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Kick back with these healthy recipes for nutritious cocktails that offer you a special little something to look forward to after your long day at work, and try the virgin cocktails if you plan to work out later at Gold's fitness gyms near you. These cocktails fit into diet plans because they make smart use of low-calorie ingredients. And when paired with healthy meals like shrimp ceviche that you can make with this linked recipe from the Mayo Clinic, you can dine like you are at a restaurant without the extra hidden calories found in restaurant fare. And for healthy snacks, consider serving fresh fruit kabobs or hummus and veggies with your cocktails.
Power Cocktails
Cheers to summer! Healthy drinks are having a moment. Here are five scrumptious and nutritious cocktails from Health.com.

Roman Holiday
After a big meal, sip this for better digestion. Bitters and star anise are natural tummy soothers.

Ingredients: Campari, grapefruit juice, star anise agave nectar (recipe below), bitters, grapefruit slice

Star anise agave nectar: Bring 1/2 cup agave nectar and 4 star anise pods to a simmer. Let cool; strain and discard pods.

Calories: 224

Scarlet Fizz
The hibiscus tea in this drink may help lower blood pressure.

Ingredients: hibiscus-infused simple syrup (recipe below), gin, sparkling wine, star fruit slice

Hibiscus-infused simple syrup: Bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a simmer; cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add 4 hibiscus tea bags; let steep until cool. Strain; cover and keep chilled.

Calories: 183

Blue Virgin
This booze-free treat is loaded with memory-boosting antioxidants.

Ingredients: frozen wild blueberries, açaí juice, lime juice, agave nectar, lime-flavored seltzer, lime slice

Calories: 203

Minty Sake
Watching your waist? This ginger-and-mint combo is low-cal and eases bloat.

Ingredients: mint, ginger, ice, sake, pear nectar

Calories: 111

Citrus Drop
Citrus zest is packed with essential oils that help fight the growth of bacteria.

Ingredients: infused four-citrus vodka (or any other citrus-flavored vodka; recipe below), orange or blood orange juice, Prosecco, citrus peels, orange slice

Infused four-citrus vodka: Pour one 750 ml bottle vodka into a 1 1/2-liter glass jar with lid. Wash rinds of 1 small Rio Star grapefruit, 1 tangerine, 1 Meyer lemon and 2 key limes. Slice fruit; add to vodka. Seal; store in a cool, dark, dry place. Infuse 3 to 5 days, shaking once a day. Strain through a coffee filter into a new bottle.

Calories: 167

You can find healthy recipes for just about all of your favorite high-calorie food and drinks these days with a simple internet search. Add options to your diet plan by experimenting with the recipes you find, including these delicious drinks made with lush ingredients like wild blueberries and hibiscus-infused simple syrup. With more variety, having healthy meals and snacks that truly satisfy you is an effortless task. And keeping healthy snacks on hand in your home and in your car helps you stave off hunger while out and about, and after workouts at your local Gold's Gym.

Use these healthy recipes for cocktails when throwing your next party, and you'll get rave reviews not only for their flavor, but also for their calorie-saving qualities. You may have a diet plan, but no one will know when you serve these cocktails with delicious dips that substitute ricotta cheese for high-calorie sour cream, like this Lemon Thyme Whipped Ricotta Dip from EatingWell.com. And for healthy meals for more formal dinner parties, stick to lean meats and farm fresh vegetables using spices and herbs to flavor your food, as opposed to cream sauces and butter. For appetizers and healthy snacks, WebMD.com suggests making vegetables the star of your tablescape by cutting them into fun shapes or offering them on skewers.