Happy Spring🌸, Burst family!
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you’re dusting off your patio furniture. It’s that time of year when nothing beats hanging outside with a refreshing cocktail (after an awesome class at Burst of course🙂).
Last week the Burst blog shared tips on how to enjoy a cocktail while being conscious of your goals. Being a dietitian, I’m frequently asked about alcohol. What should I drink? What should I avoid? Today, I’m sharing my thoughts and one of my favorite drink recipes!
First, I want to start by saying I’m not endorsing alcohol intake (especially for anyone under 21 or those with medical conditions that can be affected by alcohol). I do, however, think it’s important to talk about. Drinking alcohol often goes hand in hand with being social and being social is a key component to emotional health. I strongly believe that emotional health is just as important as physical health, both greatly impact one another. So let’s get back to it.
As mentioned in the blog last week, one of the best ways to avoid extra calories and sugar in alcoholic drinks is to simply mix a liquor with water or soda water. Although different liquors (of the same proof) don’t have drastic calorie differences, they do vary in sugar content. Clear liquors, such as vodka, tequila, and gin, are generally free of sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Vodka or tequila + soda water + fresh squeezed lime is my go-to drink when I’m ordering at a restaurant or bar.
If I’m not feeling my go-to, my next two choices are a glass of wine or a margarita (handmade!).
Wine. Wine contains less sugar than many mixed drinks, but keep in mind, the sweeter the wine, the more sugar it contains. Red or white? I say go with what you like. Red wine contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants known to help protect the lining of the blood vessels in your heart, but in order to reap the benefit, you have to drink a lot more than a couple glasses. If drinking red wine is your plan to keep your heart healthy, I would tell you to come get your heart pumping at a Burst class instead. 💗
Margarita. When paired with some fresh corn tortilla chips and homemade guacamole, I’m in heaven. When I order a margarita, I always ask if they are handmade, as opposed to a mix. Drink mixes usually contain a ton of sugar or are loaded with artificial sweeteners 👎🏻. The definition of ‘margarita’ is: tequila, triple sec, and lime or lemon juice. No super sugary, 30+ ingredient, mix included.
When I’m enjoying a drink at home, it’s even easier to make a tasty cocktail that is low in sugar (and calories). Below is my recipe for the very refreshing Adult Cherry Limeade.
Vodka-I have a thing for Tito’s, but use the vodka of your choice!
Cerise Limón (Cherry Lime) LaCroix– I could write an entire blog about my love for LaCroix. LaCroix is (naturally) flavored sparkling water. It contains no sugar, sodium, or artificial sweeteners. It comes in several flavors, but cherry lime is one of my favorites! You can buy LaCroix at most grocery stores.
Tart Cherry Juice- The brand doesn’t matter, as long as it’s 100% juice, no sugar added. The juice still contains sugar (coming naturally from the fruit), but the recipe only calls for a splash. This particular brand is sweeter than some I’ve used in the past. It contains a few other natural fruit juices- apple, grape, and pear, but typically the no sugar added, pure fruit juices are not super sweet.
Mix: 1 part vodka, 3 parts LaCroix, a splash of cherry juice (1-2 Tbsp), fresh squeezed lime juice
Cheers! Want to share a drink with your Burst fam? Sign up for a Friday Happy Hour Ride! There is no better way to kick off the weekend. Geri will pump you up on the bike, and a drink on Burst will wind you down post spin. Keep your eyes peeled for the next happy hour ride announcement!
Questions? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!