A Healthy Bloody Mary Recipe for Successful Resolutions
It’s that time of the year again… The time when we set unrealistic goals that we strive to upkeep until, regrettably, we find ourselves back in our normal routines.
Maybe this year could be the year – our year – to do something different. Instead of setting so many limits, let’s try to achieve more balance in our lives. I find it ironic (and of course, coincidental) that New Year’s Day doubles as National Bloody Mary Day, or more colloquially known, as the day we spend fighting hangovers while surviving a new diet. Ouch is right.
A Bloody Mary in Moderation
We all could use a Bloody Mary (or five) the day after NYE, but instead of forcing ourselves to drink water and eat those bland, gluten-free oatmeal squares, why not have a bloody in moderation? Yup. That’s right. Enjoy the good stuff without feeling the guilt of the bad stuff. Sounds like a resolution I’m into.
Lucky for us, the basic ingredients of a bloody aren’t very difficult to slim down:
Tomato Juice (healthy) Vodka (kinda healthy) Lemon and Lime Juice (definitely healthy) Worcestershire Sauce (probably healthy), and Hot Sauce (healthy)
Make Your Own Healthy Bloody Mary Mix
First things first – ditch the store bought mix. It’s filled with sodium and sugar and all things that make you feel bloated and blah. Roll up your sleeves, and make your own healthy bloody mary mix!
Very easy, quick, and safe (for all of you kitchen klutzes). Most tomato juice recipes call for peeling, cooking, and then running the cooked mixture through a food mill, but this process is long and probably a nightmare to do with a hangover. Not to mention, many of the tomato’s best nutrients are lost. Instead, try making a fresh juice by just coring your tomatoes and sticking them in the blender alongside veggies and spices.
One ingredient in and we’ve already made so much progress! You can technically keep all else the same and your drink is already half the cals. But if you’re really trying to drop a size by next week, try opting for a vodka on the lighter side, like Fair’s gluten-free vodka made from quinoa. Yes, it’s 2016, quinoa vodka is a real thing, and with a dash of spice and squeeze of citrus, it’s a perfect fit for your healthy bloody mary.
But we aren’t finished just yet! For my fellow bloody enthusiasts who roll their eyes at the sight of a naked drink – I suggest you top yours with lots of fresh veggies, olives, and a lean protein (like eggs, shrimp, oysters, crabmeat, turkey bacon). Here’s the recipe:
A Healthy Bloody Mary Recipe
Serving size: 2 bloody marys
6 small tomatoes
2 celery sticks
1 red onion
handful of broccoli
1. Boil a pot of water and once boiling, cook 2 hardboiled eggs for 9 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, core 6 tomatoes and squeeze the juice into a blender and then throw the skins in following. Add 1 carrot, 1 celery stalk, 1/3 chopped red onion, hot sauce of your choice, two splashes of Worcestershire sauce, ½ squeezed lime, ½ squeeze lemon, salt & pepper – blend until smooth. Taste test to make sure it’s to your liking, I prefer my bloodys extremely spicy so I always end up adding more hot sauce.
3. Measure out 1-2 ounces of the vodka of your choice, I used Grey Goose because it’s my dads and why not go for the good stuff! Pour the vodka into a glass, mason jar, or whatever you fancy drinking out of that day. Add ice and pour half the tomato juice mixture into the glass.
4. I topped mine with a deviled egg stuffed with avocado egg salad. To make: once the eggs are cooked, rinse, peel, and slice them in half. Cut out the yolk and mix in with an avocado, chili pepper, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Take the avocado egg mixture and fill in the wholes of the egg where the yolk was and viola you have a swanky topping. And to finish: I added a celery stalk, lime wedge, lemon wedge, and a skewer with red pepper, broccoli and an olive.
There are so many ways you can be innovative when creating your yummy, waist slimming bloody mary. Just remember – fresher is better! Like opting for a smoothie lunch, this drink fulfilled my desire for healthy choices, while also giving me that extra kick 20 minutes in. ;)
A bloody mary a day keeps the fat pants away, Happy diet drinking!