Thursday, July 04, 2013

Fireworks and Fun in the Sun

Anybody ready for a long holiday weekend? For those of you going back to work on Friday, I'm sorry...while you're hunched over your office keyboard, I'll be baking in the sun with my toes in the sand, preferably with a cold beverage in hand. Yes, we're taking some much-needed vacation time and spending four days in St. Augustine Beach. And boy, oh boy, am I stoked! 

We're packing up the dog and hitting the road bright and early to meet friends at a sweet rental house on the beach. Tonight? We hit the fireworks display. Tomorrow, nothing but beach and grill time. 

I'm also planning out my menu for the weekend. As many of you know, the Fourth of July is often a high-calorie extravaganza thanks to all those cook-outs and parties. Fortunately, there are ways to get through the holiday without major weight gain. For example, I'll be hitting the store on the way down to pick up some low-calorie snack options including fruit, raw veggies and hummus. I've also got a list of low-cal, sucralose-sweetened cocktail recipes that I plan to whip up. The drinks (see recipe below, for an example) will be the perfect treat on a humid day by the water. Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend! 

Black Cherry Mamba Mojito
3/4 cup diet lemon-lime soda
1 shot (1 1/2 oz.) light rum
1/8 tsp. Kool-Aid Black Cherry Unsweetened Soft Drink Mix
12 mint leaves
4 dark sweet cherries (fresh and pitted or thawed from frozen)
1/4 lime, cut into slices
1 no-calorie sweetener packet (we like Splenda!)
5 - 8 ice cubes
* Ditch the rum and add water instead. Your alcohol-free fruity mojito will have 25 calories, 0g fat, 6g carbs and 0.5g fiber.

 Remove seeds from lime slices. Then muddle the mint, lime and cherries in a glass. Add the soda, rum, Kool-Aid, and sweetener. Stir well. Add ice and enjoy!

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