Slender Rosemary Grapefruit Fizz

Slender Rosemary Grapefruit Fizz | The Slender Student Listen, I’m not that picky when it comes to cocktails. While I prefer something not too sweet (I’m pretty sure that vodka cherry sours and moscato disintegrate my teeth upon contact), most of my fickle preferences are quickly forgotten once I’m on Sixth Street, faced with the prospect of a free drink.

(…A free drink from someone I know that I’d never leave unattended. Play it safe, Slender Students.) Slender Rosemary Grapefruit Fizz | The Slender Student Anyway, back to what I was saying. Yeah, I’m not that selective or creative about adult beverages, which might be why you don’t see a lot of them posted here. My main rule of thumb when it comes to slender alcohol consumption is to keep it simple– vodka soda with lime is my go-to. I try and stay away from calorie-laden mixers, chasers, or flavored alcohols. Slender Rosemary Grapefruit Fizz | The Slender Student Every once in awhile, though, I’m inspired to craft something new. Today’s inspiration is due in large part to the February’s beverage themed Recipe Redux assignment. I contemplated making a slender hot chocolate, but this just seemed way more fun. I also happened to have a stash of grapefruit La Croix sitting in my fridge that just needed to be introduced to a little liquor. Slender Rosemary Grapefruit Fizz | The Slender Student TGIF, am I right? Slender Rosemary Grapefruit Fizz | The Slender Student

Slender Rosemary Grapefruit Fizz
Servings: 2 | Calories per serving: 129
Fat: 0 g (Sat Fat: 0 g) | Carbohydrate: 7.5 g | Fiber: 0 g| Protein: 0 g

ingredients:

1 large Ruby Red grapefruit

1 sprig fresh rosemary (plus more for garnish)

1/2 cup grapefruit La Croix

2 shots vodka

2 splashes grapefruit bitters (optional)

 

directions:

1. Halve your grapefruit and, if desired, cut off thin slivers to use later as garnish.

2. Squeeze the grapefruit juice into a bowl. I got about 2/3 cup from one large fruit.

3. Add the rosemary leaves from one sprig of rosemary to the grapefruit juice. Muddle with a muddler or the back of a spoon.

4. Evenly pour the fresh juice between two glasses.

5. Add in 1/4 cup La Croix and one shot of vodka to each glass.

6. Garnish with grapefruit slice, rosemary, and enjoy! Responsibly!


Apple Pie Shake

Slender Apple Pie Shake | The Slender Student

After giving it some thought (for reasons I don’t quite understand), I’ve  come to realize that my relationship with my Magic Bullet has followed the same trajectory as a normal relationship. And by normal I mean one between two people, not one between a person and her kitchen appliances.

Anyway, what I mean is that for the first month, I was obsessed with the Bullet. I used it everyday. I intentionally chose to prepare and eat foods that required its use. It earned a semi-permanent spot on my kitchen counter.

Then after a month or two, the infatuation faded, though the love remained. For the most part, I’ve returned to my more normal culinary repertoire– one that doesn’t solely rely on being blended. The Bullet gets brought out multiple times a week when I want to whip up a smoothie, homemade sauce, or salad dressing.

Date nights keep the romance alive.
Slender Apple Pie Shake | The Slender Student

Apple Pie Shake
Servings: 1| Calories per serving: 180
Fat: 1.6 g (Sat Fat: 0.1 g) | Carbohydrate: 31 g | Fiber: 4.2 g| Protein: 12.9 g

ingredients:

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 red apple

1/2 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

optional: a couple of ice cubes, sweetener

 

directions:

1. In your Bullet (or blender of choice), combine all of the ingredients until smooth.

Slender Beer-Garitas

It’s quite possible that beer-garitas are a Texas thing. They’re made of beer and tequila, are bigger than your head, and are full of calories… Check, check, and check for being a Texas staple. Despite the fact that I was born and raised here, though, I’ve never actually tried a beer-garita myself. For one thing, I don’t really like margaritas. I mean, I like the ones that are shaken by hand, served in tiny glasses, and have fresh fruit, but they also cost like $15 a pop. Those cheapy ones made from pre-made frozen mix, on the other hand, they just don’t do anything for me. And that’s not even considering the hundreds (yeah, plural) of calories per glass.

