Surviving the Snow Day: Winter Workouts & Alcoholic Sno-Cones

2 Feb

Snow day: A college student’s excuse to order takeout, drink heavily and avoid physical activity (as if we don’t do this enough)

Typically, snow day indulges don’t do much damage since they only happen once or twice a year.  However, the excessive amount of snow  and school cancellations this year can make it hard to stick to new year’s resolutions and spring break diet goals. 

How can you survive a snow day without sacrificing the fun?  Embrace your inner child and head outdoors!

(*based on 150-pound woman*)

Shoveling Snow = 408 calories per hour

Sledding = 484 calories per hour

Building a snowman= 285 calories per hour

Having a snowball fight= 319 calories per hour

Making snowangels=214 calories per hour

After you work up a sweat with these fun, snow-day activities head indoors for some adult snow-day slushies!

ALCOHOLIC SNOW DAY SLUSHIES

What you need:

  • Bucket of fresh snow
  • Sugar-free drink mix
  • alcohol of your choice: vodka, rum or whiskey
  • Sweetener (optional, to taste)

Mix the drink powder and alcohol into a large pail or mixing bowl filled with snow.  Stir well and add in sweetener until you reach your desired taste.  Spoon mixture into cone cups, bowls or any drinking vessel you can imagine and enjoy!!

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VODKA EYEBALLING: WORST DRINKING TREND EVER

26 Jan

I don’t care how many calories you save, this is just plain stupid.

People won’t leave the house without a jumbo-size bottle of Purell on hand.  They freak out if their salad isn’t made with organic, hand-washed produce.  And god forbid a flake of snow is on the ground and there isn’t an immediate snow day!

But pour rubbing alcohol straight into your cornea?  Great idea, bro.

Jokes aside–DO NOT DO THIS.

Kim Kardashian Goes Green

26 Jan

Kim Kardashian is going green–and no, I’m not talking about her recycling habits. 

Kim has recently signed a major endorsement deal with  Midori Melon Liquer.  Midori, manufactured by Suntory, plans to make Kim the new face of it’s green melon-flavored cordial in it’s latest marketing campaign launching in April.

 

If you try and imitate Kim’s every move ( minus the whole sex tape thing) like I do, you may want to take caution on how you savor the new “Kim-approved” liquer. 

SKIP IT:

Midori Sour–popular mixed drink containing Midori, sour mix, sprite and grenadine. 

300 calories/8-oz glass!

SAVOR IT:

Midori Fizz (also called Midori Rickey)–simple and refreshing mixture of Midori, club soda and a lime wedge. 

 80-100 calories/8-oz glass!

Phew!  Now that we cleared up that potential calorie-catastrophe, we can spend our time worrying about more important things… 

JUSSSSSSST KIDDING…..but not really.

A Guy Walks in to a Bar: Snow Day Drinking

25 Jan

Things that are Awesome About Snow Days

By: Guest blogger Brian.

So we got a snow day today and my winter session final exam was postponed until tomorrow.  So that means more time to study right?

Wrong.

I am full-on drinking and playing in the snow all day. End of story.

Given that we live in New England, there is a lot of snow on the ground this time of year.  Sure I could go skiing, but that’s expensive and drinking in the lodge is just as stressful on the wallet.

So what am I doing?

1. Building a snow fort.

Snow forts were cool when we were kids so why wouldn’t they be cool now?  Plus since I’m stronger and smarter I can build a way more kick-ass snow fort than I ever could have when I was 10.

Also, it keeps the beer cold.

2. Drinking from my icicle luge.

Yup, that’s right, icicle luge.  We had some big ‘ol icicles hanging down from the house so I knocked one of them down and cut out a nice drinking trough.

Plus how else would we possibly finish all this leftover liquor before spring semester starts?

3. Drinking many beers.

This one is self-explanatory.  Let’s get a nice day drink going so we won’t feel bad crashing our sleds into one another later

4. Sledding.

Why pay to go skiing when there is a big ass hill in back of campus that we can ride down? Plus we can bring our beers out on the slope.  What’s not to love?

Well that’s my snow day in a nutshell.  Let’s get started!

CHEESECAKE FACTORY is the ultimate frenemie.

