Merry Mock-tini

Merry Mock-tiniINGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • for garnishing the glass
  • 1 tbsp. crushed raspberries
  • ½ c. all-natural cranberry juice
  • 1 splash raspberry-flavored sparkling water
  • raspberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. To prepare martini glass, wet the rim of the glass with a small bit of lime juice and dip into sugar. Shake the crushed raspberries with the remaining lime juice and ice. Add the cranberry juice and sparkling water and pour into glass (draining the raspberry puree and ice). Garnish with raspberries skewered on a thin stirrer.

Pomegranate Mojito

pomegranate mojito cocktailThis festive little cocktail shows off the deep red hues of the holiday season. But this cocktail doesn’t just look festive, it tastes it too thanks to some champagne and fresh pomegranate juice. The best part? The recipe uses lightened-up ingredients to keep it low-cal and low-sugar.

From:peanutbutterandpeppers.com

 

Ingredients
1/3 cup light pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 ounce rum
1/4 teaspoon Stevia or sugar
1/2 cup champagne
Pomegranate seeds

Directions: In a glass, add pomegranate juice, lime juice, rum, and stevia/sugar. Mix well. Fill the glass with ice cubes and top it off with champagne and pomegranate seeds.

The Ginger Snap

The Ginger SnapThis vodka-based fruit and ginger fusion is made from natural ingredients that will delight your palette without widening your waistline.

From: shape.com

Ingredients
2 ounces Peach CÎROC
1 piece ginger
4 sage leaves
0.75 ounces fresh lemon juice
2 ounces soda water

Directions: Put the ginger and sage in a mixing tin. Muddle, then add lemon juice and CÎROC. Pack with ice and shake. Strain in a Collins glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a piece of sage.

Skinny Sangria

Pomegranate SangriaWith all the parties, food and alcohol, it can be hard to keep your waistline in check without feeling like you’re missing out. At only 150 calories, you can enjoy the festive cheer without overindulging. Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz pomegranate liqueur
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz shiraz – to float on top
  • Orange garnish
  • pomegranate seeds
  • fresh mint

Directions:

Mix together pomegranate liquor and apple cider.  Float shiraz on top and garnish with orange slice, pomegranate seeds and fresh mint leaves.

 

Ginger Orange Zest Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsAdapted from Serious Eats

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds ( fresh or raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds in bag)
  • 2 tablespoons melted organic butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons corse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons Zero sweetener (erythritol)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

METHOD:

Scoop out the inside of your pumpkin, and separate seeds from pulp. Don’t worry if there’s a little pulp left on the seeds when you roast them—it only adds flavor. Just remove the biggest pieces so that the seeds are easy to toss.

In a bowl, toss the seeds with the melted butter/olive oil, coating thoroughly. Add salt, sweetener and seasonings.

Spread seeds in one even layer across a greased baking sheet (or you can use a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil).  Bake for 30 minutes, or until the seeds are golden brown. Stir the seeds every so often while they’re baking, so that they toast evenly.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup canned organic pumpkin
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Portein Powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or 1 packet stevia
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted almonds
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup of ice

METHOD

  1. Add all your ingredients to a blender and puree until blended.
  2. Pour and enjoy

Makes 1 serving

 

Luscious Lettuce Wraps

Luscious Lettuce WrapsWho needs bread with these delectable little waist-friendly grab ‘n go “sandwiches”.  There are endless combinations and taste possibilities – get creative!  Can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator making these the perfect quick ‘n easy protein-rich snack or meal.

INGREDIENTS: (for each wrap)

1 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaf (cleaned and dried)

1 oz. lean protein (ex. chicken, turkey, tuna or salmon)

1/4 c finely chopped or small amount julienned veggies

1 T Hummus or 1 t vinaigrette

1 t ground flax seeds

METHOD:

Assemble ingredients in the order listed above.  Either roll or fold lettuce leaf in half, store in container and refrigerate.

 

 

Mason Jar Protein Power Salad

Mason Jar Protein Power SaladThere is no end to the possibilities here!  From Taco to Caesar salad or anywhere in between, these perfect little grab ‘n go uber-healthy lunches can be made days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.  When you are ready to eat them – just flip and shake!  Could’t be easier!

INGREDIENTS: (in order of layering)

1 T salad healthy salad dressing or vinaigrette

1/2 c chopped veggies (that will not be affected by the dressing)

1/2 c beans

1/2 c sprouts

1/2 c chopped protein (steak, chicken, turkey, tuna or salmon)

2 c leafy greens

1 T pine nuts

1 T ground flax/chia seeds

METHOD:

Add all ingredients to large sized mason jar (sauce size) in order listed above and seal with metal cap.  Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you are ready to eat it, just flip and shake!

 

Mason Jar Breakfast Parfait

Mason Jar Breakfast Parfait

This yummy little protein-rich grab ‘n go breakfast can be made days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.  Talk about quick and easy!  Oh and delish – VERY delish!!

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c uncooked oats

1/3 c almond or coconut milk

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt

1 T almond butter

6 frozen or dried cherries, chopped

1/4 c chopped walnuts or pecans

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients in mason jar and store in refrigerator overnight.

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