Happy New Year!!
Healthier New Years Cocktails
New Years Eve is right around the corner!
Which usually means COCKTAILS!!
I used to be fun and go out on New Years Eve! Hopefully I will be able to again soon, but with a husband that works nights and a 1-year-old at home, I better be patient 🙁 But if I were going out, I would want a healthier option that wouldn’t leave me feeling terrible in the morning!
Here you will find a selection of tips & recipes for healthy, responsible drinking for diabetics + everyone!
Tips for Healthier Drinking
Many people like to enjoy a few drinks during the holidays, and with New Years Eve just a few days away, it is a perfect time to talk about healthy alcohol consumption! Like all components of a healthy lifestyle, alcohol consumption should be enjoyed in moderation. The American Diabetes Association defines moderation as 1 alcoholic drink per day for women and 2 alcoholic drinks per day for men.
- A single alcoholic drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of liquor
- Alcoholic beverages contain calories, and often times a LOT of calories, depending on what you’re drinking, so be smart!
- It’s all about the mixer! While alcohol itself contains calories, your mixer doesn’t have to! To avoid additional calories and sugars opt for a low to no sugar mixer like club soda, seltzer, diet soda or light juices.
- Try a spritzer! A spritzer is easily made by mixing 1/2 proportion of wine with 1/2 proportion or club soda or seltzer. Add in a few fresh berries for a refreshing twist! When you make a spritzer you can drink two beverages because you’re cutting the amount of alcohol in half, so it feels like you can drink more at a social event or party.
- If you have diabetes, avoid super sweet cocktails that contain a lot of sugar or syrup and drinks that mix more than 1 type of alcohol.
- Never drink on an empty stomach, especially if you have diabetes! When you have diabetes and drink alcohol you risk experiencing hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, which can be harmful and even deadly. Drinking on an empty stomach can make you be more likely to experience hypoglycemia.
- Eat a healthy meal before drinking, particularly one that contains an even distribution of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. My sister, who is a Type 1 Diabetic, reports that if she plans on enjoying a few drinks she is sure to eat a heavy meal before hand to prevent hypoglycemia.If you are a diabetic:
- If you plan on having more than the recommended amount of drinks in one night, make sure someone you know and trust is with you in the event that you may experience hypoglycemia. If you are drunk, they can get you the help that you may need.
- If you have had too many drinks in one night, make sure to eat something before going to bed to prevent hypoglycemia while you are sleeping, which can be deadly.
For my Health in a Hand Basket News Segment on Good Day Rochester this week we featured this Reduced Carb Sangria from the American Diabetes Association + the non-alcoholic version! It was a big hit with everyone, and you can get the recipe below along with some other fantastic healthier cocktail recipes.
Reduced Carb Sangria from the American Diabetes Association
Mandarin Orange Cocktail Spritzer by Emily Kyle Nutrition
I hope you have a fun, safe, and responsible New Years Eve! I am looking forward to all of the fun and amazing things to come in 2016 and I hope you are too. If you’re going set a goal of getting healthy this new year, let me help you!