Be Fit in your Frock: Healthy Eats for the New Year

New Years Resolution #1: Fit into Fabulous Clothing!

You may ask why a fashion writer is doing a piece on Healthy Eating?  The answer is-you need to eat Healthy in order to fit into your fabulous frocks! Eating at Mickey D’s isn’t going to get you into that YSL gown!

I’m sure we have all packed on a few extra pounds over the holidays that we need to shed.  Eating out and those cravings for sweets are the saboteurs of any healthy eating plan!

Red Velvet Cafe and Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza have some great ways to quench those craving while keeping your calories in check!

There has been a frenzy of talk about Red Velvet Cafe’s 200 calorie cupcakes- generated mostly by moi, I am a dedicated patron and mayor of Red Velvet on foursquare, yeah I eat there alot! 

I sat down with Red Velvet Cafe to get the so called “skinny” on their famous 200 calorie cupcakes.

 Q: So what’s the real deal with the cupcakes?  Are they really under 200 calories?

RVC: Yes they are. Every single flavor of the cake is hand crafted fresh everyday and weighed and measured to get the perfect calories and grams of fat. And yes all our cakes are below 200 calories and approx.6 to 7 grams of fat.

 Q: How is this Possible? They are so good!

 RVC: By using the highest quality of organic ingredients. Chef Aneesha does not use any eggs dairy butter or nuts in her baking which brings the caloric count and the fat grams to almost nothing which also makes our products VEGAN.

 Q: What gave you the idea to create these magical delicacies?

 RVC: Chef Aneesha saw a lot of kids and adults suffering from so many  food allergies she decided to help people with keeping certain ingredients out from their diet. When it come to cakes, pastries and desserts people some how shy away because of calories or grams of fat or sugar. Being a pastry chef, Chef Aneesha started creating desserts with fewer calories, grams of sugar and controlling the fat grams. That was the idea to do the right thing for the kids and people who wanted to take care of their health.

 Q: What flavors do they come in?

 RVC: Every flavor you can Imagine. The main flavor is the Red Velvet Cake and than it goes on to many more.

 Q: Do you make Gluten free desserts?

RVC: Yes we do make GF by special orders, just make sure to call the night before to place order.

Red Velvet Cafe (7875 W. Sahara, Las Vegas, NV 89117 – 702.360.1972)
 
 
Oh pizza!  One of my favorite high calorie foods!  Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza has found a great way to lower the calories of this guilty pleasure while making it available to people who previously couldn’t partake!  They have introduced a low calorie Gluten free pizza!
What is Gluten?  It’s found in pasta, crackers, cereal, breads and other baked goods, gluten also lurks in less obvious places such as malt vinegar, soy sauce, breaded meats, many flavorings and emulsifiers, beer, gin, whiskey and rye, and gravy and sauces thickened with flour.
 
Why eat Gluten free?  According to Journal Now, “There are people with celiac disease who must be on the diet; others who believe that the diet can alleviate chronic intestinal complaints and boost energy. Still others believe that the gluten-free diet might help in the treatment of Autism and a host of other disorders, including schizophrenia, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, attention deficit disorder, migraine and even fertility problems.  And then some people are trying the diet simply because they’ve heard it is healthy.”
 
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza filled me in on their new dough:

 Q: Why did SWP decide to start carrying gluten free pizza?

SWP: Sammy’s decided to start carrying gluten-free pizza to accommodate our guests with gluten sensitivities. An estimated 1 in 100 Americans has celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by gluten. With so few dining options available, we wanted to offer those with gluten sensitivities an opportunity to have a pizza and a beer! (Bonus: SWP has Gluten free beers as well!)

 Q: How many calories is the crust?

SWP: Only 160 calories! (I suggest you order it with the Nonfat or Vegan cheese Sammy’s offers) 

Q: What are some benefits of eating gluten free?

