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The 100 Calorie Holiday Beverage

Beverage | December 19, 2015 | By

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The 100 calorie beverage is not a secret number for success it’s more about bringing awareness to your intake.  Many of us can add 400 calories or more to our day… in a night out for holiday cocktails or on a chilly day going through the Starbucks drive through.  We know we’re going to have adult beverages AND were going to want a hot cup of something.  So be prepared and make good choices…at least most of the time.

Celebrate: Champagne sparkling wine 4oz, 100 calories.  Watch your pour! Choose bruts they are less sweet =less sugars= less calories!

Watch the alcohol content-more alcohol= more calories
White wine (Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Albarino, Gruner) 5oz, 9-12% alcohol, 100-140 calories
Red wine (Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Syrah) 5oz, 11-13.5% alcohol, 120-160 calories  
**Note:  Longing for more wine info check out Wine Folly

Make it last: Wine spritzer 1/2 wine 1/2 club soda with a twist!

Get Spirited:
1 oz = 100 calories
Vodka martini 120
Whiskey sour 160

Go skinny: Vodka or tequila without sweeteners, but with lime juice and sparkling water.  Be creative don’t forget to add mashed fruit (berries-apples-pomegranates) vegetables (mashed cucumbers) or herbs (basil-thyme-mint) these add a lot of flavor and antioxidants with not many calories.

Beer belly:
Oh beer how I love thee.  Preferably a closer to 7% alcohol content, complex, junipery and delicious IPA.  However, if you are watching your waistline these things can derail you.  More alcohol content =more body more flavor AND more calories.  So our local Sierra Nevada IPA Hop Hunter at 12oz 6.2% alcohol is going to have 186 calories and some days this will work for me.  Celebration ale 12oz 6.8% 214 calories. Don’t be fooled dark beers do not always mean more alcohol and more calories Deschutes Porter 12oz 5.2% 185 calories.

A skinny beer option:  Session IPA’s, they are light but have lower alcohol with an IPA flavor try Ballast point Even Keel 12 oz 3.8% 114 calories.

Light beers have 100 calories or less and may be a good second or last drink option.
**Note:  Craving more beer info check out realbeer:  What part of beer don’t you understand?

Baby it’s Cold Outside:
Size matters!  Cut the # of pumps of flavored sweetener or eliminate!  Go no whip!

Short non-fat chai tea latte 103 calories
Tall Cappuccino 2% 90 calories
Trader joes hot chocolate made with water 100 calories
Starbucks short non-fat no whip mocha 110 calories
Hot tea 2 calories
**Note:   Explore Starbucks drinks under 200 calories: 

Above all Enjoy-drink and be merry and be safe with the people you love!

Merry Christmas!



Matcha Mexican Hot Chocolate

Beverage, Chocolate, Fall, Mexican, Winter | November 2, 2015 | By

The weather is changing and it is time for a spicy warm antioxidant power house treat!

Admittedly, I may be suffering from a little, “and what else is better with Matcha ..?”Ibara wedge

It is true- that’s how I got here-with a little experimentation, but the results are fabulous!  When there is a chill in the air foamy warm Mexican hot chocolate with its deep chocolate flavor and subtle spice is a favorite of mine. 

This version adds in just a touch of green tea earthy goodness.  Try it with your favorite milk or unsweetened non-milk beverage and work up that foam.

A cup of this may give you an extra nutrition boost from the matcha and cinnamon, but it is still a warm cup of liquid sugar. So keep it small, indulge irregularly, hold it close and savor every sip.

Mex Hot Chocolate

Matcha Mexican Hot Chocolate
  1. 1 cup milk or milk alternative of your choosing
  2. ¼ of Mexican chocolate (Ibarra…)
  3. ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  4. ½ teaspoon Matcha green tea powder
  1. Combine milk, chocolate and cinnamon in a small heavy bottom pot over low heat. Stir frequently with whisk or molinillo (Mexican Hot Chocolate) until well combined and foamy. Do not boil. Add in Matcha and mix thoroughly. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy.
  1. Tip: Add the Matcha into a small amount of the hot chocolate first and then add the remaining hot chocolate. This is an easier way to dissolve the Matcha and smooth out any lumps that might form.
  2. The measurements can be expanded to make larger batches perfectly. Additionally, the molinillo is best for use in larger or deep batches of this recipe-, it makes amazing foam.
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