Your Rosé Summer Strategy

Our Nutritive Specialist, Safia Morsly-Fikai, shares her 4 tips on how to enjoy Rosé guilt free!

When summer hits and temperatures rise, we start craving that glass of rose – typically outside soaking up some sun! More often than not, that glass of rose is followed by others (rose likes company!) and within a few weeks, we start feeling the “Rose Pounds.”

So, what to do?
Over the years, I developed a “Rosé Strategy” which allows you to still enjoy this fabulous summer pleasure while limiting the damage.

Facts:

Rosé wine is usually made with dark black grapes, just like other wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The difference is that the grapes that are used for Rose, are being stripped from their skins that contain tannins (what makes the wine red). This process results in the natural sweet taste we experience but deprives us from the anti-oxidants found in the skin and that are known to help with the cardiovascular health, as well as the cancer fighting compound resveratrol, found in Pinot Noir for example. Indeed, the darker the wine, the higher the anti-oxidant content. Rosé contains carbs, natural sugar and ethanol (pure alcohol). The carbs and sugar are absorbed in your G.I tract while the alcohol content, which has no nutritional value, is processed very quickly by the liver as a toxic substance.

The Strategy:

  1. Water it down by adding ice cubes to your glass: diluting your drink while keeping it cool will allow you to sip on it much longer and help limit the number of drinks you can enjoy in one sitting.
  2. Stay on track: Eat healthy and exercise as often as you can this summer. Don’t sabotage all the hard work and efforts put into being healthy and building strength the rest of the year! Indulge smartly by keeping a healthy diet and moving as much as you can.
  3. Pace yourself! Drink your rosé either with lunch OR dinner (not both!).
  4. Increase your water consumption: Whatever you are doing right now in terms of hydration, do more! Most people forget to drink enough water in the summer and feel somewhat dehydrated which can cause headaches and migraines.
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