Life According to Cosmo: How to Cook a Cosmo Snack

Cristen Conger

Cosmo snack: Grade A

Although Cosmo is heavy on teaching readers how to be as conventionally pretty as possible, it also wants gal pals to eat, drink and be merry. To a point. The body consciousness that echoes throughout fashion and beauty features naturally boils over to its food and drink offerings. Cosmo urges us to have buckets of fun this summer- just don't let it turn into a "pudgeapalooza", to borrow the magazine's vernacular.

For example, the cover food story is "8 Foods That Keep You Slim All Summer," which is slightly misleading since said foods include ice cream sandwiches and turkey cheeseburgers. Instead of a list of metabolism miracle workers as I was expecting, the article offers suggestions on lower-calorie substitutes for summery snacks, such as movie-theater popcorn (licorice!) and potato salad (coleslaw!). I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the recipes in the Food 101 section didn't include nutrition facts. But maybe that's the magazine's reward for wading through the previous 216 pages.

So to get a taste of the Cosmo life, I snagged one of those "skinny swaps" from the cover story and a recipe from "Easy, Exotic Party Food". And since Cosmo girls are rarely alone, I invited a few girlfriends over to taste test vodka pineapple cocktails (vodka, pineapple juice, club soda) and Greek nachos (pita chips, cheese, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, etc).

That probably sounds like a strange combo, but it was tasty! The pineapple cocktail was subtlety sweet and refreshing on a 97-degree day, and we killed the Greek nachos in under 15 minutes. While I'm not big on calorie counting, it was honestly nice to know that the Cosmo-approved menu we devoured was on the lighter side. I also appreciate the magazine's effort to keep the recipes simple to make. Now, if only the magazine would lighten up on the skinny talk surrounding the recipes, I could give Cosmo's food fare a four-star review.

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