Alcohol is a stress-reliever after a tough day at the office, an ice-breaker for awkward social situations, and a cocktail undeniably tastes good. But alcoholic drinks tend to be packed with empty calories, plus too many drinks in one go will equal a hangover which inevitably leads to cravings for fatty, salty and overly sweet foods the next day.
If you're trying to get lean, drinking is one of the most detrimental things you can do. But that's no fun, right? You don't want to be that person at a party sipping on slimline tonic, or drinking mineral water at a meal with friends where everyone else is sharing a bottle of red.More
Where: Eating out / dinner party
Wine: If you're out opt for red wine (it has slightly less sugar than white).
Tempranillo red grapes—which are used to make certain red wines like Rioja—may lower cholesterol levels.
Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot are good choices for the antioxidant procyanadin but I would suggest an organic Pinot Noir - they have less sulphites (equals less of a hangover) plus are highest in the antioxidant resveratrol that will help the body deal with the negative effects of alcohol.
Cold pressed juice cocktail: A delicious and inventive way to impress your guests. Not only that, but they will be more hydrating than regular cocktails and provide your body with a host of nutrients.
Where: Party / club
Tequila on the rocks with lime
Tequila: 100% pure agave tequila is grain and gluten free, a hidden culprit that aids hangovers. According to researchers, the type of natural sugar in tequila - agavins are non-digestible and won't raise blood sugar.
Be warned choose the highest quality tequila you can afford - cheap versions are mixed with sugar alcohols that wreak havoc - sip it on the rocks with fresh lime and a splash of water.
Lime: high in vitamin C and a great source of antioxidants. It will also combat acidity and is good for the digestive system.
Alternative: Vodka, Coconut water, lemon
Hydrating, this replaces electrolytes, and gives a dash of alkaline goodness thanks to the lemon.