And just in time for your July 4th weekend festivities!
Who doesn’t love a caprese salad? Am I right? Super ripe, sweet, LOCAL summer tomatoes with slices of salty mozzarella and ribbons of crisp, fresh basil. Splash on some good olive oil, maybe some balsamic and BOOM.
I LOVE THIS.
But when serving a crowd (which I do more in the summer when everyone can spread out outside) I like to serve up a chopped caprese with a twist. I add bread to put a little panzanella spin on the salad and spinach so it packs even more of a nutritional punch. Pine nuts give added crunch and texture-which to me is what takes a salad from boring to bright and something people will go back for seconds and thirds!
There is no need to measure, just add what you like in whatever amount. Here’s what you need:
Local cherry tomatoes, the more color variation the better. Slice in half.
Fresh buffalo mozzarella or burrata cheese. I will be using creamy burrata because it is INSANE. Tear into bitesize pieces.
Basil leaves. Either tear into pieces or slice into ribbons.
Organic spinach. Same as with the basil, tear or slice for easy eating.
Toasted pine nuts or any sort of nut you like.
Local, fresh bread from Lorraine’s if you live in Lynchburg or any other clean, whole wheat bread torn into bitesize pieces. Toss with olive oil and toast until lightly browned in the oven.
Put all of your ingredients into a large bowl and drizzle with GOOD, fruity olive oil and a little balsamic if you like. Dash generously with salt and pepper and serve immediately!
I love wine. I am no expert, but I love wine. Did I mention I love wine? However, I hate consuming all the sugar that comes with it and I hate feeling blah and foggy and ravenous the day after having a little too much wine. Red or white. Doesn’t matter, I always get the same ugghhhh feeling the next morning (hello mid thirties!).
So leave it to me to scope out Fit Vine Wine. Guys, it’s awesome. AGAIN, I AM NOT A WINE EXPERT. But I know what tastes good. I have ordered two cases so far. I get six Sauvignon Blanc and six Cabernet. I think they are both delicious.
A little about the company direct from their website:
How Did FitVine Come About?
FitVine Wine was born when three friends discovered that they could make amazing wines that also fit their active lifestyles. Our team is always on the go, whether we’re doing CrossFit, cycling, running, skiing, paddle boarding, or just enjoying the outdoors. We set about combining our love for wine and fitness with an ethic for sustainability. Our proprietary process delivers high-quality great tasting wine with less sugar, calories and carbohydrates.
Our Fermentation Process
To create wines that are both clean and rich in flavor and mouthfeel, we put our wines thorough malolactic fermentation and perform dry fermentation with no residual sugar levels. In doing this, per 5oz glass, both the Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc have 90 calories & 3g of carbohydrates at 13.4% alcohol. The Cabernet & Pinot Noir have 95 calories & 3.4g of carbohydrates at 13.9% alcohol. The remaining sugar is that which is naturally found in the alcohol which is less than 1.5g per liter. Furthermore our fermentation process is extended 10-15 days in order to optimize pH levels. Our proprietary process allows us to extract more color and tannins. Finally we filter all of our wines with both diatomaceous earth and micron pads.
Our wines contain sulfites at less than 35 ppm (parts per million). Additionally, at primary fermentation, the SO2 (sulfur dioxide) content is kept at a low level.
Our Grapes We are very picky when selecting our grapes. We choose only the highest quality grapes from small farmers who focus on quality, not quantity. Our story doesn’t include fancy chateaus or barrels hewed from the limbs of majestic oaks. We’re OK with that and we think you will be too. Because the most important part of any story is what you take away from it and at FitVine, we took away residual sugars, excessive sulfites and needless additives. Just great tasting wine with fewer calories and carbs. If you’re trying to be more conscious about what you’re putting into your body and looking for a wine that champions your active lifestyle – drink clean. Drink FitVine – end of story.
What Does All This Mean
It means that we take the extra time and effort to create wines that are clean and you can take comfort in knowing exactly what you are and are not putting in your body. This is the way that wine is meant to be made: without all the additives, sugars, and impurities that can wreak havoc on our bodies. And the results are in that our wines can have all the flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol as “regular wine”. We have received high marks from customers and reviewers, whom are thrilled to have discovered FitVine Wine.
