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8 Dry January Lifesavers

8 Dry January Lifesavers

January’s all about purging festive sins, right? Living off lettuce and still water is all well and good, until 1st Feb sees you sniffing out sausage rolls at 7am, with a triple gin chaser for lunch followed by 20 nuggets on the bus home from work and a glass of red wine to forget it all. Plus dinner and office snacks in between, obvi.

Instead of starving yourself, try some of these saintly products to ease you into a healthier lifestyle you can enjoy through the year (everything in moderation, mind. No one should deny themselves Greggs’ vegan range).

1. Fentiman’s botanically brewed drinks

Great on their own, used as a zingy mixer or heated up to make a bevy of sparkling hot mocktails, Fentiman’s botanically brewed drinks are perfect if you’re trying hard to stay on the wagon but can’t even look at another Coke Zero. Made using fine herbal ingredients and in gorgeous packaging, we can’t get enough of Valencian Orange Tonic Water, Curiosity Cola and Rose Lemonade (plus tons of other flavours).

Where to buy: Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose Monte Rosso

2. Monte Rosso

Swap an Aperol Spritz for theItalian-inspired, naturally non-alcoholic aperitif Monte Rosso. A bitter-sweet drink with an aromatic scent and light and refreshing sparkle, Monte Rosso’s bitter notes appeal to mature palates. Best served at a party, over ice with a slice of orange.

Where to buy: Ocado, Amazon and Waitrose

3. T&E No.1

If a fine white wine or vermouth is your usual go-t, try T&E No. 1. This delicately sparkling, refreshing drink reveals flavours of green fruits, citrus peel and botanicals, layer by layer. Contains only 53 calories per 175ml glass, which is around one third of the calories of a glass of wine!

Where to buy: Tesco stores, Ocado, Amazon and Waitrose

4. Sacla healthy pesto

The UK’s favourite pesto brand just launched a no added sugar, no added salt range, with about a third less oil than predecessors. And, because they are made with tofu, rather than traditional Parmesan cheese, they’re perfect for vegetarians and vegans too. Stir into a bowl of pasta after the gym for the perfect refuel meal. Here’s a recipe idea!

Where to buy: In larger stores of all major supermarkets 

5. Hi-PRO peanut butter

Whether it’s a quick bite before the gym, a post-run snack or a healthy boost to smoothies and breakfast cereals, you can add Hi-PRO peanut butter to most recipes to help recharge, recover and repair. This natural source of fibre, niacin, magnesium, zinc and vitamins B1, B6 and E has no added palm oil, plus no added sugar, artificial sweeteners, salt or whey. Winning.

Where to buy: Sainsbury’s

6. Eisberg Sparkling ‘wine’

Schloer, but better. Made in exactly the same way as regular wine, but with the alcohol gently removed at the end. Eisberg is a tasty alternative and contains fewer than 33 calories per 125ml glass – great for avoiding those ‘OMGZ why aren’t you drinking?!’ conversations at parties (maybe just remove the label).

The range includes Sparkling Blanc, Sparkling Rosé, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc.

Where to buy: Asda, Waitrose & Ocado

7. Beer Hawk’s ‘Big Dry January’ Case

Proof that non-boozy beers don’t have to be flavourless, Beer Hawk’s excellent selection of non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers will set you sailing through the driest month of the year. Featuring world renowned breweries like Mikkeller, BrewDog, Thornbridge, Erdinger and Hoegaarden as well as specialist alcohol-free breweries Big Drop and Infinite Sessions.

Where to buy:

8. Low alcohol sparkling rosé

This fruity Garnacha, full of ripe strawberry flavours, is made from carefully selected grapes, from the sun-ripened vineyards of central Spain – and it contains just <0.5% vol!

Where to buy: Tesco

Bottoms up!

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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