The most anticipated holiday month is finally here, bringing social gatherings with delicious treats and cocktails that are hard to resist. These Holiday celebrations can translate into lots of extra calories from drinks you don’t normally consume such as White Russians, Hot Buttered Rum and Eggnog.
The general recommendation from health authorities is to indulge in a maximum of 1 alcoholic beverage per day (women) and up to 2 alcoholic beverages for men. If you do choose to imbibe, why not skip the sugary, calorie-laden holiday drinks and celebrate your health with a festive fruit-laden red wine?
Red wine, a heart healthy food, is packed with cardioprotective antioxidants and has been proven to boost your “good” cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and lower blood pressure–which will improve your cardiovascular health. Now that’s a holiday celebration!
Liven up your typical red table wine into Holiday Sangria with seasonal ingredients such as cranberries, pears, apples, oranges, and cinnamon sticks!
Yield: 8 servings (5 fl oz per serving) – not including the optional seltzer water—which adds 0 calories
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 1 cup of 100% orange juice
- 1 pear, chopped
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Optional: flavored seltzer water (cranberry, grapefruit, pear, etc.)
In a pitcher, mix all the ingredients together (except the optional flavored seltzer water). Let sangria sit in the fridge at least 4 hours or overnight. The longer the mixture sits, the more the wine will absorb the flavors from the fruit! Pour sangria into glasses and top each glass with an optional ¼ cup of seltzer water.
Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories: 167 kcal,
Cholesterol: 0 mg,
Carbohydrate: 18 g,
Dietary Fiber: 2 g,
Protein: 1 g,
Sodium: 5 mg
This recipe is compliments of Dr. Janet Brill. Nationally recognized nutrition, health and fitness expert and published author Dr. Janet Brill is the director of nutrition for Fitness Together, the world’s largest organization of personal trainers. Dr. Janet specializes in cardiovascular disease prevention and has authored three books on the topic; the most recent is Prevent a Second Heart Attack (Three Rivers Press, Feb 2011.) Prevent a Second Heart Attack follows the bestselling book, Cholesterol Down (Three Rivers Press, 2006). Her third book, a sequel to Cholesterol DOWN, titled Blood Pressure DOWN (Three Rivers Press) was released on May 7, 2013.