Monday, March 26, 2012

Pass me a Red Bull

photo by Cristian Borquez
I'm not much of an energy drink fan. When I need a caffeine fix, I'm more likely to reach for a cup of joe, tea or diet soda. However, every once in a sleepy while, I crave some Red Bull. So I'm thrilled to hear that the brand will soon be unveiling a no-calorie version called Red Bull Total Zero. How is it different from Red Bull Sugar-Free? Well, according to the experts, it has a slight "twist" of citrus flavor and now includes sucralose, in addition to other low-calorie sweeteners. I don't care how subtle the difference, I'm all about variety - so I'm very happy to see Red Bull expand their low-cal options. You can bet the next time I need an afternoon wake up call I'll be looking for the Total Zero can.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Irish eyes were smiling

Hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day weekend! I know I did. We participated in what has become an Atlanta tradition - going to our friends' house for brunch and mimosas than wandering over to the parade downtown and finally finishing up the afternoon with drinks at a local Irish watering hole. Good times! Because we were so busy yesterday, I didn't get a chance to enjoy another annual tradition - making my own lower-calorie version of Mickey D's delicious Shamrock Shake and watching Darby O'Gill and the Little People. What? Don't judge me! I love the silly little Disney movie. After all, it does feature a very young - and verrrry handsome - Sean Connery.
Fortunately, I was able to find some time this afternoon to whip up the frosty treat. Why bother making my own, you might ask? Because the fast food version clocks anywhere from 420 to 1,110 calories and 10 to 26g fat, depending on the size. EEK! So a big thanks to Hungry Girl for this low-fat version.

HG's Shamrock n Roll Shake

And if you've never seen Darby O' Gill, here's a taste - enjoy this clip of the original James Bond singing. Be still my heart! 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Zombie Snacks

I don't watch much television. We're just too busy to follow programs regularly and too cheap to invest in DVR or Tivo (yes, we're old school). So rather than get hung up on a show, I tend to ignore most of them. However, there are exceptions (RIP, Lost!)...Sons of Anarchy, Revenge and Community (when it's on) tend to be on my radar. And more recently, I've become a huge Walking Dead fan. Any other zombie fans in the house? If so, did you see last night's episode?! OMG!!! Talk about a shocker. Major character deaths AND a plotline revelation/game-changer. Can't wait to see next week's season finale, which the creator promises will be "complete and utter chaos." Woo hoo!
Along those lines, a friend has offered to host a season finale viewing party. Reminds me of the old days, when friends would gather every Sunday to watch The Sopranos, while drinking wine and chowing down on pasta. We've all been asked to bring some themed dishes to share, so I plan to whip up at least one or two of the awesome and creative apps mentioned on this blog. I will also be making these sugar-free red velvet "insanity" cupcakes courtesy of Hungry Girl. Should be a spooktacular time!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Happy Pound Cake Day!

photo by Kanko

In honor of Sunday Funday, we grabbed brunch earlier today with a few friends. In addition to the delicious bottomless mimosas, they had one of the best dessert menus I've seen in awhile. Carrot cake. Red velvet cake. Home made ding dongs? Helloooo! While I did sneak a bite of my friend's dessert, I stayed strong and stuck to my plate of scrambled eggs and roasted potatoes. However, I guess it wasn't too much of a sacrifice, particularly since I knew I'd be going home to a lovely pound cake. In case you didn't know, today is National Pound Cake Day. Pound cake is one of my favorite desserts, especially topped off with some fruit. And this lemon-flavored one is freakin' fabulous!

Here are a few other sucralose-sweetened, low-cal pound cake recipes that won't have you busting out the larger pants anytime soon. Enjoy!

Velvet Pound Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sweet Potato Pound Cake