Holiday Challenge: Shop ‘til you drop and give me 10

Holiday Challenge: Shop until you drop at MyBajaKitchen

 

I’m pretty relaxed about Christmas here in Baja. There isn’t much consumer frenzy, although we do have several street side “pop up” Christmas stores. I shop on line for my kids and ship directly to them since we don’t have reliable mail service.  I don’t really miss the shopping mall shuffle but if you’re in the midst of holiday shopping by all means make it an exercise opportunity. Continue reading “Holiday Challenge: Shop ‘til you drop and give me 10”

Holiday Cocktail Challenge: And a Recipe for Margarita Mocktail

Margarita Mocktail from MyBajaKitchen

Holiday Challenge: Make a Signature Margarita Mocktail

Everyone should know how to make a signature cocktail. Why not make your’s a signature mocktail?

Here’s what I’m drinking this season- Margarita Mocktail with homemade lime simple syrup.

Margarita Mocktail from MyBajaKitchen
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Mocktail Margarita: Alcohol Free

A delicious margarita without alcohol made with lime simple syrup and sparkling water. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Cane sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4 Key or Mexican limes Juice and zest, divided

Margarita

  • 2 Tablespoons Lime simple syrup
  • 2 Juice of 2 Mexican limes
  • 8 Ounces Sparkling water
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Make lime simple syrup. Mix water, sugar and 1 tablespoon of lime zest. heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add 1 tablespoon of lime juice, about two Mexican limes.  Let cool. Strain out solids. Refrigerate any remaining syrup up to 1 week. 


    2) Margarita Mocktail: Run cut lime over the rim of a margarita glass and roll the rim of your glass in course sugar. Combine 2 tablespoons of lime simple syrup, additional 1 tablespoon of lime juice, about two Mexican limes. Add a dash of apple cider vineger to taste. Trust me, a dash of vinegar replaces the alcohol flavor. Try a very small dash first and adjust to your tastes. Pour over ice and adjust sugar to desired level. Garnish with lime slices. 

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Drinking alcohol may not be your best choice when cutting calories.

Alcohol seems to flow freely during the Holiday party season. I like a cold glass of champagne as well as anyone but alcohol is not your friend if you are watching your waistline. Alcohol is fat-free and low in carbs although alcohols are worse nutrients than carbs. Alcohol is metabolized into fatty acids which cause fatty liver.

It’s  important to remember that calories count when it comes to weight management. Alcohol and dieting don’t mix well—your body processes alcohol first, leaving carbohydrates and fats to get stored as fat instead of getting used as fuel. There’s a reason that excess fat is called a beer belly in those who imbibe frequently.

Set a limit before you leave the house. 

If you plan to drink alcohol then set your limit before you start drinking because it is a fact that after you drink one or more adult beverages you lose your ability to make good choices about food and drinks.

Your best options, calorie wise,  are wine, champagne, and light beer, or hard liquor mixed with no calorie mixers i.e vodka and soda.

5 oz of wine, 1.5 oz of tequila or vodka, and 12 oz of light beer each have about 100 calories.
The worst calorie options include any drink in a tumbler made with sugar. If your drink is adorned with an umbrella or a sugared rim it is suspect. Unless it is my Margarita Mocktail which is calorie controlled.

Piña Coladas, Mojitos, Daiquiris and traditional Margaritas in an average serving (6-8 oz) will cost you between 500 and 1000 calories. Egg nog and brandy will set you back 300 calories for 1/2 cup. Yes, really. Mudslides? You don’t want to know. If you want a special cocktail, then plan for it and enjoy, but call it dessert and limit it to one.

Drink a glass of water after every alcoholic drink to stay hydrated and to sloooooow down your consumption. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Have a meal or a snack before you drink to slow down the absorption of the alcohol.
Don’t drink and drive, ever.

Women have a lower tolerance for alcohol than men and a large pour of wine could put you over your legal limit to drive.

Drink wisely or not at all.

Nothing says, “I won’t be home for Christmas”, like a DUI or being locked up in a Mexican jail. Always agree in advance on a designated driver or take a cab.
Worried about how much you drink? See my post about Wine and Women for help.

