Saturday, August 18, 2012

Holy Guacamole, Pour Me Some Sangria

New flash: Beware of regular old TV, the kind that comes with commercials. 
You probably know there are a lot of tantalizing TV ads for junky food, but this stat hit me over the head: 
A 2,000 calorie diet of foods advertised on TV would contain 25 times the recommended daily servings of sugar and 20 times the recommended servings of fat.
Eating just one of the advertised food items would give you at least  2.5 times the recommended servings of sugar and fat for the entire day. 
So says the American Dietetic Association Journal, as reported in Adweek.
Holy Guacamole!
So I guess I'll stick with movies and my (ad-free) Netflix offerings. Who needs the unhealthy persuasion?

On the other side of the coin, what food and drink do you think we regularly search for on Google during the summer? Well it's not burgers and pizza, according to Adweek.  Google says the most popular searches are for chicken, salmon, margaritas and sangria. Yes, yes, yes, and YES.

Well, everybody around here craves margaritas, (check out the famous Margarita Quest). But poor Sangria is often forgotten when the menu is made. 
So, to save you a search, here's a great Sangria recipe to serve with that spicy guacamole, grilled chicken and poached salmon. You can make margaritas at the next BBQ.


1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice

  • 1 bottle red table wine from a small local winery
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • ! cup sparkling water 

Turn off the TV and enjoy!