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Award-Winning Recipes for Your Oscars Party

Written on February 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm , by

Every year a group of girlfriends and I get together to watch the Oscars. OK, let’s be honest: I have a bunch of girlfriends I get together with. The Oscars happen to be on, but it’s a great excuse to have a girl’s night out and enjoy some wine and great food.

All that aside, though, parties usually leave a lot to be desired in terms of healthy foods. To help keep overindulgence to a minimum, consider serving these dishes (or bringing them to pass!), so everyone can munch in between guessing the winners. After all, between the drinks and the food, those calories can add up quickly, and we want you to dream about donning those red-carpet dresses yourself.

Layered Cheese, Bean and Avocado Dip

You may be familiar with seven-layer dips.  They’re popular, but can add way too much fat and a crazy amount of calories.  This one, however, saves your waistline. First things first: swap traditional sour cream for cottage cheese – it’s a versatile, nutrient-rich ingredient (I like Daisy Brand’s low-fat variety, thanks to it’s small ingredient list and no additives, preservatives or thickeners). Now just follow the recipe below for a protein-packed appetizer to enjoy while watching the stars walk the red carpet.  Since protein boosts satiety, it won’t leave you starving. Now that’s a win-win.

Serves: 16 (5 tablespoons per serving)

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 1/4 cups Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Layer  black beans on a 10-inch serving plate. Layer avocado over beans; drizzle with lime juice. Top with diced tomatoes. Stir cilantro, chili powder, cumin and lime peel into the cottage cheese; layer over tomatoes. If desired, sprinkle with a little additional chili powder, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheese. Serve with chips. For a heartier meal, add grilled chicken or ground beef.

Cos-MOHR-politan

What’s an awards show without some fun drinks? I found this creative, super-tasty recipe (that actually has some nutrients) that won’t totally dehydrate you and leave you with a hangover the next day, thanks to the electrolyte-replenishing coconut water. And at only 45-60 calories per serving, you can serve it straight or use it as a mixer for your party’s signature drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. blended scotch whisky
  • 2 oz. Vita Coco
  • 3 oz. Ginger Beer (or ginger ale)

Build ingredients directly into a rocks glass filled with ice and stir briefly. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.

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Vamp Up Your Halloween Party with Four Spooky, Low-Cal Cocktails

Written on October 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm , by

Spooky cocktails can still be waistline-friendly. (Photo courtesy of Chambord)

Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern

Halloween is the one night of the year when we can wear outrageous costumes and embrace silly fears without shame. But candy overloads, junk food binges and high-calorie adult beverages can follow us well into November, threatening the holiday party body we all work so hard to achieve. Luckily, we found these four creepy cocktail recipes: all are under 250 calories, so you can party on guilt-free. Do you dare?

Vampire Kiss Martini

Calories: 225

  • 1 ½ ounces Finlandia Vodka, chilled
  • 1 ½ ounces Korbel Champagne
  • ¾ ounce Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur

Rim the glass with red sugar (use food coloring) or drop in a set of wax vampire teeth for a real surprise. Pour vodka and half of the Chambord in a martini glass, top with Champagne and pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float.

Recipe courtesy of Chambord

Piña Ghoul-ada

Calories: 100

  • Skinnygirl Piña Colada
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoons red food coloring

Pour the corn syrup in a shallow bowl and add a few drops of red food coloring. Stir with a toothpick to combine. Holding a glass by the stem, dip the rim into syrup mixture and turn the glass, coating the entire rim. Flip glass upright, allowing mixture to drip down the sides. Repeat for desired number of glasses. Pour chilled Skinnygirl Piña Colada into prepared glasses and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Skinnygirl Cocktails

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Slimmed-Down Cinco de Mayo Cocktails (Including that Margarita!)

Written on May 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm , by

Indulge without the bulge. (Photo courtesy of Tequila Herradura)

Written by Carrie Stevens, editorial intern

Plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Sunday?  Even though its signature cocktail is a potential diet disaster—one frozen margarita can contain tons of sugar and sodium, not to mention upwards of 500 calories—you can indulge without the bulge.  We enlisted Tequila Herradura to slim down some of our favorite drinks that pack the same taste for 200 calories or less.  Bottoms up!

Pineapple Serrano Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Herradura Silver
  • 3 cubic inches pineapple, diced
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 slices Serrano chili with seeds

Crush pineapple and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler. Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients; shake hard. Strain over ice. Garnish with a chili and star Anise pod (optional).

Calories: 169

Apricot Cooler Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
  • Large bar spoon of apricot jam
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 kumquat

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.  Garnish with kumquats, apricots and a mint sprig (optional).

Calories: 156

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4 Calorie-Conscious Holiday Cocktails

Written on December 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm , by

Tasty sips without the unwanted calories. Happy holidays, indeed. (Photo courtesy of Cascade Ice.)

Written by Jennifer Fiorentino, editorial intern

Go ahead and have a cocktail at your holiday soiree. We found a little something that may make our waistlines a smidge happier this season (hint: sparkling water) and something that will spice up your festive drinks! Meet your new favorite guilt-free holiday cocktails.

The first comes from Cascade Ice, a sugar- and calorie-free sparkling water that takes out the heavy mixers without losing bursts of flavor. After being taste-tested and approved by our own staffers (we couldn’t give you a good recommendation without trying it for ourselves, right?), we were quick to grab a few festive recipes from the company. Try one (or all!) and feel free to indulge without worrying about tossing in an extra-intense run as part of your next workout.

The second just might establish your holiday party as one of the best – something we’re all striving for, right? New for this holiday season comes a limited-edition cognac from the House of Marnier-Lapostolle: Grand Marnier Cherry. Impress your guests with these easy-to-make recipes.

Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 3 oz Cascade Ice Raspberry Black Currant
  • Juice of 1 lime wedge
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Orange wedge, for garnish

Place tequila and sparkling water into a blender over crushed ice. Add juice from a lemon wedge and a handful of raspberries mix and blend until smooth. Garnish with orange wedge and serve.

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