For our Mother’s Day brunch we’re serving up this mimosa that’s not only delicious, but also guilt-free! That's because alcohol jumpstarts_ thermogenesis,_ a process that increases calorie burn by 14 percent for up to 90 minutes. What’s more, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that this heat-producing process – stimulated by a daily cocktail or two – can reduce the risk of weight gain by up to 30 percent.
Plus, enjoying an occasional cocktail can help keep you on your A-game. Researchers at the University of Texas found that alcohol promotes the generation of new cells in the brain region that governs memory and learning. This in turn staves off age-related brain shrinkage known to cause cognitive decline and dementia. Bonus: The bromelain in pineapple juice also eases joint pain!
Here’s the tasty recipe:
4 oz. orange-pineapple juice, like Dole
2 oz. coconut rum
1 oz. triple sec or orange-flavored liqueur
Champagne or sparkling white wine
In pitcher, combine first 3 ingredients. Divide evenly between 2 champagne flutes. Top with champagne. Serve immediately.