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Recipe for Skinny Cocktails

Dawn Jackson Blatner shows you how to make fun and nutritious cocktails

Updated 8:27 AM CST, Mon, Jun 6, 2011

1) Watermelon Lemonade (serving size: 8 ounces)
Yields 4 servings
4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
3 lemons, juiced
Ice

Puree watermelon and lemon in a blender until smooth. Pour over ice.

Cheers to your health:
- This healthy cocktail has 1/2 the calories of traditional pink lemonade.
- It contains no added sugar versus the more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per glass in the original.
- The simple & refreshing combo of just watermelon & lemon gives you about 1/2 of your daily vitamin C requirement.

Spike the mix:
Add 1 shot (1.5 ounces) of vodka. It adds 97 calories.

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Nutrition Info:
Watermelon Lemonade (8-ounces): 50 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 14g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 10g sugar, 1g protein, 15% vitamin A, 45% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 2% iron

Pink Lemonade, frozen concentrate, prepared w/water (8-ounces): 106 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 27g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 25g sugar, 0g protein, 0% vitamin A, 13% vitamin C, 1% calcium, 3% iron

2) Skinny Colada (serving size: 6 ounces)
Yields 4 servings
2 cups pineapple chunks, frozen
2 cups coconut water
Puree pineapple and coconut water in a blender until smooth. Optional: Serve in glass rimmed with shredded coconut.

Cheers to your health:
- Each healthy cocktail has 200 fewer calories than traditional pina colada mix since it contains electrolyte-rich coconut water instead of high calorie coconut milk.
- It contains no added sugar versus the nearly 16 teaspoons of sugar per glass in the original.
- The skinny version also has health benefits of 3 grams of fiber and 80% daily requirement of vitamin C. Bonus: Pineapple contains an enzyme called “bromelain” which may improve digestion and decrease bloating.

Spike the mix:
Add 1 shot (1.5 ounces) of rum. Adds 97 calories.

Nutrition Info:
Skinny Colada (6-ounces): 70 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 17g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 13g sugar, 1g protein, 2% vitamin A, 80% vitamin C, 4% calcium, 4% iron

Pre-made Piña Colada Mix, non-alcoholic (6-ounces): 270 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 65g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 63g sugar, 0g protein, 0% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 0% calcium, 0% iron

3) Cucumber Mojito (serving size: 6 ounces)
Yields 4 servings
2 cups seedless cucumber, partially peeled & sliced
2 cups cold water
1/2 cup fresh mint, loosely packed
1 lime, juiced
1 Tablespoon raw honey
Ice
Puree cucumber, water, mint, lime and honey in a blender until smooth. Pour over ice.

Nutrition Info:
Cucumber Mojito (6-ounces): 30 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 8g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 5g sugar, 1g protein, 4% vitamin A, 10% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 2% iron

Pre-made Mojito Mix (6-ounces): 160 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 40g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 40g sugar, 0g protein, 0% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 0% calcium, 0% iron

Cheers to your health:
- Each healthy cocktail has 5X fewer calories and 8X less sugar than traditional mojito mix.
- The skinny version includes cucumbers which contain a mineral called “silica” that may be beneficial for healthy hair, skin and nails. 

Spike the mix:
Add 1 shot (1.5 ounces) of rum. It adds 97 calories.

Dawn Jackson Blatner
 

First Published: Jun 6, 2011 5:32 AM CST

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