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10 Summer Smoothies That Double as Cocktails
Summer cocktails are oh so delicious, but not so waist friendly (some will set you back 500 calories). Solution: These 10 healthy summer smoothies have the nutrients of your favorite post-workout beverage, with a splash or two of spirits to liven up the party. Cheers to that!
Delightful E Made
Pina Colada Smoothie
If a blend of banana and pineapple doesn't immediately put you in vacation-planning mode, we don't know what will. Sip on this virgin smoothie for breakfast—use lite coconut milk to cut about two-thirds the fat and calories without sacrificing the thick, creamy consistency you're after—then add a little rum for happy hour.
Get the recipe: Delightful E Made
Tropical Peach Pineapple Slushies
While most frozen cocktails have loads of added sugar and syrups, this refreshing slushie, well, doesn't. Pairing peach schnapps with the fresh peach and pineapple only brings out the drink's natural flavors (to keep it virgin, swap the alcohol with pineapple or orange juice), and both fruits contain high levels of vitamin C.
Get the recipe: Averie Cooks
In Katrina's Kitchen
Triple Berry Frozen Smoothies
Layer your smoothie for a festive, patriotic vibe everyone will double tap on Instagram. This drink takes a bit longer to make (so save it for your next get-together), but the punch of protein you'll get from the Greek yogurt and the memory-boosting anthocyanin in the cherries make it worth it. The berry layers go well with sangria flavors, so try spiking it with white wine for a lighter sip. If you prefer a bit more bite, adding shandy to the white layer may be a better bet.
Get the recipe: In Katrina's Kitchen
Dessert Now Dinner Later
Mango Colada Mocktail
Sip your way to stronger, shinier hair with this twist on a traditional pina colada. Using mango as your main fruit provides a healthy dose of vitamin A, which helps produce sebum—a nutrient that keeps strands moisturized and promotes hair growth. Add a few ounces of rum to transition from mocktail to cocktail.
Get the recipe: Dessert Now Dinner Later
The Housewife in Training Files
Cucumber Tropical Green Smoothie
Stay hydrated while you sip this refreshing smoothie. While spinach gives the drink its green hue, the cucumber is loaded with water and B vitamins for a quick energy boost (add a shot of cucumber vodka to bring out its flavor). Pineapple sweetens up the taste and can help lower blood pressure, thanks to its high levels of potassium.
Get the recipe: The Housewife in Training Files
Brown Eyed Baker
Spike this slushie with peach schnapps and vodka, or enjoy it virgin-style with peach juice. Either way, you'll want to find a hammock to lie in while you slurp down the cancer-fighting lycopene found in watermelon.
Get the recipe: Brown Eyed Baker
Half Baked Harvest
Strawberry-Kiwi Mojito Smoothie
Kiwi gives this Paleo-friendly smoothie its vibrant green layer, and studies show eating more of the fruit could help improve your quality of sleep overall. Spike it with two ounces of rum or vodka—whichever flavor profile you prefer.
Get the recipe: Paleo Leap