Happy 4th of July – Healthy Holiday Tips and Meals

We’re taking off today on our regular posting. We are tired and in much need of a vacation! However, we couldn’t leave you guys hanging so below is a roundup of a few different post on healthy eating during the holidays.

Have a safe and happy 4th!

 

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips, Recipes and Suggestions

 

Unhealthy to Healthy!

 

Unhealthy food: Pepperoni pizza

Healthy alternative: Thin crust pizza with veggies

If you want to make a homemade pizza use the following ingredients: thin, whole wheat crust, organic tomato sauce, skim-milk mozzarella and top it off with fresh basil and sliced tomatoes. You can also add a low-fat, organic meat or cube a Quorn Naked Chik’n Cutlet for those who are vegetarian.

Unhealthy food: Buffalo wings

Healthy alternative: Boneless, grilled chicken strips with a side of buffalo sauce. Cut the chicken into small pieces or strips and dip them into the sauce. These are really good! I actually prefer them over traditional wings. If you happen to find yourself Buffalo Wild Wings during March Madness try the naked tenders.

Unhealthy food: Sweets (cake, cookies, ice cream, etc.)

Healthy alternative: Fresh Fruit

A bowl of mixed berries with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries will satisfy that sweet tooth without the unnecessary calories or fat. Fruit is naturally sugary so it’s a great sweet treat and you can eat as much as you want!

Unhealthy food: Potato chips and dip

Healthy Alternative: Organic blue corn tortilla chips or baked chips with mango salsa or homemade guacamole. Another super healthy alternative is kale chips, they are super easy to make and packed with nutrients.

 

Cocktail Drinks

Cocktails and Drinks

During special occasions, most people drink…a lot. Don’t forget that alcoholic drinks are packed with empty calories that add to your waist line and don’t fill you up. Below are a few low calorie drink alternatives that will help you keep the party going without popping the button on your new jeans.

Vodka and Diet Soda
A shot of vodka is about 60 calories, combine that with your favorite diet soda and you’re looking at a drink under 100 calories.

Classic Martini
They are mostly vodka anyway so you’re entire drink will be right around 100 calories.

Gin and Tonic
This classic drink is about 103 calories.

Wine
A 4 oz glass of red or white wine will only set you back about  80 calories.

Sporty Afros’ Skinny Fizzy Margarita

This simple drink is Alex’s personal recipe which consists of 1.5 oz. tequila, 1 raspberry Emergen-C packet (you can use crystal light or flavored sparking water instead), 5 oz. water, 1 oz. lime juice. Throw in some frozen fruit to pretty up the glass and keep your drink cold instead of ice. It will only set you back 130 calories!

Monisha‘s Sporty Cupcakes

If you attended our February Fabulousness event, you know these cupcakes rock! Here is the entire recipe but you can change the icing to celebrate your July 4th festivities.

 

 

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