Fruity Alcoholic Drinks: A Double Whammy For Your Teeth
Photo Credit: Eating Well[/caption]Spring has sprung and sitting next to the pool sipping a margarita is all you can think about right now. As you consider what to pour into your red solo cup next, think of your long-term health; a nutritious beverage won’t give you a hangover or a sugar rush, and it will keep your smile sparkling.
Frequent consumption of sugar filled drinks will demineralize and weaken tooth enamel – the first step in tooth decay. When you drink sugary beverages and eat starchy foods, you’re not only feeding yourself—you’re feeding the plaque that feeds on sugar. In addition, alcohol can cause dry mouth further causing problems with your dental health.
But don’t despair. Here are 2 tasty beverages that are good for you, courtesy of Eating Well!
Blueberry Lime Margarita– Two servings, 125 calories each
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup blueberry nectar
- 1/4 cup seltzer
- 2 tablespoons frozen limeade
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 lime wedge
- Coarse salt
Preparation: Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.
Bloody Mary with Shrimp – Two servings, 78 calories each
- 22 ounces reduced-sodium V8<< li>
- teaspoon horseradish
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 10 dashes Tabasco
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Ice cubes
- 4 cooked shrimp
Preparation: Shake V8, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Tabasco and pepper and in a large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Fill two tall glasses with ice and divide the Bloody Mary between the glasses. Garnish each drink with two shrimp.