January 10, 2018
It's resolution time! And if yours is to make smarter choices and maybe cut back on some vices, we've got some ideas when it comes to beverages of an adult nature.
It’s easy to have a glass or wine… or two while you’re making dinner, and those beers with the game can add up before you know it. These health-aware drink options can help you feel better about what you’re sipping.
Dairy-free, gluten-free choice: Baileys Almande
We're familiar with that coffee-whitening favourite, Baileys Irish Cream. Now they've created a liqueur that even more people can enjoy.
Baileys Almande is a tasty, light spirit that takes the iconic nutty Baileys flavour and blends it with real almond milk instead of dairy. Splash some in your coffee or tea for a nice after-dinner treat, pour it over crushed ice, or mix with coconut water for a delicious summery-feeling cocktail.
Avoid sugar, artificial flavours: Social Lite Vodka Coolers
If you're looking for a lighter, health-inspired cocktail, this Canadian-made libation is perfect for you.
Social Lite Vodka Coolers are just 80 calories, and made without artificial ingredients, and without sugar. They have a crisp, clean taste and are lightly carbonated and easy to sip. With natural flavour combinations (using real juices) like Lime Ginger, Lemon Cucumber Mint, and Pineapple Mango, there's an option for all tastes.
Drink less alcohol: Michelob Ultra low alcohol beer
Did you resolve to cut back a bit, but still like to join your friends when it's time to kick back at happy hour or on the weekend? Choosing a lower alcohol beer or even an alcohol-free option means you can still have face time with friends while considering your health.
Low in carbs and low in calories, Michelob Ultra has 4.2% alcohol, 2.6g of carbs, and just 95 calories. With a refreshing and smooth light taste, it gives you the flavour you crave, with less of the stuff to feel guilty about.
Skip the alcohol: Erdinger Alkoholfrei beer
If you'd rather cut out the alcohol altogether, there are a few alcohol-free choices. Made by master brewers in Germany, Erdinger Alkoholfrei is an alcohol-free choice brewed by a well-respected brewery known for its tasty beers. Erdinger makes popular Weissbier — a Hefeweizen style beer, and Dunkel, a full-bodied dark beer.
Using Erdinger’s vast beer knowledge and employing high standards, the brewery has created its zero alcohol beer that not only tastes great, but is also health conscious. It’s even got vitamins B12 and folic acid, as well as polyphenols. With natural ingredients and just 125 calories, it's a good choice when you're managing a more restrained diet.
Choose organic wines, avoid sulfates: Our Daily Red wine
There are smarter choices to make too, when it comes to wines. From biodynamic, to organic and more, wine makers are becoming more conscious of the health interests of drinkers.
One of the few wine choices that's organic, gluten-free, preservative free, vegan and with no detectable sulfates, Our Daily Red makes several California red wines as well as a white that will satisfy your need for a sip with your (healthy) dinner.
The grapes for Our Daily Red wines are sourced from organic vineyards around California’s Central Valley.
Go natural: Lolea Sangria
Originating from Spain, this authentic, ready-made sangria is made only with ingredients you can pronounce. Sangria is a traditional and popular drink across Spain, particularly in summer.
While Spaniards guard their sangria recipes closely, the basic combination of quality red wine and fruit with a touch of something bubbly is standard. Lolea Sangria uses just that blend too, with natural flavours and ingredients.
You don't have to give up the things you love to make smarter choices. Try one of these health-aware options next time you visit Co-op Wine, Spirits, Beer.
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