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Healthy Holiday Drinks

Julie Daniluk shares her healthy drinks for the holidays. 

Enjoy 2 lime or lemon bubby waters for every alcohol beverage and watch your hangovers disappear. Headaches are causes by dehydration! Hydrating mock-tails to prevent hangovers include coconut water, virgin pina-colada, cranberry, healthy herbal ice tea.

For the wine drinkers:

Watch the liquid calories. Even tiny trimmings add up. Stretch one glass of white wine (about 120 calories) to two by mixing it with bubbly water (half of each) for a white wine spritzer.

Southbrook’s harmonious relationship to the land is passionately revealed through every aspect of their operations and in the quality of our wines. It's LEED® Gold-certified hospitality building celebrates the vines that surround it. But the full expression of Southbrook’s philosophy is their biodynamic, organic vineyard and winery. From these, Southbrook produces fine age-worthy wines, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, classic Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays.

Victoria Gin is gluten free and hand made in small batches from a wood-fired still on Vancouver Island. It balances the characteristic evergreen flavour of juniper with notes of citrus, floral and spice.

Gin is a complex spirit infused with herbs and spices, then re-distilled. Vic Gin uses ten natural and wild-gathered botanicals to create a powerful but elegant spirit.

Some suggestions for making the perfect drink:

  • Chill the tonic
  • Ice in the glass
  • Victoria Gin about 1/3 up the glass
  • Wipe lemon around the lip of the glass
  • Place the lemon slice in the glass
  • Top up with the chilled Tonic water (look for low sugar organic brand) http://www.qtonic.com/

For the beer lovers:

Nickel Brook Gluten Free Beer

Beer is often brewed with malted barley, wheat or rye--all of which contain gluten!  The way some gluten-free brewers get around this, however, is to brew their beers with sorghum (a gluten free grain that is smaller than quinoa).  Nickel Brook has made the first gluten-free beer made in Ontario starting in 2011.

Cider lovers:

The County Cider Company & Estate Winery is a family-operated estate winery specializing in mouth-watering hard ciders. (In North America hard cider is an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice.) Carefully crafted from the best apples grown on our family farm and nearby orchards, our ciders are made with 100% pure apple juice.

Sake is a nice change and fun served hot!

The Ontario Spring Water Sake Company, located in downtown Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, is eastern North America’s first sake brewery. Using traditional Japanese methods and recipes with delicious Ontario spring water, Torontonians and visitors alike can now enjoy fresh, unpasteurized, locally-brewed sake for the first time.

For those who are craving a Martini!

Cosmopolitans may be fun and festive but they are way too high in sugar and can leave you feeling blue the next day. The average Cosmo has 4 teaspoons of sugar (16 grams of carbohydrate)

Try a Sakepolitain that uses sake instead vodka for a light and refreshing twist on a classic.

Holiday Sakepolitain


  • 2 oz Sake
  • 3 tbsp fruit juice sweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 oz sparkling water
  • 1 teaspoons of Xylitol sweetener
  • Float a few fresh cranberries

Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake well. Taste for sweetness depending on the cranberry juice, which is highly variable. You may need to add sweetener. Strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries.

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk’s first book, Meals that Heal Inflammation, advises on allergy-free foods that both taste great and assist the body in the healing process. She also hosts The Healthy Gourmet on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Check out more amazing recipes and nutrition tips at www.juliedaniluk.com

Check out Julie on Facebook at Julie Daniluk Nutrition and on Twitter @juliedaniluk



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