5 Healthy Cocktails for Holiday Parties

If you plan to keep your healthy lifestyle during holidays and tend to gain extra weight because of variety of food and drinks during holidays, we recommend you to try these 8 low-calorie cocktails. These drinks with fresh juices and herbs will make your party brighter and definetly healthier. dreamstime_xl_33329938

These healthy cocktails are perfect to make in both small and bigger batches, so whether you’re having an intimate get-together or a full-blown cocktail party, you’ll have something tasty to serve that requires little work.

1. Blue Margaritas

This cocktail looks very colorful and will add colors to your party. For making it, just mix 10 oz. of blue curaçao, 2 cups of lime juice, 10 oz. of orange juice, 2 cups of tequila. Then strip it up and pour it to glasses.

2. Cocoa Nog

This is a winter drink that brings the feeling of comfort and cosiness to your house. Mix hot chocolate with 1/3 cup of eggnog, remain eggnog, add 1 pint of rum, 1 pint of brandy, add grated chocolate on the top. Use unsweetened cocoa and bittersweet chocolate to provide some health benefits.

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3. Lemon Drop Liquer

Such drink is not fast to prepare, because it takes a few weeks to come together, but it will surprise you in a good way. Take 2 cups of sugar, add 1 cup of water, heat 5 minutes until sugar will melt. Then take 5 lemon rinds and combine with sugar water, add 3 cups of vodka and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Store it for 3 weeks and shake jars every day. Before drink it cleanse it using cheesecloth and discard solids. You may serve it with sparkling water and ice.

4. Minted Sake and Pineapple Cooler 

If you need more vitamins and antioxidans during winter season, try this cockatil.
Put 1 can of pineapple juice in package and freeze it for one hour. Take 1,5 cups of mint, pour 1 cup of sake, add 1/4 cup of sugar and grind this mixture in a blender. Then add 2 cans of pineapple juice there, 1/4 cup of lime juice, cover and chill. Then put it again in blender together with frozen pineapple juice.

5. Peach Melba Cocktail 

This cocktail is popular by its cancer-fighting antioxidants. Take 2 pints of raspberries, add 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of water, mix and stew for a bit. Then strain it through a sieve and cool. Afteradd 3 tbsp of peach nectar, 1 tbsp of raspberry puree, and two bottles of champagne.

Delicious Recipes With Spinach For Dinner Party

Mini-quiches with spinach, smoked fish and tomatoes

Ingredients: 

chicken eggs 6 pcs.
smoked red fish 200 g
cherry tomatoes 12 pieces.
spicy cheese 100g
small red onion 1 piece.
1 handful of spinach
a small bunch of dill 1 piece.
100 ml of milk
olive oil 1 tbsp.

Related: Quick and Easy Recipes to Lower your Cholesterol

How to cook: 

  1. Peel red onion and cut it into thin half-rings.
  2. Preheat an olive oil in frying pan and fry the onions until golden brown.
  3. Add spinach to the onion in frying pan and mix it.
  4. Whip eggs and milk with a fork.
  5. Grate cheese on fine grater.
  6. Cut cherry into small pieces.
  7. Chop dill finely.
  8. Cut fish into small pieces.
  9. By the eggs with the milk add the grated cheese, tomatoes, fish, fennel, spinach, onion and mix well.
  10. Put a paper for baking in forms for cupcakes and put the egg mass.
  11. Bake mini quiches in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.

Pie “Snail” with spinach and cheese

Ingredients:

frozen spinach 400g
Adygei cheese 150g
hard cheese 100g
sesame seeds 1 pinch
black sesame seeds 1 pinch
1 pinch of salt
ground black pepper 1 pinch
curry ½ tbsp
puff pastry without yeast

How to cook:

  1. Thaw the dough and spinach. Prepare the filling: squeeze moisture from spinach, drainage.
  2. Add 2 types of grated cheese, a pinch of salt, 1/3 teaspoon black pepper, 0.5 tablespoon curry to spinach. Mix well.
  3. Roll out and cut each dough sheet lengthwise into 4 equal strips so you will have 8 parts.
  4. On each strip evenly spread the stuffing over the entire length and wrap them.  Hands must be dry, you can sprinkle them with flour. Refill the stuffing inside, so that we’ve got 8 “sausages”.
  5. Spread our “sausages” on a baking sheet by seam down, starting from the middle. Fastening them together.
  6. In order to have the pie brown, lubricate it with a sweet water. To do this, stir 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/4 cup water. To decorate the cake sprinkle it with sesame.
  7. Put the pie in a preheated 200 ° C oven for 30 minutes, then for 10 minutes at 180 ° C. Baking time is adjusted depending on your oven. When the pie is brown, it’s ready.

