New Year’s Eve usually means celebrations – often with a cocktail or two! Even our 12WBT dietitians know that our members might be enjoying a drink this party season, so one of our nutrition experts Erica Grandjean has formulated a 7-step plan to help you stay sensible on NYE, and throughout summer (and beyond!). Plus, we’re sharing a delicious Mish-approved 12WBT Elderflower, Pomegranate & Champagne Cocktail recipe. Happy New Year!
The Countdown is on – 7 Ways to a Healthy New Year’s Eve
1. Embrace the H2O
Water should be the number one of drink of choice – of course, but it’s OK to enjoy a few beverages when you’re out at a BBQ or function but while you’re at home, and as much as possible when out, stick with water.
2. Make Plain ol’ Water Exciting!
Try cold water with a slice of cucumber and a sprig of mint, or add some crushed, fresh berries to infuse that H2O with some serious zing. Sparkling water is also a winner – by itself, with a slice of lemon/lime, or even a dash of cranberry juice. Serve it in a tall or wine glass with an umbrella so it feels special!
3. Mix Up Your Herbal Tea
You could also try out some herbal teas that you can make up cold. Most tea retailers now have loads of flavours to choose from and you shouldn’t need to add anything but water. Be adventurous!
4. Be Prepared
Take a water bottle to your events. You’ll always have something in your hand to drink and being well hydrated can help you to resist the temptation of guzzling cocktails or soft drinks as soon as you arrive.
5. Ditch the Extra Sugar
Avoid cocktails that require adding unnecessary sugar. Most cocktails are made with sweet ingredients (sparkling wine, juices, liqueurs, etc.) so aim to minimise the amount of extra sugar you add to your cocktail mixes.
6. Pace Yourself
Drink slowly and really enjoy the flavours. Cocktails are so easy to throw back in a few minutes, especially if you’re busy talking and having fun. So be mindful and drink consciously. Enjoy the different flavours, the cold sensation in your mouth and the texture. Take your time!
7. Go One for One
Alternate one alcoholic/sweet drink with one water glass of water. This keeps your glass full and forces you to slow down. Less alcoholic and sugary drinks means you’re drinking less empty calories. You’ll probably feel a whole lot better the next day as well… ready for a workout!
Free Recipe: Elderflower, Pomegranate & Champagne Cocktail
5 min prep time
107 Cal / serve
- 100 Ml Elderflower Cordial (100g)
- 100g Pomegranate, seeds extracted
- 2 X 750ml bottles Sparkling Wine (1500g), chilled
1. Put 2 teaspoons elderflower cordial into each of 10 champagne glasses. Divide pomegranate seeds evenly between glasses (about 2 teaspoons each).
2. Pour sparkling wine into each glass. Stir gently and serve.
- Elderflower cordial is available in the cordial aisle of the supermarket. If you can’t find it try replacing it with a good-quality raspberry cordial.
- You will need about ½-1 whole pomegranate to get 100g seeds. To extract seeds from a fresh pomegranate, cut into large pieces and submerge in a large bowl of water. Use your fingers to prise out seeds. The white membrane will float and seeds will sink to the bottom. Alternatively, you can sometimes buy pomegranate seeds in small containers in the fruit and vegie aisle in the supermarket.