I don’t mean to sound like I’m on an alcoholic high horse, though. I definitely like to get down, which is why I knew I needed a better party drink for the upcoming three day weekend. To me, Memorial Day (and any extended weekend, in general) means day drinking. And day drinking isn’t the time for some froofroo fruity cocktail. Day drinking is the time for strong, frozen drinks that send you to bed around 7 pm, leaving you awake and disoriented by about 3 am.

So what strong, frozen drink does a nutrition blogger who doesn’t like margaritas make? It’s like the beer-garita was delivered to me on a silver platter, just begging to be slenderized. My version is light in flavor and calories. The fruit juice keeps it fresh, a far cry from those mixes that are always either way too sour or way too sweet. And there’s enough tequila in these to make this Memorial Day a fiesta.

Slender Beer-Garitas | The Slender Student Slender Beer-Garitas
Makes: 6 drinks | Calories per serving: 123
Fat: 0.1 g (Sat Fat: 0.0 g) | Carbohydrate: 7.2 g | Fiber: 0.1 g| Protein: 0.8 g

ingredients:
4 12-ounce bottles of Corona Light
1/2 C fresh lime juice (about 8 limes should do ya)
1/2 C fresh orange juice (about 4 small navel oranges)
1/2 C tequila (…or more)
2 C ice
2 packets Splenda
2 T sugar, for garnish
2 t salt, for garnish
lime zest, for garnish
orange slices, for garnish

directions:
1. Distribute the beer into ice cube trays, about one beer per tray. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

Slender Beer-Garitas | The Slender Student 2. Add your fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, tequila, ice cubes, Splenda, and frozen beer cubes to a blender. Blend until completely smooth.

Slender Beer-Garitas | The Slender Student 3. In a small bowl, combine the salt, sugar, and lime zest to use on the rim of your margarita glasses.
4. Pour in the beer-garitas and garnish with an orange slice!

Slender Beer-Garitas | The Slender Student

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Snap Kitchen Clean Start Review

Snap Kitchen Clean Start: liquid nutrition review | The Slender Student

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to try Snap Kitchen’s Clean Start juice program for a day. Clean Start involves six 16-ounce bottles of juice that you drink each 2-3 hours. You can juice for as few or as many days (within reason) as you’d like. I get asked a lot of questions about juice cleanses and though I’m normally a skeptic about most food trends, I figured I should give it a shot in order to give people answers backed by experience. Plus it’s fun being your own guinea pig.

Before we get into the review, let me clarify what I mean when I use the word cleanseI mean that the juices are all I had for the day. To cleanse is not to starve yourself of nutrients, and that’s what I liked about Snap Kitchen’s Clean Start program. To quote Snap’s dietitian, Andrea Hinsdale, “We believe in balanced nutrition and want to make sure that with approximately 1,200 calories per day, our juices will still give people enough energy to get to the gym and carry on with their busy lives. Our cold-pressed juices are just simple combinations of fruits and vegetables to help people reset and simplify with a day’s worth of nutrient-packed juices.” Because of that, I didn’t have the fear of being undernourished. If you’re a nutrition major like me, or if you’re just really into health, you know that such dilemmas can verge on becoming moral ones.

Snap Kitchen Clean Start review -- Super Greens | The Slender Student

Super Greens: (1.5 pounds of nutrient dense greens) I started my day by going green in a major way. This juice is not joking around with the veggie flavor. The cucumber is the most notable ingredient, making the entire bottle taste very fresh. I drank this around 9 am, which left me feeling sluggish before my 11:30 class at CYC. Probably should’ve timed that one a little better.

Snap Kitchen Clean Start review -- Energy Boost | The Slender Student

Energy Boost: (110% of your daily vitamin C) downed this when I got home after CYC for a much needed energy boost. This one’s definitely sweeter and more fruity than the first juice, but still had that cucumber flavor… Not sure where that comes from. I liked the minty after taste I was left with following each sip.

Snap Kitchen Clean Start review -- Energy Boost | The Slender Student

Antioxidant: (over 1000% of your daily need of the antioxidant beta-carotene) I guess the Energy Boost juice didn’t pack the punch I thought it would because I needed a nap after drinking it. Luckily, I was able to wake up to this zinger of a drink. After reading the ingredients on the front of this juice (apples, carrots, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, red beets, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper), I was expecting a less fun version of a Bloody Mary, but that wasn’t it at all. The juice is somewhere between savory and sweet, leaving you with a little burn. To my surprise, it was my favorite juice of the first three.

