July 10 is National Piña Colada Day!
We love food holidays around here, especially when they are in honor of delicious cocktails that make us feel like we're on vacation, even if we're just camping out on the sofa, sucking up some a/c while catching up on some R&R.
Of course, the problem with booze is that it can be high in calories, which sucks for those of us trying to eat healthier. And the thing about the piña colada in particular is that even the virgin version is loaded with sugar and calories.
Luckily for you, we found 13 skinny treats that will let you celebrate this delicious cocktail's creamy goodness with a fraction of the guilt.
Enjoy a taste of the tropics first thing in the morning with this protein smoothie from Sara's Home Life. Pineapple and coconut extract enhance the typical strawberry-banana combination.
The food blogger behind Will Cook for Smiles had a craving for a soda float, but how to make a skinny version that wouldn't be loaded with calories? Well, luckily for all of us, there's Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple Water — zero calories — to which she added coconut frozen yogurt.
Lazy bakers, rejoice! Skinnytaste's recipe calls for a box of yellow cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple. That's it! No eggs, oil or butter needed! Prep time is not even 10 minutes.
Healthy Delicious whipped up a healthy version of coconut shrimp with piña colada sauce, after having to pass on the typically calorie-laden dish at a restaurant. She shaved off almost 350 calories and 43 grams of fat per serving. Not too shabby, indeed!
Yvonne, the food blogger behind Tried and Tasty, is a huge virgin piña colada fan. But she has to keep it to just one a day when she's on vacation because of all the sugar. So she concocted this agua fresca with no artificial colors, soda, sherbet or ice cream. All you need are two ingredients: pineapple & coconut water. It doesn't get any easier than that.
Kiran Tarun says the key to her recipe's deliciousness is the pure coconut milk — either from the coconut itself or from a can. Don't use coffee creamers, she warns, because it won't work!
All these smoothies and sweet treats are great, but what about the booze? Well, thanks to coconut water, this particular recipe developed by Taste Nirvana and put to the test by Hello Natural is just 115 calories and extra hydrating. Hello Natural borrows the recipe from Taste Nirvana.
The Emerging Foodie had us at whiskey, as in coconut whiskey sauce. We completely agree that booze plus dessert equals pure brilliance. She opts for light coconut milk and, instead of adding both whole milk and whipping cream, uses half and half. Most notably, however, she foregoes butter for coconut oil. Genius. Delicious, delicious genius.
If you want to make this recipe from Sugar-Free Mom all you need are two ingredients: a can of crushed pineapple and a can of light coconut milk. Bam, ice cream!
You can satisfy your craving for a taste of the tropics any time you like with one of these refreshing popsicles from Skinny Ms. They really hit the spot, especially on a hot day or after a grueling workout.
Wonky Wonderful whips up this filling granola recipe that includes vanilla, coconut and pineapple.
Believe it or not, these muffins are healthy. One Sweet Mess uses Greek yogurt, coconut oil, whole wheat flour, crushed pineapple and dried pineapple. Talk about starting your day right!