OK, we all know drinking isn’t the healthiest activity in the world. However, so many of us are going to indulge anyway during the holidays. Why?
Because it can be pretty damn fun.
So, if you do decide to drink this holiday season here are some easy tips to do it a manner that’s as healthy as possible:
Don’t over do it. It’s not worth it! As always, listen to your body.
Stick to paleo(ish) beverages. Dry wines, grain-free liquors (100% Agave tequila, potato vodka, and rum), and dry apple ciders are perfect. Here’s a really awesome infographic made by www.paleogirlskitchen.com that should clear up any questions about this topic.
Eat before you party. Getting some good, clean fat, protein and carbs before drinking alcohol should help how you feel the next day. Interestingly enough, new research suggests that consuming Asian pears before drinking can “significantly” reduce hangovers. (Source: http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/03/science-has-just-found-a-hangover-cure-which-actually-works-5324914/)
Drink water! Having a glass of water before and after every drink can help. This is the oldest trick in the book, but it really works. Alcohol causes dehydration, which is one of the main causes of hangovers.
Don’t drink and drive!
All in all, you don’t need to let the paleo lifestyle hinder you from having a good time. With a little planning and self-restraint, you can have a jolly good time without too much regret! Happy Holidays!
Here are some festive drink recipes our own Chef Ann created for you to enjoy:
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1 orange slice
- ¼ cup brandy
- ¼ cup honey
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole star anise
- Place all ingredients in pot. Simmer for 15 Minutes.
- Strain and serve warm.
- 14 oz coconut milk
- 2 egg yolks
- ½ t each: cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves
- 2 T maple syrup
- Heat coconut milk and all other ingredients except egg yolks until warm. Put egg yolks in bowl, drizzle some warm coconut mixture over them, whisk it in, then combine the egg mixture with the coconut mixture in pot and heat gently whisking constantly until it thickens. Do not allow it to boil. Pour into glass and sprinkle with nutmeg if desired.
- Serve warm or cold. Spike with rum if desired.
- 1 bottle good aged rum- medium bodied
- 3 allspice berries
- 3 cloves
- 1 cardamom pod
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/8t fresh ground nutmeg
- 4 strips orange peel, no pith
- ½ vanilla bean
- Put all ingredients in large jar, scrape vanilla bean into it. Twist orange peels over it and drop in. Keep in dark place, covered, shake once. After 2 days, strain.