Is Guinness good for you?

A couple of years ago I wrote a post on St. Patrick’s Day after doing some research on Guinness.

I have heard rumors that Guinness is high in iron and better for you than most beers. I also heard that pregnant women have been advised to drink Guinness because of the high iron and low alcohol.

Is any of this true? Is Guinness good for you?

As I am researching there is no real clear answer to whether or not Guinness is in fact actually good for you. Though leaning toward no seems better than leaning toward yes.

The calories and alcohol content tend to be a little lower than other beers.

According to Realbeer.com, a 12-ounce Guinness draft has 4% alcohol, 125 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates. (Just a reminder that a pint is 16 ounces.) I looked up a few other beers for comparison, all for 12 ounces: Blue Moon White: 5.4% alcohol, 171 calories and 12.9 grams of carbs; Budweiser: 5% alcohol, 143 calories and 10.6 grams of carbs; Heineken: 5.4% alcohol, 166 calories and 9.8 grams of carbs; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: 5.7% alcohol, 171 calories and 14.1 grams of carbs; and last, a beer … Continue reading

Lovely day for a Guinness

I have never really been a Guinness fan. While in Dublin years ago I had a couple of the black stuff while at the brewery. And damn, it was good. I haven’t had any since … until today.

After my yoga class Curt and I headed out for brunch. I went all Irish. I had a Guinness and a shepherd’s pot pie. Wow, that pot pie was amazing (and probably super unhealthy). And the Guinness was nice to drink.

Curt and I came home from brunch and put in our garden. After our over-exertion we decided to head to our favorite local bar, McNally’s, for a drink. I decided to go for another Guinness. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Is Guinness good for you?

As I am researching there is no real clear answer to this question. Though leaning toward no seems better than leaning toward yes.

The calories and alcohol content tend to be lower than other beers.

According to Realbeer.com, a 12-ounce Guinness draught has 4% alcohol, 125 calories and 10 grams of carbs. (Just a reminder that a pint is 16 ounces.) I looked up a few other beers for comparison, all for 2 ounces: Blue Moon … Continue reading

Full flavor, full calorie … mmmmm beer

I used to hate the taste of beer. Probably because it was a Coors or something.

And I still remember someone telling me that eventually I would get used to the taste and actually like beer.

When I was in college my friend Robert got me into microbrews. Many nights after our shift at the Arizona Daily Wildcat a group of us would go out for beers.

That’s when I really got into trying a variety of beers and what I would refer to as good beer. (I was also drinking a good deal of gin and tonic as well.)

Curt is a beer drinker. So when we first started dating I had my fair share of beer and that continued.

We have gone on vacation over beer: Oktoberfest in Munich; Newcastle, England–OK, that was about football, but I love Newcastle Brown Ale; Prague, London, Barcelona, Dublin–damn good places to drink beer (and eat some good food as well).

In my quest to lose weight and keep it off I have experimented with the light beer imbibing. Hey, I can have “insert number here” of light beers vs. “not as high number here” of regular beers.

But what I … Continue reading

Take me out to the ballpark

Last night I went to an Oakland A’s game with Curt and some friends.

I debated on what I should do about dinner at the ballpark.

There really aren’t any healthy options. But I wanted to enjoy myself but still not go crazy in the caloric intake department.

If you plan, you can still enjoy ballpark food without breaking your diet, going over your calorie count or points count or really without going too far outside your healthy lifestyle.

My plan was to have one beer and bring most of my own stuff with me, which included an apple (nothing says Let’s Go Oakland like an apple), bag of pop chips and Sara Lee Delightfuls bread to serve as a bun for my hotdog (which I planned to purchase at the ballpark and toss out the bun it came in).

I thought that was a pretty good plan.

But I decided to nix the plan.

 

2 daiquiris, 3 beers and a Bloody Mary

And that was just today.

I spent the past three days in Tucson. When I arrived Friday night there was an eegee’s slushie drink waiting for me in the car. I can’t think of a better way to arrive in Tucson. Well, having my mom meet me at baggage claim was pretty awesome, too.

When I got to my mom’s she asked if I was hungry. So she heated me up a few green corn tamales in the microwave. Oh, so yummy and so bad for you and me.

The following morning my aunt, uncle and cousins came over for breakfast. We had chorizo, menudo and Mexican pastries. All delicious and all NOT healthy. After that a visit to Grandma’s and a beer. Then back to Mom and Fred’s for some lounging and wine and cheese and bread. Then to my friend Shelly’s for a barbecue. Then to dinner with my mom, stepdad, brother, his girlfriend, along with a glass of wine and some pizza.

Sunday morning eggs, bacon and toast for breakfast. Then I headed to my grandpa’s for a visit and a beer. After that another visit to my grandma’s, where I was … Continue reading

Just Dance!

So I had read a Weight Watchers e-mail about tips to handle a wedding.

One tip was to survey all appetizers before taking any. You know, see what is available. What you want.

Well, I didn’t do that. Crab cakes came by and I grabbed one. Oh my goodness! They were so good. There weren’t a lot of appetizers. So it worked out great for me. What I had was yummy and worth the tastes.

I had also decided I would drink wine instead of beer (Curt and I bought a keg of Belgian beer as a gift for the party). We were hanging out chatting with friends (new and old) during the cocktail hour when the guys went to get another beer. My friend Joe asked me if I wanted another glass of wine. I told him I had already had two and wanted to wait a little bit. His response: He grabbed my glass and got me a refill. 🙂 HA!

Soon after that it was time for dinner. So I had only had a few sips of the third glass of wine.

There was a champagne toast and then dinner time.

The food … Continue reading