With a well-balanced diet and regular workout plan, some of us make a little room for reasonable alcohol consumption. There have been multiple studies suggesting the consumption of one alcoholic beverage per day can have health benefits. During the holiday season, however, many people overdo it. Not only could this lead to regrets, alcohol can really derail your diet plan and fitness goals. Alcohol will affect your balance and make balance training very difficult, even the next day! (Trust us, we teach Saturday morning classes!) Plus, alcohol contains seven calories per gram, and it’s mostly refined sugar which is immediately stored as fat. With that opening, you may decide not to drink at all. But if you are like us, you want something easy on the diet plan! Here are 3 low-sugar cocktails that will please your guests, your palate, and in moderation, won’t diminish your workout.
- Bright & Bubbly
1/4-ounce elderflower liqueur
Lemon twist to garnish
Chill or direct pour elderflower liqueur into champagne flute and top with champagne.
Garnish with lemon twist
5 sprigs rosemary
4-6 whole cranberries
1 tsp. agave nectar
1.5 ounces gin
Dash lemon juice
4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Soda water to taste
Mix first 3 ingredients into a shaker and stir until fragrant (about 10 seconds)
Add ice, gin, lemon, and bitters.
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass over fresh cubes. Top with a splash of soda water or serve as a martini
- Winter Warmer
2 oz. bourbon
1/8 or 1/4 cup spiced apple cider
4 ounces boiled water
Orange peel or wheel to garnish
Combine all ingredients into a mug and garnish. Enjoy responsibly!
Stay Balanced, friends!!!