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60 Healthier Drinks For Boozing

60 Healthier Drinks For Boozing

Alcoholic drinks can be a sneaky source of calories, sugar, and even salt—but not when you play bartender. Try to get a few healthier alternatives under that (suddenly much looser) belt to impress friends and family and order with confidence when out at the bar. Here are the eight key guidelines that make our drinks healthier options: Use only fresh-squeezed or 100 percent fruit juice to reduce added sugars. Fruit juice can still be a dangerfood, though, so sometimes it's best to dilute it with water or ice to cut back on calories. Choose seltzer water over other carbonated waters to eliminate added sodium and other additives. For recipes that call for soda, skimp on portions, or opt for diet or natural (read: less added sugar) versions—though those can have their pitfalls, too. Make simple syrup with honey which, though sugary, has some added benefits, like a healthy dose of antioxidants. It also gives you better control of the sugar content. Any recipe that calls for simple syrup will use the following recipe: ½ tablespoon honey mixed with ¾ tablespoon warm water. Use whole fruit instead of sugar or flavored syrups. The fruit itself adds fiber, natural sugars, and vitamins. Choose light alcohol over dark alcohol. The dark stuff contains more compounds known as congeners, which can worsen hangovers. Limit yourself to one shot per drink. Multi-alcohol cocktails can pack in serious calories, so we kept ours to one shot (or 1 ½ ounces) each. The shooters and shots we included actually contain less than one shot each to further lessen the caloric load. Size matters—especially when it comes to consuming liquid calories. That's why we kept all our drinks right around the 8-ounce mark. Choose nutritious ingredients. Ginger, coffee, and lemon star in several of our dr Continue reading >>

The Best Cocktails To Drink On A Low-carb Diet

The Best Cocktails To Drink On A Low-carb Diet

The Best Cocktails To Drink On A Low-Carb Diet Booze without the carbs? We'll cheers to that. There's nothing fun about cutting carbs (dear bread: I love you.), but these cocktails help curb the loss. If you're eating Keto or living that low-carb life , check out these 13 cocktails, and shake one up for your next happy hour. What's a plate of Keto tacos without a Keto margarita to match? This one uses lime juice, orange extract, and sugar substitute to give it that classic 'rita flavor. If you don't already know, now you do: LaCroix cocktails are the thing of spring. Pick your pleasure, add a splash of vodka, and stir. Need ideas? Try this strawberry spritzer from Sunny Sweet Days. Homemade low-carb ginger syrup, lime juice, mint leaves, diet ginger ale, and vodka make this a supreme low-carb alternative for Sunday Funday. Get the recipe from I Breathe I'm Hungry . Dark rum, sugar-free ginger beer, and lime make this a perfect cocktail for a dreary spring day. Blend it with ice for a frozen treat! Aside from having the cutest cocktail name around, this Splendito is delicious, low on carbs, and super simple to make. Get the recipe from Always Order Dessert . Lime, mint, soda, and vodka make this a perfect drink for patio weather. This recipe swaps rum for vodka, making it even lighter on the calories. This cocktail is said to help nurse a hangover from the night before, thanks to the perky lemon juice. Swap your mimosa for a Corpse Reviver the next time you need some low-carb hair of the dog. This powerful elixir used to be banned in the U.S., but it's made a comeback in recent months, and is particularly great in a low-carb cocktail. Mix it with soda, or sip a little on its own. Red wine, club soda, citron vodka, berry water enhancer, and limes make this the perfect st Continue reading >>

8 Low-sugar Cocktails That Aren't Vodka Soda

8 Low-sugar Cocktails That Aren't Vodka Soda

Let's get something out of the way right off the bat: Alcohol can be part of a healthy lifestyle, but alcohol itself isn't exactly healthy. Protein , carbohydrates , and fat are all essential macronutrients that your body needs. Alcohol itself contains none of these essential macronutrients. It's a complicated topic, but if you want to know more, this article about how alcohol affects weight loss explains how exactly the calories in alcohol affect your body. When it comes down to it, the most important part of weight maintenance (or weight loss , if that's your goal) is eating the right number of calories. You don't have to count calories , but you should be aiming for a healthy, balanced diet ( here are some tips ). Many boozy cocktails have a lot of sugar, whether it's naturally-occurring sugar (from fruit juice), or added sugar (from simple syrup, honey, sweetened liqueurs, etc), which makes them higher in carbs and calories. A cup of orange juice has 117 calories and 21 grams of sugar , which can add up quickly if you're drinking multiple cocktails. On the other hand, soda water + vodka (or tequila, or gin) is a no-sugar-added cocktail, but it's a little boring. Here are some fun, low-sugar cocktails for when you want to drink in moderation. Continue reading >>

