeds.

Health benefits: With only 137.6 calories, this healthier cocktail option (a POM-tini) is great for the waistline and thanks to POM juice, packs a wallop in nutrients and antioxidants. POM also promises: no added sugars, preservatives or colours; good source of potassium; gluten-free; certified kosher; and flash pasteurized to retain both flavour and nutrients.

Nutritional Info

Calories 137.6

Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 15.4 mg
Potassium 228.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 18.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Sugars 17.8 g
Protein 0.5 g

Vitamin A 0.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 0.3 %
Vitamin C 0.5 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.1 %
Calcium 2.0 %
Copper 0.3 %
Folate 0.1 %
Iron 1.1 %
Magnesium 0.0 %
Manganese 0.0 %
Niacin 0.1 %
Pantothenic Acid     0.3 %
Phosphorus     0.2 %
Riboflavin 0.2 %
Selenium 0.0 %
Thiamin 0.2 %
Zinc 0.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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