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Healthy Drinking Options for the Holidays

Holidays are here and that means parties, which usually means drinking. If you don’t want to give up alcohol but would like to learn about the healthiest options to enjoy, then in this blog is for you.

Best alcoholic drinks at the party:

Organic or Bio-Dynamic Red Wine without sulfites added

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Red wine has the highest level of antioxidants and resveratrol, which has shown to have some heart-healthy benefits. One five-ounce glass contains only 100 calories. Check out the award-winning Coturri Winery that is famous for their Zinfandel. https://www.coturriwinery.com/

Organic or Bio-Dynamic White Wine without sulfites added

One five-ounce glass contains only 120 calories. My favorite kind is the organic award-winning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc by Kaimira Estate. http://kaimirawines.com/our-wines/kaimira-estate/

Champagne/Sparkling Wine/Prosecco

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Each glass is usually 3.5-ounces and has 70 calories. Check out Zonin Prosecco Grey Edition. It is 87 percent Glera and 13 percent Pinot Grigio giving this bottle a hint of apples and a light ginger finish. http://www.zoninprosecco.com/

 

Z-Tips:

  • Drink flavored sparkling water from champagne flutes in between alcoholic beverages to reduce alcohol consumption and stay hydrated. Try raspberry/lemon or the strawberry flavors of Whole Foods Italian Sparking Water.
  • Avoid martinis and instead have your drink on ice. As ice melts, it will dilute alcohol and make your drink less concentrated, therefore easier to process by your system.
  • Substitute dairy milk and cream for almond milk and coconut cream. Plant-based milks are cholesterol free and they offer additional benefits such vitamin E and good-for-you fats.
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.