Friday Food Find: Skinny Summer Margs

Skinny Summer Margs

Hello my fellow foodies! It’s been a while, but I’m back! May/June has been a crazy awesome month for me for so many reasons:

  1. I graduated college! My 16+ years of education are really over (I can’t believe it). Guess it’s time to be a real adult or something…
  2. My boyfriend & I were lucky enough to take a graduation trip to Barcelona, Spain. More details (and recipes) on this to come later
  3. We filled up my Toyota Corolla & roadtripped it halfway across the county. I officially started my new job at an ad agency in Orange County & am living the California life

Needless to say, the past few weeks have been jam packed! So what better way to celebrate than with margaritas & Mexican food??

Skinny Summer Margs

A while back, I came across this Tres Agaves Margarita Mix & gotta say, it’s a keeper. It’s organic, uses REAL lime, REAL agave & is REAL tasty.

Tres Agaves

Just mix 1.5 oz. of tequila (I used El Jimador which was SO SMOOTH) to 3.5 oz. of mixer. The bottle’s recipe is different, but I’ve found that its version is just a little toooo strong.

El Jimador

Just shake the ingredients, salt the drink rims (if you’re feelin’ salty) & garnish with a fresh lime wedge! Deliciousness awaits at around 225 calories – and trust me, for a margarita THIS GOOD, that’s pretty great! This mix is so much better for you than Jose Cuervo…tastebuds & waistline, so try it out!

Skinny Summer Margs

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A Treat for the Weekend: Clean-Eating Milkshake

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If there’s anything that people who TRY to eat healthy know, it’s that sometimes, you just gotta treat yo self (as they say on Parks & Rec). Right now I’m obsessed with this healthy dupe for a creamy, frothy and utterly delicious milkshake – I know you’ve been dreaming about it too. It’s made with all clean-eating ingredients, ranks in around 320 calories, and takes about 30 seconds to make. It seriously tricks your taste buds into believing you’re drinking a milkshake. You should be getting really excited right about now.

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Ingredients:

MAKES 1 serving

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All you need to do is put all your ingredients into the blender and pulse! Deliciousness has arrived!

Enjoy this guilt-free weekend treat and be sure to subscribe for more free recipes & updates if you aren’t already! Thanks for checking in & have a wonderful, food-filled weekend 🙂

-SkinnyGirl

Metabolism-Boosting Morning Smoothie

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If you ask me what the most important meal of the day is – I’m going to tell you breakfast. No matter how much you hate eating in the mornings, waking up early, or breakfast food in general, you still need to eat! So many people don’t realize that skipping breakfast actually makes you gain weight instead of losing it. Feed yourself something that will boost your metabolism & energize you all day long! With this goal in mind, I came up with this tasty smoothie that will kick your morning metabolism into gear! Plus, since all you need is a blender, even the sleepiest of morning zombies can’t mess this recipe up 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 grapefruit, skin removed
  • 1 banana (preferably ripened & frozen)
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into pieces
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 packet perfect fit protein (optional)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • stevia or honey to taste

MAKES 1 large smoothie or 2 small ones

Click to view nutrition facts (protein powder & sweeteners not included)

Blend together all the ingredients & you’re done! I sprinkle the cinnamon on top, but you can also blend it along with everything else. If you’re not adding protein powder, I would recommend adding stevia or honey to sweeten it up.

Here’s why this smoothie is a lean, clean, metabolism-burning machine:

perfect fit

I’ve never really been into the idea of protein powder because I always associated it with lots of unnatural chemicals that were being used to bulk up the body. However, perfect fit is made with USDA organic brown rice protein & stevia. There’s nothing unnatural about it and it tastes pretty darn good as far as protein powders go. Protein is so important because it doesn’t just aid in muscle repair, but lean protein has been shown to help with weight loss – so don’t shy away from it!

Try out this metabolism booster for yourself & let me know what you think! Thanks for visiting & be sure to subscribe for more healthy lifestyle tips if you haven’t already!

-SkinnyGirl

Holiday Hot Cocoa

Ho Ho Holiday Cocoa

With Christmas coming ever near (in 4 more days!) it’s time to bust out the holiday sweet & treats! This hot chocolate will warm you up in the cold weather & can easily be made in a big batch for family gatherings! Made with 0 sugar and very little fat it’s a treat you can enjoy without the worry of weight gain…nobody here will be turning into Santa Claus 😛  This is truly a guiltless treat – I shocked myself when I counted up the calories & realized that each serving is only 38 calories! So curl up by the fireplace with a mug of this stuff and enjoy the holiday season – Merry Christmas from me to you 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c. stevia
  • 2 c. almond milk (unsweetened – don’t use the coconut blend)
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • *optional candy cane for garnish

MAKES 3 SERVINGS

Start by combining the water, stevia, cocoa powder, salt and maple syrup in a saucepan. Cook on medium while stirring regularly until all ingredients are combined. Gradually pour in the almond milk (1/2 cup at a time) and stir. Simmer on medium for another 5-10 minutes until cocoa is hot. Add the remaining teaspoon of vanilla, stir, and enjoy! Top it off with a candy cane for an extra holiday treat! Alternatively, you could add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to get that delicious candy cane flavor! If you like your cocoa extra creamy you could substitute the water in the recipe for almond milk or add more (1/4 c.) so that there is not so much of a cocoa flavor. Drink up & enjoy!

Click here for nutrition facts

Cheers to the Weekend: Winetime!

In the words of Rihanna, cheers to the freaking weekend. It’s Friday & in celebration of such I came up with this little wine spitzer. It’s super easy and refreshing – perfect for the summer (or anytime really cause it’s wine…)

Sparkling Wine Spritzer

Sparkling Wine Spritzer

Summertime Wine Spritzer (makes one)

  • 1/2 glass of sparkling white wine
  • handful of raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 can sparkling water (you can use normal water if you want)
  • 1 tsp. of Stevia or sugar (optional)
Sparkling Wine Spritzer

Sparkling Wine Spritzer

For the sparkling wine, I took the advice of the little signs in the HEB wine section (which have not yet failed me)! I found this bottle of “Be Radiant” Riesling for only $5 & I must say it tastes great – not my #1 favorite sparkling wine but for only $5 it’s an amazing deal…even “radiant” you could say 😉

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Be Radiant Riesling

After pouring about half a glass of wine then I topped it my drink off with sparkling water. Adding water is great because it cuts calories in half and keeps you hydrated which you need when drinking alcohol! I like La Croix as well as the HEB brand sparkling water (especially in the grapefruit flavor!) You can use normal water as opposed to sparkling water if you choose, but if you do so I recommend adding sugar or stevia. Next I juiced half a lemon and stirred up my drink! You also have the option of adding a teaspoon of stevia or sugar if you like your drinks fairly sweet, but I went without. Then top with raspberries (fresh or frozen) and enjoy!

Unfortunately there’s not much information available in the way of calories when it comes to wine – but Riesling is supposed to be one the lowest calorie wines, usually around 118 calories per glass. That means this spritzer would only be about 70 calories – so drink up!

Because so many people are still unaware of what Stevia is (and because I love it so much) I decided to shed a little light on the topic. Check out my post on this awesome 0-calorie sweetener here!

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-SkinnyGirl