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What’s The Healthiest Alcoholic Beverage To Have With A Meal?
When it comes to weight loss and healthy eating, alcoholic drinks are often a controversial subject. Some diets, like the viral Vogue Diet, encourage drinking alcohol with every meal, while others encourage you to cut down almost completely on alcohol consumption.
Both extremes are somewhat unrealistic, but there are some alcoholic beverages that are healthier than others for pairing with meals. Low-calorie alcoholic beverages are a better choice for weight loss, and the health benefits of alcoholic drinks that are low in carbs are impressive.
So, let’s take a look at the healthiest alcoholic drinks to have with your meals.
Robust Red (Or White) Wine
Red wine is renowned for its health benefits, especially when it comes to heart health, reduced risk of dementia, and lowering blood sugar. Red wine is a popular choice for pairing with meals, and you can easily have a glass of wine with dinner or lunch with no negative effects on your calorie intake or weight loss. Choose a natural red wine or white wine, as these have fewer additives and empty calories.
A mojito is one of the more popular alcoholic drinks for party-goers, but because they have a lower calories count than other sugary drinks, mojitos can easily be paired with a healthy meal. Rum is a distilled spirit, which is a heart-healthy choice, and it is combined with fresh mint and lime juice for mojito cocktails. Ask for less sugar and more mint or lime juice when ordering or forego the sugar altogethe.
Whiskey is one of the most antioxidant-rich alcoholic drinks available. And, not only does it have a low-calorie count, but it can also help you to lose weight, improve your heart health, and can even increase good cholesterol. Opt for whiskey on the rocks to eliminate sugar and calories, or choose soda water for a delicious whiskey sour. .
Many people see tequila as a hard-partying alcoholic drink. And, while this might be true, some research has shown that drinking or consuming the agave tequila plant can have positive effects on calcium absorption and bone health. Clear alcoholic drinks also have the lowest calorie count, so can be paired with healthy snacks without possible weight gain
Sippable Vodka Soda
Vodka is clear alcohol, making it one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks you can sip on. Because soda water is simply water with carbonation, there is no added sugar, so your calorie intake for the night will be limited. Add a fresh squeeze of lime juice for a zesty twist, or replace the soda water with sparkling water for a bubbly experience.
Champagne is not only for special occasions. It is a sparkling white wine that can have more benefits than normal white wine, and because it can be easily combined with orange juice (for a delicious mimosa) or grapefruit juice, you can add Vitamin C to your evening tipple. Adding champagne to your diet should be done in moderation, as some variants might have too much sugar in each serving.
Good Old Guinness
Now, beer might not sound like one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks but Guinness is known for being better booze. A low-calorie count, better nutrition value, and antioxidants, B vitamins, and soluble fibre make Guinness a highly popular beer choice with both women and men. However, if you are interested in weight loss, it is best not to pair beer with carb-heavy foods – stick to food with fewer calories and sugar.
Tasty Gin And Tonic
Gin is another choice for the healthiest alcoholic beverages, especially as it is not made using any sugar or additives (for the most part). Gin is made by distilling grain and juniper berries, and some florals are added for additional flavours. If you avoid those with added sugar and flavour and stick to tonic water and ice, you can have a leisurely (healthy) lunch with a G&T on the side.
Everything In Moderation
While you can enjoy drinks with your meals, you should always keep alcohol consumption to a moderate level and make healthy choices for both your meal and your beverage. Red wine and “hard” or distilled spirits are the best choices (when paired with ice or soda water), as well as beers with fewer calories. So, you can finally raise your glass to a (healthy) boozy lunch!