Low Sugar Margarita | Low Carb Skinny Margarita

Low Sugar Margarita | Low Carb Skinny Margarita

This low sugar margarita is a combination of blanco tequila, sparkling lemon-lime water with fresh squeezed lime and orange juice. Simple and delicious! It has been some time since I shared a cocktail on the blog! Ive been sticking to wine when I want an alcoholic beverage mainly because I just dont enjoy super sugary cocktails as tempting as they might be. With warm weather and the summer season just around the corner I do like to have some fun cocktails available, so I made this simple classic margarita without addingpre-made margarita mix. I loweredthe sugar content significantly, which also limits the carbs! Win-win! You might remember this gorgeous Blackberry Margarita I made, which was my first attempt at using fresh ingredientsand a sugar-free simple syrup. Boy, this is a cocktail to savor! Its such a difference in taste from the drinksyou buy at restaurants! Another favorite cocktail is my Cara Cara Margarita . The natural sweetness from the citrus is fabulous, but darn its getting harder and harder to snag those oranges when theyre in season. Skinny Margarita made with zero calorie sparkling water! Each of those margaritas requires some patience because of the time it takes to prepare the juice. Definitely worth the effort, but when you want a SUPER simple margarita this Low Sugar Margarita is the one youll want to mix up all summer long! The base of this cocktail is a zero calorie, sugar-free lemon-lime flavored sparkling water. I usually keep theLe Croix brand of sparkling water stocked in the refrigerator, but for this cocktail I used Luckys brand lemon-lime water. This is a great cocktail to share with friends! It doesnt require a lot of prep time and its super tasty! Only 119 calories and 3.5 carbs per drink. You might as well enjoy TWO You also might enj Continue reading >>

Skinny Paloma (no Sugar Added)

Skinny Paloma (no Sugar Added)

You are here: Home / Cocktail / Skinny Paloma (no sugar added) Just me? Okay fine, Ill have the pitcher to myself. I do love a good margarita, but rarely order them because theyre usually made with a mix and loaded with calories and sugar. Not worth it to me, unless Im on vacay in Mexico or something along those lines. What happens in Mexico stays in Mexico. Anyhow, given my taste for margaritas and the fact that Cinco de Mayo is next week I thought a tequila cocktail would brighten up your Monday. For the basic recipe all you need is fresh grapefruit juice, tequila and a splash of lime. Its really that simple and theres no need for added sweetener because grapefruit juice from pink or red grapefruit offers plenty of sweetness. I have to thank Nicole for introducing me to the grapefruit and tequila combo. Last summer we were eating at Nopalito in San Fran and she mentioned that the Paloma was her favorite drink at the moment. I tried it, loved it and it quickly became my favorite drink too. Until then I had always been a vodka, lime and soda water girl when it comes to cocktails, but only because I knew it was low cal, not because it was delicious. Since were on the topic of favorite drinks, I should note that Im also a wine girl and its my go-to drink of choice. Not only do I enjoy the taste, but red wine has the resveratrol and antioxidants going on so there are some additional reasons to enjoy it. Back to todays drinky drank, the Paloma is typically made with grapefruit soda and tequila. I dont do soda so I went with the real deal, fresh grapefruit juice straight from my juicer. As long as your grapefruit is ripe, there should be no need to add any additional sugar and you end up with a lovely tequila cocktail thats similar to a margarita only much better for ya. Ta Continue reading >>