3 Healthy Meatless Meals With Beans

Beans contain large amounts of starch and other carbohydrates, proteins. The composition of beans includes a rich set of vitamins. Also beans contain almost all minerals and substances necessary for normal functioning of the body.
Beans have good dietary properties, so used to diet with various gastrointestinal diseases, diseases of the kidneys, liver, bladder, heart failure. Here you can find 5 healthy recipes with beans and without meat.

Lobio with nuts and pomegranate seedslobio with beans

Ingredients:

Dry red beans – 1 cup
Salt – to taste
Onion – 1 piece
Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
Garlic – 2-3 cloves
Peeled walnuts – 1 cup
Cilantro – medium beam
Khmeli-suneli – 1/2 tsp
Ground coriander – 1/2 tsp
Pomegranate juice – 1/2 cup
Grains of half pomegranate

How to cook: 

  1. Soak beans in cold water overnight. In the morning wash, put them into a saucepan and fill with clean water. Cook for 1.5 hours. Salt 15 minutes before end of cooking. Drain.
  2. Chop the onion and fry until transparent in vegetable oil.
  3. Chop garlic and walnuts, mix them.
  4.  Mix the nuts with onions, chopped cilantro, khmeli-suneli and coriander. Pour pomegranate juice.
  5. Add the nutty sauce to warm beans, stir and season with salt. Let it brew for a few hours.
  6. Before serving, put the beans on a plate and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Related: Quick and Easy Recipes to Lower your Cholesterol

Pasta with tomatoes and beans saucepasta with beans

Ingredients: 

Penne – 250 g
Vegetable oil – 2 tablespoons
Onion – 1 piece.
1-2 garlic cloves
Cooked or canned red beans – 200g
Cooked or canned black beans – 200g
Canned corn – 200g
Canned tomatoes – 400g
Sugar -1 tsp
Salt to taste
Italian herbs
Ground pepper

How to cook:

  1. Boil the penne in salted water until tender.
  2. Preheat a frying pan with vegetable oil. Add the chopped onion and garlic and fry until golden brown.
  3. Add chopped canned tomatoes without peel and mix. Prepare 5 minutes.
  4. Add corn and beans, season to taste. Simmer another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve the sauce with pasta.

Chili with vegetableschili with beans

Ingredients: 

Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Onions, sliced – 3/4 cup
Yellow bell pepper, chopped – 3/4 cup
Jalapeno pepper, finely chopped – 1 pc.
Garlic, finely chopped – 3-4 cloves
Vegetable broth – 1 liter
Lemon juice -1 tbsp
Lentils – 1 1/2 of cup
Canned tomatoes, chopped – 800 ml
White or red beans – 1 can
Ground cumin – 1 tsp
Ground coriander – 1 tsp
Chili powder – 1 tsp
Ground paprika – 1 tsp
1 cup of water
Coarse salt – 2 tsp
Ground pepper to taste

How to cook:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion, sweet pepper and hot pepper until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add broth and lemon juice, bring to a boil. Add the lentils and tomatoes. Again bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add beans, cumin, coriander, chilli and paprika. Pour a glass of water, salt and season to taste.

5 Healthy and Yummy Bananas Desserts Recipes

Bananas like many other products, except beneficial properties, have its own “dark” side. Within a few days, you can see brown spots on the skin of a ripe banana, it becomes too soft, turning into mush. In fact, over-ripe fruits are not the best ingredients for cooking. But when it comes to bananas – this culinary taboo is immediately removed: overripe bananas give the dish more sweetness and intensity of flavor.