I have only ordered through the website which is easy BUT it is an inconvenience to have to sign for it upon arrival (hello, sleeping 9 month old baby, three dogs and the doorbell). Some Whole Foods Markets are starting to carry FVW so if you’re close to one that does, go get a bottle case and try it for yourself. Check here to see if they are at your local store. (Central VA peeps, they have FVW at WF in Charlottesville and RVA!)
If you don’t believe me, read the reviews. There are HUNDREDS of them and nearly all positive. That is what had me order it first, well that and the idea of less sugar, chemicals, and crap in my vino.
They have free shipping when you order a case so it’s sort of a no brainer. You can mix and match which is great too. They give you a 60 day money back guarantee (that you won’t need) but if that helps some of you pull the trigger, so be it.
Let me know what you think! Cheers to the summer of no hangovers!
Unlike the detox drink, you don’t have to worry about drinking it after a meal so it gives you plenty of flexibility. Drink it whenever you want! The ingredients are very different. This drink starts with filtered water, cold pressed lemon juice, horsetail, red clover, cayenne and hydrolyzed marine collagen peptides.
I know, that was my question too.
Basically, to quote the website, this crazy blend “was carefully selected to improve skin elasticity, hydration, and skin density, increase internal collagen production and offer nutrients for optimal hair health.” Read more about the benefits and the details here.
But what’s with the fish?
“We source our collagen exclusively from fish scales as opposed to bovine (beef) or poultry (chicken) sources due to its excellent bioavailability (amount of the substance that your body actually digests and absorbs, from which it experiences an active effect).
Hydrolyzed fish collagen peptides are collagen amino acid strands that have been broken down into a smaller molecular size for easy absorption. In this state, case studies have shown 95% of the collagen strands are absorbed within the first 12h post-administration. Additionally, since collagen peptides are known to stimulate fibroblast cells (these make up the cell structure of the dermis), the effects of collagen ingestion are long-term in helping to promote collagen production naturally.”
And what are isoflavones?
“Red Clover contains isoflavones used to support healthy lymphatic function, immunity, healthy skin and balanced endocrine activity. Its active ingredients include daidzein, genistein, biochannin-A, and others which help to combat the subtle signs of aging, including decreased collagen production. Case studies have shown a direct link between isoflavone supplementation and increased collagen production, improved skin elasticity/thickening and wrinkle reduction, particularly in aging women.
Ingesting these nutrients–or phytoestrogens more generally–from products such as GMO-soy (where they are commonly found and extremely tampered with) is a different experience entirely for your body. All of our herbs are certified non-GMO.”
Read the nutrition info below and decide for yourself if you think it’s something you want to try. I plan to do it at least once a month. After six days I felt like my skin had gone through a cycle where I had broken out (maybe partly from last week’s detox as well) but was beginning to clear up. My skin looked brighter for real, my pores a bit less noticeable and the texture really smooth. Big changes for me who has never had very good skin!
UPDATE: I am on my second case in a four week period and I am obsessed. Ordering is so easy. YOU JUST TEXT THEM AND SAY SHIP ME A CASE. Genius. I will keep you posted with my progress but I am feeling great and my skin is clearing up nicely!
Maybe it’s because I just got back from Las Vegas, maybe it’s because today is the first day of SPRING…whatever the reason I have had “clean” cocktails on the brain. By clean, I mean nothing from a bottle except for the booze.
Think: fresh squeezed green juice with celery, kale, apples, lemons, a little jalepeno mixed with a splash of vodka. Or maybe freshly juiced grapefruit with a little tequila and a pink salt rim? How about an earthy beet and blood orange juice with a bit of sparkling wine floating on top? The possibilities are endless. Don’t want to juice or blend? Buy cold pressed juice at the store and go to town. I recommend Suja and Blue Print, personally. Save yourself the time and effort of juicing at home!
We all know fruit has a lot of sugar but here’s what I suggest: throw in some veggies, a splash of ACV, some soda water, minimize the amount of booze, and drink A TON OF WATER while imbibing…you are sure to have a fun night with a pretty forgiving morning. Just add a group of friends and PLEASE add some food as well. (Sidenote: I am notorious for not eating enough when wining with my girls, but I am making a big effort to change this!) Hummus and pita, marinated olives, cheese with fermented pickles, and spiced nuts are my favorite “bar” snacks.