skinny margs & b vitamins

Well…. that was nuts. I am still kind in shock from the insanity that I witnessed over the weekend. On Friday morning, we piled our stuff into my car and drove to Lake Shasta. I packed extra snacks for the trip, so that I wouldn’t have to subsist on nitrates hotdogs and bagels alone. It worked out very nicely! I brought

  • snap peas & carrots
  • apples
  • mixed nuts
  • high fiber cereal
  • 4 canned tuna lunches (ate them a l l )
  • 4 protein muffins
  • multi vitamins in gummy form & B complex (for hangover prevention!)
    A brief note on why B vitamins cure hangovers: When you drink a lot of alcohol, you use the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme to convert the ethanol to acetaldehyde  to acetate. Both of these reactions require a molecule called NAD+ to have a hydrogen added to it so it becomes NADH. So when you drink a lot, you have a ton of NADH (which is what inhibits fat burning while drinking) and you need to convert it back to NAD. One of the B vitamins, niacin is the precursor to NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), which is what you are now super low on! Each B vitamin, though, plays a role.  (image)
Anyway! We got there, waited for our house boat to be ready, loaded it up, and finally by about 4pm set off for “Slaughterhouse island.” Our crew:
Love yall! 
Kelly, Danielle, Ian, Me, Hope, Bonnie
There were hundreds of boats and thousands of college kids running around, dancing, and having a blast.
Just the tip of the island, surrounded by boats. Do you spy the tighty whiteys?
The rest of Friday and Saturday basically just consisted of running around trying to find friends, dancing, eating, and napping. And if you hadn’t guessed, drinking. I’m not as big of a drinker as your average Houseboat attendee, but I did sip on homemade Skinny Margaritas! My recipe:
  • 3/4 cup club soda
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • ~5 drops stevia
  • 1 shot silver tequila (less sugar than gold, which has added caramel)
  • dash of salt
  • ice
  • if at home, blend! I wouldn’t recommend adding fruit juices to alcoholic beverages due to the fructose content, so it is probably the one time I would say to add some diet (aka fake) Hansen’s pomegranate or strawberry soda if you want it to be a fruit flavored margarita.
By Sunday, I needed to get back to real life to study for my impending finals, so some of us left a day early. I probably would have stayed if it hadn’t been chilly and rainy all weekend! :(
This post is getting long and I have a test at 6pm tonight in Nutrition, so I have got to go! I’ll be back soon with some yummy recipes!
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25 responses to “skinny margs & b vitamins

  1. I’m glad that you had fun! :)

  2. girl, you are ripped! and that houseboat party looks so crazy and fun!!!! haah i love your little note about vitamin B and hangovers… you are def a science major ;) (and i’m gonna make a note about that one!)

  3. cucumbersincollege

    skinny margartias are such a fun summer drink! :)

  4. spoonfulofsugarfree

    Sheesh! I agree with Natalie-You are RIPPED!!

    Good luck on your test :) :)

  5. good idea for healthy “camping” food to bring with!

  6. I think I need some of your tan, as I am currently looking like Casper’s sister.

  7. omg – your abs are rocking awesome!! lol.
    Though this post depresses me a bit – I have an organic chemistry test this Friday and I just hate memorizing naming all the functional groups…whew…(I can’t imagine how it’s going to be like post-secondary)

  8. Love your bathing suit!!

  9. Your skinny margies sound delish!

  10. Nitrates, hot dogs, same thing right? Haha! Lovinggg this recipe! And girl your abs are bang-a-langin’!

  11. holy crap YOUR ABS ARE AMAZING (sorry, that’s the only thing i noticed in this post ;D)

  12. Loved the chemistry lesson. And your abs. And the marg recipe. I give this post an A+. Good luck on your finals!

  13. WHOA!!! 6 pack!! nice. i love dancing!! glad you had fun! :)

  14. Holy abs gal! Impressive!
    Impressive weekend in general. And uh kudos to you for being able to stick to sugar free bevvies AND mix up something that fancy schmancy and at a mad crazy young people infested event like that? I feel like those are the kinds of things where people end up mixing and passing around completely random concoctions and/or just chugging beer all weekend. The fact that you stuck to skinny margaritas is mucho strong willed!

    • Seeing as I hate beer, it wasnt hard at all! My skinny margs are so0o0o good! Like dessert in a cup.And the abs…. they didn’t appear until I started doing heavy weights and cut down on the cardio. Weird huh?!

  15. pawsitivelife

    Awesome mini break…how can you have finals in june…isnt that against the law everywhere?

  16. haha this is a funny post. :) Looks like fun. I remember my college days (ha I sound like those old people talking about the “good ‘ole days”) when we did rafting on the river in Chico (where I went to school) and then ended up on a big “island” wasted. Ah, those were the days. ;)

    Anyway, I didn’t know about niacin playing a role in hangover helping. Very good to know. I happen to have niacin so that works for me!

    You are one tan mama! Love it!

  17. Nice abs!!!! Skinny margaritas are so much better than syrupy sugary ones and im a sugar lover!

    • Thanks girl. I totally agree, not only do they taste just as good as the syrupy ones but they are guilt freeee. (Not that we should have guilt anyway, but you know where Im comin from)

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