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It can be a challenge to be a social butterfly and a healthy yogi.  While no one wants to give in to peer pressure, it’s effortless to cave when you’re out having a blast with your girlfriends. Besides life is short and you should be able to live it up every now and then! Heavy meals and the boozy drinking, however, can leave you feeling lethargic and even slightly depressed afterwards.

 

Brunch with your girls doesn’t mean you have to completely go off your wellness goals.  One of the healthiest drinks you can order at brunch is a Bloody Mary.

 

So obviously a Virgin Mary would make it an even healthier choice, but sometimes you just want to live a little (or maybe you have one Bloody and then one Virgin). Not to worry as both still contain nutrition.

The biggest reason a Blood Mary is a healthy brunch drink:

Tomatoes contain lycopene; a powerful antioxidant that helps cells fight free radicals.  FYI free radicals are naturally created by our body in response to internal cell metabolism, as well as by external sources (ie. cigarette smoke, pollution, and many of the day to day things we are exposed to in the 21stcentury).

 

Through research, I recently learned that a small amount of free radicals is not too bad.  It’s when the body generates an overload of free radicals that it becomes dangerous.  Thought this side note was important to include as I was one of many who thought all free radicals were a no no in the wellness community.  That being said who doesn’t love the idea of having fun at brunch while drinking a beverage that contains antioxidants to show your cells a little love.

 

 

Anyway, enough of that tangent and back to why a Bloody Mary is one of the healthiest brunch drinks you can order.  In addition to the antioxidants in lycopene, there is some evidence showing that lycopene might also help prevent prostate, lung, and stomach cancer. As well as potentially aiding the fight against pancreas, colon, rectum, esophagus, oral cavity, breast, and cervical cancer. Finally, it might also help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, therefore preventing cardiovascular disease. Boom shakalaka.

 

The Cons

The con with a Bloody/Virgin Mary is that many tomato juices have added sodium and sugar. Womp womp. The solution is (if you’re serving brunch at home) to either make your own tomato juice or buy a low sugar/low sodium brand in the store. When you’re out and if you really want to take it the extra step you can ask the restaurant if they know the nutrition ingredients.  That’s a bit too much effort for me in my opinion but I totally get it if you’re watching sugar/sodium intake.

 

Sources:

Story, Erica N., et al. “An Update on the Health Effects of Tomato Lycopene.” Advances in Pediatrics., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3850026/.

 

Anonymous. “How Lycopene Helps Protect Against Cancer.” The Physicians Committee, 20 Apr. 2016, www.pcrm.org/health/cancer-resources/diet-cancer/nutrition/how-lycopene-helps-protect-against-cancer.