Frosty Friday

TGIF!

Based on the responses I got to last Friday’s post about some of my favorite low-calorie cocktail options, it seems even the biggest fitness fanatics enjoy unwinding a bit after a long week! So, I thought I’d wrap up this work week with a look at a few of my other less-guilt options when it comes to mixing things up on the frosty front.
  • Nothing low-cal about this drink on vacation, but you can make some adjustments at home!

    Margaritas: Now that Crystal Light makes a margarita-flavored mix, why not celebrate Cinco de Mayo by putting some in a blender with a shot of tequila and saving some calories for the chips and guacamole!

  • Mudslides: Oh, they are delicious, but boy, do they pack a punch when it comes to calories! According to CaloreKing.com, one Kahlua ready-to-drink Mudlslide has 2,364 calories. I tend to like Bailey’s in my mudslides, so my recipe replaces the Bailey’s with a Weight Watchers latte flavored ice pop. (Minus the stick, of course!) Put the frozen “ice cream” into a blender, and add crushed ice, 4-6 ounces of skim milk and a shot of vodka. Blend and enjoy! (You can also add a shot of Kahlua with the vodka, but that will up the calories a bit , but the final number won’t be anywhere near the 2,364 I mentioned above.)
  • Calorie-Conscious Creamsicle: I learned about this one at a Weight Watchers meeting and still have to try it, but it sounds really good! Put one packet of a Weight Watchers vanilla smoothie mix into a blender, and add WW orange-flavored fat-free yogurt, crushed ice and one shot of vodka. Blend and enjoy!
  • Speaking of Weight Watchers smoothie mixes, if you can get a hold of them, they’re really good and come in several flavors including vanilla, chocolate, caramel latte and even a berry blend.  Mix one packet in the blender with fresh strawberries, blueberries or banana, along with crushed ice, skim milk (or water) and a shot of vodka or rum. (These taste just as good without the alcohol.)

So, whether you’re planning to raise a frosty glass in honor of Cinco de Mayo this weekend or are just looking forward to the longer, warmer days ahead, remember to enjoy yourself responsibly.  Moderation and common sense are two key players in our lifelong journey to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on May 4, 2012, in Health, Nutrition and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. If you are wrestling with the guilt of the Mudslides you could always throw in a scoop of choc. or banana protein mix to justify the treat. We always could use more protein, right?

    Conversely, I have found the vanilla protein mix atop a margaritta on the rox is NOT the way to go. As often as I tried last night I still could not tell myself it was ‘healthy’! Hmmm, maybe frozen next time?

    Seriously, I am working on some margaritta sorbets this weekend. Low alcohol so it can resemble a freeze and very refreshing….

    Have a Healthy and Fit Holiday mi amiga!

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