Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I'll drink to that!

As someone who attended one of the top party (i.e. lots of boozing) schools in the nation, this report comes as welcome news. After years of back-and-forth on the benefits of alcohol consumption, it appears research is finally pointing in alcohol's favor.

Now, that's not to say you should go get blotto tonight in an effort to avoid heart disease. You can, however, take comfort in the fact that an alcoholic drink a day just might keep the doctor away - or at least provide some quality health benefits. Granted, my liver still hates me for a college-era involving beer bongs of warm Bush Light, drinking Franzia from a box and doing shots of Goldschlager and SoCo...but I'm proud to say my tastes have improved significantly in recent years and moderation has become the name of the game. Sadly, though, I now officially have a champagne taste on a beer budget. Sigh.

Here are some happy alcohol-related health tidbits.

* Moderate drinking raises good cholesterol, helping reduce the risk for heart disease and possibly stroke.
* A drink a day may help regulate insulin (and blood sugar) levels, lowering your risk for Type 2 Diabetes.
* Indulging in three-plus cocktails a week can protect against rheumatoid arthritis
* Women who imbibe alcohol are twice as likely to report good health than women who don't drink.

To top off this sundae of sweet news with a cherry, here are a few Splenda-licious martini recipes for all you sugar-free dieters out there. The first one comes courtesy of my bartender gal pal, Jen, while the other two are from Hungry Girl.

Yes, I know. Thank me later. Cheers!

Berry Mojito
Combine a handful of rasberries, blueberries, blackberries and sliced strawberries with mint, Splenda, white rum, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, lime juice and club soda.
Shake well and serve.

Cherry Vanilla Thrilla'
(70 calories, no fat - 2 points)
1/2 cup Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Sugar Free Black Cherry Torani Syrup
Lots of ice
Pour ingredients into a shaker. Shake. Pour. Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry.

Hittin' The Peach!
(80 calories, no fat - 2 points)
4 oz. Diet Sprite
2 oz. Hansen's Natural Juice Cocktail, Low Calorie Peach Mango (or Minute Maid Light Mango Tropical)
1 oz. Sugar Free Peach Torani Syrup
1 oz. Vodka
Shake with ice and enjoy this tropical treat!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Most excellent post and even more excellent recipes. Thanks for keepin it real!