Tips for a Healthy Holiday Cocktail Hour

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Tips for a Healthy Holiday Cocktail Hour 

In the south, the cocktail hours are endless. Sometimes they may even start in the morning.  Needless to say, a girl or a guy watching their figure might need to find some healthy tricks when it’s “5:00 somewhere” so often. With the holidays coming up, cocktail hour might not take place on the pontoon boat any longer, but they may take place on the front porch swing or at company parties. Here is how you can still enjoy a drink this holiday season and maintain your health and fitness goals . .

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First, don’t show up to the holiday party ravenous. Your host may not plan on serving dinner right away and the appetizers may be scarce. Have just a handful of nuts about an hour or a half hour before the party. That way your cocktail won’t hit you so hard and you won’t grab every fried mushroom in sight.

Think Simple. Avoid the mudslides and the chocolate martinis. Try a skinny margarita – just tequila, ice, lime, and a splash of Cointreau.  Cosmopolitans are often a safe bet, and they pack a punch!

This infographic is super helpful to determine calories and carbs in all types of drinks.

Craving a glass of wine? The antioxidants in red wine are just calling your name.  As with all drinks, try to drink at least one glass of water between each alcoholic beverage.

Make your own drinks. The south is very B.Y.O.B to parties. When you make your own drinks you know exactly what goes into them, and you don’t have to worry that one of your pals has a heavy hand.

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Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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