Susie Burrell

‘your food, your body, your life’

Making The Right Drink Choice For You.

This is a sponsored post, brought to you by BWS.

At this time of year there are plenty of social occasions and celebrations to attend – New Year’s parties, holiday BBQ’s and long, lazy lunches to enjoy before the year really kicks off. Lots of these events and occasions will see alcohol being served and for those of us with personal dietary preferences or food intolerances, it can be challenging to navigate the alcohol selections to ensure your dietary requirements are satisfied. In fact, in general it can be really difficult to find specific drink options that are gluten free, low in alcohol, low in sugars and low in calories so you can still enjoy a couple of your favourite drinks without completely disrupting your diet. And this is the exact reason that BWS has made a commitment to ensure that Aussies have access to the types of drinks they are looking for, no matter what their dietary preferences are.

If you are looking for gluten free beer.
Gluten is a protein found in plant based foods, and can pose an issue for the estimated 1 in 100 Aussies who suffer from coeliac disease or a complete intolerance to the protein gluten. With an increasing number of people who are also ‘gluten intolerant’ the demand for gluten free foods and drinks continues to rise. When it comes to various types of alcohol and their gluten content, while wines and spirits are gluten free, as many beers are made from a barley or wheat base, it can be difficult to find beer that is gluten free. For those who love nothing more than an icy cold beer during the steaming Summer months, look out for Hahn Ultra Crisp which is not only one of the few gluten free beers out there, but is also lower in carbs and preservative free.

If you are looking for low sugar options.

One of the biggest issues with alcoholic drinks and our health is that some drinks can be packed full of sugar and calories, especially sweet drinks that contain sugary mixers such as juice, cola and lemon flavoured options. So if your goal is to minimise your overall calorie and sugar intake whilst still enjoying your favourite spirit, you cannot go past the new Vodka Soda & and Gin Soda & pre mixers which contain nothing other than spirit, soda and fresh lime, helping to keep your alcohol and sugar intake to an absolute minimum.

If you are looking to minimise your alcohol intake.

If you are looking to minimise your alcohol intake.

Enjoying a drink or two with friends does not have to translate into consuming large amounts of alcohol. In fact there are more and more wine and beer options that have significantly less alcohol per serve, or even no alcohol at all with all the taste and flavour of your preferred drink. If you love a beer but want to keep the alcohol, check out Heineken Zero or Carlton Zero. Great Northern Super Crisp or Asahi Soukai are mid strength options. If a crisp glass of Pinot Gris or Sav Blanc is more your thing, Crafter Union offer lower alcohol varies of Rose, Sav Blanc and Pinot Gris, while Brown Brothers Refreshing Pinot Gris and Sav Blanc contain 9% alcohol compared to the 12% of regular wine.

If you want a heath boost.

Health in 2020 is all about positive nutrition, the good stuff we can add in to help us be at our best and expect to see more and more food and drinks that have added nutrients to help supercharge the foods nutritional profile. Our favourite drinks are no different, and a couple of new products to the market are kombuchas or fermented teas now come in low sugar, alcoholic varieties including Dirty Bucha of Byron and Bootleg Buch. Here you can still get the gut health benefits from kombucha even when you are enjoying an alcoholic drink with minimal added sugars and additives.