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We Love SkinnyGirl Margarita

Whether you are actively trying to lose weight or just maintain a healthy lifestyle, drinking alcohol should not be a typical part of your dietary intake. Being told to stick with ice water or club soda at parties can get boring after a while. Sometimes, a girl just wants to kick back and enjoy a cocktail without killing her diet. How can you responsibly enjoy a margarita when a typical mixed drink can set you back more than 500 calories in a 4 ounce serving?

Enter Bethenny Frankel to the rescue. Yes, Bethenny Frankel of Real Housewives of New York City fame. Before she was famous for her reality show, Frankel was a mixologist and a chef and was known for creating lower calorie versions of high calorie or unhealthy foods. On an episode of Real Housewives, she created her own, low-calorie version of a margarita and the response that she received from viewers convinced her that she needed to make a version available for purchase. (more…)

Dip in to these Healthy Guacamole Recipes for National Guacamole Day

Today, September 16, is National Guacamole Day! It’s also Mexican Independence Day. Who knew?

This doesn’t mean that you should go crazy with the chips transporting said guacamole into your mouth. But guacamole is an amazing source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Avocados contain the same type of fat found in olive oil and almonds. Avocados are one the best choices in fruit for magnesium, vitamin E and folic acid. They have 60% more potassium than bananas. If that’s not enough reason to make avocados a part of your daily diet, they are also free of sodium, cholesterol and trans fats.

In one study, volunteers who ate avocados every day for a week experienced an average 17% drop in total blood cholesterol (Archives of Medical Research, Winter 1996). Try guacamole on a grilled chicken breast, as a spread for a whole grain turkey sandwich, or dip your carrots into it for an out of this world snack. (more…)

Enjoy a Healthy Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo – the 5th of May; a holiday that commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. More importantly, it is a day to celebrate Mexican food! Mexican food is my very favorite, and it’s my weakness. But tortilla chips, cheese and margaritas can really wreak havoc on your diet, leaving you with tight jeans and a caloric hangover worse than any fruity mixed drinks.


How to Dine Out: Mexican

Mexican food can certainly be one of the more challenging cuisines when eating out, as there aren’t many low-fat items to choose from, and several dishes are full of fried foods. Add on calorie-filled margaritas and tortilla chips to start and you are already filling up on unneeded fat and calories before having even ordered your main course.strawberry salsa

Dishes at Mexican restaurants are usually on the larger side with the addition of rice and beans accompanying the meal. To help prevent overeating, I would first suggest ordering a house salad, which should entail tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and some avocado for your healthy fat. This starter salad will also help in the avoidance of eating the full entree when it arrives or you can ask for half the portion to be put in a to-go container.

Some terms that you should look to avoid on the menu are: fried, crispy, refried, breaded and cheese. Instead look for items that are baked or grilled and request sauces on the side so you can control the amount on your food. (more…)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Healthy Tips

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the 5th of May) is right around the corner and I know many people are planning to partake in this Mexican holiday.  Depending on how you celebrate this holiday I know a lot of fun, music, food, and alcohol are involved. This year I want to give you some simple tips to keep in mind to have a healthier Cinco de Mayo celebration.chips-and-salsa

  • Remember Mexican food with vegetables, seafood, and fruit is healthy, light, and lower in calories.
  • Make the food at home.  This way you can use lower fat products (2% milk cheeses) to help control calories and fat.

5 Recipes for a Healthy Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo is a traditional Mexican holiday recognizing the defeat of the French military in 1862 in the state of Pueblo. The celebration has grown in popularity in the States, and is one of the first real kick-off events for Spring. Anything for some delicious, classic Mexican food, right? strawberry-salsa

With all the chips, queso, tacos and Mexican beer turning up at a Cinco de Mayo party, you can quickly and easily sabotage your diet. Instead, prepare some of these fresh and flavorful Mexican recipes at your event, or offer your hostess to bring a dish. Your guests will likely not even notice that you took a healthy route once they taste your culinary creations, and you can rest easy knowing you enjoyed the party and will wake-up guilt-free on seis de Mayo!

