Drink Up: 5 Smart Drink Choices For St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day. What was once a classically Irish holiday has become a popular time to wear green, make bad leprechaun jokes, and, of course, enjoy refreshing alcoholic beverages.
For those who might be three months along a health-focused New Year’s resolution, though, St. Patrick’s Day can be overwhelming. With the ever-increasing number of St. Patrick’s themed social events, bar specials, and drink promotions, staying on track around this holiday is a real challenge.
Still, no diet or new nutrition plan is reason to not celebrate! In fact, by simply making smarter choices, you can make it through St. Pat’s with your fitness and health goals intact. For a brief rundown on the drinks to look for, check out this list of the 5 healthiest St. Patrick’s Day beverage options, brought to you by the experts at EA Fit Club.
While it might not be the first thing that jumps to mind when you think “St. Patrick’s Day Drinks,” red wine is ultimately one of the healthiest alcoholic beverages. Loaded with powerful antioxidants and other health benefits, a standard 5 oz. glass of wine contains only about 130 calories.
When choosing wine, though, it is important to remember that the sweeter varieties, like Rosé, will contain more sugar, and thus more costly calories.
Somewhat surprisingly, the classic Bloody Mary is a relatively healthy choice. Usually made of just tomato juice, vodka, and various seasonings, the average serving packs of a considerable wallop of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.
No longer just a hangover remedy, the Bloody Mary really deserves full recognition as a delicious and diet-friendly option for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
“Alternative” Green Margarita
The typical margarita – no surprise here – is not very health friendly. Almost always prepared with a sugary mix and ample salt, most margaritas are worth staying away from. But what about one made with a special health AND St. Patrick’s Day twist?
Check out this recipe for a lighter and healthier margarita that is no less delicious than traditional varieties. The best part? The finished product is green!
Irish Iced Tea
Much like a margarita, iced tea is not usually included on anyone’s list of healthy beverages. But, when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, this uniquely Irish-inspired mixed drink is the perfect and diet-aware way to ring in the holiday!
A great alternative to traditional mixed drinks like the ultra-sugary Long Island Iced Tea, this special drink is made with cold brewed Irish Breakfast Tea and a healthy dose of Irish whiskey and lemon juice. Check out the full recipe for this drink and several worthy alternatives here.
Ah Beer. The favorite drink at St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, your average beer or ale isn’t the healthiest option – as one pint serving of Guinness clocks in at 210 calories.
If your St. Patrick’s Day demands beer, though, there is a viable and diet-friendly course of action! While, darker, heavier beers like Guinness and “craft” brews are typically the worst offenders in terms of calorie counts, the key here is to make smart beer choices. Rather than selecting traditional, calorie laden beers, “light” varieties can be a saving grace. Miller Lite, for example, only has about 96 calories in a typical 12 Oz. serving.
Most importantly, whatever drinks you choose to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day, responsibility is key. From the health and fitness experts at EA Fit Club, enjoy the holiday!