This festive, refreshing Pomegranate Thyme Fizz recipe has only 5 ingredients and is a healthier option if you’re looking for something to replace cocktails made with sugary mixes. And since it’s the Holidays, I also share some tips for drinking in a healthier way this holiday season. Realistically, many of us are going to drink alcohol even though we know it’s not good for us. Why? Mainly because of the social aspect of it–we associate it with fun and good times.
So, if we’re going to drink, why not do it in a way in which we feel good afterwards and without sabotaging our health goals?
6 Tips for Healthier Drinking
1. Choose Alcohols with Lower Toxins
Since it’s the toxins in alcohol that that are responsible for making us feel bad afterwards, try to choose drinks that are lower in toxins.
It’s best to avoid grain-based alcohol because of the high levels of toxins. Beer and red wine generally have the most toxins and liquors such as vodka the least. See this infographic for the full list of the best types of alcohol to drink and ways to hack a hangover.
Wine isn’t as healthy as we’ve been led to believe—you’d need to drink a ton of it to get any beneficial antioxidants, plus it’s full of sugar, mold toxins, and chemicals. However, Dry Farms Wine uses a different manufacturing process so it’s low-alcohol, sugar free, and organic. It’s also approved by Bulletproof’s Dave Asprey and paleo expert Mark Sisson. Read more in this article. (I’m not an affiliate).
What’s the best kind of alcohol? It’s the one that feels best for you. Listen to your body. How does it feel after drinking a certain drink? For example, if wine gives you a headache, you probably don’t want to drink it.
2. Avoid Sweet Cocktail Mixes
Yes, they taste good but they’re high in calories and are usually made from nasty corn syrup. Sugar is the biggest enemy to our health as it leads obesity, insulin resistance and diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Plus, sugar can help make hangovers worse too. Quality ingredients like tea, chocolate powders, and fruits such as lemons, limes, pineapple and berries can add extra flavor without the sugar. Coconut water adds sweetness and replaces electrolytes that alcohol depletes too.
3. Eat First
Have something to eat before you drink alcohol so it isn’t absorbed as quickly. What you eat before you drink alcohol mitigates the effects of it, like protein, fats, and high-fiber carbohydrates.
4. Drink Water
Drink a glass of water along with each alcoholic drink you consume, which will help your body dilute the toxins and help counteract the dehydrating effects of the alcohol.
I like to add sparkling water like San Pellegrino to drinks to dilute them and make them last longer. It’s a great substitute for alcohol too as it’s sparkling and refreshing and feels like you’re drinking something more than water.
5. Take Supplements and Replenish Nutrients
- Before drinking, take Vitamin C, and NAC or glutathione to help detoxify the alcohol
- Take a B complex to replace B vitamins
- After drinking, take a couple of capsules of activated charcoal or zeolite clay to absorb the alcohol toxins
- Bone broth and coconut water help restore electrolytes. These could be added to a cocktail or taken separately
- Have some collagen powder—drinking depletes collagen and causes wrinkles
6. Drink Slowly and Mindfully
Slowing down will make it easier to keep track of how much you’re drinking and slow down the effects of the alcohol.
If you’d like to try making your own healthier cocktail recipes, I recommend The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking: (Cocktails Without Regrets) by Ariane Resnick. It has all kinds of unusual recipes with healthy ingredients. I bought it for my stepdaughter for Christmas, and I think she’ll love it.
Back to the Pomegranate Thyme Fizz.