A little over three months ago, I returned from Europe. Unfortunately, I came home with an extra 16 pounds on my frame. Yes, 16 pounds in 4 months – this is what daily dessert, Nutella, scones(!), and too much cider beer does to a girl. I firmly believe that eating is a part of the travel experience, and although I was shocked I gained so much weight, I wouldn’t take it back. I might have missed the best Carrot Cake of my life. Thank you Bea’s of Bloomsbury.
However, the past three months, I have worked my ass off worked diligently to get back to my pre-Europe weight. I am all for indulging in healthy moderation, but I also like to maintain my “happy” weight. Yet, I am not interested in talking about my weight loss tonight. I am here to talk about my obstacle to weight loss: alcohol.
I make it no secret that I enjoy an alcoholic beverage every once in a while ( I am a law student). Beer, wine, and liquor are all good in my book, but I am very cognizant of the fact that alcohol and losing weight don’t always correlate. This summer I was worried about balancing drinking and having fun in DC while attempting to lose a substantial amount of weight. But, I was totally successful. I am officially back at my pre-Europe weight, and I got there while still drinking between a few times a week.
So, tonight, I have finally making some progress on my apartment, and I am grabbing a drink with some friends, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite at-home cocktail recipes, which I like to call ghetto sangria.
Jordan’s Probiotic Sangria
In Spain, I learned to add Fanta to cheap wine to create make-shift sangria. However, now, I go healthy route, and I combine wine with kombucha, which I usually sip while getting ready. Not only does it cut down on my amount of drinks I have to buy , but I get a serving of probiotics before a night out. This is called a win-win in my book.
Yield: 1 Drink
- 6 oz. of Red Wine
- 8 oz. (1 Cup) of Kombucha*
Mix, stir, and enjoy!
*I prefer G.T’s Trilogy flavored kombucha, but I think anything berry-flavored would compliment wine well. And if you can’t get your hands on a kombcuha, you could dilute the wine with sparkling lemon or lime water.