Snap Kitchen Clean Start review -- Carrot Ginger Elixir | The Slender Student

Carrot Ginger Elixir: (1.5 pounds of carrots and apples) this juice tastes like something that should be served alongside a spicy tuna roll, though that might just be the cleanse talking. The fresh ginger flavor definitely comes through the sweet drink.

Snap Kitchen Clean Start review -- Spicy Basil Lemonade | The Slender Student

Spicy Basil Lemonade: (metabolism boosting cayenne and detoxifying lemon) I can’t say much more about this juice than its name already does. It’s not spicy enough to send you running for a bottle of water, but it does pack a little heat. It sent me down memory lane to the basil cocktail from Benjy’s in Houston so, if all else fails, add vodka. I was too full to finish the entire bottle, though it’s definitely the lightest of all the drinks.

Snap Kitchen Clean Start review -- Cashew Protein Shake | The Slender Student

Cashew Protein Shake: (11 grams of heart healthy fat) I was feeling hungry for the first time all day by the time I opened this bottle. And once I had my first sip, it was no surprise that this was my favorite drink. Its flavor is rich and nutty, with a slightly gritty texture due to the cinnamon. I would love to freeze this into ice cubes and then blend it up for a frozen treat. For those of you who can’t stomach food first thing in the morning, check this one out for a breakfast alternative.

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Overall, the day of juice wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. My main concern going in was that I’d be uncomfortably hungry all day, but that never happened. (However, if you decide to have a go with Clean Start, Andrea says it’s ok to munch on some raw veggies between juices, should you feel the urge to chew something.)  To my surprise, sometimes I even felt a little overly full due to the sheer volume of juice I was taking in. So while this wasn’t the painful experience as I feared it might be, I think I’ll be sticking with food from here on out. I don’t know if y’all can tell, but I kinda like it.

As far as getting back into food goes, then, I should tell you my plan. Today I’ll be eating according to my Spring Break Slender Down rest day plan, but with an added twist. For post-Clean Start purposes (and as part of an assignment for one of my classes…nutrition majors, go figure), tomorrow will be my first Meatless Monday. The purpose of ditching the beef after a day (or more) of juice is to ease your body back into usual digestion. Animal proteins require a lot of metabolic work, so taking it one step at a time and starting with all vegetarian protein sources is a good way to get back to normalcy without losing all of the previous day’s progress.

Breakfast: Snap Kitchen Maple Roasted Banana Oatmeal; 2 eggs

Lunch: homemade teriyaki tofu sushi; edamame; and blackberries

Snack: Fage 2% Greek yogurt and Fiber One

Dinner: Boca Original Vegan Burger with goat cheese and avocado; quinoa; edamame; steamed asparagus; baked eggplant

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for photos and details of today’s meals, as well as other healthy meal inspiration. If you have any questions regarding the cleanse, leave a question in the comments or call Snap Kitchen and get it from the horse’s mouth! Tell ‘em I sent ya.

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Lazy Sunday

Hey. It’s been awhile since we got lazy on a Sunday. Let me know if you see something you like from today or any other Lazy Sunday. Next week is Insta-Recipe week, so I’ll be sharing recipes from my most popular Instagram posts.

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[strawberry banana oatmeal bake]

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[chia'd my apple overnight oats]

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[simple 300 calorie breakfast]

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[two ingredient post-workout pancakes]

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[multitasking]
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[siggi's snack getting me through a long school day] photo 3 (3)

[my first papaya experience] photo 5 (2)

[the slender student take on a bagel + lox] photo 1 (1)

[roasted chicken apple sausage + farm grown veggies]

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[300 calorie fettucini alfredo + turkey meatballs] photo 1

[thinner than thin crust turkey sausage pizza] photo 3 (2)

[no cook dinner-- brown rice, smoked salmon, cucumber and avocado] photo 4

[fajita chicken bowl with homemade tortilla chips] photo 5 (1)

[turkey meatloaf + stuffed bbq baked potato]

photo 2 [slender sips]

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