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Clean Drinking: How to Drink Healthy at the Bar

I'm a hardcore fitness aficionado. I have been for as long as I can remember starting at the age of six when I started borrowing my mom's Jane Fonda workout videos. I'm not even lying. I would get all dressed up in my leotards and do 50 leg raises, determined to never have a saggy booty. Yes, at six. More on that later.

But I also loooove my girly cocktails. It's a tad bit of a dilemma since a lot of people ask me for workout advice and then see my Facebook posts of delicious margaritas. Or just the fact that I know cocktails don't exactly adhere to the whole notion of "abs are made in the kitchen." 

But, I've finally found a way to make cocktails healthy. Well, that's what I tell myself. Like food, I prefer to make them at home rather than going out. Not only is it easier on the wallet, but I also know exactly what ingredients are going into my drink. 

But, there are times when I like to head to my neighborhood bar for a happy hour rendezvous or I'm out at a mixer and want to order a couple of libations. So, I came up with a self guide to ensure that my drinks are full of nutrition and I don't wake up with a nasty hangover. Yup.

Below are my 5 tips on how to drink cleanly at the bar. You're welcome.

  1. Always ask if they use house made ingredients in their cocktails. If yes, go for it! 
  2. NEVER drink premixed sweet n sour. If it's not housemade, ask to substitute it for a mix of simple syrup (hopefully this is housemade) and juice. I usually ask for grapefruit (fresh, please!). On that note, if the bar doesn't make it's own simple syrup best believe I won't be back. 
  3. Substitute coke or sprite with ginger ale or better yet, GINGER BEER. We all know that soft drinks have bad stuff in it (lots of sugar and high fructose corn syrup). Ginger ale still has some of that but the ginger somewhat counteracts that. Again, hopefully it's housemade.
  4. Any drink with tonic is the "cleanest" drink. Gin and tonic, vodka and tonic are some examples. If tonic is too boring for you, ask for a splash with club soda. Just a splash!
  5. If a drink has a fruit mix added to it, be very cautious. I'll only order the drink if it is fresh, housemade puree. Otherwise it's bound to have crazy amounts of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and citric acid.

Happy "Clean" Drinking! Have other tips? Comment below!

MUAH.

Danetha

Disclaimer: I am NOT a nutritionist. Everything in moderation. The end. 

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5 Reasons to Eat Beets

I wouldn't say I'm a "beets" person. To be perfectly honest, their whole look kinda freaks me out. But, I kept hearing how amazing they were from all these nutritionists so I decided to do a little research. And come to find out, they are incredible! I have yet to try whipping them up in the kitchen, but after I became a spokesmodel for Suja Juice I've started drinking their Purify drink to get some beets in my life. Wanna know why you should eat more beets? Read below! 

  1. Cleanses the body and purifies the liver. Some claim it can prevent cancer!
  2. It boosts your mental health! Beets contain betaine, which is a substance used to treat depression.  
  3. It's just like chocolate! Well, almost. It contains trytophan, also found in chocolate, that boosts your sense of well-being. 
  4. High source of energy! 
  5. Rich in vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A,B,C; beta-carotene and folic acid. For women, it's also a really good source for iron. 

Miss Danetha is a former NFL Cheerleader and now a spokesmodel for various health/fitness/beauty brands. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  If you would like Miss Danetha to represent your product, contact her at [email protected]

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A Smoothie A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you know that I love smoothies more than anything!

Well, maybe not more than margaritas. But it's really really close.

I've been fortunate to always have relatively good health, but without fail I usually catch some sort of cold 3-4 times/ year. And one of those bouts usually knocks me out for a 2-3 days. 

But (knock on wood) since I started drinking smoothies at the beginning of 2013, I have not been sick ALL YEAR. That's almost a full 7 months of no coughing, sneezing, wheezing, runny noses, or anything!  Amazing.

I've also bumped up my workout regimen and started doing more yoga to keep my stress levels down. But, I truly believe smoothies are keeping my immunity defenses on full protection mode. Thank GOD. Because ain't nobody got time for expensive a** health care.

Below are the ingredients that I always incorporate in my morning smoothies. I've written a post about the benefits of Chia Seeds (click HERE to read it) and each week I'll post the benefits about a different ingredient.

  • Chia Seeds, read about their benefits, HERE, or Flax
  • Kale or Spinach
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit
  • Banana
  • Organic Juice
  • Kefir
  • That's it! And it only takes 3-5 minutes out of my morning. So NO EXCUSES! 

Happy Drinking to Your Health! MUAH! 

Miss Danetha is a spokesmodel and entrepreneur. A former NFL Cheerleader, she is passionate about fitness and health. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and be sure to subscribe to her newsletter, HERE

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