Liquor sales have increased due to the uncertain times 2020 has brought.
While alcohol might not be the healthiest option, there are some drinks that have health benefits. Dr. Myles Spar, Chief Medical Officer of Vault Health, has expert recommendations for some healthier options. These are great for those who are looking to lose weight and get fit right before the holidays.
We have all heard that having a glass of red wine a day can actually provide healthy bonuses. Studies have shown that red wine has benefits for your heart. Mayo Clinic preformed a study that found red wine contains antioxidants that help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It can also protect blood vessels and inhibit clotting. Even more research has been found regarding red wine on brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
A Bloody Mary tends to have a lower caloric content and a high nutritional value due to its contents. Tomato juice is filled with different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like lycopene. This has been shown to protect against heart disease and certain types of cancer. Blood Mary’s are often garnished with a celery stalk or different vegetables that add nutrients like vitamin K, folates, and fiber. Adding spice to the cocktail will increase satiety and fat intake.
Margaritas or Mojitos
More often than not, mixers are filled with tons of sugar. Dr. Myles Spar recommends using freshly squeezed juices instead of mixers. Eliminating soda, juice, and even tonic water will cut back on the amount of sugar being consumed. Spar also recommends doing a Mojito if a refreshing cocktail is desired.
Hot Toddys tend to be enjoyed during the cooler months. Traditionally made with whiskey, lemon, honey, and boiling water, this cocktail can help relieve cold symptoms. Hot drinks promote mucus secretion, which helps fight against bacteria and other viruses and sweet drinks can help elevate that even more.
Vodka & Soda or Martini with Olives
These cocktails are good for people who are looking to watch their weight. Dr. Spar suggests adding frozen grapes to a vodka and soda for some extra flavor but still keeping things healthy. Martinis that made with vodka or gin, olive juice, and olives have heathy monounsaturated fats. Be sure to skip the blue-cheese stuffed olives if you want to keep things on the lower calorie side.