Tag: beer

7 Summer Foods That Sound Healthier Than They Are

by in Healthy Tips, July 26, 2013

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The hot weather brings with it a bounty of delicious, seasonal foods that may seem healthy but are anything but. Be in-the-know and avoid some of these health-halo booby traps.

#1: Light Beer
I love kicking back with a light beer on a hot summer day. But if you’re guzzling 4 or 5 beers—the calories will quickly overflow. If you want to booze it up, the USDA’s recommendations are 1 beer per day for women and two for men. (And no, you can’t save all your drinks for a Saturday night.)

#2: Fro-Yo
Although they may start out at a reasonable amount of calories (about 100 to 140 per half cup), many people eat WAY more. And when you add toppers like crushed cookies, syrups and other goodies, you sabotage a perfectly calorie-friendly treat. Keep a mindful watch on portions (especially from fro-yo machines) and go light on the toppings.

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Cooking With Alcohol

by in Healthy Recipes, March 6, 2013

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Forget about getting tipsy – that’s not the point here. Cooking with a little liquor can be a healthy and tasty way to add a splash of depth, flavor and excitement to your recipes.

Flavor Boost
Whether it’s beer, sake, rum or Cabernet, using alcoholic beverages in cooking can act as a flavor enhancer. It can also be used to tenderize meat in marinades or concentrate flavor when simmered down into sauces.

What’s even more fun about cooking with alcohol is how versatile it can be. Beer can make a moist bread or add killer flavor to a fish taco. Hard liquor like vodka or rum can jazz up pasta sauces or be the finishing touch in a glaze for grilled or roasted meats.

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Holiday Drinking Strategies

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 16, 2011


Booze, booze, and more booze. That’s pretty much the theme of most holiday parties. This December, don’t guzzle down hundreds of empty calories. Instead, review these helpful tips before heading out to your next shindig.

The Downside of Too Much
When you’re in a roomful of colleagues, the easiest way to relax is with a few cocktails. I’m sure you’re aware that drinking too much alcohol can lead to calorie overload. Many of us forget that too many cocktails also lead to decreased inhibitions and loss of control. This can result in mindless flirting with your coworkers or losing control of how much you eat.

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Sip Wisely: Tips for Smart Alcohol Picks

by in Healthy Tips, May 27, 2010

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With spring fever in the air (and Memorial Day barbecues this weekend), relax with a glass (or two) of  your drink of choice. Beer, wine and cocktails can all be part of a healthy diet — just follow our tips to avoid overdoing it.

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Label Decoder: High Maltose Corn Syrup

by in Label Decoder, August 13, 2009

You’ve probably seen high maltose corn syrup when scanning food labels before, even if you don’t quite remember where. Did you know it’s a close cousin to the infamous high-fructose corn syrup? Read on to get the scoop (literally, it’s found in ice cream) on this common ingredient.

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Spotlight Recipe: Michelada

by in Healthy Recipes, January 26, 2009

Michelada
Want something more exciting than bottled beer for your game-day bash? If your friends are Bloody Mary fans, this Mexican cocktail might be a winner. Lime and hot sauce liven up the flavor without adding calories, and it pairs well with chili and guacamole.

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Raise a Toast: Understanding Alcohol's Calories

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 27, 2008

‘Tis the season for toasting and tippling. There’s no need to deny yourself a drink or two at a New Year’s Eve party this year — it’s knowing how to control all those calories that’s the tricky part. Keep this info in mind:

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