Firework Cocktails

photo(181)Enjoy this colorful concoction at your holiday barbecue and all summer long!

Makes 8 servings:
2 bottles of champagne/brut/prosecco
1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups fruit (cubed melon, berries, apples, peaches, etc.)
1/2 cup sliced cucumber

Pour over ice and enjoy!

One Healthy Breakdown: Light enough for an afternoon refresher, tasty and healthy enough for two!

Holiday Cocktails!

There’s LOTS to celebrate this time of year! With holiday parties left and right, it’s important to be aware of what you’re sipping on. Good old champagne and wine are great options, but who can resist a tasty holiday cocktail?! Unfortunately, these festive bevs can pack more calories than Christmas cookies. Here’s a few delicious recipes for holiday cocktails you can enjoy. Your guests will love them too! “Clink” to that!

unnamedRed & Green Sangria:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 large sprig of fresh rosemary, extra for garnish
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup of white grape juice
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup, stevia, agave, sweetener of choice)
  • 2 cups club soda/sparkling water

Mix ingredients and serve chilled.

Candy Cane Martini:

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup peppermint Schnapps
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sweetener of choice
  • ice

Garnish with a candy cane and sip chilled.

Spiced Crock-Pot Cider: (adopted from Food Network’s Slow Cooker Hard Cider)

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  • 2 quarts natural apple cider
  • 1-2 inch piece ginger root
  • Two cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup sweetener (light brown sugar, honey or maple syrup)
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups gin

Put all ingredients in crock-pot and cook for about an hour. Strain solids and serve warm in mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

One Healthy Breakdown: cheers to a healthy, happy holiday season and a happy new year!

I’m Coming Home…#weddingvenueshopping

Whew! Touring wedding venues is EXHAUSTING! Super fun, special, and exhausting! Over the past week, my mom and I checked out seven wedding venues in The Hamptons and Boston (where I’m from.) It’s been an exciting few days for sure and I think I’m ready to return to my normal routine back in The Hamps.

photo 3I’ve quickly learned that wedding planning includes a hell of a lot of champagne and desserts. Not complaining! But, it’s a lot. Even without a wedding to plan, we all have weekends, celebrations, parties, meetings, traditions, and vacations. While it’s important to enjoy these events to the fullest and live a life of balance, not deprivation, it all adds up. The drinks, the clinks, the cals, the bubbly, the courses, the birthday cake, cake pops, pies, and so on.

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Who wouldn’t want to dig right into this?! You better believe I did. I tasted almost everything because it’s not everyday a girl is offered a sampler of fresh desserts involving carrot cake pops, chocolate covered strawberries, macaroons, and pumpkin whoopie pies…now is it? But, a taste is a taste and I do want to be able to fit into a wedding dress over the next few months! Yes, I had my cake and ate it too, but I also focused my enjoyment of this whole process on seeing the venues, enjoying the beautiful city of Boston, spending quality time with my mom and the rest of my family, and meeting new friends along the way!

photo 5I took advantage of this mini-vaca and enjoyed the time and these indulges. However, I did not sleep in and I did not forego my workouts. Balance is about enjoying what life has to offer, but not unraveling, or straying from goals. My goal is pretty loosely a body and mind that feels good, strong, and healthy, and a balanced, fun life. While my afternoons and evenings have been spent touring venues, getting drinks, lunch, or dinner with family, and, of course, the occasional frozen yogurt, my mornings have been spent running, spinning, at the gym, or on the yoga mat. And I love it that way. Work hard play hard, that’s really the message here.

Whether you’re in or out of your normal routine, do what you can and enjoy it. The weather is amazing this time of year, perfect for outdoor walks, runs, hikes, or bike rides. Choose something you love and do it. That way, exercise isn’t a chore but an activity. Something you know will pay off in the end, whether it’s to negate that cake pop, strengthen your muscles, stretch your body, refresh your mind, or all of the above, it’s always worth it if you ask me. Did I want to get up early yesterday morning to go to yoga? Not necessarily, but once I hit the mat, after a few downward dogs, I couldn’t have been happier that I did. That yoga class was exactly what I needed after lots of spinning. And, I enjoyed that yoga-zen for hours afterwards, an added bonus. Strive for balance, not perfection. It’s possible to enjoy every celebration, big and small, while living a healthy life. A healthy life is a longer life! More moments to enjoy!

One Healthy Breakdown: When all else fails, take the stairs!

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