Alcoholic Drink Recipes: 11 New Healthy Cocktails | Shape Magazine

Alcoholic Drink Recipes: 11 New Healthy Cocktails | Shape Magazine

You can prepare this low-cal cocktail in 2 minutes, says Emilie Yount, editor of Recipe4Living.com . For one serving, youll need: three or four mint leaves, a lime wedge, 1 oz. white rum, diet lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite Zero, Diet Sierra Mist, or Diet 7-Up), ice, and sugar (just for the rim of the glass!). To prepare: Muddle mint leaves with white rum and the juice from lime wedge (1/8 of the lime). Muddling is done by lightly crushing the mint (just until the leaves bruise) using a mortar and pestle or whatever you have on hand. Just don't shred the mint! Run the squeezed lime wedge around the rim of the glass, and then dip the top of the glass in a shallow plate of granulated sugar to coat the rim. Pour the muddled mixture into your glass, fill with crushed ice, and top off with the diet soda. On February 13, 2012 country singer Miranda Lambert tweeted about her love for a cocktail she calls a "randarita" (which is a concoction of Bacardi and Crystal Light). She even made Lady Gaga a fan. One Twitter follower replied with her own touch: with vanilla Bacardi and pink lemonade Crystal Light. @Jaymidann tweets that it "tastes like cotton candy!" Using a juicer, blend one cucumber, two celery stalks, one head of romaine lettuce, one lemon, one small piece of fresh ginger , and two green apples. Then, add vodka to taste. "It's unbelievably tasty and refreshing," says Sergio Rojas, a certified nutritionist and owner of reDEFINED Fitness & Physical Therapy in Chicago, Ill. Cocktail in a Snap (and Still Snap Your Jeans) For cocktail enthusiast and weight loss coach Katy Gillis , its all about healthy, clean drinks that she can mix up in a snap! "I send this quick recipe [for a raspberry lemonade martini] to my clients who are looking to cut down on the calories but stil Continue reading >>

Alcoholic Drink Recipes: 8 Cocktails Under 200 Calories | Shape Magazine

Alcoholic Drink Recipes: 8 Cocktails Under 200 Calories | Shape Magazine

It may taste sweet, but what weve been hearing about sugar lately is leaving a sour taste in our mouths. Recently, a California doctor revealed in an interview with CBSs 60 Minutes that the little bit of sweetness were stirring in our coffee or sprinkling on our desserts might actually be toxic. We already know that excessive sugar consumption can lead to diseases like obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. Shockingly, about 16-percent of the total calories in an Americans diet come from added sugars, and many of those calories come in the form of liquids. So before you sip that sugary margarita, there may be a lighter version thats just as sweet. According to the bartenders at Manhattans Haru Sushi restaurants, there are some easy ways to keep your cocktails skinny, like using seltzer or coconut water as a mixer instead of fruit juice (it cuts the calorie count almost in half!), using fruits like watermelon, strawberries, and oranges to naturally sweeten the drink instead of high-calorie purees, and picking cocktails made with sake, shochu, or soju; these spirits tend to have fewer calories than the staple ones such as vodka, gin, and whiskey. Here are eight sugar-free or low-sugar cocktails you can indulge in guilt-free this summer. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker (except cucumber wheel) filled with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with cucumber wheel. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine X-Rated, rum, and cranberry juice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice cube filled glass and top with shredded coconut for garnish. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, peach tea, and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice cube filled highball glass and garnish with peach slice. Wed be remiss if we Continue reading >>

Cocktail Teas For Healthier Summer Mixed Drinks | Well+good

Cocktail Teas For Healthier Summer Mixed Drinks | Well+good

Nothing says summer like sipping an ice cold, fruity cocktail out by the pool (or, fine, on theunfinished cement rooftop of your apartment building), a sensation DavidsTea seems to know intuitively, having launched cocktail teas that coincide with the start of summer. While tea is one of those beverages with a wellness aura, more companies are trying to get it onto the bar menu . In this case, it doesnt feel forced: DavidsTeas cocktail teas($20 for the trio or $7.50 each) are limited-edition blends that come in three flavors: raspberry mojito, ruby red, and sangria, all inspired by classic mixed drinks that you could feasibly riff on. Think of them as loose-leaf mixers. They taste similar to the fruity bar drinks youre probably somewhat familiar with, only with one very substantial difference: they all have less than zero grams of sugar. (Which is a very good thing considering how many people might be addicted to sugar without even knowing it .) 1. Brew upa glass or pitcher of your teaof choice and let come to room temperature or refrigerate. 2. When cool, pour it into pretty glass with ice until its 3/4 full, and add a small shot of your spirit of choice, such as vodka, tequila, or rum. 3. Add fresh fruit and herbs like mint or basil (if your fridge complies and you feel like getting decorative), and stir. 3. And voila, you have a cocktail thats likely healthier (not to mention fancier) than your average sugar-packed mojito. We tried the raspberry mojito mixed with rum, raspberries, and muddled mint, and it wasrefreshing, fruity, and flavorful, without being at all saccharine. So you can enjoy it on a hot nightand tell your guests that while it might give you a buzz, its not coming from the sugar. Amy Marturana For more information, visit www.davidstea.com Continue reading >>

