Cocktails Anyone?

You’ve been working real hard to achieve and maintain your summer bikini body. Great job! You know what, YOU DESERVE A DRINK! Of course we’re not talking about abusing alcohol and getting drunk. Instead, we suggest taking part in having a cocktail with friends or family to improve your life.

Over the years, the health benefits of drinking alcohol have been debated at great length. The verdict is in! Moderate consumption of alcohol can be good for your health. What do we mean by moderate? Lets make it SUPER easy for everyone. ONE DRINK A DAY! That’s the overall average of the moderate amount needed to providing health benefits. The pros to having a drink have been the subject of many studies. The Mayo Clinic lists it this way:

Health benefits of moderate alcohol use

Moderate alcohol consumption may provide some health benefits. It may:

  • Reduce your risk of developing heart disease
  • Reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack
  • Possibly reduce your risk of strokes, particularly ischemic strokes
  • Lower your risk of gallstones
  • Possibly reduce your risk of diabetes
So how about a cocktail that packs a real healthy punch? Some of these tasty libations can be loaded with awesome cancer fighting antioxidants. These ingredients include berries, citrus fruits, green teas, and coffee just to name a few.  We suggest you try these 3 delicious cocktails while you enjoy the rest of your summer. CHEERS!    

Blueberry-Lime Margarita

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup blueberry nectar
  • 1/4 cup seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons frozen limeade
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 ounces tequila, optional
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Coarse salt

PREPARATION

  1. Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 125 calories; 1 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 2 g fiber; 14 mg sodium; 147 mg potassium.

Citrus-Rum Punch

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 1/2 cups dark rum
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons green tea leaves, or 9 green tea bags
  • 1 bottle chilled Champagne, or sparkling wine
  • 1 1-quart bottle chilled seltzer water

PREPARATION

  1. Thinly slice both lemons and one orange. Combine the sliced fruit with rum in a bowl. Cover and let macerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in tea; let steep for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain into the rum mixture. Cover and chill.
  3. Just before serving, slice the remaining orange. Strain the rum mixture into a large punch bowl. Add Champagne or sparkling wine and seltzer. Float the orange slices in the punch.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 260 calories; 0 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 1 mg sodium; 65 mg potassium.

Island Limeade

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1/3-1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 ounces dark rum

PREPARATION

  1. Combine boiling water and sugar to taste. Stir until the sugar dissolves; chill. Add the lime juice to make limeade. Fill 4 tall glasses with ice and divide the rum among the glasses. Top with the limeade. Non-alcoholic variation: Omit the rum.

NUTRITION

Per cocktail: 182 calories; 0 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 7 mg sodium; 93 mg potassium.

Thank you to eating well for the awesome recipes.


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