Meet Britt, one of our resident foodies:
From a small farm town in So Cal to the big city of Los Angeles, Britt is living the life (on a budget but it's fabulous). You can catch her shopping her life away at Buffalo Exchange or Instagramming the latest trendy cafe in town. Not to mention a sucker for a killer Chai Tea Latte!
Meet Julie, our Vineal Vixen:
Julie Gauvin, accredited Junior Wine Expert and current serving Spokeswoman and Retail Director of Vine Winery, will be here to lend her expertise regarding all things wine. But most importantly, she’ll keep it interesting, light and fun for your drinking pleasure. Stay tuned as she helps you figure out what you like, where to find it, and what to pair it with. This newfound knowledge will give you that extra edge at the dinner table with friends, family or even on that hot date you have tonight. Check back every Wednesday to see what's new!
Meet Kasey, our LA Food Blogger:
This East Coast girl has recently traded in her New England Clam Chowda for California Rolls! Kasey has been whipping up delectable dishes in her kitchen since she was 10 years old. Combining ingredients and trying new concoctions became her favorite hobby. Kasey is a fabulous food blogger representing Kasey's Kitchen, her self-proclaimed food blog! Kasey attends a ton of fun food events around town and she is sharing her fun, healthy recipes with us every week!
The Fourth of July is rapidly approaching and with it usually comes lavish cookouts with burgers, hot dogs, ice cold beer, you know... all the good stuff! Well here are a few ways to enjoy the holiday and not worry about ruining your bikini-bod efforts!
Tip #1 - Swap Your Bread
It's no secret that carbs are evil... that's why they taste so good! Make one simple swap and save at least 150 calories! Try something like the sandwich thins or flatbreads that you can find in the deli section!
Tip #2 - Swap Your Meat
Well this is probably a no-brainer but swapping out that all-beef patty for ground turkey or ground chicken can hold off almost 100 calories and 8 grams of fat! In my opinion there’s way more you can do with turkey burgers … caprese burger, Hawaiian burger, Greek burger, or Southwest burgers, just to name a few!
Tip #3 - Forget Meat All Together
I know, I know. That thought to some people is sacrilege but hear me out. I recently tried these new Mediterranean chickpea burgers from Morningstar Farms. Am I a vegetarian? No, my husband would probably divorce me if I were, but these were pretty amazing. I was shocked how much flavor was packed into one little patty! These have a whopping 70% less fat than a regular beef burger and only 110 calories per patty. Put that with your flatbread and you’ve got yourself some satisfaction! Want to take it to the next level? See tip #4!
Tip #4 - Upgrade Your Condiments
I was shocked when I actually started reading what’s in condiments. Half of the stuff I can’t even pronounce! Even knowing the facts, I do still find it hard to stand clear of the Heinz but I’ve recently become addicted to the cool, smooth flavors of tzatziki sauce! If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a traditional Greek sauce that is made of yogurt, cucumber and garlic. Here’s how I make my own, it’s super quick and easy.
1 cup of non-fat plain yogurt
½ cup of chopped seedless cucumber
1 clove of garlic
salt and pepper
fresh dill, to taste
light squeeze of lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, keep chilled until you’re ready to serve!
Want something else to celebrate?? Head on over to Kasey’s Kitchen to enter her Pampered Chef Giveaway packed with Summer Cookout Essentials!