Ahhh summer time, you’re fully here now. No more cold mornings or chilly nights. Hot temperatures, sweating kids, long days and of course we have to mention the 4th of July! Picnics, parties and parades.
All the fun and festivities can come with a negative side though. I’ve talked to a lot of people who admit they feel uncomfortable going to a summer BBQ or party and refusing the drinks that are offered because they aren’t healthy or they just don’t fit into your nutrition plan.
The thing is, you should never feel awkward or uncomfortable. Many, if not most people will actually respect you for taking care of your health and those that don’t…forget about them and remember, alcohol does nothing for your waistline!
A couple of drinks weekend after weekend can and will set you way back on any wins that you’ve had. All of those liquid calories add up and many are very sneaky and you just don’t see them coming.
If you are uncomfortable at turning down the drinks then bring your own. Every host loves when you bring something to share. Even if you are just carrying your own travel mug with your private stash of healthy in it! Be prepared. It’s that easy.
If you need alcohol to have a good time…well…that is for another blog post.
Make your health a priority.
Learn to like other things.
Don’t let weekend set backs be your focus on Monday…it’s a bad enough day as it is.
Need some happy, healthy options? Here you go.
½ cup fresh lime juice
½ cup fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp stevia (or sweetener of choice)
2 cups of sparkling water or seltzer – (not tonic water)
1 cup of ice
Add all of the ingredients into a pitcher, break up & muddle the mint leaves.
Pour/serve with a wedge of lime
Tangerine cranberry slushy
½ cup of cranberry juice (I used low sugar Ocean Spray)
½ cup of tangerine juice — tangerine juice is a bit sweeter to contrast the tart cranberry juice (I used Seminole Pride Noble Juice)
1 cup of diet ginger ale (I used Canada Dry)
1 cup of ice
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
Blend all together.
Pom-Tangerine Green Tea
1 cup of chilled green tea (make a pitcher)
½ cup tangerine juice
½ cup pomegranate juice
Squeeze of a wedge of lemon
Mix together. Pour into a glass of ice. Decorate with a slice of orange.
1 cup coconut milk (I use sugar free)
1 cup frozen Pineapple
Coconut extract – just a couple of drops
Blend and enjoy—garnish with a slice of pineapple.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Seminole Pride Noble Juice.
Side Note: I really like the tangerine juice, it’s a bit sweeter and is loaded with Vitamins A & C , flavonoids, folate & potassium < just some tangerine knowledge for ya>