It’s all about balance

I’m all about balance.  That even includes having a little fun every now and then.  Including having a cocktail with friends.

In Massachusetts, where I’m located, we do not have Happy Hour but I know a lot of other states do. What does that mean for you?  It can mean going out, having a few drinks and maybe even some food.  But can you still go and stay on track with your lifestyle?  Here are a few tips to help you do just that.

Tip 1 – Be picky.

If you’re going out, be picky!  Read what’s on the menu and think about what ingredients may be used in the recipe.  If there’s ingredients on the menu that you see and like, but there isn’t a meal made with them, ask if you can have something created for you.  Some restaurants may be willing to make an exception.

Tip 2 – Choose a healthier cocktail.

There’s always the good ole beer, but what about something a little different.  The Lemon Thyme Cocktail by Laura Silverman seems perfect!  Herbs can spice up your cocktail just like this one and where the thyme helps you boost your immunity, you can feel a little easier drinking it.

Tip 3 – Eat before you go.

If you eat a healthy dinner before you head off with your friends, you’ll be less likely to crave the potato skins on the menu.  Have something filling, like chicken breast and steamed veggies or a kale salad packed with tuna and berries.  Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you like and something you know will keep the cravings at bay.

If you’re going to be doing the Happy Hour at home, you can make the food and drink yourself. Even better!  Choose healthier ingredients in the food, organic if you can, and make things with lots of color because it will be visually appealing, which is always fun.  And for the drinks, choose beverages made from locally-sourced ingredients.  They might be higher cost, but the product quality is so much better.

Remember, don’t feel guilty about having a little fun.  It is all about balance and enjoying your life while maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle.  Now go out there and live a little…just a little, though. 🙂

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