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Celebrate Memorial Day & Keep your Teeth Healthy with a Non-Alcoholic Beverage

By Jill Hamilton on May 23, 2013 in Healthy Living

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Memorial Day is the perfect weekend to barbeque with family & friends and celebrate all the freedoms our hard working soldiers afford us.

As you consider what to drink with your burger or ribs, think of your long term health; a nutritious libation won't give you a hangover and it will keep your smile sparkling.

Frequent consumption of sugar filled drinks will demineralize and weaken tooth enamel – the first step in tooth decay. When you drink sugary beverages and eat starchy foods, you're not only feeding yourself—you're feeding the plaque that can cause problems in your mouth.

But don't despair. Here are some tasty non-alcoholic beverages that are good for you, courtesy of Eating Well! Show up with a batch of these at your barbeque and you will be the hit of the party!

Blueberry Lime Margarita– 125 calories
• 2 cups ice
• 1 cup frozen blueberries
• 1 cup blueberry nectar
• 1/4 cup seltzer
• 2 tablespoons frozen limeade
• 1 tablespoon lime juice
• 1 lime wedge
• Coarse salt

Preparation: Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.

Bloody Mary with Shrimp – 78 calories

• 22 ounces reduced-sodium V8
• 1 teaspoon horseradish
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 10 dashes Tabasco
• Freshly ground pepper, to taste
• Ice cubes
• 4 cooked shrimp

Preparation: Shake V8, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Tabasco and pepper and in a large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Fill two tall glasses with ice and divide the Bloody Mary between the glasses. Garnish each drink with two shrimp.

Photo Credit: Eating Well