Sugar-free Summer Cocktails

Sugar-free Summer Cocktails

Its a looong hot summer, so youd better to cool yourself with some of the coolest sugar-free low-carb drinks. If you dont get chilled (out) with these, it would be worth thinking of moving to the North Pole! Ive collected a bunch of various drink recipes, some of them are my low-carb versions of classic drinks, some are my wild, new creations. Enjoy! Update: You might want to check my drink book (in Kindle format here ) for more refreshing summer drink recipes! Over 40 recipes, plenty of variations, each serving under 1 gram net carbs! Lets start with an old, refreshing favorite this time sweetened with stevia instead of syrup. By the way, liquid stevia is a very handy sweetener, it comes ready in a bottle and you dont have to cook it like sugar syrup. Next a Finnish favorite, long drink lonkero , which was first introduced into the 1952Olympics. Usually lonkero is sweetened with sugar, or I guess nowadays it contains whatever super unhealthy syrup and other artificial flavorings. Because Im not in favor of industrial unhealthy stuff, I created a sugar-free syrup-free version of this extra refreshing drink which we Finns love to drink especially after sauna, or actually at any time in the summer. Currently there do exist numerous different flavors of lonkeros, but I stuck with the basic version, although in the photo above I used red grapefruit juice instead of white grapefruit juice. For these recipes I got some inspiration from books Low-Carb Cocktails by Dr. Douglas J. Markham and 1001 Cocktails , the Finnish edition. Even these drinks are tasty, refreshing and easy to gulp down, they should beenjoyed in moderation. Like you might have noticed, this blog post is quite much different from all my other blog posts. I just wanted to try out something else. However, this Continue reading >>

Low-sugar Cocktails | Holly & Flora

Low-sugar Cocktails | Holly & Flora

culinary-inspired, garden-to-glass cocktails, from a sommelier's perspective scarfing over half of a rosemary and caramel dark chocolate bar that I picked up at Meat + Cheese in Aspen on Monday. I dont know how its lasted that long. I also kinda claimed it from Steve. It was technically my birthday chocolate, and I was seriously craving something sweet. Id already downed the last two handfuls of dark chocolate chips from their mason jar home, so I was on the hunt, and did I ever SCORE. This is the bar Im referencing, and it was pure magic. I recently derailed from my resolve to limit sugar in my diet. I will add that it has been a lot of fun doing so. Case in point? This gorgeous cake was breakfast and lunch on Wednesday. My friend Hannah of Blue Sky Bakery here in Paonia whipped up this seven-layer chocolate and hazelnut dream-of-a-cake that Ill have to request again next year. Hannah, put that on your calendar. One of my birthday resolutions, however, is to recommit to keeping sugar out of my daily consumption routine. I was on a good track earlier this year and even humorously shared my battle with sugar with you in December here in this post . Basically, if I could eat cake everyday, I would. Hannahs chocolate cake, along with a glass of Schramsberg brut ros and a bowl of peppered, Parmesan-dusted, truffle oil-doused popcorn, IF were being specific. So far, in my series of recipes made with stevia-sweetened Zevia mixers, Ive shared a sparkling spiced blackberry Negroni and a Tiki-inspired ginger apple swizzle . Since blood oranges are quickly making their exit from our local produce department, Ive not only been stockpiling them to peel and eat, but Ive also been crafting some blood orange-centric cocktails here at the house lately. This large-format recipe calls f Continue reading >>

