Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free!): Dina Manzo’s Blueberry Lemon Bellini

07/14/2014 at 10:58 AM ET

Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free!): Dina Manzo's Blueberry Lemon Bellini
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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

Calling all reality-TV fans! I’m guessing you’re acquainted with Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The house spouse left the show during its second season, hosted her own show on HGTV, and JUST made her return on last night’s season 6 premiere. (At the time I’m writing this, I haven’t seen the episode yet, so assume hijinks ensued in the new episode and say, “OMG, can you believe ______ happened? I know, so crazy!”)

She’s also pretty fun on Instagram, especially when she posts pics of her pets — a two-legged pup named Gracie, Ladybug the fluffy cat, and a couple of hairless kitties named Botox and Grandma Wrinkles. If you like that, follow me on Instagram and check out snapshots of my fluffball cat and dog, Jackson and Lolly. (Yes, they really love each other that much!)

Another thing Dina and I have in common, aside from loving animals and social media? We both clearly enjoy a nice Bellini! I love the idea behind her berry-licious Blueberry Lemon Bellini recipe, but I know it can be made without adding that super-sugary syrup. My slimmed-down version is the perfect treat to accompany all your reality-TV viewing. (It’s also good for summer brunches and at-home happy hours.)

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

HG’s Blueberry Citrus Bellini
Makes 6 cocktails

1½ cups blueberries (fresh or thawed from frozen)
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. granulated white sugar
1 750-ml. bottle Prosecco (or any sparkling white wine), chilled

1. Place blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar in a small food processor or blender. Puree until smooth.
2. Using the back of a spoon, firmly press puree through a strainer and into a small bowl. (Discard any solids left in the strainer.)
3. Evenly distribute strained puree among 6 champagne flutes, about 1 1/2 tbsp. each. Top with the wine, and enjoy!

1/6th of recipe (1 flute): 111 calories, 0g fat, 1mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 6g sugars,

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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How many ppv?

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looks good and if the nutritional facts are correct, not too bad…adding sugar is my only issue, it’s sweet enough.