If you’re like most people, giving up liquor is not an option, especially after a stressful week at the office. In your quest for a healthy glass of boozy perfection, we’ve got a list of drinks that have made the cut based on their nutrient value, likelihood of providing vegetable and fruit servings, caloric density, amount of antioxidants, sugar level, any medicinal elements, and flavor.
Gin and Whiskey
Flavor is not always an indication that the drink has been prepared with unhealthy ingredients. Depending on the brand, bourbon typically sees between 97 and 110 calories for every 1.5 ounces of liquid goodness. That means for a small margin of additional calories, you get a ton of flavor that will leave your tummy feeling satisfied rather than hollow (like with vodka). Gin’s calorie count lies in the same range. Order these beverages either on the rocks or neat, as adding sugary mixers will negate the purpose of drinking either of these options.
Besides for the combination of healthy ingredients, the Michelada is known for being a delicious hangover cure. Among the additives is lime juice; its high level of vitamin C content can help support the immune system and neutralize agents called free radicals, which can wreak havoc on skin cells. The spicy-tang flavor of the drink can be attributed to the hot chili peppers. Besides aiding in digestion, chili peppers are recognized for their ability to increase metabolism and diminish hunger cravings. In addition to the sea salt, which restores electrolytes, Michelada contains Worcestershire sauce. The sauce is high in B6, preserving the healthy functioning of the nervous system, as well as vitamin C, vitamin K, antioxidants, and niacin.
Along with being crammed with antioxidants, red wine contains iron, magnesium, and potassium. It’s a tasty option with a reasonable calorie level – ranging between 100 and 120 per every 5-ounce glass.
A vodka soda is typically the first drink people recommend when you share that you’re watching your weight. While it is certainly a low-calorie drink – averaging 96 calories for every 1.5 ounces, this beverage option offers zero nutritional benefits.
Despite its thickness, Guinness actually possesses a reasonably low-calorie count for a beer, with 128 calories in every 12 ounces. More importantly, it contains a variety of nutrients because it’s crafted from whole grains rather than lager. Furthermore, research has shown that the beer’s antioxidant value is comparable to red wine.
For a classic drink that’s packed with flavor and health benefits, look no further than a Manhattan. In addition to the advantages of Bourbon (discussed above), the drink contains Vermouth, a fortified wine, and bitters, which fortifies the digestive track and eases an upset stomach.
Typically enjoyed as a delicious brunch treat, mimosas contain champagne, which is rather dense in calories, but provides a ton of nutritional value in the form of antioxidants. The drink also consists of the following: vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, calcium, vitamin B6, and thiamine. For a twist on the traditional drink, you can substitute orange juice for grapefruit juice, which is praised for its fat-burning properties.