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Ways to Make a Bloody Mary Healthy

That's No Bloody Mary — It's Salad!

I love a good weekend brunch, and no shame here — it's especially because of the mimosas and Bloody Marys. Brunch can be a pretty heavy meal 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 400 calories and a ton of sodium to your meal. Before you completely give up on the classic brunch drink, try making a healthier version at home. Think of it as having a (spiked) 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 antioxidant lycopene from all that tomato.
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Retro23 Retro23 7 years
How do Caesers (canada) stand up nutritionally to Bloody Marys?
fuzzles fuzzles 7 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 7 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 7 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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