You don’t have to sink the cans and empty the wine cask on Australia Day. Do it the chic – dry – way without a drop of alcohol.
Here are the top tips from Zoe Bingley-Pullin, celebrity chef, nutritionist and founder of Falling in Love with Food.
Best Prep for A Healthy Australia Day
- Hydrate: “Make fruit water such as using strawberries, cucumber, and mint if plain water doesn’t appeal,” says Zoe.
- Australia Day doesn’t have to revolve around a BBQ. Incorporate movement and fun with a walk with friends. Catch up that way followed by meeting a friend in the morning and celebrating Australia Day with a walk, run or even a swim. You can’t get more Aussie than that, right? Follow this up with a delicious, balanced breakfast such as avocado and eggs on wholegrain toast. Alternatively, soy milk, banana, LSA and oat smoothie or chia seed porridge are a healthy filling option – and an excellent way to ‘line the stomach’ if you do have a drink or two later on.
- “If asked to bring a dish last minute, whip up a healthy plant-based dip such as avocado, tahini, and lemon or cannellini bean, garlic, lemon and parsley and serve with seed crackers and vegetable sticks,” Zoe suggests.
- Try eating protein-rich raw unsalted nuts to slow the absorption of alcohol suggests Zoe.
- If you do drink, hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate! “Make sure to regularly sip mineral water and have a fresh vegetable juice or coconut water to rehydrate, especially if having coffee too!” she says. Beat your hangover before it has a chance to take hold!
- For those who love wine, red wine is a good pick due to its resveratrol content, notes Zoe. This is a polyphenolic compound with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions in the body, she explains.
- Vodka or gin with fresh lime and soda water are also low sugar and low-kilojoule options, she adds.
If you are hosting your own Australia Day soiree, why not give the teetotallers a fabulous option too! Zoe gave us a couple of great mocktail recipes, for us to share with you:
The Pomegranate and Lime Spritzer
2 cups soda water, chilled
2 cups pomegranate juice, chilled
¼ cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. ginger, grated
4 mint leaves
ice for serving
fresh pomegranate seeds
“In a jug mix all soda, juice, ginger and seeds, pour into ice-filled glasses and top with a mint leaf in each glass.”
The Refreshing Avocado and Pineapple Frappe
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
Up to 2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped
1-2 cups fresh orange juice
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. lime juice
½ cup ice cubes
“Combine avocado, pineapple and juice in a blender, puree until smooth,” says Zoe. “Add remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth and serve immediately.”
If you want to add any extra’s to mocktails on Australia Day, Zoe suggests the following:
- Fresh fruit such as strawberries, berries, pomegranate, and lime are a hydrating, source of vitamin C and antioxidants, which is known to be depleted by alcohol, she explains.
- Mint is not only for taste but has been traditionally used to support the liver, Zoe points out.
- Tomato juice is rich in phytochemical lycopene and can block absorption of alcohol, she adds.
What are you serving up on Australia Day? Which non-alcoholic option are you most excited to try?