Skinny Hangover Free Cocktail Drink Tastes Lovely

Skinny Hangover Free Cocktail Drink Tastes Lovely

Its the Tuesday after the 3-day weekend. Lets have a drink! My 13 year old BMW is falling apart. I got in it this morning and it was low on gas, the check engine light was lit up, and some other light came on that looked like a battery with a squiggly line in it. Ugh! One of my windows is completely broken so I cant roll it up or down, but it keeps sliding half way down and letting in freezing cold air as I drive to work each morning. Which means before I get in it I have to open the door, palm each side of the window, and use all my strength to shove it back up. Then drive as softly as I can to not hit any bumps on the road and cause the window to slide back down. Its getting ridiculous. So rather than think about all my car issues, Im going to do what any smart adult would do. Pour myself a cocktail and watch Real Housewives. I love a fancy cocktail, but what I dont love is the horrendous hangover you suffer thru the day after. You would think the hangover is from the alcohol, but really you get a hangover from all of the sugar that is in the juice and mixers. Plus, your body gets dehydrated because youre usually not drinking enough water. This drink is the anti-hangover cocktail. Even better? Its only 120 teeny, tiny calories. Compare that to 550 calories in just 1 margarita. I could have 5 of these drinks instead. Dont worry, I wouldnt, my car problems arent that bad. Im just saying that I could. But I wont! It is my go to drink to make at home or order when we go out. You must make the switch. Youll thank me in the morning. 6 ounces soda water (also called club soda) In a 10 ounce glass, combine vodka and soda water over ice. Serve with the juice from 1-2 wedges of lime. Continue reading >>

Arctic Mule: Low Carb Vodka Cocktail

Arctic Mule: Low Carb Vodka Cocktail

If youre looking for a low carb vodka cocktail thats perfect for winter then this Arctic Mule is exactly what youre looking for! Icy cold vodka is blended with sugar free peppermint syrup so each sip feels like youre breathing the icy arctic air! The blue color just adds to the charm of this delicious Moscow Mule variation. For this recipe youll need: vodka, pineapple vodka, sugar free peppermint syrup, lime juice, blue water enhancer, sugar free ginger beer or ginger ale I dont like winter. I dont like cold weather and I only like snow when Im watching it from the window of my cozy kitchen OR when Im watching a Hallmark movie. Its pretty but I find that white sand and a Caribbean blue ocean are more to my liking. Tropical cocktails dont really seem appropriate for New Years Eve or winter get-togethers but I get tired of the classics. Dont get me wrong, I love a good, cozy Old Fashioned but its always seemed more like a book-quilt-crackling fire kind of drink. Ive been partial to Moscow Mules since I had my first one. I love ginger ale and ginger beer the spicier the better! I make a lot of variations on them and this one is a lot of fun! Its sweet but not too sweet and it has a nice sparkle to it. The peppermint syrup gives you that icy after-taste the same way a mint does. You could garnish this with fresh mint leaves or a slice of lime or both. Tips for Making This Low Carb Vodka Cocktail This is a super easy cocktail but using this tips will ensure that the low carb Arctic Mule is at its best when you serve it. Keep the vodka in the freezer to make it even icier Most Mule cocktails are served in copper mugs I dont care for the feel of them so I use glass The best Moscow Mules are made with the spiciest ginger beer available youll need to try a few to see which you Continue reading >>

My Go-to Holiday Cocktail Quick, Easy, Festive, And Low In Sugar!

My Go-to Holiday Cocktail Quick, Easy, Festive, And Low In Sugar!

