Woot! Fourth of July is sneaking up on us again and the great news this year? It’s on a Thursday — which means 4 day weekend for most of us! What could be more fun? How about not gaining an ounce this long holiday weekend why you live up your Skinny 4th of July? Here you have my best Red, White and Blue SkinnyTini recipes to keep you sipping and slim all holiday weekend long. Some great healthy and skinny 4th of July BBQ recipes and my favorite fitness blogs. Steps 1 + 2 + 3 = Skinny Success this weekend!
Did you know that the average festive 4th of July Cocktail has on average 300 calories?
At least? Now let’s do some math, let’s say you have 3-4 a day over this glorious, fun filled, party packed, BBQ of the century weekend. That’s going to cost you 4200 calories, which is over 1 lb of weight gain and less that you would burn after running a full marathon. In fact, most of us would have to run over 40 miles to burn that off. OMG, I’m so sorry to be so blunt — but it’s scary! And if knowledge is power, I want all my readers to know how to avoid the 4th of July 4000 calorie gain! I want you feeling beautiful in your bikini, bouncing at the beach, and enjoying this weekend’s festivities guilt-free!
Skinny 4th of July Step 1: Start with SkinnyTinis!
You can easily cut the calories in half if you just make a few simple modifications to your mixers. I’m a published author of the original low calorie cocktail book “SkinnyTinis — All the Fun for Half the Calories” and know for a fact it’s possible. And more often than not, the SkinnyTinis is not only half the calories, it’s twice the fun because the lower sugar content cuts back on your headache and you can find yourself shaving a few hours off your hangover. This book has 70 unique, well tested and delicious recipes – YAY! Amazon has the new paperback version for $10. It is light, compact and quite frankly, just a really good book.
RED: SkinnyTini’s Strawberry Daiquiri
Show your patriotism and protect your posterior with this gleaming red daiquiri! Traditional daiquiris are actually quite skinny, as they originally contained just rum, lime juice and a limited amount of simple syrup. The problem is, that is not what most typical restaurants use to create their daiquiris these days. Most establishment stock a readymade syrup based concoction that is dreadful from a sugar and calorie perspective. Then they top it off with full dairy whipped cream and you have yourself something more equivalent to a cake, not a cocktail. I think you will find this SkinnyTini to be lighter, fresher and more natural. Not only does it have less than half the calories, it carries twice the flavor and truly is better than its original, high calorie counterpart.
- 1 1/2 oz white rum
- 1 1/2 oz sugar-free strawberry flavored water
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 5 fresh strawberries
- 5 drops liquid Sweet’N Low
- 1/2 – 1 cup ice for blending
Calories: 110 (versus 366 in your traditional recipe — 70% fewer calories!)
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender. Mix on high speed for a minute. Use more ice and water if you want to puff up the the volume of the cocktail and not the calories. Pour into your preferred cocktail glass, garnish with a fresh strawberry and serve!
WHITE: SkinnyTini’s Pina Colada
Similar to the daiquiri, most Pina Coladas are made with a product called coconut cream that most establishments stock to make the preparation process easier for the bartender. And sadly it does not carry the fun health benefits that it’s coconut counter parts (coconut water, light coconut milk, and coconut oil do). And again, the problem is that it is a caloric nightmare! And it really is unnecessary. Getting to the core coconut and pineapple flavors is much more effective if you get closer to the natural source. Again, here you will find, the SkinnyTini far outperforms the original, high calorie counterpart.
- 1 1/2 oz white rum
- 1 oz light coconut milk
- 1/2 oz pineapple juice
- 1/2 oz sugar-free coconut syrup
- 1/2 – 1 cup of ice
Calories: 124 (versus 242 in your traditional recipe — 49% fewer calories!)
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender. Mix on high speed for a minute. Use more ice if you want to puff up the the volume of the cocktail and not the calories. Pour into your preferred cocktail glass, garnish with a fresh pineapple and serve!
BLUE: SkinnyTini’s Skinny Blueberry Lemonade
Ok, I know, Lemonade is not blue. But totally perfect for your outdoor celebrations and just looks like a BBQ cocktail! I say skewer some high antioxidant fresh blueberries and use as a garnish. Or freeze some and drop them in the drink in lieu of or addition to your ice! Not only will it complete your red, white and blue theme, your guests will also get a little punch from the vitamins and fiber content! And each blueberry only has 1 calorie, so you can really load ‘em up without making much of a dent in your low calorie cocktail offering.
- 1 1/2 oz citrus vodka
- 3 oz club soda
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1 packet of sugar-free sweetener
- Few frozen or skewered blueberries
Calories: 88 (traditional lemonade has 14 calories per oz. So you save ~50 calories per 5 oz serving with this one! 35% fewer calories)
Directions: Fill your desired cocktail glass with ice (or frozen blueberries!), add all ingredients. Stir well and serve!
So that autta server you pretty well. Three, fun, festive and seasonal cocktails that should keep you and your guests entertained all weekend long!
Skinny 4th of July Step 2: Eat light and right!
Booze is just half the battle. Check out what these lovely, like minded healthy fellow health enthusiasts had in mind for healthy 4th of July party platters:
- The Daily Green – Vegetarian 4th of July Menu
- Musing of a Housewife – 10 Healthy 4th of July Recipes
- Johnston – Healthy 4th of July Recipes
Skinny 4th of July Step 3: Workout harder!
I don’t want any excuses! There are plenty of ways to get in a good workout on a 4 day weekend. You can easily combat the 500 extra calories a day you will consume in booze by sweating it out in the sunshine. I write about excuse free exercise all the time. So here are a few good articles for you, from me!
- Lunging for Maximum Results
- Importance of Core Exercises
- Push-ups: Why and How
- Beach Friendly Workout Routine
- TNT Fusion Fitness Workout
Steps 1 + 2 + 3 will = Skinny 4th of July this year! Be diligent, keep track, be clever, stay safe and most of all — HAVE FUN!
Are you doing anything fun this holiday weekend?