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First, I want to congratulate Cynthia for her healthy tip for SlimKicker!  SlimKicker enjoyed your challenge of limiting internet use to work time in order to promote activity in the evenings, and they would like to thank you.  Please email me at balancedforkhealthylife@gmail.com to claim your slow cooker prize!  Thanks to everyone for your healthy ideas… I have some new summer challenges.

On another note… summer just begs for a nice cool cocktail, and my recent favorite has been Sangria.  I love making Sangria because you can be really creative with the fruits and flavors.  And, wine is gluten free!

Here are two of my recent Sangria creations, both using the fresh taste of ginger.  One is red and one is white, and both serve about 6 adults.

Raspberry Ginger Sangria

In a large pitcher, add:

  • one bottle red table wine
  • 3 shots raspberry vodka
  • 24 ounces of ginger ale
  • 2 shots of apricot brandy
  • garnish with raspberry ice cubes

Ginger Peach Sangria

In a large pitcher, add:

  • one bottle white table wine
  • 4 shots apricot brandy
  • 8 ounces ginger ale
  • 16 ounces peach seltzer
  • garnish with fresh peach slices

Happy Allergy Free Drinking!


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Beer Tastings

One of the things I miss most about being gluten free is enjoying a beer.  For a while, many people told me to try Redbridge, which is gluten free and easy to find.  I did give it a shot, and it was… okay.  Not my favorite beer, but I guess it could work if I was really craving a beer.

But recently I came across 3 new gluten free beers, all so delicious!

The first one is made from rice.  It is light, citrusy, and very thirst quenching.  Similar to a white ale.

The second one is my new favorite.  For someone who was a big Guinness fan, this is an excellent compromise.  It has a genuine taste similar to a porter or a stout… dark and rich.  It is made from millet, buckwheat, and rice.

The third one is raspberry flavored… which I never imagined I would find!  Its base is corn, and it is very similar to a raspberry UFO.  Really delicious!

Although these beers are hard to find in restaurants and bars, it is nice to see them in my fridge as an icy cold option!

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