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15 frozen lemonade recipes to kick back with

On a hot summer day, it’s hard to pass up on an ice cold, frozen lemonade slushy. You can make this delightfully refreshing drink a ton of different ways. Add strawberries, booze, toasted coconut — or even serve it as a pie! You’ll need a blender, some ice and a few lemons, and you’ll be on your way to being everyone’s new best friend at your party. Here are 15 recipes you’ll want to whip up summer long. Pink watermelon lemonade slushy Get the recipe. So many refreshing flavors in one slushy. Watermelon, lemon, mint — bring on the heat! Frozen Coconut Lemonade Get the recipe. Coconut screams summer. Make this frosty mix in your blender and enjoy this creamy frozen lemonade treat. Frozen Mango Lemonade Get the recipe.  Try mixing fruit pairings for awesome, original blends like this mango lemonade recipe. Frozen Lemonade Pie Get the recipe.  It might not…

10 iced Starbucks drinks under 100 calories

As the temperature heats up, it’s harder to keep your drink orders to simple, low-calorie black coffee. Those iced drinks with their added sugar, cream and syrups can torpedo your whole day of healthy eating before you even head to work. There are plenty of ice-cold caffeinated drinks you can enjoy without any guilt. Here are 10 delicious cold Starbucks classics you’ll want to sip all summer long. Just remember to skip the whip and keep your order to the small (tall) size. Cold Brew Coffee. Cold brew coffee became all the rage a few years back, but you can benefit from this indulgent tasting, slow-steeped drink. It only has about 5 calories. Add a splash of nonfat milk and you’ll still only sip around 25 calories. Iced coffee. An unsweetened or “lightly sweetened” iced coffee will only set you back about 60 calories. Iced Skinny Mocha. It seems impossible this…

8 things you never knew about LaCroix

Once a drink favored by Midwestern moms, in recent years LaCroix has bubbled to the top of soda sales all over the United States. In the The low-calorie sparkling water beverage caught the eye of Americans, particularly Millennials, looking for a healthier alternative to regular sodas. Since the early 2000s, sales have exploded. And everyone seems to have a ranking on their favorite flavor. Here are a few things you might not know about this new beverage icon in your grocery aisle: 1. It’s PRONOUNCED la-croy The fizzy, flavored water has developed a seriously loyal following in recent years, yet many fans don’t pronounce the name correctly. If you’ve been faking some fancy French accent and saying “La-Kwah,” you should save yourself the embarrassment. The real name rhymes with “enjoy.” How can we be certain? It’s on the La Croix website. 2. What’s that mean? Lacroix translates to “The Cross” in French. 3. easy going origins LaCroix was invented in 1981…

Studies showing moderate drinking is healthy were funded by alcohol industry

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Yet, here we are again, believing that drinking promotes heart health or that a small amount of booze is better than exercise for those of a certain age. Unfortunately, new reports shows that these benefits, among others, might be skewed because the studies were funded by big alcohol companies. According to HuffPost: If you’ve ever seen headlines about how red wine is good for your heart, or how moderate alcohol use is linked to longer life, you’ve seen the alcohol industry’s influence on health science at work. And Americans seem to be swallowing that message. A 2015 Gallup poll found that 1 in 5 Americans believe “moderate” drinking is good for health, and that this was especially true among those who drink alcohol. The New York Times recently reported that a 10-year $100 million study underway at the National Institutes of Health was largely funded by alcohol…

7 tips that will help cut calories from your favorite cocktails

Everyone knows that alcohol is the first thing you should give up if you’re trying to shed some weight — and with summer coming up, we’re all looking for fast fixes. Alcohol possesses the unfortunate combination of being high in calories while also inhibiting or reducing your body’s ability to burn fat. In other words, your body is forced to store excess alcohol calories as fat, which makes sugary drinks one of the worst offenders ever. But not all alcoholic drinks are created equal. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you want to imbibe, but also want to minimize the damage done. 1. Let’s begin with booze. Every bottle is different, but as a general rule of thumb, it’s better to stick with standard types of alcohol — vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey or scotch. All of these options have zero carbs and have fewer calories that cream-based liqueurs, like…

