If you are anything like me, you like to stay fit but have a good time at night, too. I have the perfect answer for you. Below, I have some great (and healthy!) smoothie ideas that will be (almost) as healthy with a splash of spirits!
Girls night, game night, or movie night can be an empty calorie bomb after a few rounds of daiquiris, martinis, and wine. Those calories in alcohol really add up! But when you make a compromise to indulge with a little of your favorite liquor swirled around in your favorite homemade fruit and veggie-based smoothie, then you get to enjoy a little of everything.
Enjoy these five healthy smoothies paired with a splash of somethin’!
Strawberry Whopper +Coconut rum
Strawberries, spinach, cacao powder, and coconut rum?! Somebody stop me! I am dead serious–this smoothie with a bit of rum is so delicious, and completely guilt free. Since this recipe, created by Nutritious America, already calls for coconut water, it is not that much of a stretch to imagine it with coconut rum instead. To avoid the smoothie becoming too watery, substitute half a cup of the coconut water for the rum instead. Voila! Delicious.
Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie +Brandy
Banana and strawberries, flaxseed, protein powder, and brandy? Now we’re talking! Substitute half of the coconut milk with your favorite bourbon (less if you don’t like a strong flavor, of course) and you truly have a dessert smoothie on your hands.
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie +Vodka
Greek yogurt, banana, strawberries, kiwi, and vodka sound like a summer’s day in heaven, am I right? The great news is that Pinnacle makes a strawberry kiwi vodka, so to really increase the tastiness of this concoction, go for the flavored stuff.
Green Tea Power Smoothie +Vanilla vodka
Banana, coconut milk, avocado, protein powder, and matcha. Add a bit of vanilla vodka and you have a much healthier mixed drink than even your bartender can imagine. To increase the thickness go half and half with the coconut milk and vodka, or add a bit more protein powder. This one sounds zen enough for one of those beer and wine yoga nights.
Rainbow Smoothie +Rum
First of all, let’s talk about how delicious rainbow smoothies are. Strawberries, raspberries, mango, spinach, milk, yogurt, the list goes on and on! I have found that the best alcohol to match up with exotic fruits (like mangoes) and berries is rum. I would recommend sticking to clear rum, and nothing flavored. Substitute half of a cup of rum instead of the skim milk, but keep the yogurt! The consistency will not be affected, and the nutritional benefits are still there in full! Sip up!
Enjoy! Your next girls night is going to be as healthy as it is fun!
April 7th, 2014