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Making the Most of Iced Tea Recipes

National Iced Tea Month Recipes

It’s National Iced Tea Month, so we’ll share great iced tea recipes while you check out all its health benefits.

First up is a Raspberry Peach Iced Tea that’s so packed with fruit, it’s almost a snack.

This Iced Green Tea with Mint And Ginger is easy to make at home.

Iced Green Tea with Mint And Ginger
Image and Recipe via The Kitchn

 

These refreshing Hibiscus Arnold Palmers are the perfect way to kick off summer.

This Vegan Thai Iced Tea is a creamy, coconut-flavored take on the popular drink.

Make Citrus and Rosemary Iced Tea for the tasty summer afternoon tea party.

This Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Iced Tea is fancy enough to serve at dinner parties.

Make this delicious Matcha Mint Iced Tea for a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up.

Christmas Treats

Healthy Christmas Treats

This week in food, we gave you healthy Christmas treats and desserts to make for your holiday and office celebrations.

First up was a quick 100-Calorie chocolate treat, Chocolate Peppermint Patties.

Chocolate Peppermint Patties
Recipe via My Recipes

 

A batch of these Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars makes a great holiday gift.

Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

This Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce is a lightened version of the classic.

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Make these Maple Gingerbread Pots de Crème for a sophisticated take on holiday dessert.

Maple Gingerbread Pots de Crème
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Make this homemade, moist and delicious Christmas Fruitcake for your celebrations.

Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

If you’re addicted to these Starbucks’ treats, these Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars will be your new go-to.

 

This Eggnog Cheese Pie with Bourbon Cream satisfies all of your holiday cravings at just 263 calories.

Eggnog Cheese Pie with Bourbon Cream
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

Drive Thru Choices

Smart Eating in the Drive Thru

Fast food can be easy, quick, and affordable. And there’s going to be times, like running around after school and work, but before your kid’s big game, that you just don’t have time to go home and cook. But, you should be careful to eat smart when you’re running through the drive thru.

From 2007 to 2010, American adults got 11.3% of their total daily calories from fast food. And when many fast food meals pack a high-calorie punch, it’s important to make the smartest choices possible.

Tips for the Drive Thru

Don’t Add Salt

Fast food places are already adding plenty of salt to their food, so don’t add extra from the shaker to your fries.

Pick Smart Toppings

Ketchup can have quite a bit of sugar, but sauces like honey mustard and BBQ have even more, and mayo is high in fat. Mustard is the perfect low-fat condiment. And pick veggies like onion, tomatoes, pickles, and lettuce instead of cheese or bacon.

Pay Attention to Names and Menu Descriptions

Things that are labeled deep-fried, panfried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded, creamy, crispy, Alfredo, or in cream sauce are going to be high in calories, fat, and salt.

Don’t Assume It’s Healthy Because It Sounds Like a Health Food

Some fast food salads, like those with crispy chicken, lots of cheese, and heavy dressings, like ranch, can have more than a 1,000 calories! Some burgers have as few as 250 calories. Pay attention to what’s on each item.

Skip the Soda

Drink water, tea, or even coffee instead. Even diet soda is not helping your health.

Look at ALL of the Menu

Some places serve breakfast all day that can have healthier options. Kids’ menus can give you smaller, lower calorie portions. And you can always ask to remove or substitute certain ingredients.

Use Technology

More and more menus are listing calories, but it can be hard to read that in the drive thru while you’re also trying to choose and order. But technology makes it easy to check calorie-counts and nutrition info online. Some places, like Starbucks, even have nutrition info on their app. Take a minute before you go or while you’re waiting in a long line to check what your healthiest options are.

Stop Your Cravings

If you’re hitting up the drive thru because of a craving, not because you’re short on time, learn how to make healthier, cheaper, and delicious versions of your favorite takeout at home. Our Pinterest can help you learn how.

Fitness Magazine also has some great recommendations for what you should order at some of your favorite fast food stops.