Your vision, work and compassion have offered countless individuals a place of belonging and hope, created endless opportunities, helped build a more inclusive society and, most importantly, assisted people in regaining their independence. So I’d like to ask you all to join me in raising a glass to this caring, enthusiastic and devoted team on 75 years of extraordinary work! Of course, this is a nutrition column, hence I carefully chose this specific celebratory cocktail not only for its fitting name, but researched health benefits.
- Champagne and gin are low-calorie alcoholic beverages.
- Champagne contains anti-oxidants that can protect against heart disease.
- Champagne helps prevent memory loss (a study at theUniversity of Reading determined that drinking one to three glasses of champagne each week can boost brain health).
- Gin is made from the juniper berry which is packed with infection-fighting flavonoids.
Cheers SCI Ontario!
✓ 1 oz gin
✓ 2 oz champagne (or other favourite sparkling wine)
✓ ½ oz fresh lemon juice
✓ pinch sugar (optional)
Combine gin, lemon juice and sugar in champagne flute 2.Top with champagne. Add all ingredients to a food processor/blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Joanne Smith is a dietitian specializing in nutrition for people with disabilities, and owner of Fruitful Elements, fruitfulelements.com