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Try not to drink your calories this Christmas

Christmas is always a difficult time to stick to your plan, so we are here to provide some delicious low calorie drink recipes

Tis the season to be jolly and although it is challenging enough to avoid the boxes of celebrations, canapes at the Christmas party and mince pies lumped with cream, please try your best not to drink all of your calories. 

Unfortunately, the body cannot store alcohol therefore your body will burn alcohol for energy resulting in the interruption of other processes such as fat burning and the absorption of nutrients. When your liver is processing alcohol, it can only do so by increasing the use of certain water-soluble vitamins such as B1, B3, B6, folate and C overtime this can play a roll in loss of motivation, energy and well-being.

As most of you may know every gram of fat contains 9 calories, however people tend to ignore the fact that alcohol is not that far off amounting to around 7 calories per gram.

There is a slight silver lining nonetheless, as when you are processing the alcohol you burn some of the calories, known as the thermic effect, which brings your calorie content per gram of alcohol down to 5.7 calories… phew

We hate to be the bearer of bad news and nobody likes a party pooper so if you do fancy a drink over the festive season we are here to share some slightly lighter joyful beverage ideas.

Cranberry Orange Rosemary Cocktail

·         1 sprig of fresh rosemary

·         2 cups of cranberry juice

·         1 cup of triple sec

·         75cl millilitre bottle Prosecco, chilled

Directions

Heat water to boiling in microwave. Add rosemary sprig to water and let steep for 10 minutes. Discard rosemary sprig.

In a freezer container, combine cranberry juice, rosemary water, and Triple Sec. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or until ready to use.

To serve, scoop frozen cranberry mixture into champagne flutes, filling about 1/2 full. Top with Prosecco and garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Nutritional info:

Per serving: 97 kcal, 12 mg sodium, 10 g carb

Snowflakes shakes

·         30ml gin of choice

·         15ml of lemon juice

·         Dash of sugar

·         Fresh egg white

Directions

Shake gin with fresh lemon juice, a touch of sugar and fresh egg whites.

Nutritional info:

86 calories, 2g carbs, 1g sugar, 0g fat, 4g protein

Spice Tree Gin

·         30ml gin of choice

·         15ml fresh lime juice

·         60ml of ginger beer

Directions

Serve a gin of your choice with fresh lime juice, spicy ginger beer and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Nutrition Info

89 calories, 6 carbs, 3.5 sugars, 0g fat


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