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summery green smoothie cocktail
by Jackie Newgent | June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
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!
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
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.
Pour into two cocktail glasses
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!
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
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!