Non-Alcoholic, Fruit-Based Strawberry Margaritas (Vegan, Paleo)

I am in awe of this recipe.

Non-Alcoholic, Fruit-Based Strawberry Margaritas (Vegan, Paleo)

Who would have thought that you could take fruit and make it taste like an actual margarita? Not me.

This recipe actually came about by accident after a failed smoothie attempt.

I’ve been playing around with it for about a year or more, waiting for the ‘right’ time to share it, which would seem to be now as the weather heats up and cold drinks and smoothies are more appealing.

To be honest, I’m not now and have never been a big drinker, though I do get the occasional desire for a mimosa.

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We all have a few college stories, I’m sure, that revolve around stupidity, vodka-infused watermelons, and seeing your breakfast come up in the bathtub, but I think that goes without saying (or reliving, for that matter). P.s. I couldn’t eat oatmeal for months after said incident. ;-)

My time for such occurrences was very short-lived, however, as fitness, health, and sleep took a front seat to debaucherous partying and liver-destroying cocktails.

That’s why I love this recipe!

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It combines the healthy girl I want to be with the occasional craving I want to satisfy.

While my sporadic alcoholic urges typically revolve around champagne, I never overlook the allure of a fruity, icy concoction, probably because they often end up tasting more like a dessert than something containing alcohol.

And who would turn down a good, healthy strawberry dessert? Not me.

Non-Alcoholic, Fruit-Based Strawberry Margaritas (Vegan, Paleo)
 
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Serves: 2 small drinks
Ingredients
  • ½ ruby red grapefruit, including a good amount of the white pith
  • ½ large sweet red apple, Gala or Fuji are both good options
  • ¼ c. 100% organic apple juice
  • 1 c. cold water
  • 1 (healthy) c. frozen strawberries
  • 2 t. honey or maple syrup
  • stevia, if a sweeter drink is desired
  • 2-3 ice cubes, if you like it a bit 'frostier'
Instructions
  1. Blend all until smooth, adding a bit of stevia or more honey/maple syrup if you desire a sweeter drink.
Notes
Nutrition facts based on using honey. WW points (new system): 3
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ of recipe Calories: 95 Fat: 0.1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Unsaturated fat: 0.1 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 24.8 g Sugar: 20.6 g Sodium: 5 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 0.4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Notes:

As stated in the recipe, add in a dash or two of stevia (or a bit more sweetener) to enhance the sweetness (I do!).

The key, in my opinion, for this recipe is the white pith from the grapefruit…

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…it adds that certain alcoholic ‘je ne sais quoi’ that really makes you feel like you’re at your favorite Mexican food restaurant or on some tropical vacation in the Caribbean.

What are your favorite alcoholic drinks?

If any of you try this recipe, I’d love to know what you think, so please drop me a comment. :-)

 

Friday Finds

1. Avocado Friendship Necklaces

If you’re an avocado lover, like myself, you might get as googly-eyed over these cute charm necklaces as I did!

Avocado Necklace Best Friend Set - BFF Necklaces - Avocado Halves - 2 Necklaces

If I had a female BFF, I would totally buy these for us! Too adorable not to share. :-)

2. Frozen Berries, Anyone?

Lately, I’ve been enjoying various frozen fruits straight from the bag…

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It’s a great low-calorie, sugar-free way to get a sweet fix.

Blueberries are my favorite, and sometimes I mash them in with my Homemade Coconut Milk and some stevia for a kind of slushy treat!

3. Tea Tree Oil

After a recent salon visit, my hair stylist used an invigorating shampoo and conditioner on my scalp that I really enjoyed! She told me it was something new that contained tea tree oil…

Now Foods Tea Tree Oil 4 oz

Though I am familiar with the oil for skin uses, I did a bit of research on its effect on hair and found it to be helpful for hair and scalp issues including dandruff, slow growth, and lice, so I’ve started adding a few drops to my normal shampoo to achieve that same delightful ‘tingle’. :-)

4. Detangling Brush

My daughters have been asking me to buy them the trendy detangling brush seen on such TV stations as Nickelodeon and Disney, but after viewing the $15 price tag, I did a bit of research on other, lower priced substitutes and found this much cheaper alternative for about $4.

We bought it, and it’s been working great for us, granted I haven’t tried its more expensive counterpart. I just wanted to let those looking for such a brush know that you don’t need to spend that much. :-)

5. Face Mask

My latest face mask is a kind of abbreviated version of this Detox Face Mask, in that it contains both turmeric and honey (two of my favorite skin care ingredients!).

 

I just mix a spoonful of each turmeric and raw honey with enough fresh lemon juice (vitamin C!) to get everything smooth and leave it on my face for about 30-45 minutes while I clean or cook.

I’ve been enjoying this one after laying in the sun, and it helps with any redness or dryness I may incur.

What new thing have you discovered lately?

What I Ate Wednesday (4/15/15)

Breakfast

Lately, my pregnancy nausea has returned with a vengeance, so I’ve been having my breakfast a bit later in the morning. This day, I tried something new and made a chocolate cherry walnut smoothie…

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…this was incredible! I didn’t need banana or avocado to achieve a thick, creamy consistency, and the sweetness was spot on! Definitely going to have to share this soon!

Snack/Lunch

After some shopping at Old Navy with my two girls, I came home and made myself a substantial salad…

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I had a recent episode where I may have ingested some ‘bad’ chicken, so I’ve had an aversion to it since, but this baby was still filling!

A combination of green leaf lettuce along with a dark green spring mix was mixed with red cabbage, grated carrot, cucumber, radishes, and red bell pepper. I topped the salad with a sprinkle of feta cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries and then doused it in a simple apple cider vinaigrette dressing.

A bit later, I made myself a cheese crisp…

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…using my Homemade Tortillas and raw milk cheddar cheese.

Another Snack

Before heading to the gym this day, I had a large navel orange along with a few pickles (pregnant girl’s BFF!)…

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Dinner

Dinner was a mix of leftovers and remakes…

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I had some lemon mint quinoa in the fridge from a few meals back, so I paired that with my Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo, a handful of green peas, and a sprinkle of fresh (er, not moldy) basil.

Quinoa pairs surprisingly well with this sauce!

Dessert

For dessert I indulged in a couple of my No-Bake Cookies and Cream Bars

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Such a great way to end the night!

What have you been eating this week?

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