Tag Archives: fruit

Can I have #wine with MyPlate?

20 Jun

I’m guessing by now, you’ve all seen the USDA’s new MyPlate guide. Goodbye confusing pyramid and hello plate method. Which, by the way, isn’t new unless you’re the USDA. The new food icon comes after the January 2011 release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s unlikely you’ll hear that alcohol consumption fits on the new MyPlate placemat. But deep in the heart of Chapter 3 titled, Foods and Food Components to Reduce, you’ll find this statement about alcohol.

“If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age.”

So the answer is YES. You can have wine, beer or a coctail with your plate. Just remember moderation is key. Cheers!

Thirsty Thursday-Red Wine Sangria

3 Mar

This was the first time I’ve actually made sangria. Last weekend I made it as the “starter” for my wine club pals. It was a hit! So, I’ll share it with you!

THINK AHEAD: make about several hours ahead so the fruit can absorb the wine-y goodness.

Ingredients:
2 bottles red wine (I used a magnum)
1/2 c brandy
1/2 c triple sec
1 c light orange juice
2 oranges, sliced thin
2 apples, sliced thin
2 lemons, sliced thin
1 c water (you can skip the simple syrup all together)

Mixing it up:
Slice the fruit, place in the bottom of a 2 quart pitchure, pour in all the liquid, mix and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve in wine glasses. Make sure to put some fruit in each glass. Add ice if needed.
Cheers friends!

This serves at least 12 people for under 200 calories a serving.