What to Drink When You Don’t Drink
It’s events like sand volleyball on a summer day in Georgia or a backyard BBQ with friends in German wine country that bring service members and their families together. These are the group activities that make military life so much fun. It is here that we create memories and develop friendships that last a lifetime.
These gatherings tend to be filled with delicious food and coolers full of drinks. For some, it’s hard to resist an ice cold beer on a hot, sunny day or a glass of wine at dinner with friends. There are, however, circumstances that may limit our ability to partake. A pregnancy, gluten intolerance, or an inflammatory disease may leave you drink-less at your next event. Or maybe you just don’t drink. Either way, these scenarios shouldn’t limit your engagement in the fun.
Here are some healthy options that will keep you part of the party:
(Idea: Pour your drink of choice into a wine glass or beer mug. No one will know the difference, especially you!)
Kombucha – Kombucha is black fermented tea that originated in ancient China. This elixir tastes delicious cold, and is filled with nutrients and acids that aid in overall health. Kombucha has recently gained popularity in the U.S. but can still be tricky to find. Your typical grocer probably won’t carry it, but your local or big name health food stores usually will. If you’re really ambitious you can make your own, but that’s a topic for another day. While it comes in lots of different tasty flavors, you won’t want to drink too much at once. Sip it slowly so that is lasts longer! (Note: If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, do your research first. If you’re a first-time kombucha drinker, this might not be a good option for you).
Ginger Beer/Brew – If you’ve been a long-time beer drinker then this is a great alternative for you. The taste is similar to ginger ale but with a much more robust bite and hint of spice. It’s refreshing like a beer without the gluten or alcoholic properties. It does, however, contain sugar so drink it in moderation. When searching for this product, read the label carefully. Avoid any that contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. The higher quality brands will more likely be found in your health food stores.
Sparkling Water – If you’re not shelling out the dough for alcoholic beverages then you might as well splurge and stock-up on sparkling water. This option is awesome because you get the carbonation without the sugar. Skip the brands that have artificial or “natural” flavors and instead dazzle yours up with a slice of lemon or lime. Put it in a fancy glass and you’re good to go.
At your next gathering, bring a small cooler stocked with your own drinks. With a little pre-preparation you will fit right in without skipping a beat.
What other healthy alternatives have you found to replace alcoholic drinks?