Happy Sunday Fun Day, this week I have been working on a cocktail recipe. I had what was called a Pink Panty Dropper at my friend Jill’s house last week. It was delicious and one was really all I needed, on a Sunday night with two kids anyways. On a Friday night with no kids, a few these and I am sure it would live up to its name :)
I was thinking about how I could make a lower calorie version of this cocktail and I decided it was going to be done with a little protein. While there is a not a ton of protein in these, at least there is some, the original version has none.
2 Corona Light Beer’s
2 Trimino Protein Waters – Strawberry Lemonade Flavor
1 Cup of Tito’s Vodka
6 Tablespoons of Pink Lemonade Concentrate
All you need to do is mix all of the above ingredients in a large pitcher! I added strawberries for a garnish but you could also do lemon wedges or both.
Macros for the Pitcher:
Protein: 14, Carbs: 88, Alcohol Calories: 88, Total Calories Per Pitcher: 496
You can probably get about 6 servings per pitcher!
Summer, summer, summer time! There a couple of things that embody summer in New England, the beach (duh), fried seafood, concerts, Red Sox games, and wait for it, ……. STREET MEAT! Who doesn’t love a sausage, pepper and onion sub from a sketchy cart outside of Fenway or a kick ass country concert?
I know I do and I totally missed out on having my street meat at Luke Bryan last weekend, I actually just forgot too, the concert was so good! Now to get my fix, I decided to make a healthier version. Full disclosure, it’s not as good as the real thing, however, if you’re eating in a calorie deficit this will totally take care of your craving!
Shady Brook Farms Sweet Italian Lean Turkey Sausage
Light Wheat Hotdog Rolls
Various color Peppers and Red Onions
Condiments are up to you!
Pretty easy, you can cook the sausages and veggies on the stove in a frying pan or on the grill.
Protein: 20, Carbs: 20, Fat 10, Total Calories = 250
I want to talk to about your mindset today and why it’s so important. If you’re trying to change your body and how you feel about your body, then mindset is going to play a key role in that.
To get up everything single day and count your macros, stay in a deficit, workout, and then take care of everything else like, work, kids, and home, is a huge undertaking. It’s a big commitment and you have to go into it and stay in it with the right attitude.
More often than not when someone starts a new diet/workout program they go at it hard in the beginning, all in for a week or two and then poof, they are done. Why, you tell me? You got sick, your kid/s got sick. You have a huge deadline at work, you got in a fight with your spouse. Your car got a flat, your kid puked on you and now you have your period, bad freaking day! Am I right, have these things happened to you? What did you do after said bad day? Take a long bubble bath, meditate, and get a good night’s sleep, haha, I don’t think so!
A bad day or bad week and you totally deserve to have that ice-cream sundae and go over your fats by 20 grams. You totally deserve that 600 calorie margarita and some nachos! Now, feel better? Probably, you’re full and a little buzzed! How do you feel the next morning? Super guilty because you eat all of that crappy food and booze? Back on your diet today, but wait your exhausted and your craving tons of sugary carbs, your body just needs it right? “I will start my diet again on Monday”.
If this sounds like you then you are not alone, its happens to most people. You just have to decide that you have had enough. Those nachos and ice-cream are not going to help you lose fat, they’re not going to make feel and look better in a pair of jeans, and they’re not going to give you more energy.
Now does that mean you can never have those things again and still be lean, of course not? But when you’re in a calorie deficit you need to make sacrifices and choose your food wisely. If you really feel like ice-cream and pizza then you need to make if fit your macros, you can’t go over because you had a bad day and feel like you deserve it. You know when you deserve it? When you have lost 1-2 pounds for 5 weeks straight, then you deserve a cheat meal and to go over your macros a little. But by then you may not even want to, the thing about progress is that it’s addicting. When you see that scale move down and your pants are getting loose, it’s the best feeling in the world. Why, because you worked your ass off to get there!
Okay, so that’s out there. I whole heartedly admit to loving pizza. And it’s hard not to, protein, carbs, and fat, what’s not to love. However, if you are trying to lose weight and have a pizza addiction it can be really hard to resist the temptation. Especially if you have kids, ordering pizza usually happens at least once a week at our house. It’s easy, delicious, and affordable.
Now for the bright side. There are ways to still enjoy pizza and lose fat.
One of my favorite ways to get my pizza fix while in a calorie deficit is having an alternative to traditional restaurant pizza.
American Flatbread makes an excellent frozen pizza, my favorite is the Tomato Sauce & Three Cheese. I always add sliced mushrooms to mine. I usually eat half and pair it with a salad. Even if I was having a really bad day and felt like eating my feelings, the most damage I could do with this is 600 calories for the whole thing. If you eat half of a regular restaurant pizza we are talking anywhere from 800-1,200 calories, that’s a big difference.
I actually buy one of these every week, and I am not eating a calorie deficit, I actually really like them. I also find that I have more control around the real stuff. I eat my salad first and I usually just grab the scraps my kids leave behind :).
American Flatbread Macros, Protein: 30, Carbs: 74, Fat: 20, total calories 598.
Pizza is a $32 billion industry, the average American consumes 46 slices a year.