On hot summer days when I'm outside relaxing (or sweating to death in the name of getting a tan), there's nothing that I want more than a nice cold drink. What's my go-to? A piña colada. They're easy to make and literally taste like summer. Taking a sip is like instantly being teleported to a private island and having cabana boys fan you with giant leaves. I love them. But, with the creamy-alcoholy goodness comes TONS of calories.
My piña colada and boyfriend's margarita from a Mexican restaurant last weekend! Creamy and SO delicious!
To combat this problem (because no one want to look bloated in a bikini), I have searched high and low for the perfect skinny piña colada recipe. I came across Love and Zest's recipe and it sounds delicious. Most skinny recipes that I found were boring, a little pineapple juice and a little rum. But this one has the creamyness, thanks to vanilla Greek yogurt and light coconut milk, with WAY less calories. It's a win-win! I've included the recipe below:
makes 2-3 servings
3 cups frozen cubed pineapple
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut rum
1 cup ice, add as needed
2 tablespoons flaked coconut, for topping
Place ingredients into blender, and pulse until smooth. If needed, slowly add ice and process until smooth. Pour pina colada into chilled glasses and top with coconut flakes if desired.
Note: If going Virgin or making a breakfast smoothie, sub in coconut water for the rum.
I would definitely garnish with the coconut flakes, but maybe add a chunk of pineapple or a maraschino cherry as well. I'm so excited to try this recipe and feel a little less guilty about indulging in my summer fav.
What's your favorite summer drink?