My Go-To Holiday Cocktail Quick, easy, festive, and low in sugar! by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 29, 2013 Ive never been a big fan of cocktails due to how sweet most of them are made. The only thing worse than a hangover is an alcohol and sugar hangover, dont you think? Ive had a few bad experiences in my younger years drinking those cheap, 2-litre bottles of sickly sweet coolers. The thought of drinking something so sugary now makes me a bit queasy. Since Ive become more sensible in my years (or at least my mom says so), I now enjoy coming up with cocktail recipes that arent loaded with sugar and other junk. My go-to drink is usually a vodka soda with lime and sometimes a splash of cranberry juice. Simple, yet flavourful. It just lights up a room! All without a lick of food dye. Best of all, it takes seconds to throw together. Thankfully, you dont have to make a simple syrup for this cocktail, so you can get back to the party and out of the kitchen. If youre like me and you usually leave the drinks to the last minute, youll appreciate how easy this comes together without anyone being the wiser. Festive, low in sugar, and super quick to throw together, this is a great last-minute holiday drink option for a party! Often referred to as a "Cape Codder", this mix of cranberry + lime + vodka is sure to please the folks who aren't crazy about sweet drinks. I love adding club soda instead of using all cranberry juice to give it a bit more bite and a pretty sparkle. The recipe below makes one large (16-ounce) glass, so feel free to increase the servings as you see fit. This cocktail comes in at under 100 calories and just 6 grams of sugar (or, if you omit the agave, only 3.5 grams of sugar). handful fresh cranberries (or thaw frozen) 1/4 cup 100% pure unsweetened cranber Continue reading >>

Vodka Mojito: Low Carb & Sugar Free [recipe]

Vodka Mojito: Low Carb & Sugar Free [recipe]

Ooh, la, la, a vodka mojito recipe! My partner and I don’t get out too often now that we have our littles at home, but we do a weekly date night in after the kiddos go to bed. We play our favorite games and enjoy a couple of keto friendly cocktails. I’m the Scrabble Queen, and he slays Cinelinx. It’s great, I get a little tipsy and boast about the time I won a spelling bee in second grade while he throws back a couple and geeks out on IMDB. It’s not the most glamorous nightlife, but we have a total blast together! Recently, we started experimenting with new cocktails during our date night. This has been so much fun, he gets all Tom Cruise-y and I get to step out of my beverage choice comfort zone. (In case you were wondering, alcohol and keto don’t have to be mutually exclusive! Check out the keto diet alcohol guide for more info.) I’ll admit, it’s been a little tricky coming up with yummy cocktails that fit into a keto diet, but we are totally getting the hang of it! And quite honestly, I think we’ve struck gold with a couple of our concoctions so far. One of my favorites has been the vodka mojito. There’s a local restaurant stationed on the waterfront nearby with fantastic happy hour specials and even more amazing cocktails. Their vodka mojito is hands down my all time favorite HH special. It’s fresh; it’s delicious, it’s boozy! It’s also packed full of carbs. We made a low carb version of the drink, and it tastes IDENTICAL! Eureka! It’s easy to make, the ingredients are simple, and it only has 2g Net Carbs. The recipe is straightforward. I promise you don’t have to be a mixologist to pull this one off. You’ll just need vodka, ice, lime juice, fresh mint, Stevia or Erythritol, a little club soda, and a desire to get tipsy. The fresh min Continue reading >>

Low-calorie Cocktails

Low-calorie Cocktails

It's been a long week, and you're looking forward to happy hour. But a night on the town can do serious damage to your diet, especially if you order cocktails made with high-calorie mixers. Still, happy hour doesn't have to be a diet downer. With a little planning, you can avoid diet disaster, and there are some alcoholic drinks that are relatively low in calories. It's all too easy to overdo it with alcohol calories. We all know desserts are fattening. But when it comes to alcoholic drinks, sometimes the calories don't register, even though a single chocolate martini has more calories than a McDonald's grilled chicken sandwich. In fact, 1 gram of alcohol has 7 calories, compared to only 4 calories for a gram of carbohydrates or protein. And calories add up even more quickly for mixed drinks than for beer and wine. The standard 1.5 ounce serving of 80-proof alcohol has 96 calories even before you add any mixers. A 6-ounce serving of orange juice has 84 calories, but add a shot of alcohol to make it a screwdriver, and the calories more than double. Calories aren't the only reason to take it easy on alcohol. Not only do cocktails boost calories, they also have a powerful impact on your inhibitions. "Your resolve can be really strong when you are sober, but after a few drinks, you may find yourself mindlessly overeating the nuts, another slice of pizza, or whatever food is within striking distance," says Christine Gerbstadt, RD. Drinking alcohol can also make you feel hungrier because alcohol can lower blood sugar . What Makes Calories in Alcoholic Drinks Add Up? The number of calories in mixed drinks depends on several things, including the amount and proof of the alcohol; the mixers; and the size of the drink. "It's the mixers, syrups, and sodas that really get people i Continue reading >>

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