Healthy Desserts With Bananas

 

banana breadBanana bread

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour
3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of butter
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas
1/3 cup of yogurt

How to cook:

  1. Mix the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Whisk butter with sugar, add eggs one at a time, continuing to whip up mass.
  3. Prepare mashed bananas, add it to the butter mixture, pour yogurt and mix well again.
  4. Add dry ingredients, stir until uniform.
  5. Pour the resulting dough into a greased baking tin. Put in a preheated oven (200 degrees), cook for about an hour.
  6. Check if it’s ready by a wooden toothpick: a toothpick punctures the center of the baking if it will come out clean and dry, the bread is ready.
  7. Ready banana bread cool for 10 minutes in the form on the lattice, then cut into pieces.

glazed bananaBananas in walnut glaze

Ingredients: 

1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. of butter
1/4  of teaspoon of cinnamon
4 ripe banana
1/4 cup of chopped nuts
1 1/2 cups of frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream

  1. Mix in a bowl brown sugar, lemon juice, melted butter and cinnamon.
  2. Cut bananas in half lengthwise, put  the pieces on a greased baking tray, place in a preheated 200-degree oven for 4 minutes.
  3. Pour icing sugar on bananas, sprinkle with chopped nuts, bake for another 3 minutes.
  4. Serve bananas with frozen yogurt or ice cream.

bananas creme bruleeBanana and palm creme-brulee

Ingredients:

1 cup of dried pitted dates
1 1/2 cup of milk
3/4 cup of chopped overripe bananas
3 tbsp. of sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
2 egg whites

How to cook:

  1. Whisk milk with dates, bananas, 2 tbsp. of sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt in a blender.
  2. Add the eggs and egg whites, beat until a homogeneous fluffy mass.
  3. The resulting mass is spread out in a greased with butter and sprinkled with remaining sugar molds, put in a deep pan, filled with warm water a couple of centimeters.
  4. Bake the creme brulee at 150 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

Banana-citrus sorbetbananas sorbet

Ingredients:

3 ripe banana
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
2 cups of water
1 1/2 cup of fresh orange juice

How to cook:

  1. Whisk bananas in a blender to puree.
  2. Add sugar and lemon juice, still whisking mass.
  3. Fill with water and fresh orange juice, stir well again and pour the future sorbet in a plastic container. Place the dessert in the freezer.
  4. An hour later, again stir well the sorbet and again put in the freezer.
  5. Banana-citrus sorbet will be ready in 6 hours.

Banana smoothiesbananas smothie

Ingredients:

2 bananas
3 cups of ice
1 cup of vanilla yogurt

How to cook:

  1. Put all the ingredient into a blender and whisk in a homogeneous mass.
  2. Pour the smoothie into glasses.

 

Quick and Easy Recipes to Lower your Cholesterol

Cholesterol – is a natural substance produced by our body, and also contained in the food we eat. It is necessary for life and at the same time, the excess of cholesterol can be harmful. Many people are aware of how harmful for the body is high cholesterol content, directly related to heart disease. Nevertheless, they do not know what products (and particularly fats) raise blood cholesterol and why oat bran is healthy and cream, butter, fried foods, salad dressing are not. Another general lack of knowledge is about the difference between “useful” and “harmful” cholesterol and how to control its content in blood through diet.

Today we will try to fill your knowledge source about food recipes that may lower your cholesterol level and simplify your daily cooking.

Salad from celeriac, carrots and daikon

Ingredients:caleriac
Celery root -2 pcs
Carrot -2 pcs
Daikon – 1 pcs
Stemmed celery (optional)
Kinza
Leek
Walnuts
Zira (grind in a mortar)
Sesame seeds (optional)
Dressing:
Lemon juice – 2 tsp.
Vegetable oil (any: sesame, olive, linseed, etc)
Ginger
Garlic
Soy sauce
Honey or natural cane sugar
Salt

How to cook:

  1. Grate vegetables using a large grater. Grind nuts and herbs, add them to the salad.
  2. For the salad dressing combine all ingredients in a small jar and shake vigorously.
  3. Add dressing to other products, mix it and put in the fridge for one hour.

