Food Network- A Healthy Sangria: A Low Carb Wine and Lovin It (3 Grams Carb)


Sangria

Sangria
Photo Courtesy by Divya Thakur

Sangria is ubiquitous all over the globe, but perhaps it all began in Spain. The Spanish-mixed drinks, fruit, sugar, and spice into a popular concoction which had short bursts of popularity in the United States too. It was consumed during the earliest colonial era, long before prohibition, and then disappeared for quite some time until it resurfaced in more modern Spanish restaurants. But this drink has gone through multiple versions and has been made available to people across Europe.

Initially it was just served as an afternoon snack by its devotees. But slowly the drink moved up the ranks of the Mediterranean diet and then became more popular among Indians working in the cities. It was even recommended by some Hollywood celebrities to keep in trim during film shoots!

Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups Burgundy wine
2 cups club soda or seltzer water
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)
1 lemon, sliced into circles
1 lime, sliced into circles
1/4 cup diet Tang or any Crystal light fruit drink, optional

To make sure your sangria stays chilled, you can add ice to it. However, if you want to enjoy your sangria at room temperature without worrying about it getting too cold, then you can drink it very cold – no waiting to heat it up. Adding sugar or water to the bottle will also help keep it cold. Sangria makes a great summer drink, and you can even serve it as an alternative to a monitor, which is usually more acidic because of the lime and lemon flavors in it.

Traditionally, men like to serve Sangria with a shot of very aged red wine, but nowadays, you can use whatever you like. However, if you are serving Sangria for a very young guest then you should not use red wine. Instead, you can use fruity beverages like grape juice or lemonade. Sangria can also be prepared in a blender along with sugar and cream.

An important characteristic is that it contains a significant amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants are important because they neutralize free radicals that are created by the body. Free radicals cause cellular damage, which leads to cancer and other diseases. However, antioxidants found in red wine are particularly powerful because they are able to neutralize the effect of these free radicals.

In order to make the recipe even more exciting, the next step is to add a shot of soda water to it. To do this, simply take some soda water and add it to the glass of Sangria recipe. This soda water adds a nice kick to the drink and helps to make it more interesting to drink. The last step is to add the cranberry juice and some ice. By doing this, you will have one very good punch that will be enjoyed by everyone.


Nutrition Information
Calories 46Total Fat 0 grams
Saturated Fat 0 gramsCarbohydrates 3 grams
Net Carbohydrates 3 gramsFiber 0 grams