If you're having a gathering with your friends this weekend, volunteer to bring the beverages because we have the perfect ones for you. We here at OK! love Viva Diva Wines! And not just because it comes from Kim Zolciak's Viva Diva Brands, but because they are delicious as well. Watch: Kim Zolciak opens up about lawsuit with Kandi Burruss Let's just say anytime there is a celebration among the OK! staff, we are happy to pop a bottle of Viva Diva for the occassion. The best part is they are totally affordable and there's something for everyone. There's a nice Pinot Grigio and a Sweet Red Wine which are great for date night, and of course a Prosecco to pop when toasting to good news. OK! News: The Kardashians tell us their beauty secrets! Plus, the Moscatos come in more flavors than we ever thought possible, including strawberry, raspberry, peach, mango, colada and pomegranate. Can you even think of a better beverage for a hot summer night? Photos: Cannes Film Festival fashion Check out VivaBrandsUSA for all the info and where to find these delicious drinks. And when you get your friends together to celebrate, be sure to cheers to OKMagazine.com! Which flavor of Viva Diva are you going to try first? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @OKMagazine. Photo credit: VivaBrandsUSA.com
There are definitely some "food fads" out there, but when it comes to clean and healthy eating, fruits and veggies are a big part of the equation.
HEALTHY EATS: MAKE BREAKFAST PART OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
Although it may not feel like spring weather in some parts of the country, tis the season for all that is spring, including seasonal fruits and veggies that can do a body good.
Nutritionist and Spiderbands creator Franci Cohen breaks down what we should be putting into our baskets at the grocery store and what benefits they give to our bodies, as part of OK!'s 12 Week Countdown To Summer fitness campaign.
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1) Strawberries: strawberry season is April until June. These sweet, juicy berries are nutritional knockouts with just 1 cup offering 3.5 grams of fiber and meeting 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. They also boast a high folic acid content, which stimulates mental alertness-great for those "can't get out of bed" mornings! It is best to splurge and pay a little extra for organic berries. Because they go bad real fast, they are usually chock full of pesticides and other harmful preservatives used to increase shelf-life. Organic berries may not be as bright and shiny, but they'll offer the same delicious taste, all the nutrients, and none of the harmful preservatives. #MOTIVATIONMONDAY: 10 WAYS TO BURN FAT FASTER 2) Asparagus: These sword-like spears definitely have powerful slaying ability! Jammed-packed with so many nutrients, they can ward off just about any germ or bug! Low in fat and high in fiber, these tender stalks are a good source of iron, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Asparagus are at their peak from March until June. Once harvested, asparagus deteriorate rapidly, so place them in cool dry storage (do not store in plastic bags) to retain freshness and nutrition. Delicious roasted, grilled, or lightly sautéed in olive oil, these seasonal spears make a tasty addition to any meal. STAR BODIES! EXERCISES TO GET JESSICA BIEL'S TONED CALVES AND LEAN LEGS 3) Cherries: These round crimson balls of sweetness are available during the late spring and early summer, and are so delicious! Cherries are high in fiber and potassium, while remaining low in calories (just 1 cup of sweet cherries is about 100 calories). The intense red color of cherries is due partly to their anthocyanin content. Anthocyanins are a type of plant chemical (phytochemical) that contain high antioxidant activity. The best cherries are large (an inch or more in diameter), plump, firm, and rich in color and are equally delicious as a snack or dessert. #MOTIVATIONMONDAY: 10 F-AB TIPS TO GET A FLAT BELLY 4) Peas: Fresh peas including sugar snap peas, snow peas, and green peas in the pod, are at their peak from April through July. Like most legumes, peas are low in fat and high in fiber and are a good source of phytoproteins (plant protein). Their nutritional profile differs depending on variety. For example, green peas offer more B vitamins and zinc, while snow and snap peas offer more vitamin C. Peas are perfect on their own or tossed in salads, rice pilafs, lightly steamed or sautéed, and served as a side dish. MARIA MENOUNOS: FOCUSING ON HEALTH RATHER THAN THE SCALE WILL HELP IN WEIGHT LOSS 5) Apricots: Fresh, bite-size, and