When March hits and St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I think of one thing: beer!
A lot of women say they don’t like beer, but oh, I am definitely a beer girl. Sometimes, there’s just nothing like a crisp, cold one! I really started to appreciate beer when I studied abroad in the UK; light beer just wasn’t an option.
Once I got out of college and started drinking better beer, I really started to love it. I love breweries and any restaurant with a great beer list. When I lived in NYC, Spitzer’s Corner was one of my favorite places for trying new brews. (And OMG I love their pickles!) And, hey, Spartans…I love Harper’s in East Lansing as well!
And good news: beer can be good for you!
- 12 ounces of beer a day is considered “moderate” and healthy for women. So that means not too much kegging it, dear friends.
- In the Nurses Health Study of more than 70,000 women ages 25 to 42, one beer a day was linked to lower blood pressure – more so than wine or other drinks. (Sorry, tequila.)
- Beer is rich in some of the same vitamins as leafy green vegetables, like B vitamins and folates.
- It can settle your stomach. It’s got the bubbles we love in 7-UP, and alcohol helps dull pain. Hmm…I think it’s worth sippin’ on next time you’ve got the flu.
- If you don’t like the taste of beer, try different beers! Beers with a subtle fruit flavor
- Beer may not help your boner, but it can help your bones. One study has linked it to better bone density, possibly because its ingredients help us absorb calcium and minerals. Dark beer was especially good for this.
- Speaking of dark beer, if you are watching your alcohol consumption, dark beer is a great choice. While it may have more calories than a light beer, the heavier flavor means we typically take longer to drink it. It’s pretty hard to throw back Guinness at the same rate as, say, Coors Light, so you may find yourself drinking less overall.
We all know I like to incorporate alcohol when I’m cooking. Cooking with wine is a given, but beer is also a great and very underrated cooking tool.
- No, I wouldn’t shotgun my dinner, but beer does have food-like qualities: it contains yeast, grains, and herbs.
- Pretty much any recipe that calls for a liquid can be made with beer. Some good options: soup, chili, sauces, rice, meat and fish marinade, veggies, and stir-fry.
- If you are using a light beer with a great aroma, don’t boil it for too long or you’ll lose the flavor. A splash at the end might be a better bet.
- Beer is naturally bitter, so it goes well with sweet foods, which balance this out. Using it with sugary veggies like carrots or onions are a good idea.
- Because of the yeast, beer is a great option for baking. You can check out my ultra-simple and incredibly yummy beer bread recipe to get started! I make this whenever I have leftover beer on hand. Or I just go buy a 40.
You may not be going for a beer belly, but you can use beer for beauty.
- Make your own beer shampoo to reduce build-up and leave your hair shiny and bouncy. Simmer a cup of beer on the stove until it is reduced down to ¼ cup, let it cool, and then add a cup of shampoo. And a drop on your finger can sm0oth unruly brows or flyaways.
- You can add it to the tub for a foamy bath (pour the beer under the gushing faucet to get it really bubbly). Don’t blame me if the frat boys come running.
- Soak your tired feet in cold beer – the carbonation and coolness feels pretty good!
- You can make a face mask, like this one from Kegerators. Combine one cup of beer, an avocado, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and a tablespoon of honey.
This bud’s for you. Cheers!