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

*via fitnessmagazine.com

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Get Guaranteed Fresh at Union Square Farmers Market

Before the NY weather gets too brisk, make your way over to Union Square, (17th Street and Broadway), for the Union Square Green Market!

This market houses some of the best of New York State’s freshest cheese, vegetables, fruits, honey, apple cider, maple syrup from over 140 local New York State farmers!

The Union Square Green Market is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8AM-6PM.

Aside from purchasing the freshest in food, beverages and plants with a decreased carbon footprint, try to catch some of the classes that are offered each morning. Check out the schedule below:

Every Monday: GrowNYC’s Textile Recycling, kitchen scrap collection for composting by LES Ecology Center and Greenmarket Education Station hosts school tours, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays, tastings and peer-to-peer programming.

Every Wednesday: Cooking demonstrations with local chefs, restaurants and Union Square Market Managers, FREE cooking advice from Josh Stokes of Grill-A-Chef (9am-12pm), kitchen scrap collection for composting by LES Ecology Center, and Greenmarket Education Station hosts school tours, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays, tastings and peer-to-peer programming.

Every Friday: Cooking demonstrations with Robin Puskas of the NY Kitchen Co, Wine tasting and pairings with NY Wine & Grape Foundation, kitchen scrap collection for composting by LES Ecology Center, and the Greenmarket Education Station hosts school tours, interactive displays, tastings and peer-to-peer programming.

Every Saturday: Cooking demonstrations with Natural Gourmet Institute, GrowNYC’s Textile Recycling and kitchen scrap collection for composting by LES Ecology Center