60 Healthier Drinks for Your Holiday Weekend!

So it’s Friday, and a holiday weekend! It’s supposed to be a gorgeous, hot and holiday weekend and what’s better than to have a couple of drinks to cool off with? Everyone is always looking for a healthy drink to make and personally I’ve switched my usual vodka and cranberry to vodka and tonic *Tip: if you are not a fan of the little flavor this makes try it with a flavored vodka, there are tons of options and still less calories than adding juice to your booze! Here are a list of 60 Healthy Drinks for Boozing from Kelly Fitzpatrick.

Alcoholic drinks can be a sneaky source of calories, sugar, and even salt — but not when you play bartender. Try to get a few healthier alternatives under that (suddenly much looser) belt to impress friends and family and order with confidence when out at the bar.

Here are the eight key guidelines that make our drinks healthier options:

  1. Use only fresh-squeezed or 100 percent fruit juice to reduce added sugars. Fruit juice can still be a dangerfood, though, so sometimes it’s best to dilute it with water or ice to cut back on calories.
  2. Choose seltzer water over other carbonated waters to eliminate added sodium and other additives. For recipes that call for soda, skimp on portions, or opt for diet or natural (read: less added sugar) versions — though those can have their pitfalls, too.
  3. Make simple syrup with honey which, though sugary, has some added benefits, like a healthy dose of antioxidants. It also gives you better control of the sugar content. Any recipe that calls for simple syrup will use the following recipe: ½ tablespoon honey mixed with ¾ tablespoon warm water.
  4. Use whole fruit instead of sugar or flavored syrups. The fruit itself adds fiber, natural sugars, and vitamins.
  5. Choose light alcohol over dark alcohol. The dark stuff contains more compounds known as congeners, which can worsen hangovers.
  6. Limit yourself to one shot per drink. Multi-alcohol cocktails can pack in serious calories, so we kept ours to one shot (or 1 ½ ounces) each. The shooters and shots we included actually containless than one shot each to further lessen the caloric load.
  7. Size matters — especially when it comes to consuming liquid calories. That’s why we kept all our drinks right around the 8-ounce mark.
  8. Choose nutritious ingredients. Ginger, coffee, and lemon star in several of our drinks. They’ve each got their own proven health benefits, even though they may not totally counteract the negative affects of alcohol. (Note: Too much alcohol and caffeine can both dehydrate — making hangovers even worse — so try to keep it at no more than one cup of Joe for the night.)

*We’ve tried to simplify the recipes to make them easier to understand. So we simplified all the liquid measurements to shots or cups — none of this “ounces” nonsense!  

Cocktails

1. Classic Mojito
In the bottom of a glass, muddle 12 fresh mint leaves, the juice of ½ lime, and 1 tablespoon simple syrup. Add a few ice cubes and pour in 1 ½ ounces (one shot) of light rum and ¾ cup seltzer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

2. Fruit Mojito
Prep a classic mojito, but before pouring in the rum and soda, muddle in ¼ cup fresh or thawed frozen fruit like strawberry, blueberry, mango, or kiwi in the bottom of the glass. Top with ice, rum, and seltzer and garnish as desired!

3. Bloody Mary
Scrap the mix and make a Bloody Mary from scratch! Start with ¾ cup of no sugar-added, low-sodium tomato juice and add the juice of ½ lemon, a dash each of hot sauce andWorcestershire saucefresh ground pepper to taste, and 1 shot of vodka. Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stick. Bonus points for adding a cocktail shrimp for some extra protein!

4. Mint Julep
Muddle together 12 fresh mint leaves and 1 tablespoon of simple syrup. Pour in one shot of Kentucky bourbon and 2 shots seltzer water.

5. Sidecar
In a shaker with ice, mix together: 1 shot of cognac½ shot Cointreau (or other orange liqueur), and the juice of 1 lemon. Pour into glass with or without ice and garnish with lemon slice.

6. Cape Codder
Pour 1 shot of vodka and 2 shots cranberry juice (100 percent juice, no sugar added) over ice. Add 2 shots seltzer water, stir, and garnish with a lime wedge.

