Courtesy of Chef Jennifer Hill Booker
Add flower power to your summer drink. The lavender flowers add a unique and fun taste. With only 150 calories, you’re sure to feel fab, stay fit, and have fun!
4 ounces organic vodka, such as Rain Organics Vodka
4 ounces organic lavender simple syrup
1 teaspoon organic lavender flowers
2 ounces fresh organic lemon juice
1 cup crushed ice
4 ounces seltzer water or club soda
1. Pour the vodka and lavender simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Add the lavender flowers and lemon juice.
2. Muddle until the lavender flowers are broken into small pieces.
3. Add crushed ice and shake about 10 seconds.
4. Pour into a chilled martini glass, top with club soda and garnish with a slice of lemon.
Makes 4 drinks
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America is a country that loves to barbecue. In fact, according to the National Barbecue Association, the country can trace its barbecue roots at least as far back as George Washington, who documented hosting barbecue events in 1773. Since then, people across the nation have barbecued on a regular basis, most often during the summer months. For those looking to make this tradition a little healthier, there are plenty of options.
“Many people are looking for ways to eat healthier today,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, the founder of CBS Foods and The Original Shrimp Burger. “The good news is that there are so many great ways to make healthier choices that you won’t be compromising. Small changes can pay off big.”
Here are 5 ways to help make a backyard barbecue healthier, this summer:
Opt for a better burger. Burgers remain one of the most popular things to grill. Making the switch to shrimp burgers will help make it healthier, as they are lower in fat and calories, healthy, and contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Skip the mayo. Rather than have dishes at the table that contain a lot of mayo, such as potato or macaroni salad, go for side dishes that have a dressing made from a low-fat vinaigrette or are lemon juice based.
Savory sides. For side dishes, make sure there are plenty of fruits and vegetables. Grilling veggies is a great way to get some healthy nutrients into the diet, and everyone loves a slice of watermelon in the summer.
Drink lightly. Try to avoid drinks with a lot of empty calories and sugar. Sticking to drinks like unsweetened tea or water will help to avoid a lot of unnecessary calories. Those who don’t like plain water can add a wedge of lime or lemon to jazz it up.
Cook healthy. Always keep the recommend healthy outdoor cooking guidelines in mind, including keeping hot foods hot, and cold foods cold. Food at a barbecue should not sit out for more than an hour, to prevent unhealthy bacteria from building up.
“Even if you are not worried about the barbecue being healthy, your guests may be,” adds Davis. “Offering more healthy options will help everyone enjoy it a little more, with nobody going home feeling guilty from over-eating.”
Chef Big Shake has created a line of frozen shrimp burgers, called “The Original Shrimp Burger.” They come in five varieties, including original, jalapeño, Cajun, teriyaki, and Chesapeake Bay flavor. They are high in protein, low in fat, and contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Currently, they are available in over 2,500 stores nationwide. In addition to shrimp burgers, the CBS Foods product line also includes lobster sliders, lobster pot pie, and lobster mac and cheese. CBS Foods was featured on the reality television show “Shark Tank” in the fall of 2011.
For more information on Chef Big Shake, or to visit the store locator, visit the site at www.ChefBigShake.com.
It is certainly the season for dipping your spoon into a scoop of homemade sorbet. Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, of the interactive food site Your Resident Gourmet and author of upcoming cookbook Goin’ Down South: A Chef’s Journey Home, shares this amazing Key Lime Sorbet recipe.
Fat-Free Key Lime Sorbet
Recipe courtesy of Chef Jennifer Hill Booker
- 3 Key limes, zested
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh Key lime juice
- 1/2 cup carbonated mineral water
- 6 Key lime wedges, for garnish
- To make a Key lime syrup, stir together the Key lime zest, 1 cup of water and sugar in a heavy bottom saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, and allow to cool.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the Key lime syrup, Key lime juice and mineral water.
- Pour into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- To serve, scoop sorbet into dessert cups and garnish each serving with a Key lime wedge.
This year, step away from the ordinary beverage of choice—July 4th is the largest beer consuming holiday in America—and create fun and festive cocktails for adults and mocktails that partyers of all ages can enjoy!
Red, White and Blueberry
Created by Lee Anne Wong
Chef and Maker’s Mark® Cookbook Editor
¼ part lime juice, freshly squeezed and strained
¼ part lemon juice, freshly squeezed and strained
½ part orange juice, freshly squeezed and strained
4 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
1 part simple syrup
4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
Assorted berries: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries/Splash club soda
Combine the juices, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves in a large shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into 3 tall glasses over ice and add a splash of soda. Cut berries and mint leaves as garnish. Serve immediately.
1 part Portón
1 part of Drambuie
¼ part of Campari
¼ part lime juice
Combine and chill all ingredients. Serve in a martini glass with an orange wedge and twist of lime.
The Summer Escape
Image: Linda Bergonia/FollowSpot Media
2 parts Tequila Avión Reposado
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
4 One-Inch Cubes Fresh Watermelon
Squeeze Agave Nectar
Muddle watermelon with agave nectar in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients, and shake vigorously with ice. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish as desired.
And for the kids…American Mockarita
1 SLAP FROZEN Energy Strawberry-Frost
Empty one frozen SLAP FROZEN Energy pouch into a margarita glass. Garnish with a strawberry.
Stars & Stripes Mojito
-1 Part White Rum or Vodka
-2 Parts Refine Mojito
-Muddle 5 blueberries, 1 Strawberry and Mint Leaves
-Garnish with a slice of Starfruit
*Under 100 Calories*
Directions: In a glass muddle 5 blueberries, 1 strawberry and mint leaves. In a shaker pour 1 part White Rum or Vodka and 2 parts Refine Mojito fill with ice and pour glass of fruit in the shaker. Shake all ingredients and pour into glass. Enjoy!
About Refine Mixers
refine™ mixers was founded by Bay Area native, Patrick Castles, a former college athlete and supporter of the natural food movement. Patrick always had a passion for staying healthy and eating right, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise when he began directing his energy towards the food and beverage industry. In noticing the abundance of Aspartame-based diet sodas and high calorie mixers that were being consumed by him and his friends, Patrick was inspired to create a drastic change in the beverage industry. His mission: to create zero-calorie cocktail mixers that maintains all-natural integrity. Refine Mixers are available nationwide at Cost Plus and can be found throughout California at Gelson’s, Safeway, Pavilions, Bristol Farms, Vons and online.