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The Cocktail Hour

12 Aug 2015

Hey, Party season is here!!!

With all the lip-smacking delicacies & mouth-watering gourmets spread out during this party season. No party meal is complete without accompanying the booze. But, it's important to make your indulgence a pleasurable and healthy one as well.

So, here comes the party season guide to walk you through the cocktail hour with a few quick tips for you, before you raise a toast:


Eat before you drink

Order a veggie platter, salad  or hummus with salad sticks. It would be useful before a drink as sipping cocktails on an empty stomach may lower blood sugar levels.


Start with the seltzer

A glass of carbonated water, unsweetened sodium-free, and zero-calorie sparkling water (seltzer) before your cocktail drink will help to limit your booze intake.


Keep in pace with the water

Drinking plain water or sparkling water in between your drinks will keep you well hydrated  and prevent you from going overboard on the booze.


Let the (store-bought) juice loose

Use freshly squeezed fruit juices for cocktails whenever possible to avoid added sugars, colours and preservatives found in many store-bought juice varieties. This will also retain the necessary antioxidants present in the fruits.


Have the right mix

Often, the sugar found in cocktails comes from the juice. While per 30 ml grapefruit has 11 calories, orange, cranberry and pineapple juice contain, 15, 16 and 17 calories respectively. Doesn't sound much? But considering the average screwdriver (cocktail drink), contains six ounces of O.J (90 calories), choosing grapefruit juice saves 24 calories per cocktail. Grapefruit also contains 4.8 grams fewer carbohydrates and no sodium.


Do not forget the ice cubes

Adding ice cubes dilutes the drink and results in lower calorie intake due to the less concentrated cocktail.


Go for the garnish

By naturally adding flavour & sweetness through fruits & herbs like mint, parsley, and thyme. You can skip artificially flavoured alcohols and mixtures. Plus, the fibre in the fruit may help you resist an extra order of french fries.


Give your booze an antioxidant boost

Use ingredients like antioxidant green tea, mint or oolong tea, low-sodium tomato juice is full of cancer-fighting lycopene and fresh lemon juice which aids in digestion as a smart mixture.


Make a clear choice

Choose clear liquids like vodka over dark liquids like whiskey as beverages, as they contain the highest amount of congeners - naturally occurring compounds that are a result of distillation and fermentation. These chemicals are more in dark alcohols and result in more severe hangovers.


Heal the hangover

Green tea (antioxidants), bananas, coconut water, tomato juice, and soups will help you bounce back to your routine after a late-night hangover.




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