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Smirnoff Offers up Peppermint Holiday Drink Recipes

  1. Winter Whisperer
  • 1.5 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
  • .75 oz pomegranate syrup
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 oz Club Soda

Instructions: Muddle mint with syrup, and add lemon juice and Smirnoff Peppermint Twist. Fill with ice and shake.  Strain over ice in a rocks glass and top with club soda.

Pomegranate syrup: mix 4 oz POM with 4 oz sugar

  1. Cranberry Pineapple Punch – Courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry
  • 1 gallon 100% cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
  • 1 46 oz can pineapple juice
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 3 cups Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
  • Sliced oranges, oranges, lemon (optional)
  • Fresh cranberries (optional)

Instructions: In a large drink container add the cranberry juice, pineapple juice, lemon-lime soda, and Smirnoff No. 21 vodka, stirring gently to combine. Toss in the optional fruits and serve chilled, or room temperature over ice.

  1. Nutcracker
  • 1 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • .5 oz Amontillado Sherry
  • 1 oz organic pear juice
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz orgeat syrup

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and shake.  Strain over cubed ice into a rocks glass.

  1.  Chocolate Peppermint Martini– Courtesy of Kendra Darr fromSimply Darrling
  • 4 ounces Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
  • 2 ounce crème de cacao
  • 1 ounce chocolate liquor
  • 2 ounce cream chocolate sauce & crushed peppermint for garnish

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cream, and liquors. Shake, Shake, Shake. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with chocolate and crushed peppermints.

  1. Gingerbread Martini – Courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling
  • 3 ounces Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 3 ounces Irish cream
  • 2 Tablespoons gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces cream
  • Whipped Cream & Crushed Gingerbread cookies for garnish

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Smirnoff Vodka, Irish Cream, Gingerbread Syrup, Vanilla Extract, and Cream. Shake, Shake Shake, Strain into a martini glass and garnish with whipped cream and crushed gingerbread cookies

  1.  Holiday Bliss
  • 1 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
  • .5 oz Don Julio Añejo Tequila
  • 3 oz Rich Chocolate Milk

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake.  Strain into a rocks glass and top with grated cinnamon.

  1. Kissed Caramel Apple Punch – Courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry
  • 1 ½ gallons spiced apple cider
  • 1 12.2 oz bottle caramel syrup
  • 3 cups Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
  • Sliced apples (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks (option)

Instructions: Pour the apple cider into a large drink container, then stir in the caramel syrup. Add the Smirnoff Kissed Caramel vodka and stir gently to combine. Add the sliced apples and cinnamon sticks, and serve either chilled or room temperature over ice.

  1. The Original Mule
  • 1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • Fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz. ginger beer

Instructions: Build all in copper mug and stir gently to mix.

  1. Cardamom Pear Punch ( 12- 16 drinks) 
  • 3 cups Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 6 cups pear juice ( from a jar)
  • 1-2 teaspoons orange bitters
  • 2 red pears, sliced thinly horizontally

Instructions:

Cardamom Ginger Syrup

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup water

10 cardamon pods crushed ( or sub 1 teaspoon ground cardamon) 

1/8 cup sliced ginger root, peels ok

1 tablespoon vanilla 

Make the Syrup. Place honey, water,  cardamon, ginger and vanilla in a small pot and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and let this steep one hour, or overnight for the best flavor. 

In a medium punch bowl or beverage dispenser, pour in the Smirnoff Vodka, pear juice, bitters and sliced pears. Stir in the Cardamon ginger syrup.

Refrigerate until ready to serve, and serve over ice. 

This can be made a day ahead or the night before the party and refrigerated, allowing the flavors to meld.  

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Drink up! Low calorie Thanksgiving cocktails

Mouthwatering Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie might satisfy our test buds, but holiday meals can wreak havoc on our waistlines. Thankfully, we have some low calorie Thanksgiving cocktails courtesy of Amoretti for those who want to imbibe for 165 calories or less!

The Sip and Fall cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti)
The Sip and Fall cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti)

Sip and Fall

Ingredients

1 oz. watermelon vodka

1 oz. Amoretti Premium Sour Apple Martini Mix

3 oz. club soda

Directions

Combine the vodka and martini mix in a glass, add ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a green apple slice (optional).

