Lovely Low-Cal Piña Colada

Coconut water instead of cream cuts the calories.

by: Paula Roy

I don’t know about you, but whenever I smell anything with coconut in it, I’m instantly transported to a warm, tropical beach. The same applies to the sight of a pina colada, one of my favourite vacation indulgences when I venture south. I have to admit, though, that pina coladas can sometimes overly sweet and filling, making them not an ideal choice when I’m craving something refreshing. My solution? A three ingredient pina colada makeover that’s so delicious, it’s hard to believe it’s low in calories! One of the things I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t have any ice in it, so the flavour of the drink doesn’t get diluted as you sip it.

Lovely Low-Cal Piña Colada


2/3 cup chilled, unsweetened coconut water

6 – 8 tbsp chilled premium vodka or rum *

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

* my new favourite is Bob’s Super Smooth Vodka, which is made from whey rather than grain or potatoes. It’s gluten-free and has a really mild flavour, perfect for this cocktail!


Put all the ingredients in a blender and process until frothy and smooth.

Makes 2 delicious, refreshing cocktails.

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One ingredient swap means you can enjoy this summer drink guilt-free.

Paula Roy readily admits that she’s obsessed with food. Typically, it’s the first thing she thinks of in the morning and the last of the day as well. She recognizes that not everyone shares her passion for cooking, so she channels much of her enthusiasm into creating family-friendly recipes that are easy to prepare and yield delicious results.

Although her husband and kids are eager taste testers, Paula knows she’ll eventually be paying for their therapy thanks to her constant cries of, “don’t touch that plate, I haven’t taken a photo yet!”

Paula loves to travel and explore whatever culinary treasures a destination has to offer. In addition to leading cooking classes and making frequent TV appearances, she’s also a busy freelance writer and serves as the food editor of popular style magazine Ottawa At Home. In addition to her contributions for YMC, you can also follow Paula’s edible adventures through her blog, Constantly Cooking, and keep up with her daily kitchen antics on Twitter and Instagram (@paulajroy).