Beverages Featured Recipes Snacks — 12 May 2017

Spritz up Mother’s Day brunch with this heart-healthy, red wine-infused cocktail!

Guest Post By: Shea Mills, Nutrition Student at Dominican University

In my family, Mother’s Day means brunch. Just like mothers, brunch is multidimensional. Brunch is a celebration of both breakfast and lunch foods. Omelettes, ripe berries, and mountains of French toast meet prime rib sliders, shrimp, and French fries. With so many options, you’re guaranteed to leave the meal feeling satisfied. One thing that makes brunch unique is a signature cocktail. Mimosas are tasty, but this Mother’s Day I’m treating my mom to a refreshing and Instagram-worthy Pomegranate-Red Wine Spritzer filled with heart-healthy benefits.

Studies have linked drinking red wine to heart health due to its high antioxidant content. However, the American Heart Association, cautiously recommends sipping red wine in moderation – 4 ounces for women; up to 8 ounces for men each day. So, to give my cocktail an antioxidant boost, I modified a recipe from Angie’s Kitchen and used pomegranate juice. Pomegranates have about three times as many antioxidants compared to red wine or green tea. And the sweet-tart taste they contribute –LOVE it! My spritzer takes only three minutes to make and it’s assured to receive mom’s stamp of approval. So, pop a bottle of red wine and mix up this heart-healthy spritzer to wow all of the moms in your life this Mother’s Day!

If you enjoyed my Pomegranate-Red Wine Spritzer, be sure to try Sangria Lite and Tennis Ball-Tini. For more delicious recipes, download the Eat Healthy Homemade Meals app available FREE on iTunes and on Google Play 

Pomegranate-Red Wine Spritzer

1 serving

Prep Time: 3 minutes

No Cooking Required!


½ cup ice cubes

½ cup sweet red wine (Marsala, Madeira, or read the label for a sweet varietal)

¼ cup unsweetened, orange-flavored sparkling water

2 tablespoons pomegranate juice

1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds (optional)

  1. Place ice into large wine glass.
  2. Add wine, sparkling water, pomegranate juice, and pomegranate seeds if using.
  3. Mix well and drink responsibly!

Nutrition Information per (6 ounce) Serving: 129 Calories, 0 grams protein, 11 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 0 grams fiber, 11 grams sugar, 26 milligrams sodium

Note: Photo taken by Shea Mills.


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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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