7. Sea Breeze
Pour 1 shot vodka1 shot cranberry juice (100 percent juice, no sugar added), and 1 shot fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice over ice. Add a splash of seltzer and enjoy! (Preferably in a beach chair by the water!)

8. Lime Rickey
Combine ½ a shot of fresh-squeezed lime juice1 tablespoon simple syrup, and  shot bitters. Top with 1 cup seltzer.

9. Screwdriver
In an 8-ounce glass with ice, combine 1 shot of vodka and 2 shots fresh-squeezed orange juice. Fill remainder of glass with seltzer.

10. Tequila Sunrise
In a glass with ice, combine 1 shot of tequila and 2 shots fresh-squeezed orange juice. Top with a splash of cranberry juice (no-sugar-added, 100 percent juice).

11. Vodka Sunset
Muddle ¼ cup blackberries in the bottom of a glass. Top with ice and add 1 shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice1 shot fresh-squeezed lime juice½ shot simple syrup, 1 shot of vodka, and a splash of sparkling wine.

12. Light & Stormy
Into a short glass with ice, pour 1 shot of light rum and 2 shots ginger ale.

13. Legend of Jack Sparrow
In an 8-ounce glass with ice, combine 1 shot coconut rum and the juice of 1 lime. Fill the rest of the glass with ginger ale (about ¾ cup). Garnish with a slice of lime.

14. Berry Lemonade
In the bottom of an 8-ounce glass, muddle the juice of 1 lemon¼ cup frozen blueberries or strawberries, and ½ shot simple syrup. Pour in 1 shot of vodka and top with seltzer (about ¾ cup).

15. Minty Iced Tea
In a heatproof mug, combine 6 fresh mint leaves1 teaspoon honey1 black tea bag, and 1 cup boiling water. Cover and let sit for 2 minutes. Then, place mug in fridge or freezer until chilled. Remove tea bag and mint, and pour liquid into a glass with ice. Add 1 shot of vodka and garnish with a lemon wedge.

16. Fizzy Lemonade
In a shaker with ice, mix together 1 shot of tequila½ shot simple syrup, and the juice of 1 lemon. Transfer to an 8-ounce glass and fill rest of glass with seltzer (about ¾ cup).

17. On the Rocks
Drink it straight! Water down 1 shot of any favorite liquor by pouring over ice cubes for sipping!

18. Tom Collins
In a shaker with ice, combine 1 shot of gin and the juice of 1 small lemon. Strain into an 8-ounce glass and top with seltzer water (about ¾ cup).

19. Grapefruit Margarita
Combine 1 shot of tequila, the juice of 1 lime and ½ a grapefruit, and ¾ shot of orange liqueur. Pour over ice.

20. Light White Russian
Combine 2 shots brewed coffee (or espresso!) chilled and ¾ cup skim milk. Add 1 shot of vodka and a few ice cubes and stir.

21. Gin and Seltzer
Instead of a G&T, combine 1 shot of gin with 2 shots of seltzer water and garnish with a lime wedge (or a few!).

22. Gin Gimlet
In a glass with ice, combine 1 shot of gin, the juice of 2 small limes, and 1 shot simple syrup. Garnish with a lime wedge.

23. Vodka Soda
It almost goes without saying, but spice up 1 shot of vodka and 2 shots of seltzer with a lemon or lime wedge (or both). Works with any other liquor, too!

24. Drunken Arnold Palmer
Combine 1 black tea bag¾ cup hot water, the juice of 1 lemon, and 1 teaspoon honey. Chill. Add 1 shot vodka and garnish with a lemon wedge.

25. Pom Cosmo
In a shaker with ice, combine 1 shot pomegranate vodka1 shot orange liqueur, and the juice of 1 lime. Shake, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a slice of lime.

26. Pear Martini
Muddle half a very ripe peeled pear in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice½ shots fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and 1 shot pear vodka. (Regular vodka works, too.) Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of fresh pear.

27. Sex on the Beach
In a glass with ice, mix 1 shot peach-flavored vodka2 shots cranberry juice, and 1 ½ shots fresh-squeezed orange juice. Add a dash of seltzer and enjoy!

28. Rosemary-Cucumber Lemonade
Stir together juice from 3 lemons and 1 teaspoon honey. Add 1 shot rosemary-infused vodka and ¾ cup seltzer. Garnish with a cucumber spear and lemon wedge.

