At least that's what Dan Roberts, author of the fashion model workout, Methodology X claims—and we couldn't agree more. Occasionally biting into a cannoli or sipping on a glass of Cab is one of life's simple pleasures and can be enjoyed along the quest for a slimmer body. That's why we've combined those two delightful moments and compiled these alcohol-infused treats. If your taste buds don't convince you to give these a try, then check out the 23 Surprising, Healthy Benefits of Alcohol!
RED WINE GRANITA WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM
Nutrition: 132 calories, 4 g fat (2.4 g saturated), 15 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 1 g protein
This is one boozy bowl of ice cream that just might help you wiggle into those skinny jeans. In fact, according to a study from Oregon State University, the dark red grapes found in some types of red wine contain ellagic acid, a chemical that slows down the growth of fat cells and stops new ones from being created.
Get the recipe from Honestly Yum.
BROWNED BUTTER BOURBON BLONDIES
Nutrition: 134 calories, 7.1 g fat (3 g saturated), 56 mg sodium, 15 g fat, <1 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2 g protein
While blondies are typically a flat belly sin, this walnut-packed version may have a few slimming tricks up its sleeve. In a review of 31 trials, study participants whose diets included extra nuts lost about 1.4 extra pounds and half an inch from their waists. Bonus: Research suggests that people who consume alcohol in moderation are 40 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who consume too much or none at all.
Get the recipe from Saving Dessert.
BOOZY SPARKLING CRANBERRIES
Nutrition: 88 calories, 0 g fat ( 0 g saturated), 5 mg sodium, 17.3 carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 15.3 g sugar, 0 g protein
These whiskey-soaked cranberries will do more than please your palette. In fact, cranberries prevents bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urethra and bladder, making it difficult for infection to occur. And when it comes to alcohol, whiskey is one of your safest bets at just 69 calories an ounce.
Get the recipe from Bake Love Give.
BOURBON MARSHMALLOW SMORES WITH BACON
Nutrition: 158 calories, 0 g fat, 12 mg, 32 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 24 g sugars, protein 2.5 g protein
Whether your choice of beverage is wine or bourbon, it can help soothe your muscles, according to a study published in the International Journal of Kinesiology & Sports Science. The study had male participants go through two rounds of exercise and then consume a small amount of an alcoholic beverage or placebo beverage. The results concluded that those who drank the booze reported less muscle soreness after recovery than those who consumed a placebo. Sounds like these round-the-campfire treats would be perfect for after a long day of hiking!
Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is.
GRAPEFRUIT, POMEGRANATE, AND CHAMPAGNE SORBET
Nutrition: 91 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 1 mg sodium, 20.8 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 19.6 g sugar, <1 g protein
This champagne sorbet is fat-free and under 100 calories per serving. But if that's not enough to get you spooning, consider this: Vitamin C found in both grapefruit and pomegranates helps build up and repair skin collagen—which can help fade stretch marks—and keeps you hydrated while also boosting your metabolism!
Get the recipe from Lemon Fire Brigade.
Nutrition: 238 calories, 10.7 g fat( 5.9 g saturated), 77 mg sodium, 18.6 g carbs, 17.8 g sugar, 1.8 g protein (calculated with stevia bakeable blend)
Shrink your waist with these tequila infused macarons. Research suggests that the agavins (natural sugar) found in margarita's signature booze help you lose weight. After scientists had given a group of mice agavins into their water, they reported that the mice had lower glucose levels and were fuller longer.
Get the recipe from Sprinkles for Breakfast.
GLUTEN FREE BOURBON PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE
Nutrition: 256 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated), 110 mg sodium, 23.8 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, 17.6 g sugar, 4.3 g protein (calculated with light cream cheese and no salt)
If it's not obvious enough by now, we are all about dessert and booze—as long as they are both consumed in moderation. And when it comes to dessert, portion control is everything. Luckily for you, this cheesecake is divided into pre-portioned squares. Bonus: Pumpkin is a natural appetite suppressant and fat-burner.
Get the recipe from The Bojon Gourmet.
BANANA CUPCAKES WITH BOURBON BUTTERSCOTCH FILLING
Nutrition: 195 calories, 6.2 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 83 mg sodium, 31.4 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 20 g sugar, 3 protein
Bananas are the perfect fitness fuel, appetite moderator, metabolism booster, and bloat banisher. In fact, one study found that women who ate a small banana twice a day as a pre-meal snack for two months reduced their belly-bloat by 50 percent! White we don't encourage you to consume more than one of these cupcakes, they can fill in as the fruit this one time. And to discover how to get a washboard stomach in just weeks, don't miss this essential list of the 5 Best-Ever Foods for Abs—Guaranteed!
Get the recipe from Bakers Royale.
WHITE SANGRIA POPTAILS
Nutrition: 85 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 443 mg sodium, 7.2 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 15 g sugar, <1 g protein
Go ahead, admit it; your inner child still craves a popsicle or two as the temperatures rise. And nothing screams "It's summer!" for an adult more than a refreshing glass of chilled white sangria. Combine the two, and you've got yourself a poptail.
Get the recipe from Endless Summer.
STRAWBERRY MOSCATO CUPCAKES
Nutrition: 272 calories, 9.5 g fat (4.1 g saturated), 307 mg sodium, 47.3 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 15.9 g sugar, 3.2 g protein
If you're a Moscato fan, you like things pretty sweet. Unfortunately, if you're trying to shed a few LBs, sugar isn't your friend. While these cupcakes probably won't fight belly bulge, they won't do too much damage if you stick to just one. To start losing weight today, check out these 10 Genius Tips to Lose 10 Pounds!
