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Healthy Summer Cocktails

It’s finally summer time; the weather is nice and hot, and you are regularly tempted by an irresistible urge to relax on a terrace or near the pool. Nice weather makes us thirsty, so we have to be conscious of the nutritional value of the different drinks we choose to make informed choices.

First of all, know that the different “ready-to-drink” cocktail options offered on the market are often loaded with sugar to enhance taste (such as the famous Bacardi Breezer, Smirnoff Ice, Palm Bay, etc.). Ideally, you should prepare them yourself at home, carefully choosing the ingredients. If you add sugar or syrup (such as the famous grenadine), do it sparingly.

Here are some interesting options:

In a large glass filled with ice, mix half-and-half of soda (or carbonated water) with a dry white wine.

Virgin Ceasar
Just like the classic Bloody Ceasar, but without the vodka! (Note to those with high blood pressure: this option contains a lot of salt).

Homemade Sangria
In a cup, put some ice cubes and citrus slices, and add the following in equal proportions: red wine, orange juice, and carbonated water.

Homemade Orangina
In a cup, put some ice cubes and citrus slices. Fill with carbonated water, and add a touch (about 3 tablespoons) of orange or grapefruit juice.

Do not forget that alcohol and heat do not mix well; both contribute to dehydration. Keep a water pitcher nearby. Water sounds boring? Add slices of lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit! For a refreshing touch, add mint and lime zest. Also, adding frozen berries (such as blueberries or raspberries) will create a festive atmosphere and act as ice cubes.

If you do not have the luxury of preparing your cocktail yourself, do not panic, there are lighter options like the new “Skinnygirl” margarita (110 calories per glass, about the equivalent of a glass of wine), the Molson 67 beer (67 calories per bottle), and the alcohol-free Becks beer.


Marilyne Petitclerc

Holder of a degree in nutrition from Université Laval, Marilyne has worked as a nutritionist for Nautilus Plus since 2010. Passionate about healthy eating and sports nutrition, she also gives lectures and hosts cooking workshops. With her clients, Marilyne makes extensive use of the instinct diet approach and the Mediterranean diet model. Furthermore, she has attended classes on live nutrition at the Hippocrates Health Institute. Maryline ran the Quebec City Marathon des Deux Rives - Half Marathon in 2010 and 2012. She also took part in the Staircase Challenge, another event held in Quebec City in June 2012. Marilyne also plays in an Ultimate Frisbee league and trains regularly at the Nautilus Plus branch where she is employed.

Healthy Summer Cocktails is a post from I'm taking charge. I'm taking charge is a blog that aims to help people in their journey to fitness through articles on training, nutrition, motivation, exercise and healthy recipes.
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