New Years Eve is upon us, and I must admit, I love this time of year. This is the time when people look forward to new beginnings, signaled by another calendar year. And with the dawn of this new beginning, I (like many others) have always loved to celebrate with a cocktail or two.
But getting festive with a sipper or two can become rather calorie heavy, with people consuming more calories with the drinks they consume than they do with the food they eat. This year I decided to approach holiday drinking with health in mind- yes, it is possible to still enjoy a drink while being calorie and health conscious!
What to drink on New Years Eve if you’re avoiding calories
When choosing your New Years Eve libation aim to stick with champagne, white wine and clear liquors as they are the best bet when endeavoring to cut holiday calorie consumption. Besides, it’s far more fun toasting to a new year with something light and crisp!
The addition of cranberry juice not only amps up a drink with vitamin C, manganese and antioxidants, but it also adds a festive color punch to any holiday sipper. Pomegranates, also a lovely crimson hue, are rich in vitamin C, B6 and potassium, packing more heart-healthy antioxidants per glass than two glasses of red wine. Add pomegranate or cranberry juice to champagne for a perfectly festive and seasonal way to ring in the New Year!
How to avoid a hangover on New Years Day
I would be remiss not to talk about hangovers – they come with the territory of the New Years Eve celebration…but we can all do ourselves a favor by hydrating well with water the day before and the day after. But it doesn’t stop there. By mixing our favorite spirit with water – sparkling or still – and a splash of fresh juice, we help stave off or at least minimize the severity and duration of a hangover.
Staying hydrated is important any day of the year, but on New Year’s Eve it becomes especially important – you’ll thank yourself tomorrow morning!
It said many times, but it bears repeating, especially during the holiday season – PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. That’s the healthiest and most responsible decision you can make all year long. Beyond that, this is a time for enjoyment, so go ahead and have a drink – it can be done with health in mind!