On Saturday, thousands of New Yorkers dressed up in Santa costumes and filled the city’s bars beginning at 8am for the annual drinking event, SantaCon. All day long the Santas hopped from bar to bar spreading holiday cheer and drinking beer (and everything else a bar might have to offer). As all this was going on in Manhattan, Elena and I were having our own sort of holiday adventure in Brooklyn. BROOKLYN. Though neither of us are exactly athletes, and we’re definitely not go-to-an-outer-borough-at-8am-on-a-Saturday kind of girls, we laced up our sneakers, put on our Under Armour, braved the elements (I mean, the subway), and somehow, despite complete unwillingness and disinterest, made it to Prospect Park in time to run The Jingle Bell Jog. It was the first actual race either of us had run in, and believe it or not, we both completed it without incident (although one of our friends who also ran had a bit of a set-back around mile 3.5…)
When I got back to Manhattan after the race, I was feeling particularly healthy. So instead of meeting my costumed friends (one friend was wearing a small christmas present attached to a headband) at a nearby watering hole, I went to Duane Reade in search of a less alcoholic celebratory drink. A small can of Ocean Spray Cranberry juice caught my eye, though I was certain it would be more caloric than what I was looking for. When I read the label and saw that it was *SPARKLING* cranberry juice I was ready to overlook the high sugar content I assumed the drink must have and just indulge– after all, I did just finish a “marathon”, according to my doorman (and I didn’t correct him). With trepidation, I turned the small silver can around so I could read the nutrition info. Only 10 calories a can!! I was elated. And the best part is, it’s deliciously refreshing and doesn’t have that lingering artificial sweetener aftertaste that many low-calorie drinks do.
Though I’m a die-hard Hint Water fan, when I’m craving something with a bit more flavor, Diet Ocean Spray Sparkling Cranberry really does the trick!