Mushroom soup 

Ingredients:mushroom soup

champignons
olive oil
onion
carrot
stemmed celery
potatoes

How to cook:

  1. Chop mushrooms and put in a pan with little of olive oil.
  2. Add diced onions, carrots cut into strips, steamed celery, potatoes.
  3. Pour a glass of water and simmer until tender.
  4. Pour boiling water and herbs or dried seasoning for vegetable broth, salt to taste.

Salmon in orange juice

Ingredients:salmon

salmon ~ 400g
Orange – 2 pcs,
mustard – 1 tsp
Italian herbs (rosemary, basil, thyme) – 1/3 tsp (or other spices)
salt and pepper – to taste
sesame

How to cook:

  1. Prepare the marinade: squeeze the juice of one orange, add the mustard, spices, salt and pepper.
  2. Cut salmon into portions. Put thinly sliced orange, and fish on the top in a dish for the oven. Pour the marinade and let it stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with a little of sesame seeds and bake it in preheated oven at 190C t for 15-18 minutes.

Superfood Salads Will Give You a Power for Work Week

Superfood salads are the best option for breakfast, early lunch or additional meal to your dinner that are very healthy and will make your day brighter as will keep you strong, hyperactive, and full of new energy. What are more such salads will help to lower cholesterol levels and prevent constipation.

Superfood Salads – Roasted Carrot, Fennel & Blood Orange Salad

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Ingredients

1 pound carrots (3-4 large), peeled and trimmed
1 large fennel bulb, root end and stalks trimmed, fennel fronds reserved
1 tsp whole cumin seeds, lightly crushed
1 tsp whole coriander seeds, lightly crushed
1/4 cup olive oil divided (2 tbsp for the carrots and fennel, 2 tbsp for the dressing)
1 tsp whole fennel seeds, lightly crushed
4 blood oranges
2 small garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 cups baby arugula
Cayenne pepper

How to cook:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Quarter each carrot lengthwise, and cut each length crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Cut fennel in half lengthwise, and cut each half into 4-5 wedges.

2. Put carrot and fennel in a medium bowl and drizzle with two tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle three-quarters of the crushed cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds. Season with two pinches of kosher salt, then toss to coat and distribute the spices. Replace carrot and fennel to rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with spices that left.

3. Put the baking sheet in the oven, and cook until carrots and fennel are tender and caramelized (20-25 minutes). Wait when carrot and fennel become cold before adding the salad.

4. Then grate the zest of one blood orange into a small bowl, add garlic, lemon juice, a pinch of kosher salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, mix everything very well. This mixture will be used as salad dressing.

5. Next cut off the top and bottom of the blood oranges until the pulp is exposed. Following the curve of the fruit, cut from top to bottom the peel and pith. The segments of blood oranges should fall down, but if not, use a knife.

6. Finally, to finish your salad add carrots, fennel, arugula, and black olives to a serving bowl, mix everything with salad dressing. Scatter blood orange segments and fennel fronds over top.

Superfood Salads – Spinach with Fruits and Chicken

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Ingredients

1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons snipped fresh mint
2 tablespoons honey
4 cups packaged fresh baby spinach leaves
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken breast
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup walnuts toasted and chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 ounce crumbled
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

How to cook:

  1. Combine vinegar, mint, oil and honey in a screw-top jar. Add salt. Cover and shake well. That’s going to be your salad dressing.
  2. Put together spinach, chicken, blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, and goat cheese in a big bowl. Place to the salad dishes, add salad dressing and sprinkle with pepper.

Superfood Salads – Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Ingredients

1 pound Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 avocado
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 tbsp olive oil
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

How to cook:

  1. Firstly shred the Brussels sprouts using a mandolin or sharp knife.
  2. Combine the shredded Brussels with the dried cranberries, avocado, and Parmesan cheese.
  3. For making the lemon vinaigrette, toss the lemon juice, olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the Brussels with the lemon vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper, as needed.

That how easy and fast we can cook food which will have health profits and make us more productive during a work week. Try these superfoods salads and leave us your impressions in comments!