Mocktails for the Holidays

A lot of us enjoy a holiday cocktail or two but the extra sugar and calories add up quickly. And if you are anything like me, you not only will want your cocktail and you will have your eyes on the dessert table before you even finish your drink. A few tips to fight off some of the extra sugar and calories when you are enjoying your holiday parties this season:

1. Eat some healthy foods before you go to the party.
Carrots, broccoli, turkey, chicken, boiled egg, avocado etc. This way you won’t be starving set yourself up for reaching for the nearest food as soon as you arrive at your party.

2. Drink a full glass of water between each cocktail.
If you know you are going to have a few drinks, be sure to stay hydrated to avoid the cruddy headache-dry mouth-terrible food craving-slow brain movementĀ the next morning as well as making poor choices later in the evening. Drinking a glass of water between each cocktail will help with this and fill you up a little too.

3. Opt for a “mocktail.”
By choosing to go this route you will cut out a lot of un-needed sugar, calories and headache the next morning. Think soda water or club soda meets juice and voila you have yourself a fizzy little treat.

A few tasty recipes for Mocktail options – if you are hosting, aim to purchase and provide juices that are pure without added sugar and other ingredients. If you are a guest at a party, try to choose the best juice option available with least amount of extra sugar added. You can still serve these in festive glasses and make it fun. If you have a blender, try blending fresh fruit plus the ice and add in a small amount of the soda water.

Pomegranate Fizz – 3 parts soda water/club soda, 1 part pomegranate juice and a lime wedge

Sunrise Fizz – 3 parts soda water/club soda, 1 part pineapple juice, 1 part cranberry juice

Orange Fizz – 3 parts soda water/club soda, 2 parts orange juice

Lime Squeeze – 3 parts soda water/club soda, 2-3 fresh squeezed limes

Mint Fizz – 4 parts soda water/club soda, muddled fresh mint leaves

Get creative with this, start thinking about your favorite healthy juice or fruit and how you might make that in to a festive drink. Time to celebrate, cheers!

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