Margarita Mocktail from MyBajaKitchen

You might like my Pinterest Board, Mocktails



Holiday Challenge: Lame Excuses Not To Work Out

Lame Excuses Not To Work Out: Holiday Challenge

The holidays are hectic but that is no reason to make lame excuses not to work out. Exercise reduces stress and gives you a little more wiggle room for high calorie treats. It’s important not to get out of the habit of exercising. It’s always easier to stick with a plan than to build up your motivation and endurance again. You know I’m right. Continue reading “Holiday Challenge: Lame Excuses Not To Work Out”

Savory Low-fat Vegetarian Rosemary Cheddar Cheesecakes, #LowCarb

Savory Low-fat Vegetarian Rosemary Cheddra Cheesecakes, #LowCarb

Holiday Challenge Party Tip:

Bring your own appetizer or entree to the party. 

These savory low-fat vegetarian rosemary cheddar cheesecakes are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Feel free to substitute full fat cheeses if you can’t find reduced fat options.

Serving suggestion: As an entrée, plate 1-2 cheesecakes over arugula and thinly sliced red and green apples. Drizzle with a citrus or cranberry vinaigrette. These cakes would pair well with oranges, grapes, pears, spinach, kale, whole cranberry sauce or orange marmalade.

Serve them as a warm or room temperature appetizer or as the star of a fruit and cheese tray.

More appetizer ideas:

 Jalapeño poppers
Killer Salsa, bring with baked tortilla chips.
Easy Sushi Towers

Savory Low-fat Vegetarian Rosemary Cheddra Cheesecakes, #LowCarb
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Savory Low-fat Vegetarian Rosemary Cheesecakes

Savory cheddar and cream cheese cheesecakes for a vegetarian main meal or appetizer. Reduced fat makes them a healthy low carb choice for everyone. 

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 Cheesecakes
Author TraceyDelaplain

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Toasted panko bread crumbs May substitute gluten free crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Toasted walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil

Cheesecake filling

  • 8 Oz Reduced fat cream cheese
  • 4 Oz Reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese May substitute any sharp cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh chopped rosemary 1 tsp dried
  • 1 Clove Minced garlic
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

    Spray 12 muffin tin with olive oil mist and set aside.

    Lightly toast the walnuts and the bread crumbs separately in a sautéed pan. Watch carefully to prevent burning. Place the bread crumbs, walnuts and butter in a food processor and process until combined. Press crumb mixture into the bottoms of the muffin cups to make a crust. Bake 5 to 6 minutes. Let cool completely.

    Beat the cheddar and cream cheese in a food processor or with a mixer until smooth. Add the eggs , garlic, salt and pepper and mix until blended. Add the rosemary and combine. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and bake until set, golden and puffed, but not loose in the center, about 20 minutes.

    Remove from the oven and cool at room temperature. You can serve these chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Omit bread crumbs and substitute coconut flour to make this a Keto diet recipe.

Pin this recipe for later. You might like my Pinterest Mexican Appetizer Board for more Ideas.

Savory Low-fat Vegetarian Rosemary Cheddar Cheesecakes, #LowCarb



What’s the Real Cost of Eating Out in Mexico? Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge

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Let’s be honest about the real cost of eating out!

It is so inexpensive to not cook at home in Mexico but what’s the real cost of eating out? I cook at home every day because it helps me meet my personal fitness and nutrition goals.

The “holiday season” in the U.S. begins with Halloween candy and ends with champagne and regrets on New Years Day. For many it’s a downward spiral of poor eating and drinking choices that results in an average weight gain of seven pounds during the holidays.

7 Pounds! Let that sink in!

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Holiday Wellness Challenge

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Uncover your eyes and

stop crying over holiday weight gain.

It is not inevitable.

Today’s Challenge:  Weigh yourself and find a wellness buddy and be accountable to each other.

Take the holiday wellness challenge with me. Commit to maintaining your weight and fitness level.  Stay tuned for posts with simple wellness ideas and affirmations that will help you stay on track.

My readers are a mixture of rural Mexican expats and North Americans living in more traditional cities so the advice might involve exercising while dodging the crowds at the mall or walking in solitude at the beach.  We all have the same goal in mind so if the shoe or flip flop fits, wear it.
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