Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Cambridge Cooks: Strawberry Daiquiri Cambridge Cooks: Strawberry Daiquiri

Photos: Debra Pearlman

Last January, I decided to do something to end my battle of the buldge...I joined Weight Watchers. It's a plan that works for me, but whatever you've chosen to do to take off and keep off excess weight, enjoying those wonderful summer "umbrella" drinks can put a real crimp in your plan (and your pants for that matter). Here's some information on one such drink and an alternative that may just be an answer to your cocktail prayers. It comes via the Hungry Girl website, which caters to WW followers, but has great recipes for any weight management program.

Photos courtsey of Super Cocktails

The average Strawberry Daiquiri contains 675 Calories! If you're female, that’s over 25% of your daily calorie intake as suggested in the US Recommended Daily Allowance (USRDA), and nearly that for males. Puts a favorite summer cocktail in a whole new perspective.

Here are all the nutritional stats in a regular daiquiri:

Serving Size: 1 daiquiri (typical serving): Calories: 675; Fat: 0g; Sodium: 17mg; Carbs: 24.5g; Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 19.5g; Protein: 0g. For you WW members, that's 14 POINTS® .

So here is the alternative, just 2 POINTS®, and still a tasty treat!

HG's Slammin' Slimmed-Down Strawberry Daiquiri

1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) rum
1 packet (two 5-calorie servings) sugar-free powdered drink mix, any strawberry blend
3 frozen strawberries
1 tbsp. lime juice
5 - 8 ice cubes OR 1 cup crushed ice

Dissolve drink mix into 1/2 cup cold water. Stir thoroughly. In a blender,
combine drink mixture with all other ingredients. Blend to desired
consistency. Pour, add a straw, and slurp that baby up! MAKES 1 SERVING

Serving Size: 1 daiquiri (entire recipe): Calories: 121; Fat: 0g; Sodium: 10mg; Carbs: 4g; Fiber: 0.5g; Sugars: 2g; Protein: 0g POINTS® value 2

HG Alternative! For a virgin version, swap the rum for an extra 3 tbsp. water. Then your slushie sipper will have just 25 calories and a POINTS® value of 0. Woohoo!


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