Calories: 98

The A-pear-ently Apple cocktail. (Media/Credit Amoretti)
The A-pear-ently Apple cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti)

A-pear-ently Apple

Ingredients

1 oz. Amoretti Premium Pear Martini Mix

12 oz. (1 bottle) low calorie hard cider (Amoretti recommends Magners Irish Hard Cider, Crispin Original or Michelob ULTRA Light Cider)

Directions

Gently combine both ingredients in a tall glass. Garnish with a pear wheel (optional).

Calories: 165

 

 

Mango You Didn’t!

Mango You Didn't!
The Mango You Didn’t! cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti) 

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Amoretti Premium Cosmopolitan Martini Mix

1 oz. mango nectar

6 oz. club soda

Directions

Gently combine all ingredients in a glass and fill with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel (optional).

Calories: 115

Ginger Winter
The Ginger Winter cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti) 

 

Ginger Winter

Ingredients

½ pump Amoretti Premium Gingerbread Syrup

½ oz. Amoretti Premium Pomegranate Martini Mix

4-6 oz. nonalcoholic sparkling apple cider

Directions

Gently combine the gingerbread syrup and pomegranate martini mix in the bottom of a champagne flute. Fill with the sparkling cider. Garnish with a thin apple slice (optional).

Calories: 103

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Holidays Restaurants

Red’s Restaurant and Lounge Celebrates St. Patty’s Day with a Menu Homage to Coach Red Auerbach

958f2c0bac2c05300c574553ba4a3947Former Celtic’s coash Red Auerbach already serves as the namesake for Red’s Restaurant and Lounge located at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel and now the eatery is honoring him even more.

This St. Patrick’s Day, Red’s Restaurant and Lounge will have a specialty menu with an Irish theme that is accompanied by the live entertainment of The Familiars of Cape Cod.

Led by Executive Chef Daniel Kenney, the restaurant will offer its patrons a slight American-Cape touch to the Irish cuisine that includes A Tasting of Ireland’s Best Cheeses Served with Clover Honey and Toast, All-Day-Cooked Corned Beef, Tender Cabbage, Local Roots, and Guinness Broth, and Bailey’s Irish Cream Crème Brule with Toasted Almond Macaroon.

With an a la carte menu that represents Red Auerbach and his local pride, the restaurant will put on this special St. Patrick’s Day menu March 15, 16, and 17th.

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Meals

Christmas Albums Worth Listening To

Christmas season has officially arrived and is in full swing, which means Christmas music can be played at all times of day! Listening to holiday tunes is such an easy way to get into the Christmas spirit and make any moment feel more festive and to remind ourselves that Christmas is a celebration, not a frenzy of consumerism. Everyone knows the classics like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, but what about the new songs out there? Here are a few albums that put a new spin on some favorite songs that you can listen to this Christmas season.db47b6b7c7f485499597393a5863cc40
1. Artist: Pentatonix. Album: PTXmas. The group Pentatonix released eight tracks this year of their favorite Christmas songs. Their version of “Little Drummer Boy” is all over the Internet right now, and you should watch it if you haven’t yet. The five member group is full of such talent that it gives me chills to listen to their album. I put this first because it is my number one album this year. If you only want to listen to a couple instead of the whole album, I suggest “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “This Christmas.Michael Buble - Christmas (inside1)
2. Artist: Michael Bublé. Album: Christmas. I know he released this album in 2011 but I love singing along to it or hearing it at Christmas parties. For a slower and more peaceful pace, “Silent Night” is a go-to. I love listening to it on Christmas Eve while in the car with my family. His rendition of “White Christmas,” accompanied by Shania Twain, is one that my little sister and I love dancing around too, and maybe you will too!
3. Artist: Kelly Clarkson. Album: Wrapped in Red. Kelly Clarkson possesses the ability to reach high notes with pristine ease, as well as soulful notes with power. This album reaffirms her talent and reasons why she was American Idol’s Season 1 winner. “Underneath the tree” and “Wrapped in Red” are two of the upbeat and popular songs on the album, but I think her talent is really showcased in “Winter Dreams.”
4. Artist: Mariah Carey. Album: Merry Christmas. Here’s another extremely talented female singer whose talent puts the rest of us to shame. Although she released this album in 1994, it consistently appears on the top 10 albums chart. Obvious choices are “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” If you really like the first song, you should go ahead and watch “Love Actually,” a British movie from 2003 that includes a preteen singing that song. It’s one of my favorite movies, especially at Christmas time.fda28efbf89aec4ec25780eccf08617a
5. Artist: The Piano Guys. Album: A Family Christmas. This group of musicians from Utah released their 12-track album with all the classics, like “We Three Kings,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” and “Carol of the Bells.” This group is instruments only, but it’s a beautiful soundtrack and their talent is unbelievable. A Youtube video accompanies each song, and I love watching them and seeing the joy these guys have as they make music!
Those are my top 5 picks for this year. What are your favorite Christmas songs or albums? Did I forget anything?

