It has been nearly 2 1/2 years since I last had more than a sip of alcohol due to close pregnancies and now breastfeeding, but there are times where i am just craving a fruity cocktail. So it was great when I opened up the July issue of Self magazine and saw these fantastic ones. These would also be great for those of us trying to lose weight as not only are they low in calories, they are also chock full of fruit and antioxidants.
All recipes by Jennifer Iserloh, from Self Magazive, July 2008
serves 4 – 110 calories, 3.4g fat per serving
Blend 4 cups of cubed watermelon, 2 cups cubed papaya, 1 cup light coconut milk, 2 tbs orange zest and 1 cup ice cubes until smooth.
South Pacific Mojito
serves 4 – 90 calories, 0.1g fat per serving
Boil 1 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar and two 6 inch pieces of lemongrass. Allow to cool and puree in a blender until lemongrass begins to shred. Strain and return to blender. Add 1/2 cup cubed fresh pineapple, 1 cup each fresh lemon and lime juice, 1 cup sparkling water and 1/4 cup thinly sliced mint. Blend until smooth; serve over ice.
Green Iced Tea
serves 4 – 107 calories, 0.3g fat per serving
Boil 3 cups water. Add 6 green tea bags and steep for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags; cool tea. Pour into a blender; blend with 1 cup cubed honeydew melon, 1 cup peeled and quartered kiwifruit, 1/4 cup honey and 1/2 cup mint until smooth. Serve over ice.