With each new season comes new reasons to celebrate, and the holidays are without a doubt filled with the most celebrations of them all. However, between mingling with friends, going to happy hours with co-workers, and traveling, all of the partying typically leads to overindulging. The food, the booze, the sugar, the carbohydrates ... just thinking about it will cause your waistline to expand. Not to worry, Scrumptious Bites Happy Life's Anna Lombardi is back to get us in the spirit without the guilt. While it may seem hard to capture the flavors of the season without over-doing it, the health benefits snuck into these 5 cocktails will help keep you on track and satisfied without giving you a Santa belly.
Pomegranate Fizz Cocktail
Health Benefits: Pomegranate juice has as much cancer-fighting polyphenol content as two glasses of red wine or 10 cups of green tea, in just one one cup!
Ingredients: 2 cups of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup of grenadine, 1 bottle of champagne, mint and pomegranate seeds for garnish.
How To Make: In cup, combine your juice with grenadine and set to the side. When you are ready to serve, pour mixture into a glass and top with champagne. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and fresh mint (optional).
Blood Orange Red Wine Sangria
Health Benefits: The antioxidants in red wine are called polyphenols, which are thought to protect the lining of the heart. A particular polyphenol in red wine called resveratrol has been getting a lot of attention lately as it is believed to reduce bad cholesterol and help prevent blood clots.
Ingredients: 2 bottles of red wine (fruity is better), 1 cup of slice strawberries, 1 cup of raspberries, 2/3 a cup of Triple Sec, 3 whole cloves, 4 (seedless) blood oranges cut into wedges, 2 (3-4 inch) cinnamon sticks, 1 lemon (sliced up), 1 lime (sliced up)
How To Make: Combine everything together and let sit (at least 8 hours but over night is deal). Take out cinnamon sticks and cloves and serve.
See the rest of the recipes over at Guest Of A Guest: 5 Healthy Holiday Cocktails That Won't Give You A Santa Belly
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