Let’s be honest, going out is fun. And going out often means drinking (shoutout to my fellow craft beer enthusiasts). Did you know that drinking alcohol doesn't always have to be unhealthy? That's the good news: even if you're dead set on getting lean and shredded, you can still afford to have the occasional drink with your friends.
But which drinks are the best? And which should you do everything you can to avoid? Let's take a look.
Bloody Mary, With Extra Spice On Top
The Bloody Mary is one of the most controversial of all the drinks you could have on a night out. Whoever thought up the idea of mixing tomato with spirits and jabbing some bacon into it was either a genius or a madman.
With that said, there are some excellent health reasons to choose Bloody Marys as your liquor of choice. Not only is the drink free from added sugar, but it also contains fiber (thanks to the tomato), and is often served with low-calorie wholefood pickled garnishes. Adding spice on top also adds to the overall calorie burn.
A wise man once said “red red wine, ya make me feel so fine”. But why is red wine so healthy? Researchers think that it might have something to do with a particular phytonutrient in the skin of red grapes, called resveratrol. Investigators at the University of Harvard showed that nutrient was able to switch on a house-keeping gene in the body called SIRT1, helping to make cells healthier and younger.
The moral of the story? Drinking red wine in moderation might not damage your health, and could, under some circumstances, boost it.
Moscow Mule With Lime, Hold The Syrup
The Moscow Mule is a summer favorite. The combination of vodka, ginger, and lime is a refreshing delight for the taste buds. And it even comes in a neat mug that totes looks awesome on your IG story.
Surprisingly, the Moscow Mule is also one of the healthiest drinks that you can knock back on a night out. Not only does it come under 80 calories if you hold the syrup, but it also contains citrus, which can improve cardiovascular health.
Vodka And Kombucha
Kombucha is a fermented drink brimming with millions of bacteria. It sounds gross, but these are just the kind of bacteria that you want in your body, churning out beneficial chemicals in your colon. Many people combine kombucha with vodka for an extra kick without the calorie penalty. Plus the flavor combinations are unlimited with all of the new kombucha options on the market.
No, I’m not talking about the GOAT Champagne Paipi. Rumors are circulating that champagne can improve the quality of your skin, despite its alcohol content. The main draw, however, besides the fab taste, is that champagne doesn't contain any added sugars.
Avoiding added sugars in drinks is essential for those wanting to get fit and stay fit. Many traditional alcoholic beverages, like wine, are naturally low in calories. It's only when drink manufacturers add sugar in that problems can emerge. Sugar can easily double or triple the calories of a drink.
Guinness is a thick, dark beer that feels like smooth oil running down your throat (in the good kind of way). It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it does come with a variety of benefits, including a high concentration of B-vitamins. Furthermore, if you're deadset on drinking beer, then you'll also consume fewer calories on Guinness compared to a lager.
Remember, there are plenty of extremely healthy non-alcoholic beverages to consider too, including hibiscus and mint tea, and even plain old water. But hey, what’s the fun in drinking water all the time?