Cozy Christmas Latte
Espresso, strongly brewed
Almond or Oat milk*, frothed + 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 cinnamon stick
*If you are trying to save calories, choose (unsweetened) almond milk. If you are looking for a yummy froth, choose regular or oat milk.
1 1/2 cups Cranberry Juice
1 bottle Champagne
1/2 cup Grand Mariner
Garnish with fresh cranberries and fresh rosemary
Too Much Fun?
- It’s estimated that drinking increases up to 65% over holiday season. Alcohol may boost the party, but the only thing it boosts in your body is work and dehydration. When you drink alcohol, your liver goes into overtime by working to detoxify your blood. This means standard metabolism is halted so all internal efforts can clean up the alcohol. During this detoxification, the body will run through a great deal of b-vitamins and fluid. It’s no wonder after a night out you wake up dehydrated, vitamin B depleted, and regretting more than you may want to admit. Being a girl who likes her fair share of festive beverages, here are a few tips that are tested and RD approved to help with the day after effects from alcohol:
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Adding in electrolyte beverages between or after alcohol can help your body recover. My personal favorite is Liquid IV.
- Consider taking a b-complex supplement the day before and after you drink. Doing so can keep your body’s resources plentiful and prevent post-drinking depletion. (Warning: Most b-complex vitamins will turn your urine a bright yellow.)
- Make a recovery smoothie! Consider adding in a smoothie that provides, electrolytes, vitamins, and complex carbs. Since alcohol is a diuretic, you lose key electrolytes such as potassium and sodium. Coconut water adds a megadose of both these electrolytes and helps to rehydrate. Drinking also compromises your immune system. Adding in antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies can boost immunity with vitamins K and C. Alcohol also messes with your blood sugar levels, often leaving you more tired the next morning. Adding in complex carbs can provide an energy boost without spiking blood sugar levels. Bananas are a great addition to any smoothie as they add texture, complex carbs, and are packed with extra potassium so it will work with coconut water to boost hydration. You can concoct your own or try out my personal favorite post-party hydrator.
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut water
2 scoops collagen protein powder
1 cup fresh greens
Ice, blend, and enjoy!
Wishing you a beautiful, healthy holiday season friends. Cheers, and happy eating!