Want The Clues on Booze This Fourth of July?

photo credit: www.georgesbloodymixes.comSummer officially heats up as the Fourth of July sets the tone for celebrations, cook outs, and summer festivities. We pack our parties with grilled shrimp, steamed crabs, homemade potato salad, garden-fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, and of course we can’t for the spirits.
With all this yummy eating and delicious food staring us in the face, how do we know what drinks are the healthiest? For those of us watching our waist lines, not sure what to order at the bar, or just don’t want the guilt. Here is a guide to help you choose the healthiest drinks and not feel guilty while you live it up a little this holiday.

Red or White?
Choose Red! Red wine contains antioxidants and resveratrol (a substance produced naturally by plants when they are under attack by pathogens.) Red wine is known to raise good cholesterol. While the antioxidants in the wine protect the lining of blood vessels to the heart, and may also prevent obesity and diabetes. “Resveratrol lowers
blood sugar, reduces inflammation and blood clots, and helps to prevent damage to blood vessels,” says Mayo Clinic. Red wine may also reduce estrogen levels to help prevent breast cancer and again of course, all those antioxidants keep us looking younger! 🙂

Lagers, ales, or stouts? Of course, go for the darker beers. They are loaded with iron, boost the metabolism, reduce stress, prevent blood clots, and also help battle cancer.
Don’t fret about the calories, darker beers tend to have less caloric value than other beers! A Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has 175 calories; a Guinness Draught only has 126, while a Miller Lite has 96. Why not trade up the extra 30 calories and add all the other benefits you get with the stout?


Liquor! Who will it be Vodka or Whiskey?
Whiskey it is! It has more antioxidants than any other liquor. Whiskey contains ellagic acid which is found in a lot of the fruits we eat. Ellagic acid is known for its anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting benefits. Whiskey also lowers your chance of having a stroke, developing diabetes and dementia, and decreases blood clots. Explains why all
the Irish live to be a ripe old age! 🙂

Now you know the secrets of what to order at your favorite bar, what to reach for in the community cooler, and what to stock up on this week for your big July 4th celebration! Be safe and have a guilt free holiday! I’ll be enjoying my Pinot Noir, Guinness Stout, and Crown and ginger! Happy Fourth!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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