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Alcoholic Drinks/Cocktails Restaurants

MET Restaurant Group Bringing a “Crafty Mary” Bloody Mary Bar to All of Its New England Locations

If you love a good Bloody Mary, the MET Restaurant Group is launching a menu for you. This November, all five of their New England locations will have a “Crafty Mary Menu” with more than 13,000 combinations of this favorite cocktail. Sunday brunch has never looked or tasted so good.

The Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, The MET Bar & Grill in Dedham and Natick, Massachusetts, the MET on Main in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Met Back Bay on Newbury Street in Boston will offer the menu at Sunday brunch. The Met Back Bay will also have the menu available on Saturdays.

Restaurant patrons get to choose their liquor from a list of spirits that includes everything from Ketel One to Don Julio. Once the liquor is chosen, guests have the option to pick from an unlimited combination of “fixins & garnishes” that include olives, lime, or even a Salami and Cheese Skewer. To top it all off, guests can choose traditional sea salt or the soon-to-be favorite bacon salt. A wide selection of hot sauces like Sriracha, wasabi, and Worcestershire give guests the option for as little or as much kick as they want.

Take your brunch experience to new levels with this Crafty Menu that is the perfect accompaniment to your weekend meals.

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CRAFTY MARY MENU

 

SPIRITS (Choose One)

Belvedere $13

Belvedere Bloody $13

Ketel One $13

Ketel Citron $13

Tanqueray $12

Hendricks $12

Don Julio Silver $14

Don Julio Reposado $15

Don Julio Anjeo $16

Bulleit Bourbon $14

 

FIXINS & GARNISHES

Celery

Lime

Lemon

Olives

Cocktail Onions

Cured Garlic Cloves $1

Pepperocini $1

Cornichons $1

Cherry Tomatoes $1

Hickory Smoked Bacon Strip $1

Tomolives $1

Caperberries $1

1/2 Sour Pickle $2

Clams $2.5

Cheddar Block $3

Salami & Cheese Skewer $3

Oyster $3

Mini Cheese Burger $5

Shrimp $5

Lobster $8

 

RIMS

Sea Salt & Pepper

Old Bay

Bacon Salt

 

MIXERS

Met Bloody Mary Mix

Met Clamato

 