29. Cinnamon Sour
In a cocktail shaker, combine: 1 shot mango vodka,  1 shot simple syrup, and 1 shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Pour over ice and garnish with a mango slice and cinnamon stick.

30. Grapefruit and Vodka
For a zesty cocktail, combine the juice of ½ a grapefruit and 1 shot of vodka topped with ½ cup seltzer.

31. Sour Apple Spritzer
Pour 1 shot sour apple vodka and ½ cup seltzer over ice and garnish with a green apple sliceand a cinnamon stick.

32. Tropical Rum Punch
Stir together ½ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice½ cup pineapple juice (100 percent juice only!), and 1 shot light rum. Pour over ice and put on some shades.

33. Gin and Juice
Pour over ice: ½ cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice1 shot of gin, and ½ cup seltzer.

34. Refreshing Gin Cup
Mix together 1 shot of gin½ cup ginger ale, and 2 shots seltzer water. Garnish with a cucumber spear and lemon slice.

35. Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail
Create a ginger-infused simple syrup by mixing together 1 shot warm simple syrup and ¾ tablespoon chopped and peeled fresh ginger. Let stand 15 minutes, then strain. Mix together ginger syrup, 1 shot of cognac, and ½ cup pear juice or nectar and pour over ice.

Shots and Shooters

36. Redheaded Slut Lite
In a shaker with ice, combine  shot schnapps shot Jagermeister⅔ shot cranberry juice, and  shot water.

37. Fuzzy Navel
In a shaker with ice, combine  shot peach Schnapps shot fresh-squeezed orange juice, shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and  shot water.

38. Scooby Snacks
In a shaker with ice, combine  shot coconut rum shot banana rum shot pineapple juice, and 1 tablespoon light whipped cream. Strain into a short glass.

39. Peppermint Patty
Muddle 6 fresh mint leaves with  shot vodka. Add a splash of water and 1 teaspoon light chocolate syrup. Mix in a shaker with ice. Strain before serving.

40. Lemondrop
In a shaker with ice, combine  shot. vodka shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and ¼ teaspoon honey.

Frozen Drinks

41. Pina Colada
Blend together ½ cup ice½ cup coconut milk¼ cup fresh pineapple chunks, and 1 shot white rum.

42. Frozen Lemonade
Combine 1 shot simple syrup1 shot of vodka, juice from 1 lemon, and ¾ cup of ice. Blend until smooth

43. Frozen Mudslide
Mix together 1 packet diet hot cocoa mix with 1 shot warm simple syrup and ¼ cup hot water. Blend the cocoa mixture, ¼ cup vanilla soy milk1 shot vanilla-infused vodka1 teaspoon chocolate syrup, and ½ cup ice.

44. Melon-Mint Granita
Puree 1 cup watermelon and 5 fresh mint leaves until liquefied. Freeze in an ice cube tray. Once solidified, blend with 1 shot white rum until it reaches the consistency of a slushie.

45. Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri
Combine 1 shot simple syrup1 shot white rum2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice, a small handful of frozen strawberries, and ½ cup of ice. Blend.

46. Margarita
Blend 1 shot simple syrup, the juice from ½ lemon and 1 lime1 shot of tequila, and ½ cup of ice. Garnish with a slice of lime, but skip the salt.

47. Blueberry-Lime Margarita
Mix together the standard margarita but substitute ¼ cup ice for ¼ cup frozen blueberries.

48. Melon Kiwi-tini
Puree ¼ a honeydew melon and 1 kiwi (peeled), the juice from 1 lime, simple syrup (mix 1 shot honey with 2 tablespoons warm water), and ½ cup sake. Blend with ½ cup ice.

Wine Drinks

49. Mimosa
Into a Champagne flute, pour 2 shots fresh-squeezed orange juice2 shots sparkling wine, and¼ cup seltzer.

50. White Sangria
In a wine glass, combine two strawberries (halved)½ a fresh peach (diced)½ a pear (diced),2 shots white wine, and ¼ cup seltzer.

51. Red Sangria
Toss ½ an apple (sliced)½ an orange (sliced), and 4 grapes into a glass. Add ½ cup fruity red wine and ¼ cup seltzer.

