It’s not much of a secret that we think Keri Glassman, rock star celeb nutritionist and founder of Nutritious Life, is the bee’s knees. She’s all about focusing on a “whole person” approach to health and wellness — and you know we can get down with that.
So, when her people were like, “Hey, you guys want to check out some low sugar cocktail recipes that Keri’s digging right now?” Well, we could barely hit reply fast enough. Right now, Keri is in partnership with HEALTHLINE, the second largest health information and education website, for a “Break Up with Sugar” campaign aimed at helping folks like us see what kinds of alternatives we have to our traditional sugary treats — you know, like all the snacks and drinks that are particularly prevalent this time of year.
And, I mean, let’s be real — we’re not going to tell you to stick to club soda with a slice of lime all night long (unless you want to, in which case we are fully in support). But cutting back on the sugar as we come up on the New Year? We say, “Cheers!” to that! Here are three low sugar cocktail recipes from Keri that’ll help you do just that.
Why Keri loves this recipe: Let’s be honest — any occasion is an occasion for champagne. To spruce up a simple flute of bubbly, look no further than the pomegranate. These little jewels may be small, but they are loaded with polyphenols, which function as antioxidants. Just as a reminder, antioxidants fight free radicals to reduce the risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease and signs of aging. Calories and alcohol have been cut down by the addition of club soda, so you can enjoy the celebration without all of the drinker’s regret. Cheers!
- 3 ounces champagne
- 1 ounce club soda
- Splash of pomegranate juice, about 1 tablespoon
- Pomegranate seeds to garnish, about 1 tablespoon
- Combine liquids in a champagne flute and garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Grapefruit Mint Mojito
Why Keri loves this recipe: Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks, and this grapefruit-mint version is an amazing twist on the classic. Mojitos get a bad rap for being rich in calories, thanks to the high sugar content. The key to keeping this drink delicious (and low sugar) is all in the muddle. Take the extra care to really grind up that mint to extract the most flavor possible. Bonus: the grapefruit pairing makes it burst with bold tartness and packs an antioxidant punch!
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- ½ cup crushed ice
- ½ cup sliced grapefruit
- 1 ounce light rum
- Splash of club soda
- Layer the bottom of a pint glass with mint and cover to the halfway point with crushed ice.
- Take a spoon and muddle the mint and ice together to release the flavor.
- Add grapefruit and mix in with ice.
- Pour rum over the fruity slush and top off with club soda.
- Garnish with a bright, ruby red slice of grapefruit.
Ginger Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Why Keri loves this recipe: When the weather outside gets frightening, curl up on the couch with a mug of this comforting, yet nourishing hot cocoa. Ginger adds a zing that cannot be ignored — not to mention it fills your cup with antioxidants! The spice helps to reduce inflammation and treats an uneasy stomach. The ginger and cinnamon complement each other and are both deliciously fragrant. Cinnamon may even help reduce stress. Your mom always told you to drink your milk and can you think of a more yum way to get in all that calcium and protein? Finally, the dark chocolate in this recipe contains flavonoids, which have been shown to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, stroke and heart disease. So snuggle up this winter and stay warm and well-nourished with a mug of this decadent hot cocoa.
- 4 cups low fat milk
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 7 squares)
- Combine milk, ginger and cinnamon in saucepan over medium-low heat until almost boiling.
- Add chocolate, stirring until fully melted.
- Whisk until frothy and serve immediately.
What are you doing New Year’s Eve? —Kristen