fun to eat, these 50-calorie munchkins can't be beat! Fresh apricots peak in season from May until August. They are high in beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Sink your teeth into them for a snack, use them as a base for homemade jams or salsas, cook them down to create a mouth-watering marinade for meats and poultry, and they add a tart and tangy twist to salads! OK! LOVES: WEIGHT LOSS MEAL DELIVERY SERVICE 'LOSS ARTS' 6) Radishes: Radishes are root vegetables with a distinctive flavor that ranges from mild to sharp, depending on variety. Unlike most root vegetables, it is comprised of mostly water, and not much starch at all. A cup of sliced red radishes will give you 30% of your daily vitamin C requirement, with only 25 calories! Radishes that are deep in color with solid roots are best. They are great sliced in salads, soups, condiments, and cooked dishes. HEALTHY EATS! FIND OUT WHICH FOODS CAN GIVE YOU GLOWING SKIN IN TIME FOR SUMMER 7) Fava beans: No-not canned beans or even bagged beans, but fresh-picked delicious and nutritious Fava beans! They have a rich, hearty flavor, and are a terrific addition to soups, salads, or main dishes. Due to their high protein and fiber content, these beans help to keep you satiated longer. Young favas can be shelled and eaten raw or cooked, but more mature favas must be both shelled and skinned, as the skins are too tough to eat. They are delicious when paired with grains and citrus zests for a beautiful spring salad! What are your favorite summer fruits and veggies? Share with us below or tweet @OKMagazine! Photo credit: Getty Images
Summer may be taking it's sweet time to get here, but these flirty fragrances are the perfect transitional scents to take you from season to season while smelling great! Sexy Little Things 'Tease' Eau de Parfum A warm blend of black vanilla, frozen pear, and blooming gardenia is always a good idea, plus how cute will this lace-embellished bottle look on your vanity? $45-60, victoriassecret.com Marc Jacobs 'Daisy' Eau So Fresh Sunshine Marc's newest member to the Daisy fragrance family comes in the cutest flower-topped "vase" and smells like strawberry, pink grapefruit, jasmine petals. You won't be able to stop spritzing this one—we promise. $78, sephora.com See by Chloé Eau de Parfum Spray This floral scent features bergamot, ylang ylang, and vanilla notes and it's the perfect perfume for a hot date on a sexy summer night! $58-98, nordstrom.com Gucci Guilty Guilty is a mix of badass and sultry, which is why it's so fitting the face of the frag is Even Rachel Wood. When you want to let your inner temptress loose, turn to this aroma... $95, macys.com What's your fave fragrance for spring/summer? Sound off below or tell us on Twitter @OKMagazine!
If you're rustling up Mother's Day brunch for your mom this Sunday then it won't be complete without a few special libations.
OK!'s Awesome Mother's Day Gift Guide
Check out these great cocktail recipe ideas to really get your celebrations going!
The Non-Cook's Mother's Day Brunch Cheat Sheet
Beluga’s Mother's Day Brunch
A sophisticated blend of bubbles and booze that will turn any Mother’s Day brunch into a relaxing soiree!
Beluga Noble Russian Vodka
fresh lime juice
Method: Muddle one large strawberry in a tin. Add vodka, simple syrup and lime juice. Shake well over ice. Pour into a champagne flute. Stir lightly with a barspoon. Top off with chilled champagne. Garnish with a strawberry. 10 Celebs Who Always Play Moms in Movies Chocolate Mom’osa
1 part JDK&Sons™ Crave Chocolate Cherry
3 parts Sparkling Rosé Wine (well chilled)
Method: Build ingredients in order in chilled champagne flute. Garnish with a cherry dropped in and a lemon twist. 11 Young Celebrity Moms We Love Decadent Chocolate Mom-tini
2 parts JDK&Sons™ Crave Chocolate Cherry Liqueur
1 part DeKuyper® Spearmint Schnapps
2 parts Cream
Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry on the rim and top with shaved chocolate. Cute Mother's Day Looks For Every Activity Cherry Cake
1 part JDK&Sons™ Crave Chocolate Cherry Liqueur
1 part Pinnacle® Cake Vodka
2 parts Cream Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and shake. Strain into a double old-fashioned glass with ice. Bill and Giuliana Rancic Talk Baby Duke and Mother's Day Plans White Cherry Cola
1 1/2 parts Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka
3 parts Diet cola
Cherries for garnish
Method: Mix vodka and diet cola over ice. Garnish with cherries. Stars Reveal Why They Love Mom What are you doing for Mother's Day on Sunday? Share with us below or tweet us @OKMagazine!
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