52. Pomegranate Fizz
Into a champagne flute, pour: ½ cup pomegranate juice, the juice from 1 lime, and 2 shots sparkling wine. Garnish with a lime wedge.

53. Pear Sparkler
Puree ½ a pear until liquefied and add to a champagne flute. Pour in 2 shots sparkling wine and add three slices of pear.

 54. Sparkling Apricot Punch
In a glass, combine ½ cup diced apricots and ½ cup apricot juice (100 percent juice, please!). Add ½ cup sparkling wine and ¼ cup seltzer and stir to combine.

Hot Drinks

55. Hot Toddy
In a mug, combine 1 shot bourbon1 tablespoon honey, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Pour in¼ cup boiling water and stir to dissolve honey.

56. Irish Coffee
In a mug, combine 1 shot of whiskey1 teaspoon raw sugar, and ¾ cup hot coffee. Pour 1 tablespoon skim milk on top and don’t stir!

57. Mojito Tea
In a mug, combine 5 fresh mint leaves1 teaspoon brown sugar1 black tea bag, and 1 cup boiling water. Cover and let stand 2 minutes. Remove tea bag and add 1shot of light rum and juice from ½ a lime. Remove mint leaves and enjoy!

58. Bitter Tea
Brew a cup of fruity black tea and stir in ½ shot bitters and 1 ½ shots pomegranate juice.

59. Mulled Wine
Over low heat, simmer ¾ cup fruity red wine, a pinch of orange zest2 whole cloves1 black peppercorn1 cinnamon stick, and a pinch of sugar. Heat for about 10 minutes, then strain and enjoy!

60. Mint Hot Chocolate
Heat 1 cup skim milk and stir in 1 packet light hot cocoa mix. Add 1 shot tequila and  shot peppermint schnapps.

And remember we are closed Monday for Memorial Day!!

Superbowl Eats

Looking for something to make today for the Superbowl? Here’s a collection of some great recipes I’ve previously posted!

Whole Wheat Roasted Red Pepper + Fontina Pizza with Balsamic Glaze

Portobello Burgers with Guoda and Roasted Garlic

Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Ten Recipes for the Big Game

At my house today we are making pizza, which is one of my favorite things to make, and we are also having chicken wings and a big tray of fruits and veggies!

If you splurge tonight in your eating, don’t worry! We’ll see you in the morning for class to burn off those extra calories!!

Whole Wheat Roasted Red Pepper + Fontina Pizza with Balsamic Glaze

Hi! I found dinner for you tonight!

Did you know it’s Nation Pizza Week? No? Well it is! I love all kinds of pizza, in elementary school we had this delicious breakfast pizza if you had to buy breakfast. It came with sausage on it and then you got chocolate milk, juice and a piece of toast legit dipped in butter. (hello one reason why I have to workout all the time now.)

Anyways, in honor of National Pizza week, I borrowed/stole a recipe from my favorite blog (I take her recipes all the time!) How Sweet It Is.

If you love balsamic vinegar like I do, then this pizza is for you!

Here also are some other great pizza recipes from a previous post!

Whole Wheat Roasted Red Pepper + Fontina Pizza with Balsamic Glaze

my mouth is watering looking at this

Ingredients

dough: (her go-to recipe)

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions for Dough

In the bowl of your electric mixer with an attached dough hook, combine warm water, yeast, honey and oil and mix with a spoon. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until foamy, then add in flour and salt. Mix on low speed until just combined, then turn to medium speed to knead the dough for 5-6 minutes. If it seems to sticky, add a bit more flour 1 tablespoon at a time.

Brush a separate bowl with olive oil, add dough, turning once, then set in a warm place to rise for 1 1/2-2 hours. Cover with a damp towel.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 roasted red peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 6 ounces freshly grated fontina cheese
  • 2 ounces freshly grated romano cheese + more for topping if desired
  • 1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar

Directions for Pizza

Right before dough is almost finished rising, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy and fat is rendered. Remove with a slotted spoon, then add shallots and stir to coat. Cook for about 10 minutes over low heat, or until shallots begin to caramelize. Set aside. While shallots are cooking, make sure that red peppers are patted dry (if from a jar). If you’d like to make your own roasted red peppers, see here.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Once pizza dough is ready to go, roll/press into desired shape and brush the surface with olive oil and top with minced garlic. Sprinkle on 4 ounces of fontina cheese, then top with shallots, red peppers, and bacon. Sprinkle remaining fontina and romano evenly on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.

