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

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

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!

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The List

I often struggle with how personal I want The Slender Student to be. I hesitate to put it all out there for two reasons. Firstly, you could all be Craigslist Killers, or strangers with candy that want me to get in your van. Secondly, I’m just some random college girl whose blog you stumbled upon after clicking through some pretty food pictures on Pinterest. Admit it, you’re here for the healthy food porn, not to hear my life story.

Recently, however, I was telling an acquaintance something about a fast food venture fueled by libation, leaving her in complete disbelief that, “The Slender Student drunk eats?! At WHATABURGER?!” In that moment I realized that in sharing my healthy tips and recipes, I’ve (unintentionally) made myself out to be a nutritional saint. So today I’ve decided to share my list. My list consists of five things (though I’m sure there are more) I’m working on to improve my health. These are the things that I know I should be doing as a nutrition student, a health blogger, and a human, but that I don’t do because I’m well…a human.

My list of health things to work on... What's on your list? | The Slender Student

I know from my own experience (and a buncha geeks’ research) that writing things down helps keep you accountable, so feel free to leave your own lists in the comments section. Immortalizing your goals on the interweb could make you that much more likely to achieve them, plus I’d just love to see them.

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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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[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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Slender Students Abroad

The Slender Student guide to eating, drinking, and working out while studying abroad!

So, you’re going abroad next semester. You’re expecting fun friends, a different culture, easy classes, and maybe a romance with a Spanish man.

What you might not be expecting?

The abroad aftermath– pounds gained and self esteem shot. If you’ve been with The Slender Student from the get, then you already know that the blog was born out of my desire to help people avoid the nasty (I mean that multi-definitionally) situation I found myself (and my bod) in after a semester in Barcelona. Since it’s about that time, I thought I should send my internationally-inclined readers down memory lane with my abroad advice series that covers my tips for eating, working out, and drinking far from home. Disfrutad.

Eating advice for students studying abroad | The Slender Student Fitness advice for students studying abroad | The Slender Student Drinking advice for students studying abroad | The Slender Student

I’d love to hear more tips from other past study abroaders!

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Slender White Russians

What drink could be more festive than a white Russian? They’re rich, creamy, and at 300 calories each, have a few too many and you’ll end up looking like Santa.

Try out my recipe and cut out almost half of the calories without sacrificing any of the signature coffee-flavored sweetness.

Slender White Russians | The Slender Student

Slender White Russian
Makes: 1-1/2 cups | Serving size: 3/4 cup | Calories per serving: 167
Fat: 0.2 g (Sat Fat: 0.1 g) | Carbohydrate: 19.9 g | Fiber: 0.0 g| Protein: 4.2 g

1 C skim milk
1/4 C fat free coffee creamer
2 t instant coffee
1/4 C vodka

1. Dissolve the coffee in the creamer.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and pour over ice.

Slender White Russians | The Slender Student

Slender White Russians | The Slender Student

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