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A Healthy Start to 2023 with Frio Light

The new year is here which means the season of resolving to live a healthier lifestyle has arrived. For avid beer drinkers, wanting to be healthier can be intimidating, especially if it means giving up your drink of choice. Never fear, though, because Frio Light is here to make both setting and achieving your health goals easier.
Whether you’re watching what you eat, trying to cook healthier, or simply want to feel better, check out some tips for a healthier 2023 below.

Swap Regular Beer for Light

Light beer, such as Frio Light, contains fewer calories and carbohydrates than its regular counterpart. Each can of light beer contains less alcohol, allowing you to drink more before you begin to feel full. If you enjoy a beer or two in social settings, this healthier option can help you achieve your goals while you still enjoy the same great taste of beer that you know and love.

Get Outside

Beer isn’t just for drinking inside with friends, as much as we do enjoy it that way. If you’re hoping to get more active in 2023, here are some fun activities that’ll help you get your exercise in, all while enjoying cool, refreshing Frio Light: Hit the Hiking Trail Let Mother Nature enchant you with her wonder by sliding on your walking shoes and hitting the trails. There is truly nothing like a crisp beer after summiting the top of a hill, or watching the sunset over a hidden lake. Take in the scenery and reward your physical activity with the perfect gold star: Frio Light. Go for a Jog If Mother Nature isn’t your thing, we get it. Try going for a run instead. Whether you loop around your neighborhood or dust off the treadmill, running is an easy way to ensure you get your daily dose of physical activity. And just like you deserve a treat following a hike, cracking open a guilt-free can of Frio Light following your run is the perfect way to say, “I crushed it today.” Ski at the Lodge While the cold weather is still here, you might as well make the most of it. Hit the slopes for your daily activity, and crack open a can of Frio Light back at the lodge. Your fellow vacationers will appreciate the opportunity to enjoy the libations without sacrificing their resolutions, or undoing all the work they did out on the slopes.

Easy, Guiltless Recipes

If your New Year goals are less exercise focused and more food related, we see you. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a healthier 2023 while still enjoying the delicious foods you love so much. Check out some of our favorite healthy spins on the classic beer recipes below. P.S. These recipes are perfect for a crowd, like during your upcoming Super Bowl celebration.

Light Beer Brownies

This lighter take on our classic beer brownie recipe offers the same rich taste for less than half the calories.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate chips
  • 1 can Frio Light beer

  1. Pour the light beer into a pot on the stove and let simmer at medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the beer has reduced to ½ a cup.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Put the butter and chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until fully melted. Then, whisk in the sugar and beer. Next, whisk in the eggs, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Then, whisk in the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, and chocolate chips until everything is well-combined.
  5. Pour the batter into a well-buttered and/or papered 9x9 inch baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove the dish from the oven and let cool completely. Once cool, you can cut out the brownie squares and put them onto a serving dish.

Vegan Sloppy Joe’s

Inspired by TheMinimalistBaker This vegan take on a classic uses Frio Light to bring out the nostalgic Sloppy Joe spices. If you’re hoping to give up meat in 2023, this recipe just made keeping your resolution so much easier.
  • 2 cups water (or half water, half vegetable broth)
  • 1 cup green or red lentils, well rinsed (red lentils for quicker/more tender result or green lentils for more bite/texture)
  • 2 Tbsp olive or grape seed oil
  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion, minced (plus more for serving)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 cloves yield ~1 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 medium red or green bell pepper, diced
  • Sea salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce*
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut sugar (plus more to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbsp vegan-friendly Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder (plus more to taste)
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.1 tsp ground cumin (plus more to taste)
  • 1 pinch smoked or regular paprika (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup of Frio Light beer
FOR SERVING: Gluten-free or whole-wheat hamburger buns.
  1. If using green lentils: To a small saucepan, add liquid (I used 1 cup water, 1 cup vegetable broth for added flavor // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and rinsed green lentils and heat over medium-high heat. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered for about 18-22 minutes, or until tender. The water should have a constant simmer (not boil). Drain off any excess liquid and set aside.
  2. If using red lentils: To a small saucepan, add liquid (water and/or vegetable broth, and beer) and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add rinsed red lentils and bring back to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 7-10 minutes, or until just tender. You want them to be cooked through but not mushy. Drain well and set aside.
  3. In the meantime, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Season with a pinch each salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the peppers and onions are tender and slightly browned.
  5. Next add tomato sauce, coconut sugar, vegan Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, and paprika (optional). Stir to combine.
  6. Once the lentils are cooked, add them to the skillet as well, and stir to combine.
  7. Continue cooking the mixture over medium-low heat until completely warmed through and thick, stirring occasionally – about 5-10 minutes. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more chili powder and/or cumin for smokiness, salt for saltiness, coconut sugar for sweetness, or Worcestershire for depth of flavor.
  8. Serve the mixture on toasted buns with sliced onion. Best when fresh, though leftover sloppy joe mixture will keep in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days, or in the freezer for 1 month. Reheat in the microwave, or on the stovetop, adding water or vegetable broth if the mixture has dried out.

Keep Your Resolutions with Frio Light Beer

Frio Light Beer has a crisp, clean taste. This delicious and low calorie brew is perfect for a healthier lifestyle and is light on the stomach. That means you get the same great beer drinking experience without the guilt. Please drink responsibly.
Frio Beer comes in both Pilsner and Light offerings, ensuring there’s an option for everyone, regardless of your health goals. To find your nearest Frio Beer retailer to host your best holiday party yet, click here.
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