Introducing Skinny Sips and the faux colada

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This week started out with some gorgeous 70-80 degree weather and It. Was. Heavenly. For two glorious days I was able to trade in my boots and sweaters for shorts and tank tops and flip flops and pretend it was summer. Once I got into summer mode I  immediately started dreaming about all the awesomeness that goes along with my favorite season: the long days, barbecues, camping trips and best of all, delicious fruity summery cocktails. Of course! 

Today the weather was back to cold and rainy, but too late for me. Mama wants a cocktail! And I'm not super picky...a margarita, a pina colada, a strawberry daiquiri -basically anything that would look appropriate with one of those adorable tiny umbrellas- would do me just fine. Well, fine except that most of those types of drinks have upwards of 400-500 calories apiece and ain't nobody got time (or extra room in the jeans) for that!

Pinterest has saved my butt over and over with everything from "how to wear booties without looking like a dumbass" to "please tell me what to make for dinner tonight with this pound of ground turkey" so I figured it would be a snap to log in and find  some worthy low cal substitutes for my favorite beverages. But nothing I found really fit the bill of exactly what I was looking for: fruity, tasty, makes-you-feel-like-you're-sitting-on-a-beach-in-Maui, and under 150 calories. Boo! Hiss! So now I'm on a mission -obviously- to create some cocktail yumminess sans the guilt. I kind of want to make it a thing: weekly if I have time, every couple weeks if things get crazy up in here. Either way, I give you.....

My first drink is super easy! Only 3 ingredients + ice and soooo good. The husband prefers dirty martinis and sipping pricey bourbon, but he still gave this one a thumbs up. So here we go! Ready?

1.5 oz Malibu Rum
1 Tbsp sugar free vanilla syrup
1/4 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup ice

Tips: If you're having trouble finding the sugar free vanilla syrup in your grocery store, try the coffee aisle. It hides in some strange places! Also, if you go for the convenience of canned pineapple chunks like I did, make sure you look for the kind packed in juice rather than syrup.

Directions: Blend until smooth, garnish if you feel the need and enjoy! 

You want to hear the best part about these faux coladas?? They're only 112 calories per serving. How awesome is that? Cheers to a great weekend!


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