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3 Mouthwatering (And Figure-Friendly) Food & Wine
Pairings That Will Instantly Transport You To France
From Celebrity Nutritionist & Bestselling Author
Cynthia Pasquella

The French are known for their love for decadent foods, but maybe more so for their reputation for enjoying delicious meals while still looking great, having glowing skin and oozing sophistication 24/7!

They’re definitely onto something. You absolutely don’t have to sacrifice flavor to be healthy, and you can even relish a glass of wine while you’re at it.

Here are three food and wine pairings (with health benefits) you can enjoy. Just remember to indulge in moderation and stick to one glass of wine per night and enjoy no more than three times per week!

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You can’t go wrong with a crisp glass of white wine and a perfectly
grilled fish!

White wine contains flavonoids with potent antioxidant properties, which help protect from damage to your body’s cells. This means you’ll be stronger – for longer. Also, white wine is generally lower in calories than any other alcoholic beverage, making it a great option if you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight.

You get a lot out of haddock, too. This classic fish is low in fat and contains omega-3 fatty acids to boost heart health, make your skin glow, and provide lots of energy (for vacationing or taking your business to the next level!).

Try: Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2013 Vaudésir Grand Cru (Chablis)

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Whether you’ve just scored a new client or simply want to treat yourself, do so with a glass of champagne! Not to be confused with sparkling wine or prosecco, champagne is the only bubbly that’s produced in Champagne, France (and let’s be honest, you totally deserve this luxury).

The best thing about champagne (ok, one of the best things) is that it’s healthy for you! It contains polyphenols, which are plant substances with anti-aging antioxidants that help fend off harmful environmental aggressors (like pollution) that slow your body down.

Champagne is also known to help lower blood pressure, which makes it ideal after a particularly hectic week at the office.

But wait… there’s more: A recent study even suggests that champagne can help prevent memory loss and protect your brain from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Now there’s something to toast to!

Champagne is heavenly with something salty, like caviar. Usually a high point of any culinary experience, caviar is a rich source of nutrients, including omega-3s which help promote a good mood and immune system along with vitamin B12 to keep you energized!

Try: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 1990 Cave Privée Brut (Champagne)

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Red wine gets the most attention for its health benefits, and it’s hard to argue with why!

Thanks to an antioxidant called resveratrol, your favorite glass of oaky red has been credited with promoting a longer life, protecting against age-related mental decline, improving heart health and even physical performance. (All the things a go-getter needs to keep going and… well… getting!)

And since resveratrol protects against cell damage, it also helps keep your skin firmer and brighter for longer.

There’s another active antioxidant in red wine called quercetin that’s been known to combat cancer cells. Plus, the tannins (the substances that can make your wine taste more dry or bitter) may help prevent heart disease. It’s also been suggested that red wine can help improve the level of “good” cholesterol and deliver anti-inflammatory benefits.

Pair your bold red with a grass-fed steak, and boost your energy with a dose of protein along with other nutrients like iron, zinc, B12 and selenium to boost your immune system and mood!

Try: Château Léoville Las Cases 2010 Saint-Julien

 

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