Strawberry Salsa
Serve with either blue corn tortilla chips or top grilled chicken or pork chops. Either way you’ll feel like you’re splurging with this scrumptious salsa made with strawberries, pineapple, fresh mint and cilantro, and jalapenos.

Healthy Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Do yourself a favor- don’t sit back and watch everyone else have all the fun today just because you’re on a diet. Be sure to make a healthier choice than babysitting the queso bowl or going for thirds on fried tacos and sopapillas. Try one of the many recipes that offer lower calories, fat, and carbs for many Mexican food favorites.

These are the top Cinco de Mayo recipe picks at DietsInReview.com.

Low-Carb and Weight Watchers Margaritas

Margarita Chicken – with 1g Carbs, 1g Fat, and 128 calories

Chicken and Red Chili Tamales – No guilt here, just 9g Protein, low calories and low fat. (more…)

Even dieters can enjoy comfort foods

For anyone who has started a diet, on a diet, been on a diet, or just trying to eat healthier, there’s nothing harder than saying goodbye to your favorite comfort foods. They’re like good friends- always there when you need them. Unfortunately, unlike a good friend, these unhealthy food friends are sabotaging our waist lines.

Joy Bauer, Yahoo’s resident nutritionist, shows ten foods that most people cringe at the thought of giving up and healthy ways to not cut them loose. She calls them Diet-Friendly Comfort Foods. Here, we show you her recommended replacement foods along side our recommendations.

Just two slices at a restaurant can have nearly a full day’s worth of calories. She suggests making your own at home or buying the Lean Cuisine brand, both options for less than 320 calories. We recommend the Weight Watchers Deep Dish Pizza Casserole, with 6 points and 277 calories.

Ice Cream
A pint of the popular Ben & Jerry’s has more than 1,000 calories. Look for lighter options that pack just as much irresistible flavor. She recommends the Turkey Hill Low-Fat brand, we recommend Bob Greene’s favorite Skinny Cow brand.

Yes, you can still satisfy that crunchy-salty munchy attack without the calories and fat of potato chips. Yahoo’s Joy recommends soy crisps- and that’s exactly what we recommend. Glenny’s Soy Crisps come in 100 calorie packs, dozens of cravable flavors- plus offer protein!

One of the biggest dieter demons out there- two slices of this carb-packed favorite topped with butter can have upward of 260 calories. Joy recommends light english muffins with peanut butter to save 100 calories. We recommed Bob Greene’s Best Life Flat Out Wraps. They come in nearly 20 flavors, make great sandwiches and many varieties have between 70 and 100 calories.

Taco Bell
This fast-food favorite can cost you nearly a day’s worth of calories for some menu items. Satisfy your craving for spicy Mexican food with these Weight Watchers Baked Chimichangas. They are 6 points, 276 calories and a delicious alternative to greasy fast food.

When the grills start blazing this spring, know that your usual bacon cheeseburger isn’t doing you any favors with more than 1,000 calories. Joy recommends a turkey burger with only half a bun for 334 calories. We recommend these hearty Weight Watchers Veggie Burgers with only 2 points and 129 calories.

French Fries
Along side a burger, nothing is better, or worse for you. Skip the 600 calories a large fry offers for Joy’s recommended baked sweet potato fries for 220 calories. We recommend Weight Watchers Roasted Potatoes with Garlic, with only 1 point and 64 calories.

Chicken Wings
Joy says fried chicken wings can have more than 700 calories! She replaces those with baked chicken tenderloins with hot sauce for 120 calories. We recommend Glazed Chicken Bits with only 4 Weight Watchers points.

Why is it so darn irresistible? A serving of regular mac ‘n cheese can pack 800 calories or more. Joy recommends a whole wheat elbow noodle with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese for half the calories. We recommend lightening any pasta dish with Barilla Plus whole grain pastas- they’re a part of Bob Greene’s Best Life plan and have Omega-3s.

It’s OK to have your hand caught in the cookie jar if you’re not reaching for those pre-made cookie dough squares with 200 calories and 10 grams of fat! Joy says grab South Beach Diet’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies instead for exactly half the fat and calories. We recommend the Nabisco 100 calorie pack cookies.