Tone It Down On Cocktails? Our Advice On Sippin’, But Not Slippin’!
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, which is usually filled with lots of celebrations — and some beer, wine, or cocktails! Hint, hint: We MAY just have a healthy cocktail for ya tomorrow…if you’re lucky! ; ) Before we get into the spirit, we wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the best ways to fit alcohol into your Tone It Up Nutrition Plan approved lifestyle.
We get questions about this topic a lot. You already know this, but we’re the last trainers to ever tell you that you can’t have that glass of wine or champagne at a girlfriend’s birthday. We want you to enjoy your life! It’s not “cheating” to have some vino with girlfriends or enjoy a cocktail on date night. (Ya know we don’t believe in the word “cheat” anyway!) Like sweet treats, we usually associate drinks with celebrations and special occasions. So savor those moments as part of your balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Read on for all the deets on how to sip smart. Cheers, babe! 🍷🍾
Enjoy in moderation
Ya know we love our vino on #WineNotWednesday. But it’s all about keeping things in moderation. (We keep our shots to espresso!) We recommend sticking to 1 – 2 drinks, 2 – 3 nights per week. We usually pick Wednesday and a day or two on the weekend, but it’s totally up to you.
When we do want a drink, we go for wine, champagne, or clear alcohol. Wine contains antioxidants for some heart-healthy perks and clear alcohol has fewer calories and congeners, a compound that can cause more severe hangovers, than dark liquors. If you’re making a mixed drink, choose high-quality ingredients and steer clear of sugary mixers. Instead, muddle fresh berries or mint in your drink. Yum! We also like to mix our wine with sparkling water for a refreshing spritzer!
Dine before your drink
Eat a healthy dinner before you sip. Drinking on an empty stomach causes the alcohol to go right into your bloodstream, which makes you feel the effects more quickly and feel worse the next day. Having food in your stomach, especially healthy protein, fats, and carbs, helps slow down the absorption.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
We can’t say this enough! We always have a glass of still or sparkling water between each drink. This keeps you hydrated, helps prevent hangovers, and you still have a glass in your hand!
And if booze isn’t your thing…
Of course it’s totally fine to skip it altogether. Whatever is best for you, girl! We love to put kombucha or sparkling water with lime in a wine glass, too! Check out the benefits of kombucha HERE! And we have some more delish non-boozy sips HERE!
If you do feel like having a drink, here are some of our fave healthy cocktails:
And check back tomorrow for a brand new sip!