As the weather warms up, more of us will be sitting outside with a nice, cold drink; but did you know you can switch out sugar-filled, calorie-laden summer drinks for healthy and fruity beverage options?
Nancy Willhoite of the Weight Watchers has a few recipes to consider, such as Frozen Watermelon Virgin Margarita, a Mango Shake and even some adult beverages, like Sangria and Mojitos.
Whether you’re opting for a healthy smoothie, a festive cocktail or a fruity drink for the entire family, there are easy ways to create your own signature drinks that are delicious and won't ruin your weight-loss plan.
Below are a few ideas to help lighten up your favorite beverages:
In order to lose weight and keep it off, learning to enjoy the things we love is critical in keeping off our weight long term. Here are a few beverage recipes:
Frozen Watermelon Virgin Margaritas
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 0 min
Serves : 4
What better way to beat the heat than with a margarita? Try substituting other melon combos to create exotic flavors.
Combine all ingredients, except lime wedges, in a blender; purée until smooth. Divide among 4 glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.
Prep time: 8 min
Cook time: 0 min
Cool off with this fruity shake on a hot spring or summer day. You can substitute any type of ripe fruit for the mango.
Place all ingredients, except mint, in a blender; blend until smooth. Pour into 2 tall glasses. Top each with a mint leaf. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.
White or Red Sangria
Dissolve four packets of sucralose sweetener (such as Splenda) into 4 tablespoons of water. Pour into pitcher. Add slices of oranges, lemons, limes, peaches, plums or nectarines as well as grapes (for white wine sangria, red grapes; for red wine sangria, white). Add a bottle of red or white wine. Stir, then let sit. Before serving, top pitcher with a drizzle of club soda.
Mojito…Less than half the calories of a traditional margarita!!
Pour 3/4 of an ounce (about half a shot) fresh lime juice into a glass. Add one packet of sucralose sweetener (such as Splenda) and four or five mint leaves. Stir until the sweetener dissolves. Add a shot of light rum and several ice cubes. Top with 2 ounces club soda and a sprig of mint.
For more ideas and recipes go to weightwatchers.com.
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