HEAT & TANG

Green or Red Tabasco

Worcestershire

MET Sauce

Horseradish

Sriracha

Wasabi

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Meals

10 Foods with Hidden Health Benefits

We all hear about the importance of healthy eating, but why? What do we gain from eating more fruits and vegetables? Well, here’s a list of 10 “super foods” that can give you some serious health benefits when added to your diet. I listed just a few of the benefits found in them, because they are packed full of nutrients! Besides sharing what and why you should eat these foods, I also included potential snacks to make with them! All of these snacks are definitely worth a try in my opinion.
1. Chia seeds- Add to breakfast smoothies or in Greek yogurt. 2 tablespoons have double the antioxidants found in blueberries, 41% of your daily fiber, 100% more omega 3 fatty acids than salmon. Omega 3 lowers cholesterol levels, boosts brainpower, and improves blood vessel functions. Chia seeds are amazing!2d7b16370ae35ae88aa09f5ae52acdda
2. Blackberries- Blackberries make a delicious treat, especially when they are juicy and in season. Try a handful with cottage cheese, or with yogurt and granola or sliced almonds. Blackberries provide excellent source of iron and Vitamin K. Vitamin K prevents blood clotting and strengthens your bones.
3. Grapes- Have you tried frozen grapes? A healthy snack when you’re craving something cold. My roommate and I always eat these after we work out. Grapes are anti-inflammatory, stimulate your metabolism, and improve your vision. They also contain Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and C.
4. Tomatoes- Sprinkle a slice with mozzarella, garlic, basil, and olive oil. These contain beta-carotene that protects against sun damage. These colorful fruits also contain Vitamin A to improve vision and reduce risk of macular degeneration in your eyes.
5. Oatmeal- Add cinnamon, honey, and bananas to oatmeal for breakfast! (And always eat breakfast!) Oatmeal has high levels of soluble fiber, which makes you feel full longer, and controls blood sugar levels. Oatmeal also has 5 grams of protein for ½ cup, and it is low calorie! I used to really hate oatmeal, but over the years I’ve come to love it and now I have it for breakfast almost every morning.94822b42f68fbc4cefb80fce1661ff56
6. Avocadoes- I wish avocadoes were in season all year, they are one of my favorite snacks. Sprinkle half an avocado with garlic salt and olive oil for a quick and filling snack. They are rich in Vitamin E, which gives you healthier hair and skin- who doesn’t want that?! They also contain 35% more potassium than a banana. Avocadoes have more natural fiber than any other fruit- so you feel full longer. Natural fiber also aids in digestion and helps regulate blood sugar.
7. Kale-Sauté it first to bring out flavor, then add pine nuts, cranberries, and lemon-flavored dressing. Kale increases your metabolism and helps detoxify your liver and kidneys. It contains iron, Vitamins A and C, calcium, and is anti-inflammatory.
8. Sweet potatoes- Slice and drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese after. Sweet potatoes possess high levels of fiber and beta carotene. Those nutrients promote a healthy digestive tract, they and contain Vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts your immune system and your skin because it produces collagen.

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9. Apples- Try with carob ships and peanut butter as a filling snack. Apples contain phyto-chemicals plus solid doses of flavonoids and carotenoids which lower disease risk and protect against cancer. They protect against osteoporosis, cataracts, and diabetes because of the antioxidants and high levels of soluble fiber.

10. Quinoa- Try it with black beans, corn, and salsa. It contains amino acids- the building blocks of protein (thank you high school biology for that fact). Quinoa is high in iron and calcium for strong bones. This grain also has riboflavin to improve your metabolism and energy production. It has twice as much fiber as other grains and carbs with a low glycemic index, so your body can convert it and use it without storing the carbs as fat.
Which of these are you going to try? Is there another super food that you love to snack on or cook in meals?

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Insanely easy Red Velvet Cake Balls recipe

Making Red Velvet Cake BallsThis past weekend I had to chance to fly home and spend some time with my family. I always treasure these days with my family, and my little sister and I got to spend some time baking together. In high school we would make treats for our football players before games, but we loved doing this so much that we began making more desserts — like these Red Velvet Cake Balls — whenever we found recipes on Pinterest that we wanted to try. So when I came home last weekend I made sure we had time to make something I recently found online: Red Velvet Cake Balls.

I love the idea of making everything from scratch, and usually I would do that, but we only had a few hours for the whole project, so we succumbed to cake mix from a box. Terrible, I know, but Duncan Hines sells a delicious red velvet cake mix, and saves you so much time. First, we made the cake as instructed on the box and placed it in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. While it was baking, we made the cream cheese frosting. If you do not want to make the frosting, you can always buy a jar of it from the grocery store. I don’t really like premade frosting, and homemade does not take very long. The recipe for the frosting is above; just make sure the butter is already softened before trying to blend it.

When the cake is finished baking, use a fork to crumble it into fine pieces, avoiding the edges if they are hardened. Transfer the crumbled bits into the bowl of frosting, and blend together. If the “dough” feels too warm to roll into balls then place the bowl in the freezer until it feels firm enough. This was about 20 minutes for us, so while we waited we had the chance to look at even more recipes on Pinterest and get inspired for Thanksgiving!

Next, take the bowl out of the freezer and roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place on wax paper. Something I love about cake balls, truffles, Oreo balls, or any kind of “ball” is that anyone can help with the rolling and dipping. It makes baking a time to come together and enjoy each other’s company while working on the task at hand. Once you roll the balls, place them back in the freezer so they can keep their shape.

