Show me the cocktails! This is like my dream come true, only paying half price too much. Some people dream of being gazillionaires – I dream of free cocktails and also of being a millionaire. So I’m not that different than the rest of the world.
Except one time I arrived 15 minutes before the end of a happy hour and ordered 2 cocktails at once. For myself. Now you might think that’s embarrassing. But the question is: “Is it really embarrassing?”. And the only right answer is NO. It’s genius. Einstein would do the same.
But let’s get back to last week. Since I don’t drink alcohol or at least I avoid it now, I just drank a Virgin Colada. And a Virgin Strawberry Colada. If you’re going to order happy hour cocktails, do it right. You can’t just order one.
Maybe it was all the excitement, but the cocktails tasted a little..well, different. Might be that it was the first day of the new bartender, might as well be the fact that they used buttermilk and not cream in my colada, or it might be the fact that the happy hour had the alt name: Leftover Thursday. This would at least explain the slice of lemon in my Virgin Colada.
Not hating on the happy hour though. Whatever I was drinking was not a Virgin Colada, and definitely not a Strawberry Colada, but was not bad. It was slightly less sweeter, which I loved and it was just something different. That new bartender was pushing the leftover boundaries and blowing everyone’s mind with those leftover cocktails.
Needless to say I came home inspired. I’ve got leftovers. Lots of leftovers. And I even have real fruits and vegetables – not store bought juices and syrups. Next morning I made the best and probably healthiest Virgin Strawberry Colada with a tiny twist. For breakfast. Turned out to be super delicious, that new bartender has got some competition now.
BEAUTY AND HEALTH BENEFITS
This strawberry colada is probiotic, gluten-free, vegetarian, sugar-free and practically loaded with good stuff. I must admit I didn’t really use leftovers. But this colada is a great way to use up some yogurt, that you might be having a hard time finishing, and of course fruits like bananas, oranges and lemons.
This smoothie is loaded with fiber, vitamin C, probiotics and this is how they improve your skin:
- fiber is important for getting rid of waste and toxins in your colon. These make your skin dull and dry
- vitamin C is required for the production of collagen and for the absorption of the antioxidant Selenium and beauty mineral iron. You can read more on the benefits of vitamin C for beauty here.
- the probiotics come from yogurt. Thanks to the kind-hearted bacteria (probiotics) inside, yogurt improves your immune system. These adorable bacteria can do some great stuff inside the gut like enhance digestion and absorption of nutrients – great news for your skin. The skin hates toxins and loves vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals from the plant ingredients of this smoothie.
On top yoghurt is a great source of calcium, zinc, proteins and vitamin B12 – all of which are important for the maintenance of beautiful skin, strong nails and hair. I must admit I am not a big yogurt eater and maybe that’s the reason my hair is – as my hair dresser likes to point out at our annual appointment – dehydrated. And now I’m starting to incorporate yogurt everywhere I can – in sauces, smoothies, on my face.
YOU CAN ALSO USE THIS SMOOTHIE ON YOUR FACE
And just in case you’re wondering – yes, I did put a spoonful of this smoothie on my face as a facial mask. Then of course I went to a masquerade ball in the hope to meet my prince charming, wearing a mask of my avocado dill dip and to dance the night away together. No luck there, but my skin was radiating after washing it off.
- 1 lemon
- 1 orange
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1 cup strawberries (frozen)
- 2 bananas (medium)
- 3 cups water
- Option 1 (more fiber, more pulp): Peel and chop all fruits and vegetables. Put all ingredients into a blender/food processor and blend for around 1-2 minutes until very smooth. If the mixture is too thick for you, add more water.
- Option 2 (less fiber, less pulp): Juice lemon and orange. In a food processor/blender add yogurt, strawberries, lemon and orange juice, bananas and water. Blend everything together until smooth. Add more water if too thick.