Okay so it's the last minute, normal people are done shopping, right? People like to ask me if I'm done because until midnight on December 24th the answer is always no. So it's Christmas Eve and I'm frantically taping and making bows. This year though I went to an expert. The ladies at Williams Sonoma get special training on how to wrap Christmas gifts and they let us in on their secrets so you can too!
Here at Full Plate we try to be healthy and it's tough this time of year. If it's not cookies, it's cocktails. Here's a look at some of the hidden calories in your cocktail and how to make a cocktail more diet friendly.
Kim Groomes is a mixologist and she knows that calories in your favorite holiday beverages can add up. "What a lot of people don't realize is that holiday cocktails have so many calories, they have so many sugars," says Kim. "For example, a margarita has 540 calories."
She works for Cascade Water and says the mixes can cut those calories in half.
"We're bring the calorie count down to around 45. Not only that, but we're bring the sugars down to zero."
The mixers are sweetened with sucralose instead of sugar. But how do they taste? Kim mixed up a cosmo, a margarita, and an appletini - regular and light versions for us to taste test. First up the appletini; no difference in taste but zero calories from the mixer!
"Next up we have the very popular margarita. Now this margarita, cascade ice margarita is sodium free, gluten free, caffeine free and sugar free, which means you're not getting the unhealthy extras, but you're still getting the flavorful taste."
A regular margarita can run you 540 calories. The light one - 65 calories! And we actually liked the low cal version better.
Finally the festive cosmopolitan. A regular mix will cost you 200 calories. The light water mix - 16. Then just add in the calories for the alcohol to keep an accurate count.
So if you raise your glass this holiday it's one way to make sure it's little lighter.
So what can you do at the last minute to make it seem like it isn't the last minute?
I'm Polish and to me Christmas means kielbasa. Some of the best kielbasa in our town is from Stanley's Market. The owner of Stanley's is JoeZychowicz.
Savory Palmiers by An Occasional Cookie
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
You'll also need all purpose flour for dusting and parchment paper for lining your cookie sheet.