For the coating we used 6 cubes (12 ounces) of white chocolate almond bark. This stuff is amazing as a coating because it is made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter, and it covers the cake balls more evenly than chocolate chips or something. Melt the cubes in the microwave in 30-second intervals, until it is completely melted. If you “over-melt” the bark, then it will lose it’s consistency and not harden the way it should.

We took the balls out of the freezer and began dipping them in the melted almond bark. Once again, I “supervised” for this part because I didn’t really want to get my hands covered, and my sister is just so skilled at the dipping part. Make sure the cake balls are completely coated before placing them on the wax paper. Top with sprinkles, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Red Velvet Cake Balls Ingredients and Directions

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • Sprinkles
  • 12 oz cream cheese frosting (recipe below)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Half stick softened butter,
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, half pack cream cheese,
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Mix together by hand, then blend on high for 2 minutes until creamy.
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Oreo Balls — Yes, OREO BALLS

These are Oreo Balls, and they are yummy and delicious
These are Oreo Balls, and they are yummy and delicious

The recipe for Oreo Balls is extremely easy, and even though the whole process takes 1 hour and 30 minutes, actual “hands-on” time is much less. First, empty the package of Oreos into a gallon size Ziploc bag. Next, crush the Oreos into fine crumbs, and then transfer into a large bowl. Add the cream cheese, and blend together. This part got a little messy, and I accidentally spilled some of the crumbs all over the counter. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls, and place on wax paper. Put these balls into the freezer until they are firm (about 20 minutes for us). While they are in the freezer you can go ahead and melt the chocolate. We used Dolci Frutta Milk Chocolate Chips, which are made to dip fruit in. I would recommend using actual chocolate chips, or almond bark, because the stuff we used formed a clumpy texture, but we added a little canola oil to fix it! Once you take the balls out of the freezer, dip them into the melted chocolate. (Warning: This step can also get a little messy.) At this point I let my friends take over and do the dipping while I “oversaw” the production… a.k.a. danced to Beyoncé. As soon as the chocolate-coated balls are set on the wax paper, shake a few sprinkles onto them, and put them back in the freezer. Wait about 10 minutes before eating.

We used reduced fat Oreos and reduced fat cream cheese to make them slightly less bad for us. They still taste delicious and it’s hard to only eat one! I ran across the street and got milk to go with the Oreo balls, and the combination of the two is heavenly. Seriously, these treats are so good that people won’t believe they only have three ingredients.

Oreo Balls Ingredients

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  • 1 package Oreos
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 16 oz Chocolate Chips- can be milk, dark, or white.
  • Sprinkles
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6 Mental Tricks to Avoid Gaining Weight this Holiday Season

holiday-diet-tipsBoston, MA (November 2013)- The holiday season is upon us, which usually means that an extra 5-7 pounds are upon us as well. Delicious food, cold weather, less sunlight, and plenty of parties make it hard to say no to seconds during the holidays.  If there is food nearby, most of us can make an excuse as to why we should eat it.

Gary Marino, who produced and starred in the film Million Calorie March: The Movie, which chronicles his walk from Florida to Boston raise awareness about obesity says, “I used to be the master of holiday buffet excuses.” At his heaviest, he topped the scales at almost 400 pounds. “For me, the holidays provided a perfect excuse to wave the white flag and roll the dice on a successful New Year’s resolution—and that’s still the case for a lot of people.”

Although the New Year serves as a new start for many, Marino says, “we have a 95 percent failure rate on long-term weight loss in this country. The truth is, most of our resolutions will have shaved their heads and checked into rehab Britney Spears-style by the end of February.”

Why is it so hard to avoid falling into this holiday eating/gaining/New Year resoluting trap? Retired psychologist Dr. Howard Rankin says, “we can always find a reason for procrastinating and avoiding doing what we consider difficult or unpleasant.” For him, it boils down to a matter of basic human psychology. “Humans aren’t logical. Instead, we’re emotional, psychological beings…with an emphasis on the ‘psycho.’ Fortunately, when you know beforehand the pitfalls into which your pleasure-driven brain might cause you to fall, your odds of avoiding them improve.”

