The presents are unwrapped, Santa has assembled everything and today is the day I have deemed as "Parents Day." It's our day to relax, unwind, and enjoy the kids playing with their toys. No more assembling, searching for batteries, rushing to and from grandma's house, or answering to "Moooom, I can't figure this game/toy out!" Sandwiches are prepped and made so if the kids get hungry, I direct them to the fridge.
Of course as a parent, you never really get a time out. With two dogs and three kids, life can be pretty crazy. While the toddler is entertained by her baby for a minute I can at least sit and maybe relax. Relax? Ha! At least until I hear the next "uh-oh" and crash from somewhere in the house.
Since my husband has had Type 1 diabetes since he was four, cooking can be a little bit different in our house. Every carbohydrate he takes in must be accounted for. The amount of carbohydrates he eats at a meal equals the amount of insulin he must take. If I make a meal and tell him the amount of carbohydrates a meal has in it and guess too high, his blood sugar can plummet causing him to experience a low blood sugar. I guess too low, and his blood sugar goes high, causing him stomach trouble, dry mouth, headaches, and other unpleasant side effects until his blood sugar returns to a normal level. It's a game of cat and mouse, and it can be frustrating for him and also frustrating for me who does the majority of cooking in the house. I never like having him experience a high or low blood sugar. It usually leaves him feeling pretty miserable for at least several hours, if not more.
One of the ingredients he used the most as a kid (aka the DARK AGES of diabetes when anything sugar was B-A-D) is Sweet n' Low. Remember it? Well, he used it on everything. While I tend to shy away from using artificial sweeteners, my husband still uses them from time to time. They allow him to not have to account for extra carbohydrates.
This pomegranate cranberry lime spritzer is perfect for enjoying while sitting in front of the fire writing on the computer while your toddler and kids make incredible amounts of noise around you with their new toys.
With just a touch of sweetener, you can enjoy a rich, wintery drink without all the extra calories. For other great recipes made with Sweet n' Low, click here.
Pomegranate Cranberry Lime Spritzer
Makes one 8oz drink or two 4oz drinks
1 cup Pom Wonderful Pomegrante Cranberry juice
1 cup seltzer water
3-4 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1-2 packets sweet n' low sweetener*
To make the sugar rimmed glasses: Dip the top of your glass into the lime juice, then gently dip into sugar.
In a beverage container, stir together the juices, water and sweetener until combined.
Pour into the cup(s). You can easily double or triple this recipe to fit the size of group you are serving if necessary.
Garnish with lime wedge, or with sugar rimmed glasses if desired.
Carbohydrate Count: 35 gm of carbohydrates per one 8oz cup with 29 gm of sugar per 8 oz cup.
Disclaimer: Sweet n' Low provided the samples and some compensation for this post, but my opinions are my own.
* If you do not use artificial sweeteners, use 1-2 drops liquid Stevia or one teaspoon xylitol.
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Pomegranate Lime Spritzer (alcoholic version) by Kaotic Kitchen
Pomegranate Citrus Spritzers from The Fresh Fridge