Make the original Irish Coffee this St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re not into St. Patrick’s Day festivities that require guzzling green, cheap American beer, perhaps you’ll consider sipping a beverage that is actually Irish in origin. Irish coffee is a warm, creamy cocktail invented in Ireland in the 1940s. Unlike many drinks thrown together from excess ingredients, the Irish coffee was created with a purpose. Joe Sheridan was the head chef at the restaurant and coffee shop in the Foynes Airbase Flying boat terminal building in County Limerick, Ireland.  When a group of group of weary American passengers disembarked in Foynes after a long, failed flight, canceled mid-air due to poor weather conditions, Sheridan whipped up the drink and served it to them to keep them warm. Legend has it that after he was asked if it was Brazilian coffee, Sheridan replied that it was Irish coffee. The beverage caught on. In 1945 when transatlantic flights began to land at the nearby Shannon airport, Irish coffee…

8 ways to recycle used coffee grounds

Cream, sugar, black or with a splash of Bailey’s? It doesn’t matter how you take your coffee, as long as you know where those grinds are going. The average American drinks about 3.1 cups of coffee per day — that’s 66 billion cups per year when you include all of the espresso, cappuccino, lattes and iced coffees consumed. Instead of throwing all those leftover grounds in the trash, consider some other practical uses. From increasing growth in your garden, to fixing furniture, there are some interesting ways to recycle this common coffee byproduct. 1. Make Fertilizer. Coffee wakes you up in the morning, and it can do the same for your plants, too. Used coffee grinds still contain tons of nutrients beneficial to soil. To use coffee grinds as fertilizer, grab some grounds or some leftover pucks from your local coffee shop, and work it into the soil around your plants. 2.…

Athletes not permitted to drink in Olympic Village

After training their whole lives to win a gold medal, it’s expected that Olympic athletes might want to celebrate with a glass of bubbly or (many) pints of their favorite beer from back home. But if they’re staying in the Olympic Village, athletes have to imbibe on the down-low. According to the official policies released by the Olympic Committee Village, “Alcohol will not be sold to individuals in the Olympic Village and the consumption of personal alcohol is restricted to private spaces.” https://www.instagram.com/p/Be23zaAFNMZ/?taken-by=olympic Olympians can, of course, also take the party off Olympic Village grounds and go explore PyeongChang. Food & Wine reported that athletes have been up for trying all kinds of Korean specialties from gimbap (seaweed wrapped rice and fish), Bibimbap (a bowl of warm white rice with sautéed vegetables), kimchi (salted and fermented vegetables) and Korean Barbecue, so there is a desire to learn about the host country outside of the stage set by…

No more margaritas: why we might see a tequila shortage soon

All you margarita fans out there, let’s get serious. Experts are projecting a massive world-wide tequila shortage until 2021, and unfortunately, yes, your Friday night binges are partially to blame. According to Reuters, a shortage of the agave plant — the plant used to make the liquor — is the problem. The price of the the blue-tinged spikey-leaved succulent has increased six-fold in just two years, causing the price to jump from 3.85 pesos per kilo to 22. Agave plants normally take seven or eight years to reach maturity. The report states that only 17.7 million agaves were planted in 2011 — and 42 million are needed to supply the 140 registered tequila companies. This shortage is forcing farmers to harvest agaves that have not yet reached maturity — causing a downward spiral for several upcoming years. Tequila has gained popularity in recent years with total U.S. sales up 7.4 percent between 2015 and 2016. That amounts…

Stay full all morning with a BANANA, SPINACH, PINEAPPLE CHIA SMOOTHIE

Kick start the new year with healthy recipes that make you feel great. No matter what type of diet you follow, most folks can get on board with meals and snacks that use whole foods and little-to-no processed ingredients or sugars. Smoothies are a great way to pack plenty of nutrition into a five minute meal. As you grab a glass and head out the door, it will quickly become part of your healthy routine. This recipe will keep you full for hours, so if you’re skeptical of smoothies, start here. The chia seeds and banana will see to it that I’m right about that! Banana, spinach, pineapple chia smoothie Serves 2 Ingredients 2 cups skim milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk) 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks 3 handfuls of baby spinach 2 tbsp chia seeds 2 ripe bananas Directions Add all ingredients to the blender, and puree on high for about…