Dr. Rankin’s five-stage motivation model might further explain this behavior.

  1. 1.    Pre-Contemplation. The person does not acknowledge the need for change. This can also be called denial.
  2. 2.    Contemplation. The person recognizes the need to change, but makes no commitment to make it happen.
  3. 3.    Preparation. The person gets ready for change.
  4. 4.    Action. The person finally takes steps toward changing.
  5. 5.    Maintenance. The person continues the action steps to develop and preserve the changes.

Many people make it to stage 5 during the holidays, but if they start to allow excuses and rationalizations for unhealthy holiday behavior in, they are in danger of never succeeding with their resolutions.

Watch out for the following rationalizations to keep yourself and your resolutions on track this year:

  1. 1.    “I Can’t Be Rude or Unsociable.” Yes it is true that some people place high value on the food they make for the holidays. If you are going to hurt someone’s feelings by not sampling their cake, then you can make the decision to try it. Just be more cautious about eating other food. You can still be sociable even if you are not piling your plate with unhealthy food.
  2. 2.    “I Can Hide It.” Winter clothes are baggier than styles from other seasons. Just because you have more room inside your sweater, however, does not mean that you should use it with those extra pounds.
  3. 3.    “Winter is Coming.” A lot of people shy away from exercising during the winter because of the cold and dark days. Instead of talking yourself out of exercise, though, you should make an effort to find an alternative method to stay active. Maybe you can’t swim laps outside (unless the pool is heated), but you can pop in a fitness DVD and work out in your living room.
  4. 4.    I’ll Wait ‘til the New Year.” The year is almost over, right? Why not wait until 2013 changes to 2014 to start a new healthy eating regiment? As Marino explains, “food addiction doesn’t have a calendar. And the problem with a diet that starts on January 1st is January 2nd. Grab inspiration any time you can get it.” Instead of setting yourself up for failure, start incorporating healthy habits into your life now.
  5. 5.    “I’m Too Busy Right Now.” If you let it, it is easy to get overtaken by your holiday to-do list and make excuses for those things that you do not really want to do. If you make health a priority, however, you will always find time for it.
  6. 6.    “I’ll Be Cooking.” Being surrounding by unhealthy holiday food is not the best way to start eating better, but there are ways that you can still make smart food choices even as you bake sugar cookies for the kids. Only buy enough food for your needs and donate the rest. Marino says, “you have to stay aware and stay in the fight. You know what giving up is like. Many of us have lived it, and it’s no fun there. Fortunately, with mindfulness and motivation, you don’t ever have to go back.”
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Sriracha Factory Under Fire from City of Irwindale, California

If you love Sriracha, you’d better stock up on it while it is still hot.sriracha-sauce

Huy Fong Foods, the maker of this extra hot sauce, is facing trouble from residents in Irwindale, California, where the company has a factory. Due to complaints of an overpowering smell that causes itchy, burning eyes, dry throats, and headaches, the city has filed an official complaint against the company.

On Monday, Irwindale brought the complaint to the Los Angeles County Superior Court to ask that the company halt production of the product until they address and fix the problem of the smell, which has caused some residents to temporarily leave their homes.

The city allegedly met with the company earlier in the month to ask them to fix the problem and Huy Fong Foods said they would work on it. Months later, the smell is still causing problems and the company is suddenly changing their point of view on the matter. Now, they are not taking responsibility and insist that even their employees have no issues with the smell.

Since Sriracha is made from fresh chilies that need to be used just a few days after picking, any shutdown of production could be catastrophic for the company. Out of about 100 million pounds of chilies that they use each year, Huy Fong Foods harvests almost all of them during the fall. Which basically means that halting production right now could affect their supply for the whole year.

Frank Shyong, reporter for the Los Angeles Times tweeted today that a judge ruled the company can continue making Sriracha until November 22, which should give them enough leverage to maintain plenty of chilies for next year’s supply of hot sauce. There is no telling how long the company can continue to anger neighbors before they will be forced to take action, however.

The judge’s ruling should at least temporarily placate the hot sauce’s many loyal fans, who also took to Twitter to express their outrage at a potential shutdown. Apparently, American people are serious about their right to health, happiness, and hot sauce.