Staff Health Challenge: Guilt-Free Drinking

This is a tough one. Not going to lie. I’m home in Ecuador on vacation. I came here for a dear friend’s wedding and, as you can imagine, everyone is trying to feed me, particularly that liquid diet, if you know what I mean.

Alcohol is very much a part of my life when it comes to special occasions. But since I am on this health challenge, not only do I have to stay away from the fried papas, I also have to moderate my alcohol consumption. So I’ve decided I can have the best of both worlds. Whenever it’s time to celebrate, I shall stick to drinks that have less calories than, say, beer (which I love, by the way). My new drink is simple, definitely not the most glamorous, but it does the trick: Kettle one vodka, club soda, and a splash of cranberry juice (the lighter the color of the drink, the better). Vodka has around 82 calories per glass, club soda has none, and cranberry juice has vitamin C! This is in contrast to the 200 calories in one glass of champagne (and who’s honestly satisfied with just one glass of bubbly?).

Now, if only I could stop my dad from making that homemade sangria—that one might be tough to turn down.