#RecipeMakeover: Kombucha Coconut Mule

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Mules, of the Moscow variety, have quickly become one of my favorite drinks. I love the combination of ginger and lime, taking away from the bite of the vodka and simply leaving a refreshing taste behind.

The drink was actually created in 1941, but only recently has it become super popular in the bar scene. Perhaps it's the adorable copper mug that the drink is classically served in. Even with the spice of the ginger beer, these drinks go down way too smoothly.



When you're trying to lose weight, alcohol can really affect your ability to do so. Since I've made great progress, but still haven't reached my goal weight, I have been looking for drinks I can consume that don't offer a lot of calories and sweeteners, but still have a great taste to them. I saw online that you could swap out ginger beer with kombucha and knew I needed to try it out right away.


If you haven't heard of kombucha, it's become one of the latest dietary trends. Supposedly known to help with digestion, weight loss and detoxification, this fermented tea has become super popular and is now available in a ton of flavors. I'll be honest I was very skeptical of it at first, but have really come to enjoy the bubbly brew.



#RecipeMakeover: Kombucha Coconut Mule
Source: Cookaholic Wife Creation
Servings: 1 drink
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Ingredients:
    • 6 oz ginger kombucha
    • 3 tbsp frozen lemonade concentrate
    • 2 tbsp vodka
    • 2 tbsp coconut rum
    • 1 lime wedge
    • ice

Directions:
1. Stir together ginger kombucha, frozen lemonade concentrate, vodka and coconut rum.
2. Pour over ice into copper mug and garnish with a lime wedge. 


As part of #RecipeMakeover, I adapted this recipe by using kombucha, coconut rum and lemonade concentrate. While the ingredients would make a Moscow Mule purist sneer with disgust, the flavors really mix well together and adds just a bit of a tropical flair to an otherwise spicy drink. 

In case you missed Monday's post, #RecipeMakeover is a blogging event I'm participating in with 40+ other bloggers where we do just as the hashtag says, and make over recipes to healthier alternatives. 




Check out the post here so you can also enter in the awesome giveaway!


#RecipeMakeover: Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

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I don't know about you, but when I'm at a party I always gravitate towards towards the portion of the table where the dips are located.

With most dips made up of cream cheese, sour cream and/or mayonnaise and then topped with at least a cup of shredded cheese, it's not hard to overindulge. And then I find myself shoving veggies in my mouth in attempts to counteract the hundreds of calories in dairy I just consumed.



I decided to try my hand at lightening up this dish, just in time for #RecipeMakeover. In case you missed my post from yesterday, #RecipeMakeover is a event with 40+ bloggers who have taken those less healthier choices and found healthier alternatives. Read more about it here, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!



#RecipeMakeover: Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks
Source: Cookaholic Wife Creation
Servings: 12+ as appetizer
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Ingredients:
    • 1 rotisserie chicken
    • ½ cup Frank’s hot sauce
    • 1 stick unsalted butter
    • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp white vinegar
    • ⅓ cup Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese Style Spread
    • 1 bunch celery
    • Optional toppings: blue cheese or ranch dressing, blue cheese crumbles, chives

Directions:
1. Remove the skin from the rotisserie chicken and shred into pieces. (For an even lighter dish, only use the breast meat and save the dark meat for another use.) Set aside.
2. Combine the hot sauce, butter, garlic and vinegar together in a large saucepan over high heat until boiling, whisking constantly.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream cheese style spread until melted then stir in the shredded chicken. Stir until coated.
4. Rinse celery and cut off ends. Remove leaves from tops and slice into 3-4 inch stalks.
5. Spread buffalo chicken mixture down the center of each piece of celery.
6. Serve as is, or optionally, drizzle with dressing or top with chopped chives. 


Buffalo chicken mixture can be served over other vegetables or on slider rolls. Mixture can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Reheat in individual servings to avoid the mixture drying out.



Now, this does have a bit more butter than I was hoping to use in a healthier recipe, but I found using less made the mixture too dry so instead of cutting back on the butter I opted to switch out the cream cheese for a non-dairy version made with almonds. If you're unable to find this, a reduced fat cream cheese would work just as well.



You really can't tell that this is a lighter version of the classic dip. I love the bit of tang that comes from the chives in the cream cheese style spread.




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#RecipeMakeover: Welcome/Giveaway

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So, uh...hi? I know I kind of fell off the face of the earth for the last month or so there. Immediately after vacation we came back and started packing up the apartment to move into the house we just bought. And then I've spent the past three weeks trying to get everything situated in the house for it to start feeling like a home.

I had grand plans of making recipes and blogging last weekend but I was honestly just too exhausted. If I never see a wall anchor or box again I'd be a happy lady.

