Cool Off With Delicious, Low Calorie Cocktails!

Margaritas, Daiquiris, Bellinis – There’s nothing like a good happy hour to satisfy your thirst and hunger after a long, hot summer work day.

If you’re trying to curb the calories but still enjoy those refreshing drinks, check out Fitness Magazine‘s 10 simple, DIY (do-it-yourself) cocktails. Save the $$ and calories by enjoying some of these tropical treats at the convenience of your own home. They’ll make you feel like you’re laying beach-side at a resort in Aruba or Maui!

For a delicious, easy treat, start with the Strawberry-Coconut Daquiri!*


Ingredients 2 1/2 cups  chopped fresh or frozen (not thawed) strawberries, (about 12 ounces) 3 tablespoons  sugar 2 tablespoons  lime juice 3 cups  ice cubes 3/4 cup  coconut-flavored rum, such as Malibu

Directions 1. Combine strawberries, sugar and lime juice together in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and rum and blend until frothy. Transfer mixture to a pitcher and serve.

Nutrition Facts Calories 112 (3/4 cup), Sodium 3 mg, Carbohydrate 12 g, Fiber 1 g, Potassium 113 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin C 70%. Exchanges: Fruit 0.5,Other Carbohydrate 0.5.

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


Bananas + Cars = Efficient Car Fuel?

A study currently taking place at Sao Paolo State University is attempting to use fibers off of fruits – bananas, pineapples, coconut shells, which have proved to provide sturdy plastics that may be strong enough to build car parts.

In the university’s press release, “They are light, but very strong — 30% lighter and three to four times stronger… For one thing, they will help reduce the weight of cars and that will improve fuel economy.”*

Furthermore, these materials have proven more resistance to gas, heat and water, as compared to traditional plastic car parts.

Based on the speedy research, these materials could be implemented in dashboards, bumpers and other car parts in less than two years!

Maybe the next vehicle will look like a banana or coconut?