Guinness is one of my favorite beers for many reasons. It’s rich, big, fills me up, feels indulgent, and is lower in calories! Yup, with only about 4 percent alcohol (alcohol is what racks up the calories) and filled with lots of little nitrogen bubbles, this beer is texturally decadent, but caloricly lighter.
St. Patrick’s Day is often equated with two things: wearing green and drinking Guinness. Ok… so it can also be equated with next am hangovers. Not this year! While your friends may be barely able to lift their throbbing heads, swearing off alcohol for good (this time), and shunning the site of the piles of empty beer bottles, you might be out for a brisk morning jog… that is, IF your beer of choice was Guinness.
Guinness doesn’t quite deserve the bad rep most beers get. Studies have found that drinking beer in moderation can reduce your risk of heart disease, kidney stones and certain types of cancer. Another unexpected perk: you could be consuming fewer calories than you would have with that glass of Pinot or Cabernet. Other benefits of this brunette brew…
On A Diet? Beer Is Not The Enemy
At 170 calories per pint, Guinness will do less damage to your diet than a glass of orange juice or even a glass of low-fat milk.
Don’t Do A Keg Stand. Sit, and Enjoy…
There’s a reason AskMen.com ranked Guinness as one of the Top 10 Popular Quality Beers… it just tastes good! The thick, rich consistency means you’ll actually want to savor each sip, rather than chug it down to move onto the next one—another calorie-saving component.
Overall beer is winning the battle of benefits. Beer drinkers have 30% higher levels of Vitamin B than non-beer drinkers and TWICE the amount of wine drinkers. Beer also increases HDL levels—your “good” cholesterol—and reduces the chances of blocked arteries, a major cause of coronary heart disease.
Drink It For The Baby
New moms that have been off alcohol for 9 months should grab a Guinness in celebration of their access to alcohol again. A small amount of alcohol increases blood stimulation, with promotes milk production. Guinness in particular promotes milk production with its high levels of Vitamin B and Iron.
Don’t hide out this St. Patrick’s Day in fear of a massive hang over and a little extra jiggle in your middle. Guinness is the perfect beer to fetch during the Irish festivities. Enjoy twice the benefits and half the guilt as those other beer drinkers.
Guinness for Dessert?- A Guinness and Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Float!
If you really want to be in Guinness heaven, add a few scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt to your glass of Guinness for a fab float. It’s the perfect dessert! Here’s how to make it.
OF COURSE… drink responsibly, in moderation, and only if you’re of age. And NEVER drink and drive. Call a cab. It’s cheaper than bail.