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Now, get high on healthy drinks

health-and-fitness Updated: Oct 12, 2011 16:04 IST
Himangi Tripathi
Himangi Tripathi
Hindustan Times
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Do you think a zillion times before sipping your favourite cocktail; fearing it would harm youCocktailsr heart? Stop worrying as the city bartenders are stirring up a bevy of heart healthy cocktails that are high on health but low in calories.

So, shake a leg or two on the dance floor sipping these rejuvenating and health-friendly cocktails. Not just low in calories, they are also rich in anti-oxidants that aid in preventing heart diseases. Anand Soni, The Courtyard by Marriott, says, "Our selection of healthy cocktails features drinks that have an average calorie count of 30 and 80." Cocktails which have fresh fruit juices, fruit purees, fruit chunks, herbs and even wines, are high on anti-oxidants, and therefore do not harm the heart.

"Grape wine used in cocktails is heart-friendly as it is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds," says Shilpa Thakur, chief dietician at the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences. Some of the fruits that create healthy cocktails are grapes, apples, blueberry, strawberry and lingo berry. Even fresh pomegranate juice and green tea are ingredients that you can use to stir up cocktails, as they are loaded with antioxidants, proanthocyanins, bioflavonoids, and polyphenols. They guard the cardiovascular systems from inflammatory diseases and enhance the functioning of arteries, thereby protecting your heart from inflammatory diseases. Here are some cocktail recipes that can give you a healthy high. But yes, moderation is always advised.

Tips for Healthy Drinking

Always consume freshly made drinks and not refrigerated ones, as the level of anti-oxidants present in fruits decreases after refrigeration.

Make sure the sugar content in your drink is low. It’s best to go for naturally flavoured drinks.

Your drink should contain 60 per cent water, as it helps in hydration and lowers the calories.

Pair up cocktails with heart-healthy snacks such as salmon cakes or a pear and pomegranate salad, instead of the calorie-loaded nachos.

Take care of the alcohol content in your cocktail, it should lie between 30ml and 60ml.