This round up is a collection of the healthy Christmas drinks & cocktails you’d actually want to drink at a party if you’re the designated driver or just trying to stay healthy.
As a teetotaller who doesn’t drink full-sugar fizz I’m normally offered diet coke or sparkling water, or even worse (it does happen), tap water!
But just because I choose not to get drunk over the festive season doesn’t mean I don’t like a nice tasty drink and it certainly doesn’t mean I can’t join in all the fun of the party.
In fact quite the contrary, one of the reasons for staying off alcohol is that with being on the bipolar spectrum I’m often found at the centre of any crazy party shenanigans anyway (at least I’m not a teenager anymore too, my poor parents….) and alcohol isn’t a bright idea to add to the mix.
Sugar has been in the headlines a lot recently and for good reason. Too much created blood sugar fluctuations, withdrawal headaches and can result in excess calorie consumption and weight gain. Treats are fine, but over Christmas the amount of sugary drinks and treats consumed is a big reason that in total us Brits are set to gain, wait for it….20 million stone between us over Christmas!
Here’s some tasty, healthy, party-appropriate drinks you’d actually want to be served at a party. All are non-alcoholic, low sugar and calorie, and there’s some advice on drinking less alcohol, why and how to make some simple changes this Christmas without feeling like you’re missing out on the fun.
This contributes to one of your five a day but the sparkly pink is definitely party-worthy. Frozen berries are cheaper in Winter while they’re out of season.
Trying to lose weight? Alcohol puts a stop to that and slows down the rate at which your body burns fat stores. Here’s why you might want to cut back if you’re trying to lose weight:
On the other hand if you enjoy a drink (or few) is it possible to drink alcohol and still lose weight? Yes! I made a video to show you how:
Indigestion after too many goose-fat roast potatoes? Both ginger and vinegar are effective digestive aids. If the ingredients look out of your comfort zone then rest assured the ginger and honey completely override any thoughts you might have of tasting chip shop vinegar, since apple cider vinegar has a completely unique and pleasant taste.
Welsh Mum Christy gives us some ideas, plus there’s an indulgent chocolate peppermint hot chocolate recipe too!
With flavours such as mulled cranberry, apple & ginger, and lime, mint & cucumber you’re definitely not missing out on Christmas treats from Jacqueline at Recipes Made Easy.
Iced tea and sun loungers go well together, but so it does with Christmas too, apparently!
I never thought I’d be recommending Vimto but since I don’t like ‘real’ mulled wine this looks yummy actually! One to introduce the kids to? Use the sugar free version to make it more tooth (and waistline) friendly.
Ok these do have alcohol in them, but with 0g carbs or sugar they’re lower calorie than regular wine, and Mum blogger Sim from Sims Life definitely approved. I doesn’t give you a reason to drink 3 bottles in one night but as an easy swap, as Tesco who sells them says, every little helps!
I would argue this is definitely not just for kids (though it would easily appeal to them if you’re at a child friendly party). Definitely use sugar free lemonade to keep the sugar lower I this awesome looking drink from Eats Amazing.
With grown up ingredients like star anise and rose syrup, never again will you feel like an overgrown child with your glass of fizzy pop.
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