Anyway, I've made it back to the blogging world just in time to participate in an event called #RecipeMakeover hosted by Allison over at The Pintertest Kitchen. This week the bloggers will be sharing made over recipes with you. Check out the details below: 
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After a long winter of snowstorms, stews, and sweets; spring is the perfect time to get back to the basics: delicious, whole foods and dishes packed with fruits and veggies that are great for your overall health. 

To eat a healthier diet, you don't need to make drastic changes (unless recommended by a doctor). It's not about denying yourself that occasional treat; it's about taking baby steps to reduce the amount of sugar, carbs, red meats, and empty calories in your meals. 

This week, I've joined forced with 40+ of my food blogger friends to present #RecipeMakeover. 

During this week, we'll all be sharing our favorite better-for-you alternatives to unhealthy dishes. Follow along on any of the blogs below or with the hashtag on social media to find nutritious dishes that are packed with flavor. 

 A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors, who have made #RecipeMakeover possible! They've provided a number of awesome products that you can win by entering our #RecipeMakeover giveaway below. Just follow the instructions below, and you could win the following prize pack:
  • Butter-flavored coconut oil and digestive blend from our sponsor Barlean's - Barlean's butter-flavored coconut oil is an organic, dairy-free alternative that can be used as a 1:1 substitution for butter. Their digestive blend is an organic, vegan combination of flaxseed, chai seed, quinoa, unsweetened shredded coconut, and a proprietary pumpkin blend, that is delicious sprinkled into salads, smoothies, oatmeal, and more.
  • Sampler pack of original, mesquite, and applewood Smokin O's from our sponsor Smokin O's - Instead of frying, choose a healthier cooking option like grilling! Smokin O's is an innovative new product that allows you to add a natural wood taste even if you are using a propane grill, and they work great in charcoal grills and smokers too. No soaking, no mess, no wait - just delicious wood flavoring from a 100% natural product with no binders or chemicals.
  • 4 flatbread pizzas from our sponsor American Flatbread - Choose from any of America Flatbread's 15 all-natural, handmade pizza varieties, available at your local grocery store. These pizzas feature 100% organically grown wheat crusts and are topped with fresh herbs, vegetables, and cheeses (no rBST growth hormone!). They’re all-natural, with no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, and handcrafted from scratch and par-baked in wood-fired ovens.
  • 5 containers (48 oz) of ice cream from our sponsor Turkey Hill - Ice cream for a health food event? Try out their line of no-sugar-added products for a sweet treat without the guilt or their line of light ice creams, which have a rich taste with a fraction of the fat. They also have a rainbow sherbet option, which is Vitamin C and naturally low in fat. These all make great dessert options for special occasions. Turkey Hill also believes in implementing green initiatives to cut down on waste, reduce packaging, and minimize outputs into the environment.
  • 15 tuna creations pouches from our sponsor StarKist - StarKist tuna pouches all have at least 13 grams of protein, and their BOLD line now includes three gluten-free varieties: Tuna Creations® BOLD Thai Chili Style; Tuna Creations® BOLD JalapeƱo; and Tuna Creations® BOLD Hot Buffalo Style.
  • Mueller Spiral-Ultra 4-Blade Spiralizer from blog hosts, The PinterTest Kitchen - this 4-in-1 gadget allows you to spiralize your favorite veggies, and it also has extra attachments for a juicer, mandolin and grater.
This prize pack is valued at over $200, and one lucky winner will get it all! 

This giveaway is open world-wide except where prohibited. A winner will be randomly drawn on April 29, at the conclusion of #RecipeMakeover, and the winner will be contact via email.

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Thank you to all of our participating bloggers.
Click the links below to find out what recipes they're cooking up for #RecipeMakeover:

  The PinterTest Kitchen
Fix Me a Little Lunch
Rosie Discovers
crave the good
Zesty South Indian Kitchen
That Recipe
The Domestic Dietitian
Authentically Candace
Eat, Drink, Be Healthy!
Body Rebooted
Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Feeding Big
Natural Contents
Seduction In The Kitchen
Everyday Eileen
Family Around The Table
Fairyburger
Jane's Adventures in Dinner
  Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Kate's Recipe Box
Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
Chocolate Slopes
Little House Big Alaska
Makes, Bakes and Decor
2 Cookin' Mamas
Meadoe Out on a Limb
Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Mel Claire
Cookaholic Wife
For the Love of Food
The Saucy Southerner
Cook's Hideout
Two Lazy Gourmets
Ink and Sugar
Cookingwithsapana
The Chef Next Door
Sarah Cooks the Books
Chef Sarah Elizabeth
Frankly Entertaining
Palatable Pastime
Our Good Life
The Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine
A Day in the Life on the Farm 


 Stay tuned to see all of the delicious recipes bloggers create during #RecipeMakeover!
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