This sugar-free spritzer recipe was created as part of a social shopper amplification with Collective Bias and its client. I was compensated for creating this recipe post, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I promise you that I’m not being a grump when I say that I’m seriously glad to see 2013 come to an end. There are a couple of unmet goals that I’d like a fresh start at, one of which is my plan to be 50 pounds lighter by my 50th birthday, which is at the end of January.
I named my mission in a big social media way…with a hashtag, of course. I want to be #FitBy50, and I was getting there…until the dreaded carb-loaded holidays approached.
Although I’ve drastically lowered my intake of carbohydrates over the past 9 months, I find it all but impossible to completely dismiss them from my eating plan. Truthfully, I’d rather eat those bad carbs in moderation than to deny myself and end up binge eating them at 2 a.m. by the light of my refrigerator door. Of course, I’ve NEVER done that.
Well, maybe just once…or twice… or 10 times.
Anyhoo, the problem really came in when I couldn’t decide between making mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, or stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. I somehow felt the need to make and consume them all, in mass quantities.
So here I am, 33 days away from my 50th birthday and I’m only half way to my goal. *Insert hammer to my head here* To lose 25 pounds in 33 days could be doable for some people, but I’m not going to hold out hope for it. I’m not blaming this on anyone but myself. I wasn’t making the most of my gym membership, so I cancelled it in November. Now that it’s the middle of winter in Wisconsin and I’m pretty sure that there’s no way to lose weight standing in ice and snow storms for the next 4 months, I’ll just jump back onto the healthy eating wagon for now. I’ve got a desire to git ‘er done!
Besides, I’ve been walking an average of 6-8 miles during the work shifts on the sales floor at the department store. It’s not high intensity aerobics, but it’s still keeping my heart in good shape and helping me to burn off what I eat.
One of the things that I KNOW will help me stay on track with my healthy eating plan is having the new health key™ system at Pick ‘n Save at my disposal when I’m grocery shopping. This is such an awesome tool, and it fits perfectly with Pick ‘n Save’s new tagline and philosophy, “New Every Day”.
Actually, it’s more like a mission than a tagline. Pick ‘n Save is perfect for busy parents who appreciate having healthy, fresh foods for available to feed to their family, and Pick ‘n Save helps by offering the best selection and quality of fresh ingredients and meal inspiration to help make that task easier. The best part is, it’s not just for people watching their weight. The health key is a simple guide to eating better and living healthier.
How it Works
There are 18 different color coded tags that help you identify foods that you’re buying. Like tags for items that are gluten-free, organic, lean, vegan, and low in saturated fat. The tags are located under the pricing information so they’re pretty easy to spot. You can get the complete health key list and more information about how to use it on the Pick ‘n Save site.
So now that you know how and where to select healthier foods, let’s drink a toast to a healthier 2014 with my recipe for this sugar free cranberry & blood orange spritzer.
I used Wisconsin cranberries and juicy, delicious blood oranges from Frieda’s produce, which were both conveniently located in the Pick ‘n Save produce aisle at the location that I shopped at.
- Blood Oranges may look like regular oranges on the outside, but their inner flesh ranges from rosy-red to a deep burgundy purple. Their flavor is less acidic than a regular orange with light raspberry notes. The Moro Blood Orange variety is one of the most popular in the United States, having the darkest internal color.
- A cousin of the blueberry and huckleberry, cranberries are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, and phyto (plant based) nutrients that can help prevent urinary tract infections.
I’ve been alcohol-free for the past 16 years and I can honestly say that a New Year’s Eve celebration without an alcoholic beverage can be just as tasty, equally as fun, and much safer than a boozy counterpart. Besides all of that, you’ll save money because you won’t need to worry about finding a designated driver or hailing a cab while you’re enjoying this spritzer recipe, and the kids can have a glass or two with you at the stroke of midnight. See how helpful I can be? 🙂
I garnished the spritzer with sugar-free candied blood oranges and sugared cranberries, which despite the name, are also sugar-free. I used a low-glycemic sugar substitute called Erythritol.
I hope you enjoy this spritzer recipe!
I also hope that no matter how you celebrate it, that you have a fabulous and safe New Year’s Eve.
I look forward to bringing you lots of healthy goodness to help you feed your stomach and your spirit in 2014!
Oh, and if you’re not already doing so, please join me in following Pick ‘n Save on their social media pages. They’ve got great recipe inspiration, and you can find card loadable coupons, printable grocery lists and printable coupons there, too.