Have your wine and drink it too

In the year 2015, you can have your cake, eat it too and stay on track with your healthy resolutions. Well, maybe you can’t have literal cake and stay on track, but you can still enjoy wine, and to us, cake and wine are kind of synonymous. Whether you’re looking for a dry (therefore low sugar) white wine to sip while you follow your diet plan or you’re trying to make the switch to an organic lifestyle, the following options ensure that fitness and taste remain priorities.  

La Cappucina Organic Pinot Grigio

Made entirely from organically grown grapes, this wine exhibits mandarin orange aromas and citrusy flavors. Pinot Grigio is the lowest in sugar of the white varietals and therefore easiest on the waistline! Plus, organic means no pesticides or herbicides were used in the cultivation of the grapes, which means no yucky chemicals will be flowing through your veins! Pair with a baked filet of sea bass or a crispy appetizer of spanakopita for a fit-minded meal.

Skinnygirl Moscato

Being as sweet as Moscato is, one would normally warn away from this wine during a trial of nutritious eating habits, but Skinnygirl has a knack for solving high calorie wine issues. A little effervescence goes a long way on flavor. Pear, peach and mango make for a gentle and all together refreshing mouthful. An assortment of fresh fruits or a plate of crisp veggies with creamy vinaigrette would complement this moscato in a guilt-free way.

Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate

Infused with natural essences of tart pomegranate and juicy sweet raspberry, this 78 calorie per 1.5 oz. vodka is a must-have for anyone who’s health conscious. It’s smooth enough to drink on the rocks and sweet enough to pour into some sparkling water. This drink might be best all on its own, served as a replacement for diet debilitating dessert.  

Fleur Pinot Noir Carneros or Mondavi Pinot Noir Reserve 2011

A dry, full-bodied Pinot Noir might become your new best friend. Red wine contains the most phytochemicals, antioxidants and flavonoids, all of which work miracles in skin aesthetics, free radical prevention and even helps with boosting metabolism. Pinot Noir, however, contains the highest concentrations of resveratrol. This superstar antioxidant is an enzyme found in grape skins, and Pinot Noir blends usually contain more resveratrol than any other red wine. Drink these with anything from a hearty red sauce dish to seared pork chops or lamb.

Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon Non-Alcohol

Some peopleresolve to drink less alcohol. For those brave souls, I present this Ariel Cabernet that’s brimming with black berry complexity, subtle tannins and a smooth finish. It’s still packed with all the metabolic benefits mentioned above and it’s low in sugar, with 65-80% less calories than other reds.  Grilled chicken or filet mignon serve this wine well.

Allie Smallwood

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