Firstly, if you get the reference in the title, you are an awesome person with impeccable taste in movies !
Down to business. It’s only 2 more sleeps till the fat man comes, and the festive season is in full swing. Christmas parties usually mean one thing. Drinking. And drinking, while fun and delicious, is one of the easiest ways to add empty calories to your diet. It also makes you an epic dancer, but let’s just deal with the calorie issue today.
Alcohol not only adds to your calorie intake, it also does some other stuff to your body that will interfere with either weight loss or the avoidance of weight gain. For example. Unless you’re a hardcore alcoholic (no judgement) and you just pound shots all night, you probably mix your drinks with soft drink. BAM! Massive amounts of calories, right there. So that’s the first thing to tackle.
Let’s take a quick look at vodka. Not only my favorite, because it’s just so tasty and fun, but it’s also impressively low in calories, if you know how to mix it. Vodka lime and soda is only about 70 calories, while a Vodka lime and lemonade is around 150 calories. If you do you’re drunken alcohol maths correctly, you can have TWICE AS MANY drinks for the same calories. That’s 100% more Vodka. Top stuff !
So in the spirit (ha, see what I did there?) of being healthy, let’s just pretend that you’ve decided not to indulge in alcohol at all over Christmas. What are your alternatives?
Mocktails are the alternative !! They are fruity, festive and flavourful !
The Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie (An alternative to a Strawberry Margarita)
Vegan, serves 2
2 cups lemonade
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 large frozen banana
2 Tbsp raw cashews
1 cup coconut water (or regular) ice cubes
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
lemon slices and/or mint leaves for garnish
optional: fresh strawberries blended in
Blend and Serve!
Summer Fruit Punch
2 cups diced stone fruit, (apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines)
2 cups apricot juice
2 cups sparkling water
1 cup seltzer
Combine diced fruit, apricot juice, sparkling wine and seltzer. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses.
I’ll leave you with some wise words from one of my cinematic idols, Brian Flanagan
I am the last barman poet
I see America drinking, the fabulous cocktails I make
Americans getting stinky, on something I stir or shake
The sex on the beach
The schnapps made from peach
The velvet hammer
The Alabama slammer
I make things with juice and froth
The pink squirrel
The three-toed sloth
I make drinks so sweet and snazzy
The iced tea
The death spasm
The Singapore sling
America you’ve just been devoted to every flavor I got
But if you want to got loaded
Why don’t you just order a shot?