2018 is right around the corner! Now is the time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the opportunities the New Year brings.
How are you planning on celebrating? Most New Year celebrations include alcoholic beverages, however, alcohol is not typically recommended for those with gastroparesis. Alcohol is a gastric irritant and it increases the amount of acid your stomach produces. When you are already dealing with digestive symptoms daily, it’s not in your best interest to drink something that will most likely make your symptoms worse.
If you are looking for something more exciting than water to sip on, consider mixing up a mocktail! One easy option is club soda with lime juice. While it is carbonated and may lead to bloating, I sometimes find that the carbonation can settle my stomach.
I also really like ginger beer. If you have never heard of it before, it is similar to ginger ale but has more of the spiciness of ginger to it (it is non-alcoholic). Not all ginger beer is created equal. The Goslings brand found in many grocery stores, for example, has high fructose corn syrup and the ingredients list doesn’t include any real ginger. The Reed’s brand, on the other hand, tells you the grams of ginger per bottle and is sweetened with a combination of cane sugar, pineapple juice, and honey. I was able to find this in the health food section of my local grocery store.
You can drink the ginger beer right out of the bottle or try this simple Pomegranate-Ginger Mocktail! It mixes ginger beer with pomegranate juice and a splash of lime for a festive winter beverage, perfect for any party.
- 4 ounces pomegranate juice
- 2 ounces ginger beer I recommend Reed's brand
- 1/4 small lime juiced
Add pomegranate juice and ginger beer to a tall glass. Squeeze in the juice from 1/4 of a small lime. Add ice cubes and stir.
Nutrition information: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 1 mg, sodium, 26 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 22 g sugar, 0.5 g protein
Happy New Year!
Question of the day:
How are you ringing in the New Year?