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Ways to Make a Bloody Mary Healthy

That's No Bloody Mary — It's Salad!

During the weekend I love going to brunch with my girlfriends, especially because of the mimosas and Bloody Marys. Brunch can get pretty heavy though, and the cocktails are no exception. On their own, most spirits average around 120 calories in a typical pour. Start adding fruit and veggie juice to the mix and that number quickly goes up — a Bloody Mary can easily add 350 calories and a ton of sodium to your meal. But since I love a good Bloody Mary, I'm not giving them up. Instead, I make healthier versions at home. In a way, it's almost like having a salad in a cup.

  • If you're only going to change one thing about a classic Bloody Mary recipe, ditch standard tomato juice and don't use a mix. Most store-bought tomato juices are made with added sugar and sodium. Make your own tomato juice or look for one in the store with no added sugar and a low sodium content. The spices in a typical Bloody Mary make all that added salt unnecessary.
  • Think beyond celery, olives, and lemons and pile on the fresh veggies. In past concoctions, I've used green beans, asparagus, carrots, and radish. A friend of mine loves adding okra. Instant salad!
  • Besides veggies, think about adding protein to your drink. Turkey bacon, shrimp, and crab meat work well in Bloodys. Some people even add a small cube of cheese as a garnish.
  • Bring down the calories by swapping the vodka out for the Asian spirit shochu. Shochu tastes like vodka but has way fewer calories.
  • Hold the alcohol and make it a virgin. Skip the liquor but get all the benefits from the veggies, especially the lycopene from all that tomato.
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Retro23 Retro23 5 years
How do Caesers (canada) stand up nutritionally to Bloody Marys?
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Both the spicy and the sweet versions of jarred Peppadew brand peppers are AMAZING when speared and dunked into a Mary! A little bit of smoked Spanish paprika is also a nice twist on the classic drink.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I don't really drink Bloody Marys, but I'd like to try one with lots of extra veggies in it. I wonder how that shochu tastes...I've looked for it, but I can't find it anywhere.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Low sodium V8 is great for bloodies, and unlike some "low sodium" products (AHEMsoysauce) the sodium content is dramatically lower in low sodium V8, it cuts out about 85% of the sodium!
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