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For most, drinking alcoholic beverages is part of the festive experience. Traditional beverages imbibed during this joyful time of the year include spiked eggnog, champagne for toasting or cracking open a rare bottle of aged liquor after Christmas dinner.

But, there are healthier choices…even when it comes to an obvious ‘unhealthy’ holiday tradition. That’s why I want to share with you my tips to ‘healthier’ holiday drinking.

You see, there are alcoholic beverages that actually have nutritional benefit and some that do not.

Why would a doctor dedicated to helping save lives through nutrition give drinking advice?

Because, I’m realistic. Ideally, not drinking is the best choice for longevity. But, I am a big proponent of life balance and enjoying the holidays WITHOUT depriving yourself of joining in the jolly.

Besides moderation and drinking plenty of water before, during and after, here is my advice for making better choices when it comes to what’s in your glass during the holiday season. (Hint: whiskey is better than vodka.)

Find out why:

​Bonus tip: When drinking red wine, choose cool-climate Pinot Noirs such as Oregonian wines or red wines from high elevations such as an Argentinian Malbec or Chilean Cabernet. Why? Chilly weather and high elevations are good for producing high concentrations of resveratrol—a powerful antioxidant. Research has shown that resveratrol can possibly aid in repairing blood clots and damaged vessels. If you do buy Argentinian or Chilean, make SURE to buy organic. (Wine from these countries are usually high in pesticides due to lack of regulation.)

 

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