It’s all about March Madness around here as the Fighting
Illini are not only back in the NCAA Championship, but they are the No. 2 team
in the country. Whether or not you are cheering a specific team, it is nice to
know that sporting events are coming back.
Celebrate your hometown…
I got to celebrate the first round of the tournament with some special glassware from Well Told College Town. They decided to do something a little different with their university memorabilia. Instead of logos, these have maps of the actual cities on them. I loved the two (one orange, one blue) glasses of the downtowns of Champaign and Urbana.
The games will be going on for two weeks, so you don’t want to overdo on the drinks. I love Rosé Water, which conveniently comes in cans. It reminds me of a wine spritzer (the kind you got in the bar, not the bottle). It tastes like wine and club soda, but since it’s rose from Boudreaux, it’s a little more flavorful than a white wine spritzer. Each can is only 69 calories. There’s no sugar and only 4.9% abv.
Another for easy sipping…
Stewart’s Premium Spiked Seltzer is another light option for watching the games. Each can is 100 calories, gluten free, and vegan. They have just a tiny amount (no more than 01g added sugar). The alcohol is also low at 5%.
Black Cherry and Orange Cream were the favorites. They also
come in Raspberry Lime and Root beer.
Don’t forget the protein...
The Elxr Co has a great blend of superfoods to make a delicious, healthy protein shake with.* The Balance Superfood Protein Powder. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and said to improve cholesterol and signs of aging. At 160 calories, 22 grams of protein, and only two grams of sugar, it’s a nutritional powerhouse, but a bit pricey at $67.
Kind for Equality...
Kind Bars are always a tasty, natural choice for snacking, but the company also is about doing good. They set me some of their KIND Bars Equality Salted Carmamel Dark Chocolate Almond Bars. It's one of those limited additions for a cause, this one part of a multi-year empathy program to support Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. You Can purchase them on Amazon.
*Full disclosure, it contained some ingredients I am allergic to so I had a few friends try it for me.