We love the summer season and its invitation to enjoy patios, picnics, and impromptu backyard gatherings. But with it comes a range of new temptations to derail our health and healing - including beer, cocktails, cold pop and rich caffeinated beverages. So we turned to four of our favourite Holistic Nutritionists for inspiration on how to enjoy patio season while nourishing both our souls and our bodies. Below are five recipes for drinks so delicious you won’t feel like you’re missing out on the fun.
Whether you’re avoiding alcohol altogether, or just want to reduce your consumption, it’s way easier to skip the booze when you’ve got something tasty in your glass. Thankfully, Meghan Telpner has come to the rescue with an awesome mocktail recipe.
True to her word, it only takes five minutes to make. It calls for kombucha and we opted for a ginger flavor which was a nice addition to the ginger that’s in the mocktail mix. A word of warning: don’t shake the bottle. Ours got rattled around on the walk home which lead to a minor explosion when we opened it ;) If you don’t have access to kombucha or you’re not a fan, the drink will have plenty of flavour without it and you’ll still get some carbonation from the fizzy water that’s included. To make it feel even more cocktail-like, we suggest serving it in a wine or martini glass.
Iced Dandy Blend “Coffee”
If you read our post on coffee alternatives, you may remember us raving about Dandy Blend. Made of roasted roots of dandelion, chicory and beets, and the grains of barley and rye (with the gluten removed), it’s 100% caffeine-free and gluten free. Beyond the health benefits, we love that it’s super easy to make. Dandy Blend dissolves instantly in hot or cold water (unlike instant coffee, we promise it tastes good!) and doesn’t require any equipment – all you need is a mug! Plus, it’s super inexpensive. It only costs about 7 cents a cup.
Now that it’s summer, we’ve taken to drinking it iced. Because it dissolves in cold water, it doesn’t require the same preparation as iced coffee which needs to be made hot and then refrigerated. We’re not into super sweet things so we drink ours plain, however you could add your natural sweetener of choice. You could also have a latte-style drink by adding some form of milk (we suspect coconut would be pretty tasty).
There was a time when Kim would easily drink 2-3 cans of coke a day. Fortunately she’s kicked that habit, but there’s something about the scorching heat that makes a cold can of pop seem really tempting. Samantha Gladish of Holistic Wellness recently posted an incredibly simple, three-ingredient watermelon drink that is so naturally sweet and refreshing it’s making it easy for Kim to stick to her no-pop resolution.
While watermelon feels synonymous with summer, it’s a bit of a production to eat – the seeds, the rind, the sticky fingers. Not exactly the kind of thing you want to snack on while taking the subway to work in the morning! Turning it into a drink makes it way more convenient. Plus, the additional two ingredients – lemon and cayenne – rev up the health factor. This drink helps to boost your metabolism, supports the liver and helps your kidneys flush out excess toxins. It will last up to a week in a sealed jar so you can whip up a batch on the weekend and it’ll last you till Friday (assuming you don’t drink it all before then!)
Half a watermelon (5-6 cups)
1 teaspoon cayenne
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until well combined.
Lemonade needs a little something sweet to offset the tartness of lemons, but most store-bought brands go seriously overboard - a 20oz bottle of Minute Maid lemonade has the equivalent of 16 sugar cubes! Marni Wasserman has an awesome alternative that uses honey as a sweetener, plus you get some natural fruit sweetness from the berries she’s added.
We’re both huge lemon fans so we put in a little more than the recipe called for and it wasn’t too sour for us, but if you prefer things on the sweeter side you might want to stick to just one lemon. You could also add a little water (still or sparkling) if you wanted to dilute it. We used raspberries which are in season right now and it gave the drink a gorgeous colour. We followed the recipe and had the berries and ginger soak overnight in a mason jar, but if you decide to make it last minute we're sure you could skip that step.
While we have no problem saying no to Starbucks’ new “Cotton-Candy Frappuccino” (seriously, what is in one of those?), Kim does love a classic frappuccino. That said, the fact they have 50g of sugar(!!) has sent us looking for a healthier alternative especially since Kim has been working on cutting down her coffee intake.
Joy McCarthy’s “Mochaccino Extra Energy Smoothie” feels super decadent but the ingredients have all been carefully chosen to help give you a great start to the day. The first time we made it we followed the recipe exactly and used the recommended greens+. We’re not fans of the taste of greens+, so if you’re looking to find a way to make this supplement more palatable, this smoothie is a great option. You can still taste it, but it’s masked by the richness of the cacao powder and chocolate chips. The second time we made it we substituted the greens+ with ViraOne, a new supplement we’ve been using for the last couple months (in fact, we love it so much we’ve become official ambassadors).
Looking for more nutritional inspiration? Check out our guide to libido-boosting foods.
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