Toni’s Health Tip #25: Lower Sugar Holiday Imbibing

Tip #25:  Lower Sugar Holiday Imbibing

By Toni Julian, health advocate, author

Toni Julian, Top Influential Women in Silicon Valley 2017

I love red wine, do you? But it adds up. We tend to eat and drink 96% more when we’re in a group of seven or more people. It’s easy to get caught up into social over-imbibing and we still have New Year celebrations ahead, yes?

I’ve created a delicious mulled red wine recipe that is easy on your budget and your waistline. It is so rich and satisfying that you won’t want to drink too much. And once the wine is mulled for around 30 minutes, most of the alcohol cooks off.

This Holiday Mulled Wine is delicious with a complex undertone of spices. The spices complement the fruity nature of the wine. Many recipes add sugar, but it’s really not necessary.

Holiday Mulled Red Wine

Serves 12 | 110 calories, 2 grams sugar, 0 fat, 15 grams carbohydrates

Ingredients |

  • 1 Bottle Merlot, Cabernet or Syrah (such as Rober Hall Cabertnet Sauvignon on sale this week for $14.99/bottle, reg. $16.99)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp whole black pepper
  • 2 star anise

How to make |

Combine on stovetop and simmer 30 minutes.

Please share this with your friends who would like to enjoy this delicious and satisfying holiday beverage.

May you all have a blessed holiday season with your loved ones. Cherish the simple joys in life and Happy New Year!

CHECK OUT next week’s story where I’ll share how to get back on track after our season of overindulgence

From my heart to yours,




Toni Julian is the 2017 recipient of the Top Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, is a nationally renowned health advocate, nutrition adviser, fitness expert, and author of BITE ME! Change Your Life One Bite at a Time. She a 50-something mom of four, on the board of directors for NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and Creator of TONI’S ultra-convenient, protein meals, a complete and healthy hot protein meal that’s ready in minutes. Get yours at Sigona’s! Visit

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