Skinny Seasonal Spirits
‘Tis the season for galas and get-togethers galore! Whether you’re celebrating the season with friends, family, or colleagues, you’re bound to be surrounded by good wine and good times. As acac West Chester nutritionist and registered dietitian Margaret Moses says, “With all of the parties happening, it’s easy to lose track of how many calories you’re consuming through alcohol.” In fact, the average person gains four to six pounds over the holiday season. Read on for recipes and a few simple swaps that will keep your cocktails skinny and your spirits high during the holiday season!
(makes three drinks)
1 cup light pomegranate juice
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 ounces rum
3/4 teaspoon Stevia
1 1/2 cup champagne
handful of pomegranate seeds
ice cubes, as desired
Fill pitcher with ice cubes and mix pomegranate juice, lime juice, rum, sugar, and champagne together. Add pomegranate seeds to individual glasses as you fill for a decorative touch that is both festive and flavorful!
(makes one drink)
fresh rosemary sprigs
1 lemon, juiced – save peel
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 ounces gin
3 ounces club soda
Muddle the rosemary with lemon juice and honey. Fill glass with ice, pour gin, and top off with club soda. Use lemon peel as decoration.
(makes two drinks)
2 cups skim milk
1 cup creme de menthe
1/2 cup low-fat chocolate liquer
Stir ingredients together and serve chilled.
Margaret also recommends to “try and limit your alcohol consumption, drink water between drinks, have a healthy meal before going out, and savor each drink!” If you definitely want to consume alcohol, try these simple swaps to cut down on calories:
- drink light beer instead of regular beer (saves 50+ calories per drink!)
- drink champagne instead of white wine (saves 30+ calories per drink!)
- drink a vodka tonic instead of a screwdriver (saves 70+ calories per drink!)
- drink a traditional martini instead of a flavored martini (saves 60+ calories per drink!)
However and with whomever you celebrate, we hope you have a safe and very merry holiday! All acac clubs will be closed on December 25th for Christmas Day. Please check with your local acac for specific holiday schedules.