Let’s talk about alcohol and the holidays

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Happy New Year! *Drink glasses clink together, people kiss, fireworks outside*

If there’s one thing the New Year is synonymous with, it’s alcohol. And while that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, most times it is.

We’re by no means here to judge, but we are here to offer some advice to make your new year celebrations a little lighter, and a little more healthy.

First we’ll say this. Alcohol isn’t always the enemy. A glass of red wine every once in a while has actually been shown to help with heart health by preventing coronary artery disease (Mayo Clinic). But the key is moderation and the right kind of alcohol.

We all already know that alcohol can impair judgement and slow down our reflexes in the short-term, but long-term issues of overconsumption of alcohol also include: weight gain, liver damage, and even less gray and white matter in the brain (this matter is what helps your brain to function and keeps your nerves from being damaged).

So all that said. We’ve got a few drink options for you.

1. Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha

If you’re willing to try a dry new year…at only 55 calories and with just 10g of sugar, you’ll be hard pressed to find a festive drink as light! This takes less than 10 minutes to make and is sure to hit the spot of feeling like an adult drink (Link)

2. Warm Ginger Pear Cider

Move over apple cider, pear cider is here! This thick, creamy, winter warmer is the perfect swap out for your typical sugar cider or eggnog. (Link)

3. Low-Fat Eggnog

If you’d still prefer a boozy tipple…I’ll be honest – I’m a huge eggnog fan. Not a fan of what it does to my waistline though! This is thankfully, lighter in calories and not as bad on the sugar content (although it is still pretty high). Try this with the big eggnog fan in your life and see how they like it! (Link)

Calories: 159 kcal

Sugar: 16.7 g

4. Prosecco

This might feel like cheating – but it’s actually not! At between 80 and 120 calories a glass, and with less than 2g of sugar, Prosecco is actually a great option for low-impact holiday drinking. Just don’t drink too much!

Calories: 117 kcal

Sugar: 1.04 g

With Lifesum, tracking your healthy habits (and the not so healthy ones) becomes a breeze. We’ll help you pick the right food, and eat the right portion sizes, to reach your personal health goals.

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