Get the recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny.
Nutrition: 181 calories, 6.2 g fat (2.7 g saturated), 78 mg sodium, 28.9 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 2 g protein
Keep your taste buds and brain cells firing when you bite into this cookie. According to a 2015 Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry report, xanthohumol, a compound found in beer, can protect brain cells from damaging. We doubt we have to do much more convincing to get you to fight Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease with a boozy dessert.
Get the recipe from The Beeroness.
BIRTHDAY CAKE OREOS BOOZY MILKSHAKE
Nutrition: 207 calories, 6.8 g fat (2.7 g saturated), 145 mg sodium, <1 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 3.1 g protein
The name alone spells out dietary disaster. However, a little bit goes a long way when it's this sweet. Can't seem to get rid of those extra layers you put on the past few months? Check out these 14 Ways to Lose Your Belly in 14 Days.
Get the recipe from That's so Michelle.
CHOCOLATE WHISKEY DIPPED IRISH CUPCAKES
Nutrition: 274 calories, 17.1 g fat (10.6 g saturated), 216 mg sodium, 24.9 carbs, 2 g fiber, 13.5 g sugar, 4 g protein (calculated with stevia bakeable blend and greek yogurt in place of heavy cream)
If you're looking for a decadent Saint Patrick's Day treat, these cupcakes are it. Just make sure to opt for Stevia's bakeable blend, which comes from the stevia plant and sub greek yogurt for heavy cream. The yogurt is low in sugar, high in protein and rich enough to flawlessly fill in for the fatty, nutrient-void creamy stuff. And make sure to check out our Eat This, Not That! on St. Patrick's Day guide.
Get the recipe from Lea and Jay.
BROWN BUTTER RUM CANNOLI
Nutrition: 249 calories, 10.4 g fat (5.4 g saturated), 178 mg sodium, 33.2 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 3.3 g sugar, 5.4 g protein
If a cannoli pie seems way too dangerous or isn't the same without a crispy shell, this rum version puts a boozy spin on the classic. And it's already portioned for you. To start losing weight today, check out these 10 Genius Tips to Lose 10 Pounds!
Get the recipe from Baker's Royale.
BOURBON PECAN PIE CUPCAKES
Nutrition: 247 calories, 12 g fat (6.2 g saturated), 70 mg sodium, 33 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 25. g sugar, 1.4 g protein (calculated with light cream)
Bourbon and heart-healthy pecans? Nope, these are not your typical cupcakes (or pie). Not only will they possible leave you feeling buzzed but these hickory nuts are also full of essential fatty acids, vitamin,s and minerals that fight cell damaging free-radicals.
Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
RASPBERRY LIME SANGRIA POPSICLES
Nutrition: 131 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 1 mg sodium, 33 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 26 g sugar, <1 g protein
Opt for black raspberries, which contain three times the antioxidants of their red counterpart, according to a recent report in the journal Open Chemistry. They're also a more potent source of secondary metabolites, a type of organic compounds that are beneficial to human health making them one of the elite superfoods.
Get the recipe from Cooking Stoned.
BAILEYS IRISH CREAM TRUFFLES
Nutrition: 235 calories, 15.6 g fat (10 g saturated), 50 mg sodium, 25.4 g carbs, 5.7 g fiber, 15.6 g sugar, 5.2 g protein
If you're looking for a less-indulgent holiday treat, these truffles are small, light, and tasty. Plus, the topping options are endless.
Get the recipe from Saving Dessertt.
NUTELLA FRANGELICO ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
Nutrition: 284 calories, 16.9 g fat (11 g saturated), 204 mg sodium, 28.6 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 15.5 g sugar, 3.5 g protein
You had us at Nutella and ice cream sandwiches. Throw Frangelico into the mix and we're completely sold. Just make sure to consume this one on special occasions. Regualr consumption of saturated fat will ruin your body goals.
Get the recipe from Buttercream Blondie.
BLACKBERRY RED WINE CHOCOLATE CAKE
Nutrition: 257 calories, 12.1 g fat (5.6 g saturated), 215 mg sodium, 26.9 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, 16.7 g sugar, 3 g protein (calculated without powdered sugar)
Fight cancer, whittle your waist ,and boost brain cells with a slice of chocolate cake? Yes, please. We've already told you the antioxidant benefits and slimming effects of a glass of red. And 2015 study done by Texas A&M University found resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes, can improve memory and cognitive function in rats.
Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.
Nutrition: 248 calories, 13.3 g fat (8.3 g saturated), 287 mg sodium, 23.4 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 9 g protein
Sprinkling cinnamon into your food can lead to fewer cravings, more appetite control and
weight loss. In fact, a series of studies printed in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adding cinnamon to a starchy meal, like this cannoli tart, may help stabilize blood sugar and ward off binge-inducing insulin spikes.
Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is.
Nutrition: 277 calories, 13 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 2.5 g protein
Pop a bottle of champagne this Easter—and pour it into your cupcake batter. "I've always been a big believer in balance: Train hard, work hard and live hard—and sometimes that involves a bit of bubbly," says Roberts. For more tips from the experts, check out these 50 Best-Ever Weight-Loss Secrets From Skinny People!
Get the recipe from The Curvy Carrot.