21 Jan

I don’t know about everyone else out there–but I am the type of person that just holds onto a grudge for a long time.  I am just barely starting to forgive my parents for making me sport a boys’ bowl-cut for the first 10 years of my life.     

Therefore, I was very reluctant to write this positive post about Cheesecake Factory’s newest line of low-calorie cocktails.  Cheesecake Factory and I go way back.  We started off friends but one thing led to another and before I knew it our relationship had gotten way too serious, way too fast.  And just when I thought Cheesecake Factory was the one, everything came to a screeching hault.

I remember it like it was just yesterday; “Cheesecake Factory Finally Releases Shocking Nutritonal Information”.  I was completely heartbroken….A slice of chocolate truffle cake: 1,700 calories.  In the mood for pasta carbonara?  OH, just two day’s worth of calories aka 2,500 calories.  Even a “healthy” Caesar salad order had 1500 calories!  

The breakup was painful.  At first, I tried to ease my way out by ordering some of their new (extremely humiliatingly named) menu options, like the Weight Management Asian Chicken Salad.  The day I couldn’t bring myself to look the waiter in the eye and say the words “weight management salad”, I knew I had to end things with Cheesecake Factory once and for all.  So, I gave it up–cold turkey and I haven’t looked back since.  Until now, that is….

SO here you have it: Cheesecake Factory will be launching a cocktail line of margaritas and mojitos for under 150 calories The line is expected to be released in restaurants this March and will range in price from $7- $11.  Good news is that the alcohol content will remain the same as regular calorie drinks, but the sugar will be replaced with splenda to cut calories nearly in half. 

  

Will I give Cheesecake Factory another chance?  Perhaps… I think the saying goes something like “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me”.  So YES, I may sample the new skinny cocktail line sometime in the upcoming year.  But nibble on the 1,600 calorie guacomole or 2,000 calorie nachos?  N-O.  Sorry, Cheesecake Factory…people don’t forget. 

A Guy Walks Into a Bar: Happy New Beer!!!

20 Jan

New Year, New Beer!

BY:  guest-blogger Brian (part-time beer afficionado/full-time drinking partner) 

I know this post is like a month late but I’ve been busy drinking, gambling, and playing in the snow.  Forgive me.  
Anyways, for an avid beer drinker such as myself, champagne is somewhat of a foreign topic to me.  Generally, when  I shop for champagne I just  just buy whatever bottle (in my price range) looks the classiest.  We’re just going to be toasting with it one time anyways, so what does it matter?  

Well apparently the marketing wizards at Sam Adams had me in mind with their latest blend; Infinium.

Sam Adams Infinium is a unique blend of champagne and beer.  They describe it as “A groundbreaking brew, made with only the four traditional ingredients: malted barley, hops, water and yeast.  Infinium is a crisp champagne-like beer with fine bubbles and a fruity, spicy aroma. The crisp clean malt character and delicate fruit notes in this beer are complemented by a slight citrus flavor from dry hopping with Bavarian Noble hops. Bottle conditioning adds another layer of complexity and light spice notes.”

 

Like I said, marketing WIZARDS!  So me and my “panel of experts” decided to give this new brew a shot.  The general consensus of my 3-person tasting panel was that it was pretty good.  Ironically, I happpened to be the lone drinker who did not agree with this sentiment so here’s my take on Infinium.

Pros:  Lots of flavor    

Cons: Too carbonated, not much different than your average Sam Adams brew, dry hoppiness (I swear that’s a word)

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY?:  Personally, I won’t be running out to buy Infinium anytime soon.  However, if you know you’ve got a fellow bro’s birthdays coming up, you might want to check it out.  

Tap dancing could never be this scary.

14 Jan

Lessons I learned last night:

1.  Don’t go see a movie alone. (Note to self: don’t ever formally admit to this)

2.  Especially not Black Swan.

3.  Center Stage> Black Swan….no matter what the Oscars say.

While I am still afraid to look in the direction of any reflective object and I will never be able to enjoy Forgetting Sarah Marshall again, there is a bright side…

Dobel Tequila has created a delicious Black Swan-inspired cocktail that includes some of my fav ingredients:

The Twisted Swan

1 1/2 oz Chambord

1 oz Dobel Tequila

1/2 oz Disaronno

Shake over ice and strain. 

CAUTION: Drink may induce lesbian sex hallucinations & turn you into a crazed swan.