Crystal Light’s Guilt-Free Cocktails
Sure, we try hard to be as health conscious as possible, but when Audrey and I get together, cocktails abound (thankfully, Audrey is 2000 miles away, so our martini abuse is not so frequent). And, Audrey will be here next week. Martini glasses are sure to be put in use. Unfortunately for us, now that we are both trying to fit our not-so-young bodies into little bathing suits, caloric intake counts. It’s painful to admit, but a regular mojito will cost us about 200 calories, a margarita about 325 calories and an appletini about 175 calories. With zero nutritional value, bien sûr.
So, when I received a sample of Crystal Light mocktails in Appletini and Margarita – at FIVE calories per serving – I was happy to give it a test drive. Though I usually shy away from artificial sweeteners (aspartame in this case) and food coloring, I will immediately admit that these drink mixes will completely satisfy taste buds of the calorie-counting gal. Spike with one ounce of vodka or tequila for about 70 calories and you’re saving galore calories and on sugar intake. I can deal with the artificial additives on the rare occasions when a good cocktail is called for. Like next week when Audrey is here. Ahem. To note, these mocktails are a great offering for those non-drinkers among us who are looking for more exciting flavors with a “party vibe”.
It appears that the Crystal Light Mocktails are only available for a short period of time (70 more days) but they are now readily available at your grocer or big box store. Stock up now!
And on the caloric/sugar intake note, you will want to beware of well-marketed products such as the pre-mixed SkinnyGirl™ Margarita. This blogger’s analysis explains that it’s not really what you think. And, “all natural” does not mean “less calories”.
And, it appears that I may be a new Crystal Light convert. I hadn’t touched the stuff until just a few months ago when I accidentally discovered their Crystal Light Pure flavors that contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. These taste great and the flavor helps me keep up my water intake (not a natural thing for me).
Great choices. No guilt.