COCKTAILS: Save Calories With VitaFrute From VeeV

Ready to drink, VitaFrute lower calorie cocktails reduce the sugar calories in cocktails. Photo courtesy VeeV Spirits.   Typical mixed drinks can pack on the calories. The standard 1.5 ounce serving of 80-proof alcohol has 96 calories, which seems reasonable. But start to add mixers: Cranberry juice cocktail (8 oz.): 136 calories Light orange juice…
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PRODUCT: Sparkling ICE Calorie-Free Soda

Crisp Apple Sparkling ICE, calorie-free, is a delicious substitute for sparkling cider. Photo courtesy Talking Rain Beverage Company.   Sparkling ICE is a line of zero-calorie soft drinks—the company calls them flavored sparkling waters (*see the footnote below for the difference between soda and flavored sparkling waters—produced by Talking Rain Beverage Company of Preston, Washington.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Lower Calorie Piña Colada

In our youth, we used to have an annual “Tropical Winter” party on Valentine’s Day. It was for everyone who had nothing else to do, those who disliked Valentine’s Day and anyone who simply liked a good Piña Colada. Piña Coladas were the drink of the evening. The fare was tropical-inspired, from fruit skewers and…
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RECIPE: Nonfat Cucumber Yogurt Dip

A few hours ago, we were discouraged to hear one of the anchor team members on our favorite morning show opine that Super Bowl foods “should be the foods we love to eat, not vegetables.” She was referring to the fatty, high-calorie usual suspects. Fortunately, another team member jumped in in support of the veggies.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Hey Shuga! Organic Sugar Cane Syrup & Stevia Syrup

What if there were a sweetener that was all natural, organic and delicious? Lower in calories? Better for you? And as a bonus, packaged in a fun enough way to be giftable? Refined sugars (such as table sugar) are stripped of nutrients; most noncaloric sweeteners are artificial. Sugar isn’t all that convenient when you’re trying…
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