We all know I love my boozy concoctions – especially since BuzzFeed Food picked up my Peach Bourbon Lemonade Popsicles. But since I’ve been trying to lose a little weight, I’ve been cutting down on alcohol and sugar during the week ( I still splurge on weekends!!) It’s definitely working – my clothes have been getting looser. But, just because I’m skipping the hooch, doesn’t mean I want to skip the fun.
After work, on the nights when Joe and I have happy hour before dinner, I’ve been mixing myself up low calorie mocktails, like this Cherry Limeade cooler. Cooler, mocktail, whatever you want to call it: it’s delish. I love cherries – I eat them by the bag full when I get them – so this mocktail makes me very, very happy. Plus, cherry and lime juice with seltzer has enough bite to it to imitate a real cocktail. Except this “cocktail”? It’s only 70 calories and doesn’t ruin all the hard work I’ve been doing running. (Want to join in my summer fitness plans? Follow me and tweet with #100DaysOfSummerFit!)
I also shared it with the My Fitness Pal community as a series mocktails to save on calories. So let’s talk mocktails, coolers and booze!!
Mocktails may not seem exciting – but in the summer months, hydration is so key. Over the years i’ve learned the hard way what being dehydrated can do – it makes loosing weight harder, your skin does not look as healthy, you feel blah and hungryish (which is just your body confusing thirst), and let’s get all real and gross for a minute – it makes your body more prone to UTI’s. Fun!!!
Now, if you follow this blog, or my instagram, you know I’m a girl who loves her wine, bourbon and gin cocktails (much to my mother’s chagrin). We even have a bar station in our apartment. But sometimes you’ve got skip the alcohol and hydrate. Ok… that sounds great, but what if you are at a bar? Or you’ve had plenty of water and you just want a “drink”? That’s where mocktails come in.Now, I’m a big fan of this Cherry Limeade mocktail because it pretty simply – and flavor wise – replicates a real cocktail (minus the bajillion calories). But you can try others as well. Skip the Vodka Cranberry and get seltzer with a splash of cran. Make yourself a virgin mojito and use a little agave syrup instead of simple syrup. Want even more ideas? Check out my mocktail post!
This weekend I’m going on a little boating excursion – and I can promise you there will be some beer (or hard cider) involved. But I won’t feel bad because I’ve been running and drinking mocktails
all most of the week.
Next up on the menu? A healthy- but kick ass- french toast recipe that I save for the days when I do extra long runs. (Or Sunday Brunch, cuz, it happens.) And, if you aren’t already, definitely follow me Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to make sure you never miss a recipe, get tons of behind the scenes pics of the food I’m cooking, styling and eating! Plus the summer trips I’m taking and tons of Oreo and NYC pics!
- 4 ounces Tart Cherry Juice
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
- 4 ounces Seltzer Water
- Mix cherry and lime juice together—preferably in a shaker with ice. Pour juice over ice and add seltzer. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).