BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Weight Watchers said in order to lose weight and keep it off, learning to enjoy the things we love is critical in keeping off weight long term. Here are a few beverage recipes:
Frozen Watermelon Virgin Margaritas
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 0 min
What better way to beat the heat than with a margarita? Try substituting other melon combos to create exotic flavors.
4 cup(s) fresh watermelon, chunks, seeds removed
7 Tbsp fresh lime juice, about juice of 4 limes
2 Tbsp sugar
4 cup(s) ice cube(s)
1/8 tsp table salt
1/2 medium fresh lime(s), cut into wedges for garnish
Instructions: Combine all ingredients, except lime wedges, in a blender; purée until smooth. Divide among 4 glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.
Prep time: 8 min
Cook time: 0 min
Cool off with this fruity shake on a hot spring or summer day. You can substitute any type of ripe fruit for the mango.
1 cup(s) plain fat-free yogurt
1 cup(s) water, ice cold
1 1/2 small mango(es), or 1 large mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 Tbsp sugar
2 piece(s) mint leaves
Instructions: Place all ingredients, except mint, in a blender; blend until smooth. Pour into 2 tall glasses. Top each with a mint leaf. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.
White or Red Sangria
Dissolve four packets of sucralose sweetener (such as Splenda) into 4 tablespoons of water. Pour into pitcher. Add slices of oranges, lemons, limes, peaches, plums or nectarines as well as grapes (for white wine sangria, red grapes; for red wine sangria, white). Add a bottle of red or white wine. Stir, then let sit. Before serving, top pitcher with a drizzle of club soda.
Mojito…Less than half the calories of a traditional margarita!!
Pour 3/4 of an ounce (about half a shot) fresh lime juice into a glass. Add one packet of sucralose sweetener (such as Splenda) and four or five mint leaves. Stir until the sweetener dissolves. Add a shot of light rum and several ice cubes. Top with 2 ounces club soda and a sprig of mint.
Whether you're opting for a healthy smoothie, a festive cocktail or a fruity drink for the entire family, there are easy ways to create your own signature drinks that are delicious and won't ruin your weight-loss plan. Below are a few ideas to help lighten up your favorite beverages:
For smoothies, combine yogurt with fat-free or low-fat milk.
Try adding soft tofu or non-fat Greek yogurt to your fruity blended shakes for a protein boost that will keep you satisfied longer.
Spruce up your favorite caffeine-free diet soda with a scoop of fat-free ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Add ice to fruit-based smoothies (before blending them) and to give them more volume.
If doing an adult beverage…try a festive Sangria or mix a citrus flavored soft drink with white wine with lots of ice to maximize a cocktail and make it fruity.
For more great ideas and recipes go to weightwatchers.com or stop in and visit a meeting for free.