summery green smoothie cocktail

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

summery green smoothie cocktail

Need a refreshing poolside, rooftop, patio, or backyard BBQ cocktail? Here you go! It’s basically a super good-for-you green smoothie … but spiked just right! Getting slightly tipsy never tasted so nutritious! It’s perfect for a summer weekend—or simply as an “adults only” accompaniment to Meatless Monday dinner. Healthy sipping!

Calories saved: 170

Why it’s better for you: Half the calories; twice the fun!

summery green smoothie cocktail

Yield: 2 cocktails

Serving Size: 8 ounces

summery green smoothie cocktail

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup ice cubes (about 5 large cubes)
  • 2 large fully-ripened organic peaches, unpeeled, pitted and cubed*
  • 1 cup chopped unpeeled organic English cucumber
  • 3/4 cup packed fresh organic baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 ounces 80-proof vodka (1/4 cup)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut nectar or honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

Instructions

  1. Add ice to a blender. Cover and crush. Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and puree well on high speed, at least 2 1/2 minutes.
  2. Pour into two cocktail glasses

Notes

Per serving: 160 calories. 0.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 23g total carbohydrate, 3g dietary fiber, 18g total sugars, 2g protein

*Peel peaches if (1) you're not using a high-speed blender, since peach skin may not puree well, or (2) you prefer a lovelier green color. But remember that there's fiber in the fuzzy skin, plus using it prevents food waste!

http://jackienewgent.com/2016/06/smoothie-cocktail/

The “Before” Version

Inspired by Greens ‘n Ginger™ Smoothie @ Jamba Juice

Per small serving: 330 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium 83g total carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, 66g sugars, 4g protein

 

Tasteover Tips

  • Scrub and use produce skins whenever possible. #nofoodwaste
  • For refreshing flair, don’t forget the fresh mint.
  • Go a little lighter on the alcohol (1 ounce instead of 1 1/2 ounces per cocktail). You’ll still get to enjoy an alcoholic drink, but without the extra calories … and with a better chance of being hangover-free!

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