Hungry Girl: My Low-Cal Mango Colada Will Be Your Go-To Summer Sipper

06/20/2016 at 02:55 PM ET

Hungry Girl
Lisa Lillien

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of eleven books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

It’s finally summer, so why wouldn’t you want to indulge in a huge frosty cocktail to celebrate? Here’s why: A standard restaurant piña colada has around 600 calories. YIKES!

RELATED: Hungry Girl: Try These Healthy Snacks Inspired by the New Summer Blockbusters

If you’re out and about, stick with one of these smart cocktail orders. But back on your own turf, blend up this fun twist on the classic piña colada.

Summer’s looking sweeter already! ‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl
Lisa Lillien
Mango Colada
Makes 1

3 tbsp. vanilla protein powder with about 100 calories per serving
¾ cup frozen mango chunks (no sugar added), slightly thawed
1 ½ oz. white rum
⅛ tsp. coconut extract
1 cup crushed ice (about 8 ice cubes)

Place all ingredients in a blender. Add 1/2 cup water, and blend at high speed until smooth, stopping and stirring if needed.
Entire recipe (about 16 oz.): 237 calories, 0.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 30mg sodium, 26g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 22g sugars, 10g protein

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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