While pizza is baking, heat vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow to come to a boil, then let simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes until reduced to about 1/3-1/2 cup. Set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes to thicken. When pizza is finished baking, drizzle glaze on top and serve.

Now, go make this before it snows!!

Portobello Burgers with Gouda and Roasted Garlic

Hi.

Happy 2012!! Anyone else think that 2011 went super fast?

This year one of my resolutions is to eat more fruits and veggies. So far it’s been going well! I’m kinda having a love affair with fruit. Bananas, oranges, clemintines, apples, pineapple and grapes, completely head over heels for. But I’m lacking in the vegetable department. That’s where this portobello burger comes in!

Oh hello there you beautiful thing.

Now usually I am not a fan of mushrooms or making a mushroom burger, when I think of burgers it’s usually beef covered in cheddar, bbq sauce, bacon and those yummy onion strings. Mmmmm. But I don’t exactly think that those type of burgers (mostly because of the delicious topings) are that healthy for you.

Then I went out for New Year’s Eve. I went to Elements in downtown Pittsburgh and had a filet with this cheese stuffed portobello on top.

Best.Dinner.Ever.

I seriously cannot stop thinking about it! So to try and recreate at least a part of that dinner, since I cannot cook a steak to save my life, I went in search of something with mushrooms! I found this Portobello Burger with Gouda and Roasted Garlic on How Sweet It Is website (legit obsessed with this site) and decided to share it with all of you!

Porobello Burger with Gouda and Roasted Garlic

Ingredients

  • 4 English muffins (light multigrain)
  • 4 portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 thick slices of gouda cheese
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • butter lettuce for garnish
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

for mushroom marinade:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sherry
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Directions

Two hours before serving, combine the marinade ingredients in a shallow dish and add mushrooms. I let them lay on their top side in the marinade, and spoon some marinade into the bottom-up side to let it soak. Marinate for two hours.

One hour before serving, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice off the top of the heads of garlic and drizzle a bit of olive oil (1/2 tablespoon) on top. Wrap in foil and roast for 45 minutes. Let cool completely. Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes, then turn off heat and set aside to thicken.

Slice red onion into rings and add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil into a large skillet on medium heat. Add onions and let soften and caramelize for 10-12 minutes. Set aside once finished, leaving the skillet on. Add the marinated mushrooms to the skillet top side up. Cook for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 4 more. Turn back over, add a slice of gouda on top, and turn off heat.

Toast the English muffins. Using your fingers, squeeze roasted garlic out of the head into a bowl. Mash with a spoon. Spread on both sides of each English muffin.

Top English muffin with a portobello cap, onion rings, tomato, avocado, and butter lettuce.  A light sprinkle of salt and pepper on the tomato and avocado for flavor. Finish with a drizzle of syrupy balsamic and serve.

Anyone elses mouth watering?

p.s. it’s healthy!

French Onion Soup

When I was younger my family and I would go to the same restaurant all the time and they had the best french onion soup ever! I went there a few weeks ago and had it again, they changed the recipe a bit but still it was soo good! I was even one of those kids who hated onions or anything that didnt resemble a chicken finger and fries (whose really kidding I still eat like a 5 year old) but this soup was so good that I couldn’t help but love it!

So I found a recipe for french onion soup on the How Sweet Eats website (I always steal her recipes and I promise I asked her!) Since it’s cold and windy out today  figured that making soup that you can have for dinner would be perfect!

French Onion Soup

[adapted from Tyler Florence]

makes a giant pot, about 8-10 servings

  • 4 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 8 ounces of beer
  • 64 ounces of low-sodium beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • french bread
  • gruyere cheese, sliced

Directions

Set your crock pot on high, then add onions, garlic, brown sugar, butter, salt and balsamic and mix until combined. Cover and let cook for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are a bit caramely and brown on the edges. Add in flour, then stir thoroughly and let sit for 5 minutes. Add in beer, beef stock, thyme, and pepper, then turn heat down to low, cover and cook for 6-8 hours.

