By Christopher Ross, DETAILS
If you spend a lot of time watching what you eat in order to maintain your waistline and your good health, consider taking cocktail hour just as seriously. Many of the summer's most popular drinks are loaded with sugar (think the piña colada is a good beach drink? It packs about 600 calories) and artificial ingredients. Here are a handful of the season's favorite drinks, reinvented free of chemicals, low in sugar, and high in flavor.
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Dark and Stormy
Few drinks combine spicy and sweet as beautifully as a dark and stormy, making most fans hesitant to tamper with its formula. But sugary ginger beer-just as high in calories as Pepsi-can be replaced by club soda and freshly juiced ginger, which bursts with flavor and offers a bevy of health benefits, like boosting your immune system and cooling inflammation throughout your body. Then sweeten the drink with coconut sugar (bigtreefarms.com), which is loaded with
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Coconut water and kombucha are mainstays of spa menus, but to appeal to cutting-edge health nuts, some cafes and juice bars in Los Angeles and New York, like Brooklyn's beQu, are trying something different: pressed juice. It's a style of raw, minimally processed beverage that, if you believe its proponents, offers a nutritional density up to five times higher than that of standard juice-shop offerings. That's because the produce is slowly pressed rather than ground and pulverized.
1 | The Theory
Standard juicers oxidize and degrade the nutrients in fruits and vegetables. Pressing preserves them, say aficionados of pressed juice.
2 | Who's Drinking It
Liquiteria in New York's East Village counts Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, and Ed Norton among its regular pressed-juice customers.
3 | The Healthiest Combo
Green juices pack the greatest nutritional punch because they're loaded with nutrients like the mineral magnesium, which relaxes the body and mind.
4 | The
By Amy Prince, DETAILSRead More »from 10 Things to Avoid at Your 4th of July BBQ
After opening three new restaurants in Las Vegas, teaching a cooking course at Harvard, and nabbing the Outstanding Chef of the Year award at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards-the Best Director Oscar of gastronomy-Spanish food guru José Andrés has now reconfigured his Washington, D.C., stalwart, Café Atlántico, into a themed pop-up restaurant, opening July 4. The National Archives tapped Andrés for the temporary America Eats Tavern, which is an extension of its exhibit "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government's Effect on the American Diet." Located a few blocks from the Archives, the tavern will serve comfort-food classics-lobster rolls, hot dogs, cheesesteaks-as well as contemporary spins on more esoteric American dishes like Brunswick stew and oysters Rockefeller.
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It's with this same culinary patriotism that Andrés presents his top 10 pitfalls of a Fourth of July cookout.
1. "Don't spend the entire event outside.
By Brian Frazer, DETAILSRead More »from The No-Baby Boom
This summer, 28-year-old Anthony Shepherd and his wife of seven years, Cynthia, will fly from China, where they've been teaching English since 2009, to Wisconsin for a vacation. In addition to relaxing, catching up with friends, and attending her brother's wedding, they plan on stopping by a vasectomy clinic. The People's Republic may be notorious for its one-child policy, but the Shepherds' attitude toward reproduction is even more stringent. Call it the zero-child policy.
Even before the Shepherds left Asheville, North Carolina, for Sichuan province, they'd made their life decision based on the experiences of their "childed" friends. "We watched them struggle to pay bills, find suitable apartments or houses to fit their families, and work at jobs they didn't like because they needed the insurance," Cynthia says. So she and Anthony enthusiastically took a pass on parenthood, an increasingly common decision for America's couples.
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By Richard Morgan, DETAILSRead More »from The Birth-Control Extremists
Sex scared Marcus Whitlock. It was a tense, fraught ordeal. He couldn't get through it without being gripped by panic that it would lead to pregnancy. Then one day in April, Whitlock, an athletic 23-year-old college student in Illinois, says he walked into a doctor's office, told the receptionist he was 30, and had an hour-long consultation. A week or so later he returned, paid $850, and walked out after a 15-minute vasectomy. The way Whitlock saw it, he was free. He wouldn't have to worry anymore about whether his partner was on birth control.
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About a hundred years ago, slash and yanks-so called because the original method involved cutting the scrotum and pulling out as much of the vas deferens tubing as possible before stitching it back up-were used mainly as supposed cures for tuberculosis and as part of eugenic schemes to sterilize men who were labeled crooks, cripples, or crazies. Even much later, after a less
By Heather Hurlock, DETAILSRead More »from The Right Way to Hydrate
Myth No. 1: You need to drink eight glasses a day to stay hydrated.
When researchers from the University of Pennsylvania attempted to track down the studies behind this recommendation, they couldn't find anything. It's an old wives' tale.
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Myth No. 2: When you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated.
As long as you drink when you're thirsty, you'll be fine. The Institute of Medicine's findings state that you can meet your daily hydration needs simply by letting thirst be your guide.
Myth No. 3: Caffeine dehydrates you.
Studies show that coffee and tea, like all fluids, hydrate just as well as water. Some studies even show that beer hydrates better than water, but remember: H2O is your best calorie-free, additive-free option.
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How much do you really need to drink?
To figure out how many ounces of water you'll require each day to stay hydrated, divide your body weight in half and drink
By Peter Rubin, DETAILSRead More »from The Truth About "Born-Again" Bachelors
Kevin McHale looks a little bit like Jason Priestley. He's single. He lives in a "very large" apartment in downtown Manhattan with an original Ralf Bohnenkamp hanging in the foyer and Philippe Starck chairs in the dining room. His closets are crammed with expensive rock-climbing equipment. On an average night, McHale works till eightish, then goes to the gym or to drinks with friends, or meets the pretty fashion buyer he's been dating for the past few months. She's 31; before her, he kept company with a 26-year-old. There's always at least one woman in his orbit.
There's nothing particularly unusual about that, except McHale, 40, is what you might call a born-again bachelor. He's one of a new breed of divorced men who, far from struggling to find a niche for themselves as newly single, are having the time of their lives.
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