Elements of Fitness – A Mother's Memoir

The Healthiest Alcoholic Choices for Weight Loss

 

 

1411439749001If you’re  reading this right now, you’re probably on a diet and wondering if there REALLY is a better choice when ordering a drink.

After all, you’re killing it in the gym all week, seeing results and you’re afraid a drink will be a setback.  But come Friday or whatever cheat day you look forward to you begin to look forward to your day off.

And wouldn’t it be nice when you’re with your friends watching football to have a beer?    Should you really restrict yourself completely from having any alcohol? The answer is NO. Alcohol is usually a social activity, that most people enjoy sharing with their friends. Enjoying a glass of alcohol with your friends can still be included in a balanced weight loss program, with the right choices.

Alcoholic beverages CAN spoil your diet more than junk food. One gram of alcohol contains 7 calories which in larger quantities can be more calories compared with other food sources. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to do a lot of damage to your diet, it is best that you only enjoy the following selection of low calorie alcoholic beverages, which can serve as an alternative to strong liquor mixes. The key to all of these alcoholic drinks is to choose one with a low alcohol content and avoid mixing it with sugar laden soda mixers.

 

Light Beer

Light beer is the beer of choice for dieters because it only has 100 calories which is quite less compared to other kinds of beer. Hence, if you’re planning to hang out with your friends to watch your favorite sport or movie, better grab alight beer instead of regular beer. Make sure to avoid using an oversized beer mug or consuming more than two bottles of light beer to save yourself from the misery of messing up your diet and redoing it all over again.

 

Wine

Wine is not only good for your heart but also for your weight. This delicious drink contains 100 calories or less and drinking a few glasses won’t put your weight loss goal at risk. To reduce the amount of calories and add a little fizz to your wine, you can mix a dash of wine to sparkling water.

 

Tonic and Vodka

What’s good about tonic and vodka is it can make you feel the punch of alcohol even with just a few drinks. This combination is below 100 calories too. So, opting for this drink will put you on a party mode soon without putting your diet in jeopardy.

 

Soda & Rum

Rum with soda is a party favorite! It’s delicious, and it has fewer calories too.  However, if you want to create a healthier and weight friendly drink, you can use diet soda instead of regular soda to reduce the sugar and calories.

 

Mocktail

If you want to enjoy the party without drinking any alcoholic beverages, you can still have some fun without sticking to water all throughout the night. Non-alcoholic beverages such as mocktails are very much available for party goers who want to keep track of their diet. Mocktails are zero-calorie beverage but taste like the real thing!

 

As with any other choices you make on your “cheat day” don’t overdo it.  If you drink too many of these they will have the same effect as any other sugar filled junk food.  Alcohol converts to sugar if not used, so as always, drink responsibly.  🙂

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September 22, 2014 Posted by | Diet and Exercise, Discipline, Eating Clean, Eating Low Carb, Exercise, Nursing, P90X, P90X Recipes, P90X3, Phoenix AZ | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Can Beef Stroganoff Be Low Carb? Simple.

beef stroganoff editedWith fall right around the corner, you may be ready to start making your favorite soups, stews and other comfort foods.   I hate mushrooms but the best part about designing your own recipes is making it your own way.  Beef Stroganoff is one of my all time favorite comfort foods and I think you’ll enjoy the recipe as much as we do!

If you’ve been a subscriber of mine for a while you know I believe eating carbs is ok so long as they’re ‘good carbs’ AND that you’re not eating a lot of fat at the same time.   The same is true in reverse:  eating fat is ok (think good fats as in avocado, banana, red meats on occasion) so long as you’re not combining it with high amounts of carbs at the same time (like bread or starchy carbs like potatoes).  Also, make sure to eat protein at every meal so you’re not hungry again an hour later!

With all that in mind and a couple of key alternatives, take this recipe and try it out!

wineIngredients:
  • 1 ¼ pounds choice premium stewing meat, tenderized and cut into 2 x 1 cubes
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 box Dreamfields low carb rotini pasta
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup finely chopped Spanish onion
  • 3 ounce small white mushrooms (if you like that sort of thing!)
  • ¼ cup dry red wine (cabernet sauvignon)
  • 1 cup beef broth (not low sodium)
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
Directions:
  1. Turn crock pot to high setting.  Add meat and sprinkle with salt and pepper and splash the meat with a little wine and a little beef broth and set the rest aside.  Cook meat for 3-4 hours stirring occasionally, the last 2 hours turn temperature down to low.
  2. During the last 20 minutes of cooking, start preparing in a pot the low carb rotini pasta.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add garlic.
  4. Add butter and onions to skillet and cook 3 minutes, until softened.
  5. Add mushrooms. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushroom liquid evaporates.
  6. Add the rest of the wine; cook 5 minutes. Stir in the rest of the beef broth and cook 10 minutes, until mushrooms are coated with a thick sauce. Stir in sour cream and mustard. Add mixture to meat and accumulated juices.
  7. By now, pasta should be done.  Drain and add as much pasta as you want or keep it separated and serve as much as you would like of each per serving.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

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September 21, 2014 Posted by | Cooking, Diet and Exercise, Dinners Kids Devour, Eating Low Carb, My Low Carb Recipes, Nutrition, Products That Work | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crustless Quiche

Being French, I used to eat quiche pretty regularly.  However, it was always on top of a pie crust.  Which is delicious, of course, but the pie crust is not necessary.   I even cook it now in a casserole dish so that there’s more of it to go around!  So this recipe will serve about 10-12 servings instead of the traditional 4!   Its also great to make on a Sunday that way you have a healthy grab-and-go meal every morning.

quicheIngredients:
2 Teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup Spanish or yellow onion, chopped
1 cup fresh broccoli chopped (stems removed)
1 1/2 cups chopped or cubed prosciutto
8 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese (muenster cheese can substitute)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cracked black pepper
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in broccoli and prosciutto and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cream, cheese, salt, nutmeg and pepper.  Add broccoli mixture and stir to blend.  Pour into casserole dish.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 20 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before serving or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Substitutes:  If you don’t like broccoli you can substitute with spinach or green peppers.  Turkey bacon can also substitute the prosciutto but cook it first and then add it to the egg mixture and stir right before it goes in the oven.

 

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September 21, 2014 Posted by | Cooking, Diet and Exercise, Eating Clean, Eating Low Carb, Exercise, My Low Carb Recipes, Nutrition, P90X Recipes | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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