With the kick-off of Memorial Day, summer is quickly approaching. We thought it would be a great time to post about the one thing that seems to keep everyone from eating clean: alcohol. It is pretty simple, if you are trying to change your diet and change your body, cutting out alcohol should be one of your first tasks. One shot of vodka can set you back 100 calories, and let’s be honest – who only has ONE shot? Even knowing the insane amount of calories alcohol has, summertime is a time to let lose, have fun, and drink that ice cold beer (or 4) without blinking an eye 700+ calories later.
The struggle is real, giving up alcohol is not an easy thing to do. It is hard for to explain to friends why you aren’t drinking, it is hard to go to happy hour with coworkers and order a soda and it is hard to have dinner and not order a glass of wine. It is hard, end of story. Most people, including the Greensbury Team, do not like HARD. It is so much easier to just give in and not have to explain yourself, but really hard work pays off. Giving up alcohol, even it’s for a short period of time, may be one of the best things you do to change your diet for the better!
We are not suggesting you give up alcohol forever, because that’s not always realistic. Depending on where you are in your journey, be it toning up or slimming down, you should decide what your alcohol intake should be. If you are slimming down, I highly suggest laying off the alcohol. What most people do at this stage is sacrifice eating for those few drinks and this is something you do not want to do. Eating is key to fueling your muscles and your all around recovery. If you put your mind to it, we promise you can limit your alcohol intake for a month or 2.
Now for those other times, try mixing up this delicious white wine cocktail to pair with your favorite fish! It is light, refreshing, all around delicious and will definitely be a crowd pleaser!
Here is what you will need:
- 1 large bottle of white wine of your choice
- 1 bottle of sparkling water
- 1 container of strawberries chopped (you can sub for any type of berry)
- 3 limes cut into 8th’s
- 1 handful of mint chopped
Chop all of the ingredients, the size doesn’t really matter, a rough chop is fine.
Take about half of the strawberries, limes and mint and place into a separate cup or bowl and muddle together with a wooden spoon (a fork will do as well)
Once all the ingredients look incorporated, place the rest of the fruit, mint and muddled mixture into your serving pitcher. Once all the ingredients look incorporated, place the rest of the fruit, mint and muddled mixture into your serving pitcher.
Combing the sparkling water cuts the amount of calories per serving in half. Also, adding the fresh fruit and mint really provide a refreshing and light flavor.
Cutting alcohol out of your diet doesn’t have to be an end all be all. Remember to always enjoy in moderation, live your life, be positive and you will see changes!