There are four remaining holidays for 2012 and right now is a great time to get your new year’s resolution on the right track with a healthy diet regime to position yourself for success in 2013.
Planning for the holiday season can be nerve-racking. However, beating holiday shopping angst and relaxing responsibly is always a welcome and available option on the menu.
Below are four healthy cocktails that are perfect for a lead up to the new year celebration. All of these cocktails are appealing both aesthetically and economically, which comes as a relief to all, by keeping the pounds off and keeping more money in your pocket.
Perfect for Halloween: The Bloody Mary: About 129 Calories
Alternative: The Bloody Gin, found in the The Socialite’s Guide To: 99 Simple Signature Cocktail Recipes book – www.CristalCarrington.com
This classic cocktail has Lycopenes which are found in tomatoes. If served with a side of celery, this spooky holiday drink will keep you physically fit to ward off all the ghouls and goblins in your path.
Lycopenes: Are the pigment that give tomatoes their red coloring.
Have strong antioxidant power with some studies showing a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Celery: Has almost no calories, high calcium content & helps in controlling high blood pressure.
Perfect for Thanksgiving: The Hot Toddy: About 113 Calories
The hot toddy is a wonderful warm cocktail that even grandmother will enjoy. You may want to incorporate spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and honey to create your own special blend. Since this drink is made with tea, you can stay on track for your weight loss goals and still enjoy family time around the table.
Tea: Tea can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of cancer and lower the risk of heart disease in addition to regulating your body weight.
Honey : Honey contains powerful antioxidants with antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Perfect for Christmas: The Chocolate Martini: About 150 Calories
Creamy and chocolaty martinis are what Christmas is made of. Couple premium vodka and Baileys with sugar-free chocolate syrup, or garnish the rim with unsweetened cocoa powder to cut calories and you are in for a winter wonderland in a glass. Don’t forget to include the peppermint stick for an extra delicious bonus.
Chocolate: Studies have suggested the flavanols in cocoa could play a role in treating stroke and dementia.
Perfect for New Years Eve: The Sparkling Crantini: About 239 Calories
Cranberries, Champagne and Gin are the quintessential mixture for holiday parties around the fireplace.
Cranberries: Helps soothe kidney and bladder problems and has anti-aging properties.
Skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema can all be healed with the use of cranberries.
Inspiration for this article was provided by The Socially Savvy Radio show, hosted by LB Dutchess and Jason Rendon on Blog Talk Radio. A link to their show can be found at http://tiny.cc/SociallySavvy, where they talk about all things related to the fabulous life and how to make each and every moment a socially savvy one.
*Guests of the show: Chef Kristen, Cristal Carrington and Andre Carthen, Chef for Janet Jackson & Design Ambassador/Chef at Kathy Ireland Worldwide.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!