Health & Fitness

By Jasmin Guleria

I’m not one to advocate alcoholic beverages to the healthy conscious, but let’s face it – sometimes imbibing is fun. So this month let’s look at BN’s Top 5 Alcoholic Beverages. So, enjoy a glass (or two) of when the craving just happens to strike.

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1) Red Wine – By now we’ve all heard of the positive heart-healthy benefits of a glass of vino. This flavorful drink is known to improve blood pressure, may prevent cancer, circulation, and heart health. Plus, if you’re watching calories red wine is the way to go – a 4oz. glass will only set you back 100 calories. Want to learn more? Check out this website: www.red-wine-and-health.com.

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2) Pomegranate Martini – If you’re in the mood for a drink that is a bit more exotic, request this fruity mix. With its Vitamin C and potassium content, along with its high level of flavonoids and potent antioxidants, pomegranate juice is one of the most healthful beverages around. Studies have shown that this sweet fruit’s juice may even protect you from heart disease and cancer!

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3) Green Tea Martini – Green tea has truly spread across all food types. There are green tea cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, and now even martinis! The mix of Green Tea and liquor not only tastes amazing to a tea connoisseur, but also gives you the added benefits of green tea’s primary anti-oxidant, EGCG, which is known to kill cancer cells, lower cholesterol, and aide in preventing heart disease.

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4) Diet Coke and Rum – Although not as exotic as the martinis mentioned above, if you’re counting carbs and calories this staple will only run you 130 calories and 0 carbs. Definitely a dieting DO!

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5) Mimosa – Start your Sunday brunch off right with this combination of freshly squeezed orange juice and champagne. The Vitamin C in O.J. helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, while the polyphenols in champagne protect the brain from injuries incurred during a stroke and other ailments – talk about a great way to start off the morning!

Now – for most of these drinks, it’s the add-ons to the alcohol that make the beverage healthy. You will obviously get more heart-healthy antioxidants from drinking green tea and eating pomegranate seeds and oranges than from sipping the cocktails that use these ingredients. However, indulging in a cocktail now and again is common and instead of drinking sugar-laden margaritas containing zero health benefits, you might as well sip on one of our top 5 healthy cocktail suggestions. Just remember moderation is key to enjoying a safe and healthy cocktail experience!

Originally published March 2008
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