A fruit juice-based cocktail boasts a bevy of look-good, feel-great benefits, thanks to the powerful nutrients in fruit. The proof: Increasing intake of fruits rich in vitamin C (like oranges, mangoes and berries) can boost metabolism by at least 11 percent, according to researchers at Arizona State University at Tempe. That’s because the vitamin promotes the synthesis of carnitine, an amino acid that plays a key role in the burning of fat for energy.
Also, fresh fruits like raspberries, apples and limes are packed with polyphenols—antioxidants shown to increase the activity of energy engines within cells (called mitochondria). The result: The body becomes more efficient at using glucose and oxygen, providing an instant burst of fuel to power you through your to-do’s.
Get the slenderizing and energizing perks of fruit in this yummy cocktail. Bonus: The kaempferol in raspberries fights yeast overgrowth!
Here’s the easy recipe:
2 orange slices, halved
1/4 tsp. orange zest
1 can (8.4 oz.) sparkling cranberry juice, like Ocean Spray
1 oz. of orange-flavored vodka.
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