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NAP Challenge #7: Refresh and Relax with Fizzers and Spritzers

3 wine spritzersThis week I will enjoy a variety of non-alcohol containing Fizzers and mini-alcohol Spritzers instead of drinking alcohol beverages.

Background:

Warm weather is here, and it’s heating up. Refresh after a long day of work or after invigorating exercise with Fizzers – fizzy drinks with no alcohol. Relax with family and friends with Spritzers – bubbly drinks made with a splash of your favorite wine or liquor. Both Fizzers and Spritzers have soda water, effervescent water, flavored carbonated water or sugar free tonic water as their base. Pairing with a splash of juice, such as pomegranate or pineapple and generously garnishing with citrus peels, chopped fruit or whole berries makes for grand looking and glorious tasting treats.

Limiting alcohol curtails calories, which helps whittle away your waistline. Limiting alcohol also lowers your risk for breast cancer, the most common type of cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in women, and colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer in both men and women. In fact, the AICR expert panel report noted that alcohol also increases risk for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and probably the liver.

With AICR’s Fizzers and Spritzers, it’s easy to follow AICR’s recommendation if you do drink alcohol: men drink no more than two drinks daily and women drink no more than one drink daily. Evidence suggests that drinking in moderation may protect against heart disease. Yet, to lose weight and reduce risk of cancer and heart disease by being at a healthier weight, cutting back on energy-dense alcohol calories is a more practical place to trim hidden calories. Shaving high-density calories, like alcohol, is key to losing weight. Mocktails and minitails such as Fizzers and Spritzers will allow you to relax with refreshing drinks!

If you do drink alcohol, remember one serving is:

  • 12 ounces beer,
  • 5 ounces wine or
  • 1½ ounces 80 proof liquor

(exact calorie content varies with alcohol strength).

Steps/Tips:

Create your favorite Fizzers and Spritzers picking from these ingredients:

  • Base(plain or flavored; sugar free )
    • Club soda
    • Seltzer water
    • Sparkling water
    • Mineral water
    • Tonic water
  • Flavor
    • 100% Fruit juice and nectars (1/2 cup per serving): pomegranate, blueberry, apricot
    • green tea
    • coconut water
    • Wine Spritzer: Splash of wine, not to exceed 5 ounces
    • Mini Spritzer: Splash of liquor, not to exceed 1½ ounces of 80 proof
  • Healthy Enhancers
    • Fresh or frozen fruits, whole or sliced: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries, grapes, oranges
    • Citrus peels and slices of lemon, lime, orange
    • Chopped fruit: apples, peaches, mangoes, papaya
    • Flavored ice cubes (these can be made in advance and stored in freezer):
      • green tea
      • 100% fruit juice
      • chopped fruit
      • pomegranate seeds

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Published on June 12, 2012

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