smoothiesWhat's the first thing you crave when the weather warms up? Maybe it's a strawberry milkshake. Or a frozen pina colada? Maybe it's an extra-large smoothie that you're almost positive is good for you ... except wait, HOW MANY CALORIES does it have?!

I totally feel your pain.

I would happily suck down the majority of my summer meals through a straw -- except in most cases, that smoothie or shake is actually more likely to mess with bikini season than, say, a healthy lunch requiring the use of utensils.

Sigh. What's refreshing about that? Not much.

But here's something that IS refreshing: There are some amazingly delicious alternatives to your favorite summer sippers that won't derail your diet ...

Wrinkle-Fighting Smoothie

Yup, it fights wrinkles (Dr. Oz said so!), plus it's yummy and under 150 calories! Done.

Ingredients

Makes 2 servings

1 cup non-fat or low-fat chocolate milk
1/4 cup unsweetened green tea
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries
 
Directions

Pour chocolate milk, green tea and mixed berries into blender and blend until smoothie has reached desired consistency.

Pour smoothie into glass and serve cold.

Nutrition Facts

135 calories per serving, 6 g protein

Tropical Treat

Do you like Pina Coladas? Then you'll love these!
 
Ingredients
Serves 2
 
1/2 cup sparkling water
1/4 cup light coconut milk
1 cup diced mango
1 1/2 cups cubed pineapple
1 tblspon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh mint
2 tblspns agave
1 tspn orange zest
 
Directions
Pour all ingredients into a blender. Pour into two glasses.
 
Nutrition Facts

174 calories per serving, 1.9g fat
 

Kale-Apple Smoothie

Why eat your veggies when you can drink them?

Ingredients
Serves 1
 
3/4 cup chopped kale, ribs and thick stems removed
1 small stalk celery, chopped
1/2 banana
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup ice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
 
Directions
Pour all ingredients into a blender. Pour into two glasses.
 
Nutrition Facts
 

139 calories per serving, 1g fat

What's your favorite summer sipper?



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