Here we sit at the airport waiting to fly to New Jersey. We are ridiculously early, which is good. New Jersey food reports are in the future. I can’t wait to see family and friends.
I have been toying with the idea of trying a monthly cooking day where I prepare a months worth of meals in one day. I’ve been having a hard time sticking to eating healthy due to Mike’s and my own work schedules. My schedule is going to get even tougher with my job moving to a different library farther away from home with later hours. So, do I want to try to use up one of my days off and cook an entire months worth of meals in one day and freeze them? I’m not sure.
I have found a really cool website that provides a monthly menu utilizing foods that are on sale that month. You get a shopping list, chopping instructions, recipe cards, and printable food labels showing reheating instructions…all for free. The website is http://onceamonthmom.com/. There are several menus to choose from: Traditional, Whole Foods, Gluten/Dairy Free, Diet, Baby Food, and Vegetarian. Each menu has a downloadable recipe card that lets you change the number of people you are preparing for and adjust the shopping list and instructions for that many people. On each of the recipe cards, they show the number and type of container you will need to put the meal in. I have been exploring this website for about a month and I’ve been impressed with the recipes. They just started a “mini” menu which consists of 10 days worth of meals. I may start with that one to see if I like it and want to do a whole months worth. If I decide to do this, I will post a full blog with photos.
Like any all-American girl, I like a nice adult beverage. From beer to wine to frou-frou fruity girl drinks, I love them all. As a person who is trying to enjoy food and drink AND watch her weight, those drinks can use up a lot of my daily calories. What’s a girl to do?
We all know about “light” beers. Most of them have about as much flavor as a cardboard box in a blender. The only two I’ve been able to tolerate are Bud Light Lime and Michelob Ultra. I rarely indulge in these two treats. If it is extremely hot, like it has been lately, I do enjoy them after they have spent some time in the freezer. Ahhhh….refreshing.
I haven’t found any other good light bottled adult beverages. I do love the Smirnoff Blueberry Lemonade, but I often think twice about drinking them. There are several companies working on some lower calorie drink mixes, as well as some chefs sharing their lower calorie recipes.
I just tasted the Crystal Light Appletini mix. Granted, I tasted it without alcohol, but I wanted to see how the mix itself tasted without the bad influence of the alcohol. At 5 calories a serving compared to 160 calories for an alcoholic appletini, it is a great calorie deal. The flavor is not quite as good as a real appletini, but it’s not horrible. Unfortunately, they are limited time only. There are two other flavors – Mojito and Margarita. I’ve heard they are both good, but have not had a chance to try them.
|Crystal Light Appletini Mocktail|
There is another company that has zero calorie drink mixes. Slim Stix has a margarita, a mojito, and a cosmo mix that have no calories. The only calories you would take in are from the alcohol you add to them. A while ago I signed up to get a free sample and have yet to recieve them. They are only available in stores on the West Coast. You can, however, order them from Amazon or the Slim Stix website.
Lisa Lillien, know to her fans as Hungry Girl, has a whole cookbook with guilt free cocktail recipes. It is called Hungry Girl Happy Hour. The recipes are really easy and use everyday items that you already have if you are watching your calorie intake. You can check out some of her cocktail recipes on her website, Hungry-Girl.
So, next time you want to indulge in an adult beverage but don’t want to ruin your diet, look into these ideas, and “Cheers!”