Monday, May 23, 2011

Easy Steps to a Healthier You #2

As promised, here is the second installment of taking those easy steps towards a healthier you!FIGHTING FAT WITH FIBER
The age old question: white or wheat bread? Calorie-wise there actually isn't much difference. Commerically made bread is usually 65-70 calories per slice. Wheat bread has more vitamin B and E, zinc, folic acid & chromium, along with 1.3 more grams of fat blasting fiber per slice than white bread. It is the extra nutritional bonuses that you get with wheat bread that makes it the obvious winner in this race. It's been proven that afiber rich diet assists in loosing weight.

On your next trip to Mystic Market, order a healthier version of your favorite sandwich by skipping the cheese. This will drop 100 calories off the sandwich, and you don't have to miss out on taste. Ask for it to be topped with yellow mustard instead (only 3 calories per teaspoon)- and swap a tablespoon of hummus for your mayo, saving 60 calories with this tasty trick.

Dried fruits such as apricots, dates, prunes & raisins can be found at Mystic Market, and are all high in fiber. They serve as a delicious dessert or snack, too!

Thanks, Fitbie!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Easy Steps to a Healthier You

Spring is here, and bikini weather is right around the corner! The winter is a time where most of us indulge in food. Between the holidays and comfort food, it's usually not until now that we remeber we need to start eating better. Whether you are looking to get in shape for the summer months, trying to fit in your bikini or wedding dress, or just want to become more health concious- I found some great ideas from fitbie to help us eat a little healthier, and thus have started a new blog installment that I will be running, offering new ideas each week that will help you shed those pounds in time for beach season. The best part? There is minimal work required! These are all snap decisions that help shed big pounds. I begin my first installment on something very near and dear to my heart... coffee!LIGHTEN YOUR LATTE
The golden rule of calorie conscious coffee is to keep it simple. Reduce your intake of milk & sugar by ordering a small at the coffee counter. The less coffee you have to begin with, the less damage you can do with additional fillers. Plus, a "small" at most cafes is 12oz- way more than the typical 6oz-8oz cup you'd make at home. Opt for non-fat milk, which only has five calories per tablespoon, as oppopsed to cream with 20. The next time you stop into Mystic Market, sprinkle your coffee with a non-fattening sweetner, as opppossed to sugar, and you'll save yourself 49 calories right there!

If you need an extra pep in your step, an espresso based latte is a good option. Stick for the non-fat milk over whole milk and you'll shave off 80 calories. Skip the flavored syrups all together, and unless you are stopping for dessert, don't let the word frappuccino roll off your tongue. A half-ounce drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce has 65 calories alone!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Feeling Bubbly?

For many of our spring & summer weddings, we love to offer our signature hydration station for guests who arrive prior to the ceremony. Ice cold lemonade, iced tea, and fresh fruit infused water makes a wonderful way to welcome guests for any event.
Most recently, I have been receiving a lot of requests to add Prosecco to the mix. Who doesn't love a little bit of the bubbly? Prosecco is an Italian white wine, generally a dry or extra dry sparkling wine. Known as the main ingredient of the Bellini cocktail, it has recently become popular as a lovely alternative to champagne.It's the perfect way to start off an event since Prosecco is intensely aromatic and crisp, with hints of yellow apple, white pear, peach and apricot. It tastes fresh and light, and compared to other sparkling wines, has a lower alcohol content, offering just the right amount of "kick" for guests at the start of an event. It's quickly becoming many of my bride's favorite cocktail to offer!