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Is there anything better than a frozen drink on a hot sunny day while lounging at the pool?  

It just screams: SUMMER!  

But did you ever read the label on some of those drink mixes (high fructose corn syrup, yellow 5, blue 1, etc.)  Yuck!  

I think I found my dietitian mission: to create a healthy, great-tasting frozen cocktail without all the unnecessary artificial colors, flavors and sugar.  It’s a tough job but someone has to do it…

Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy blueberries, strawberries, peaches and mangos, but sometimes you just can’t finish what you bought at the store or farmer’s market.  For years, I’ve been freezing my leftover fresh fruit to use in yogurt smoothies, but until recently, I never tried using frozen fruit in my cocktails and I am so glad I did.

To freeze your own fruit, make sure to wash thoroughly and then pat dry the excess water with a paper towel.  If it has a peel like peaches, remove the skin and slice into wedges.  Lay on a flat surface for about an hour then put into a tightly sealed Ziploc bag and save in your freezer until you are ready to use.

When my favorite fresh fruit is out of stock or out of season, I run over to the frozen food aisle.  Frozen fruit is packed at the peak of freshness and retains more nutrients than many of those fruits sitting around the fresh fruit aisle.

Who knew a Strawberry Daiquiri can be (a little) good for you?

Whether you start fresh or frozen, your favorite drink is never more than a blender away.  In moderation, alcohol can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes and many of your favorite fruits like kiwi, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry are rich in antioxidants and other important nutrients.

The best part of a frozen cocktail is they take longer to drink and provide natural fiber from the fruit that will fill you up and keep you from overeating and over-drinking your calories.  So reach out and grab that bottle of rum gathering dust in your liquor cabinet and start trying some of these delicious fresh fruit cocktail recipes.  Be mindful about the sugar, if the fruit is really good you shouldn't need any added sugar at all.