Moderation is Healthy: Red Wine

Red Wine Makes Me Happy

It’s pretty widely known that red wine in moderation is good for heart health. To point out the chemistry is essentially six degrees of Kevin Bacon for bio-chem, but you can follow this link to some of the latest research. If reading clinical research isn't your thing, the long and short of it is that red wine is loaded with anti-oxidants. So red wine is good for the heart, it’s rich in anti-oxidants, and it tastes good … kind of sounds genius if you ask me – Red wine in moderation: Check.

 

It's Better Together

The trouble with red wine is that it’s best when paired with something, and though bread is delicious, it’s kind of the devil when it comes to a meal plan – So what is healthy that goes well with red wine? Fortunately there are two things that are also to be enjoyed in moderation that are fantastic friends of red wine; Chocolate and Cheese.

Chocolate and Cheese Please!

Chocolate is another food packed with anti-oxidants, and darker chocolates are very low in sugar and additives. Finding the right chocolate for the right wine can be a very fun challenge, and it’s usually best to sample several kinds of chocolate to find the right one for your palate.

All cheeses are generally high in calcium and protein, two things that your body can never really get enough of. Cheese however is often trickier for most folks – many people have dairy allergies, are lactose intolerant, or just don’t have the knowledge of “what is good cheese”. This is where I always look to my local shop owner for some technical support, personally I have dairy allergies but can enjoy many different kinds of goat milk – which still leaves me with both hard and soft cheese options that run the gambit of very rich strongly flavored cheeses, to softer and more mild cheese – again what a fun adventure, and again, in moderation they can be great heathy choices for a treat.

 

Coos Bay Wine Walk

Northwest Fitness is excited to announce that they will be participating in the monthly Coos Bay Wine Walk. Heather will be pouring red wine, giving out bites of chocolate, while answering questions about the opening of our temporary training studio and cycling center, the Northwest Fitness Annex. The NW Annex (located in the former location of the Pottery Co.) is 2500 sq. ft. and will offer, one-on-one training, group fitness classes, and indoor cycling for more info on class times and availability email heather@trainnw.com. We are excited to kick off July with a bang and hope to see a great turnout!

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