- Loaded with antioxidants and promotes a healthy inflammatory response
- May help stabilize blood sugar
- Pro Tip - There are two kinds of cinnamon: Ceylon and Cassia. We recommend you look for Ceylon cinnamon. It has the most research-backed benefits.
- Known for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
- Part of the mint family alongside oregano, lavender, rosemary and basil
- There are more than 900 species of sage
- Helps promote a healthy inflammatory response
- Packed with antioxidants
- Has been shown to help protect the liver and support the immune system
- Have been used in traditional medicine and traditional cocktail recipes for hundreds of years!
- Rich in antioxidants and contain antiviral and immune-supporting properties
- Primary ingredient in St. Germain liqueur
But won’t mixing with alcohol defeat the purpose?
Actually, it’s just the opposite!
Mixing herbs and a high-proof alcohol, such as vodka, is how the herbal remedy known as a tincture is made. The alcohol acts as a solvent, helping the plant release its alkaloids, glycosides, minerals, and essential oils.
Of course, too much alcohol will definitely defeat the purpose of any health-promoting food or practice. Remember to keep moderation in mind and hydrate with H2O between drinks. .
2. Pre-party with potassium
Electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium are minerals with an electric charge that help us stay hydrated. It’s important to maintain a balance of these minerals.
Drinking too much alcohol and eating too many salty foods (a likely possibility at any holiday gathering) can throw our electrolytes out of whack. Foods and beverages that contain potassium can help keep you in balance.
Here are our picks for foods high in potassium because they contain at least 20% of the recommended daily value (DV):
- Avocado (1 cup or 280 grams - 21% DV)
- Spinach, cooked boiled and drained without salt (1 cup or 180 grams - 24% DV)
- Sweet potato, cooked and baked in skin (1 cup or 200 grams - 27% DV)
- Bananas, raw (1 cup mashed or 225 grams - 23% DV)
If you're not already, try incorporating these foods into your diet to help up your potassium. Plus, they foods are packed with many other healthy vitamins and nutrients too!
3. Go top shelf
If you're going to drink or are stocking up for thirsty guests, try and steer clear of the cheap booze.
Alcohol contains a variety of different compounds known as congeners, which are byproducts of the fermentation process. Dark liquors such as whiskey and bourbon are thought to have more than lighter options like vodka and rum.
Congeners can include fusel alcohols, acetone, esters and aldehydes. They're largely responsible for the taste and smell of different alcohols and are thought to be one of the primary causes of hangovers.
Basically, more congeners = worse hangover symptoms. However, distillation and filtration help remove these compounds.
So, the next time you're shopping for spirits, look for bottles with the most numbers of distillations (i.e. triple-distilled whisky). It may not be the cheapest option, but you'll thank us in the morning.
4. Eat protein and fat (the good kind)
Fat slows nutrient absorption and together with protein helps keep you feeling full. Eating protein and healthy fats can also help mediate the rate at which alcohol and sugar enter your bloodstream.
If you're hungry before the festivities begin, try fueling up with foods that include protein and/or healthy fat , such as an avocado, nuts, seeds, peanut butter or even a hard boiled egg.
They're easy on-the-go snacks and can help prevent you from ravenously devouring the first tray of passed apps you see at the party.
5. Just dance
Richard Simmons lost 123 pounds just by sweatin’ to the oldies. So, what are you waiting for?
You can burn over 400 calories per hour just dancing, not to mention the fun that comes with watching everyone show off their moves (or lack thereof).
The key is to move your whole body. We like high kicks and fist pumps for maximum burn.
6. Be pro probiotics
Prosciutto wrapped dates and grandma's famous butter pecan cookies and double chocolate fudge. Oh my! With so many different (and rich) foods on the menu, it might be time for a gut check.
Prebiotics support the growth of good bacteria and your immune system.* While probiotics support digestion and balanced microflora in the gut.*
At SmartyPants, we use probiotics with a 95% survivability rate to ensure the majority of this good bacteria actually makes it to your gut alive where it can flourish and promote digestive health and healthy immune function.* No refrigeration needed.
7. Don't stress
Parties should be fun – not an occasion you worry about what to eat and drink. Not only does stress ruin your good time, it can also make you gain weight.
Our stress hormone, cortisol, increases appetite and promotes fat storage, especially around the mid-section.
Rather than stress out about what you’re eating, or trying not to eat, focus on enjoying yourself and the people you’re with.
This is the season of decadence, and you deserve to treat yourself. Armed with these tips we hope you can have your cake, and eat it too (literally).
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
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