Every healthy-eating plan has to allow for a little splurging once in a while. Treating yourself can help satisfy cravings and also prevent you from feeling so deprived that you eat an entire bag of cookies. If chocolate’s what your taste buds crave, here are 12 decadent recipes that will satisfy any major sweet tooth.
Before working in health and fitness, I spent a good part of my adult years working around food and alcohol. I was a server all through college. I would later spend a good chunk of my writing career as a food editor. While I (usually) have no qualms about exercising regularly, my love of cocktails is a persistent obstacle in losing those last stubborn pounds – an obstacle I’m unwilling to overcome. Thankfully, there’s a new trend popping up at cocktail bars that also happens to be waist-friendly.
More and more bartenders are mixing up cocktails made entirely of low-proof liquor like Sherry, Lillet, or vermouth. Not only do these cocktails help prevent next-day hangovers, but they are also by design lower in calories. If you can lower the alcohol content of a drink, you also lower the amount of calories it contains. Andrea Tateosian, a bartender with the Kimpton hotel group, says that these types of drinks are perfect for her more health-conscious customers, especially those who still want to enjoy a couple of drinks without getting completely wasted. These drinks tend to be lighter than an “in your face” whiskey or tequila drink, she says. “Maybe you don’t need all the crazy things, all of the time.”
An easy way to hop on this trend at home is by making a spritz, a simple recipe that pairs a low-proof alcohol with a little soda water (or sparkling wine) and citrus, my favorite being the refreshing and lightly bitter Aperol spritz. But if you’re feeling more adventurous, start with Andrea’s recipe, which uses a homemade thyme-lemon syrup and Cocchi Americano Rosa, a wine-based spirit. The result is a cocktail that has just a hint of sweetness to round out the more tart flavors of the Cocchi Americano Rosa.
To make the thyme-lemon syrup:
Bring 3 cups water to a boil, and add the zest of 1 lemon. Add a handful of thyme, and take the water off the heat, letting it steep for 10 minutes. Add 3 cups sugar, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Strain into a glass jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
- 1 1/2 ounces Cocchi Americano Rosa
- 1/2 ounce thyme-lemon syrup
- 3 ounces soda water
Add Cocchi Americano Rosa and thyme-lemon syrup to glass; gently stir. Add ice and top with soda water. Garnish with lemon peel, and enjoy immediately.
- Drinks, Cocktails
- 1 cocktail
- Cook Time
- 5 minutes
- Calories per serving
Winter is the unofficial soup season, I think we can all agree to that. It’s bitterly cold, gets dark out by 5 p.m., and typically nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch with a bowl of something warm and comforting, like soup.
Whether it’s packed with an unforgivable amount of sodium or cream or lacking in any real nutritional value, it may not always seem like the healthiest meal option, but boy does it taste good on those cold nights! Don’t let the Winter months get the best of you and deter your health goals. Use these healthy soup recipes, which are not only filling, but equally nutritional as they are savory and delicious.