Before serving, cut french bread or baguette into slices. Fill soup bowls to the top, then cover with slice of bread and a slice of cheese. Set under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Be careful when serving as bowls will be hot!

Note: Used a very low-sodium beef stock, so depending on the stock you use, add additional salt for flavor if desired.

Doesn’t that look so freaking good? This will be the perfect soup to make tonight! So go buy some onions!!

12 Yummy Protein Smoothies!

Someone on our Facebook page talked about how they really liked the City Blends Elvis Smoothie that we sell (peanut butter, chocolate & banana) and wanted to make it at home. Now making a smoothie is super easy just throw a bunch of things in a blender and you’re done! I found a bunch of smoothie recipes online and decided to post them for you! So let me know how some of them are if you make them for yourselves!

Coconut Twisted Julius

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein
  • 2 tbsp orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 frozen banana

Muscular Mango

  • 1 cup sugar-free apple juice
  • 1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein

Almond Joy

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Caramel Coffee

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp sugar-free caramel creamer

The Fuzzy Protein

  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup water or sugar-free apple juice
  • 1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein

Dark Chocolate Banana

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 frozen banana

Cheesecake Protein

  • 1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 oz fat-free cream cheese
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein
  • 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers

The “Rich”

  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 12 oz fat free milk
  • 2 tbsp fat free vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut coffee
  • 1/8 cup caramel ice cream topping

Chocolate Peanut Butter

  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tbsp whipping Cream (heavy cream, not cream out of a can)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 12 oz water
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 4–6 ice cubes

Fibrous Fruit

  • 1 cup nonfat milk or apple juice
  • 1/2 fresh banana
  • 3–4 fresh or frozen strawberries or 1/3 c. blueberries or peaches
  • 1 tsp wheat germ or bran
  • 1–3 tbsp protein powder made from milk and egg
  • A few ice cubes if fruit isn’t frozen

Snickers Mocha

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 cup cold coffee
  • 1/2 cup skim or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp drops of sugar-free caramel creamer
  • 1/4–1/2 packet of sugar-free chocolate Carnation instant breakfast
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp butternut flavoring extract

Sweet Strawberry

  • 2–3 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 8 fluid oz water
  • 1 fat-free strawberry yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tsp flax seed oil

You can change them to fit your calorie needs! Some of these recipes have more carbs than others, some have higher fat, and some are great for cutting.

So if you’re currently leaning out, you may want to switch out any almond or coconut milk for water.

If you’re lactose intolerant, omit dairy products. Get creative and don’t let boredom take you shopping down the baked goods aisle when hunger calls!

Chicken, Apple, Walnut Salad

Hi everyone! It’s been a little while, I know. But today I have a really delicious recipe for you!

Over the weekend I went to Penn State for homecoming and at this restaurant, The Deli I had the best salad ever! My goodness I could have eaten it for a week! So I decided to come back and share it with you, I haven’t remade it yet but I plan to this weekend for a party. I think this would be the perfect salad to serve for a gathering. It’s super easy, delicious and filled with fall flavors that are so good!

Chicken, Apple, Walnut Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 Apples, Granny Smith would work really well
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 cups mixed greens
  • Red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • Balsamic dressing
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

(now some of these I just gave a ball park on the amounts, put in as little or as much as you would like for things, it depends on what you like!)

Directions:

  1. Place walnuts and sugar in a skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves into a light brown liquid and coats the walnuts. Remove walnuts from skillet, and spread them out on a sheet of aluminum foil to cool.
  2. Grill chicken breasts until fully cookes, season this however you prefer to season chicken. (marinating it in a little balsamic dressing would work perfect!)
  3. Slice onions and apples and toss with the greens, bleu cheese, walnuts and balsamic dressing. Add the chicken to the top and you are done!

This salad is super easy and super delicious! If you don’t like bleu cheese or walnuts feel free to change it to things you do like. This salad can be changed however you want!

Okay so the picture below isn’t the one that I took, but it was the closest I could find to this salad! (The picture I took is super dark since I took it at a restaurant! Sorry)