When you’re trying to eat healthy and lose weight, one major saboteur to your new lifestyle changes can be alcohol. You don’t want dining out and ordering a cocktail that’s mixed with a ton of sugary syrup and other calorie-laden ingredients to counteract all the hard work you’re doing to stay slim.
Never fear! You can still enjoy a few cocktails (in moderation,) especially when you make them yourself. Seeing the ingredients that actually go into your drink helps you avoid sneaky sugar-bombs and artificial ingredients that can make it harder to lose weight.
Give any of these six healthy and simple summer cocktails a try when you’re looking for a refreshing sipper that won’t sabotage your diet.
Nothing says summer like a margarita! But did you know the average frozen margarita you’d find at a restaurant usually contains at least 700 calories? This easy recipe has only six simple ingredients and HALF the calories. Plus, it’s a snap to make and tastes so delicious! Pair it with a low-cal Mexican meal and you’re ready for a healthified fiesta. Get the recipe >>
This sweet summer sipper is the perfect healthy cocktail for warm nights on the patio with friends. It can be made with either vodka or gin, depending on your preference. It takes just a few minutes to put together, and you can garnish it with fresh herbs or flowers of your choosing. This lightened up bevvie also serves up probiotics in the Kombucha, making it a guilt-free cocktail that’s as tasty as it is good for your gut! Get the recipe >>
The key to a good watermelon mojito? Fresh watermelon, obviously! This recipe is so easy to make and is the perfect refreshing beverage to serve up guests this summer. Plus, it calls for a little stevia simple syrup in place of high-calorie simple syrup. Compare that to some of the mojitos filled with flavored syrups you’d buy at a restaurant and you’re saving yourself some serious calories and sugar! Get the recipe >>
Summer is the perfect time for a nice Gin Fizz. This healthy, low-calorie version has so many layers of flavors, you might just become the new go-to mixologist among your group of friends! Pro tip: use English cucumbers if you can—they have fewer seeds. For the alcohol, Hendrick’s Gin has a subtle rose and cucumber flavor to it as-is that pairs very nicely with the other ingredients in this recipe. Get the recipe >>
Grapefruit is packed with antioxidants, and also lends a yummy citrus crispness to any cocktail! This simple summer beverage takes only a few fresh ingredients like grapefruit, mint, and lime, combined with a little rum. Shake some up for your next summer barbecue or get-together for natural drinks that are sure to please a crowd. Get the recipe >>
Swap sugary mixers for naturally sweet cranberry Kombucha in this tart, fizzy sipper! You can add a few drops of stevia for added sweetness, but it’s also perfectly balanced and subtly sweet already. Bonus? Kombucha is packed with probiotics, which are beneficial for your gut health. A tasty cocktail that’s good for you? That’s what we call a win-win. Get the recipe >>
What’s your favorite healthy summer sipper? Let us know in the comments!
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