SWP: There are no proven benefits to a gluten-free diet for those without gluten sensitivities. However, avoiding gluten can help you make healthier choices. Natural, gluten-free foods are foods, for example, that are grown on trees, grown from the ground, or beef/poultry. If you’re avoiding processed foods, then you can avoid eating gluten and will likely feel more energetic.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza has 5 locations in Las Vegas as well as locations in San Diego:

Central Las Vegas: 6500 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas – (702) 227-6000

SW: 7345 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy #100, Las Vegas – (702) 263-7171

Green Valley: 4300 East Sunset Road, Henderson – (702) 450-6664

Summerlin: 9516 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas -(702) 638-9500

Centennial Hills: 7160 North Durango Drive, Las Vegas -(702) 365-7777

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Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza wants to help you kick off the New Year by Eating Well and Feeling Good-PLUS Red Velvet Cafe will quench those sweet cravings and keep your eating plan on track!

 1 lucky winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Sammy’s and another lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to Red Velvet cafe- to stock up on those yummy 200 calorie cupcakes!

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Good Luck and Thanks for Reading!

Happy 2011!

Last week’s lucky winner is: Lauren C.!  Congrats and thanks for reading!

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19 Comments

  1. I haven’t made my new year’s resolutions yet for 2011, but I did make one last year to lose weight. So far I’m down 55 pounds, embarrassingly enough. But I did it with hard work at boot camp and watching what I eat. I dropped starches, carbs and fats to help me lose weight.

  2. Hi Christie!! My 2 New Year’s resolutions are to not drink any soda ( I drink ALOT of Dr. Pepper) and to donate my time volunteering at shelters. Happy 2011!!

  3. Hey, Christie! I AM gluten-intolerant (as are 2 of my kids) and I 100% avoid wheat products. I had no idea Sammy’s would offer choices for “weird” eaters like me!

    MY RESOLUTIONS:
    1. Live in the moment. Enjoy it!
    2. Treasure my friends. The greatest gift I can give them is my time!

  4. Hey Christie, thank you for posting these!

    My Resolutions are:
    1) Live a healthy lifestyle (incorporating more RAW options in my diet and keeping a fitness regimen).
    2) Travel out of the country to Europe! 🙂

  5. The Gluten Free Pizza is amazing! Thank you sooo much for helping those with weird food allergies – thank you thank you thank you Sammy’s!!!

  6. Thanks Christie for the info. I’m a huge fan of the red velvet cupcake and hope to try the red velvet pancake that you told me about. My new years resolutions for 2011
    1. Drink more water! I still stink at it
    2. To drop the weight that I gained over the holidays!

  7. One day Im going to beat you as major of red Velvet. I love that place. And you have to give the menu props too. Really great food at great prices. All healthy choices and literally everything Ive tried ( which is probably everything) is delicious!

    Sammys is great for Happy hour too! half off appetizers and drinks! You can always find coupons for the messy sundae too which of course is the best reason to splurge on a dessert- its free!! 🙂 But I guess that goes against eating healthy….

    My resolutions this year are:
    1. to close the doors on people who dont deserve my time and actively search for new doors with new amazing happy people behind them!
    2. eat healthier ( original, i know)

  8. I’m obsessed with red velvet cafe! It’s the bang for the buck the service is phenomenal and the food delicious!

    1. Learn something challenging like a language or…
    2. Put my life a little more on a schedule. Since I’m all over the place.

  9. My resolutions
    Drink more water (more that 1 bottle will be more)
    Start walking before I can’t
    Lose weight and become healthier

    I love red velvet cake and I’m a lover of Sammy’s and it’s employees!

  10. Mine?
    1.I will lose and accept the baggage that haunts me everyday and is the direct result of my weight issues!

    2. I will always pay it forward. Not just during The Holidays.. But every chance I have. There is always someone less fotunate. 🙂

  11. Hi Christie! Clever Blog, you got here… Good excuse to firm up my New Year’s resolve and maybe my rearview too, with some healthy treats, if I’m the lucky one!

    My goals in ’11 are to be a better speaker and performer, to be able to put the calm on my nerves and to expand my artistic expression through sound and music.

    Eleven is gonna be a surprising year for everybody. I know this because it was named for the Elves… and, well… Elves, they never do quite what you expect ’em to.

    Keep on rockin’ your blog. ~ Thanks!!! ~

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