Skip the Cocktail This Summer and Save Yourself the Extra Pounds This Winter

Nutri-News: Are Cocktail Calories Worth It?

It is a North American phenomena contributing to our collective obesity issue: we gain a pound on average, every winter, mostly over the holidays. Summer eating can be simple, fresh, healthy fare that will help you lose that pound and prevent the dreaded 10 per decade.

But here is the catch: you have to factor account for the beer/wine/martinis on the deck. That’s what will keep you in the blubbery red. Unlike everything else we eat, alcohol calories cannot be used as fuel. Those extra calories can only be converted by the liver to be stored as fat and we all know how hard it is to burn fat.

How many calories are in your favorite cocktail? And, can you exercise enough to work it off? Check out this handy chart!

Key Ingredient: Inflammation Fighting Fennel

Fennel Bulb is a slightly licorice tasting crisp vegetable to add to a platter for dip or to work into cooked meals. It is loaded with inflammation fighting anathole and other phytonutrients that are well worth adding.

Fennel is excellent pan fried or grilled and added to pastas and soups but for a really versatile and tasty treat, try this simple fennel and carrot soup that can be served hot or cold.

Useful Tool: The Hand Blender!

There is one tool that no kitchen should be without: a hand blender or puree wand. It is invaluable in saving time (and dirty dishes) when making soup. It is also a great smoothie and sauce maker. The better ones have stronger motors and detachable blender attachment so you can throw it in the dishwasher.

Think carefully about the ones with other attachments like a whisk for whipping and a mini chopper. These babies cost more and can save loads of time but, if the price of admission is keeping you out of the game, a $25 unit will do the trick for many years.

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About Theresa Albert
THERESA ALBERT, DHN, RNCP, is a registered nutritional consulting practitioner with a busy private practice in Toronto. Her new book Ace Your Health: 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck (McClelland & Stewart) is a fun, practical guide to making healthy, weekly changes for improved health using morsels of information and tasty, healthy recipes. Her television show "Just One Bite" aired on the Food Network for over two years in a daily time slot and introduced her energetic style to millions. She is also the author of Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day. Theresa is a recognizable news media and online face as a resource for consumers and marketers who seek to remove the bologna from their lunchboxes and their news. She writes a free weekly newsletter to make you laugh, eat well and be inspired at www.myfriendinfood.com

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