No Booze, No Problem!

Healthy Year-Round Mocktails!

 

When trying to reach new weight loss and fitness goals, it is absolutely necessary to cut back or eliminate alcohol.  I know, not exactly what everyone wants to hear. I strongly believe in the 80/20 rule, but if you’re looking to achieve results fast, cutting out booze can make a huge difference.

 

I think the hardest part of giving up drinking is the habit of enjoying a glass of wine with dinner or sipping on some sparkling with friends. In my practice I’ve had the most success with clients by not just taking away alcohol, sugar, fried foods eat but replacing them with healthier options.

 

When you are on a strict diet or meal plan, it can be incredibly intimidating to meet up with friends knowing you won’t be partaking in having a few ‘sodas’. With these healthy, tasty, sippers, you won’t feel like your missing out one bit.  The best part is, you can sit, back, relax and laugh with your gals until your heart’s content and still make your 6:00 am spin class tomorrow feeling better than ever!

 

-Mocktail Recipes-

 

Iced Green Tea Mojito

Ingredients:

Yields 1 pitcher.

4 organic green tea bags

Juice of 1 lemon

2-3 drops of Stevia

2 cups of fresh mint

Instructions:

Boil 1 liter of water. Add tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow too cool. Once cooled place in a pitcher.  Place the mint on cutting board. Lightly pound mint and add it to the pitcher with the lemon juice and stevia. Serve with ice, garnish with mint sprig and store in the fridge.

 

 

Strawberry Basil Spritzer

Ingredients:

Yields 4 glasses.

1 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries

1 cup of basil

Juice from 1 large lime or 2 small

2 drops of stevia

Club soda

Instructions:

Mix lime juice with stevia and 1 cups of water. Divide strawberries and basil evenly between the glasses and muddle.  Add lime juice, soda, and ice. Mix well. Garnish with a strawberry.

 

 

Cucumber Kiwi Cooler 

Ingredients:

Yields 1 pitcher.

1/2 cucumber thinly sliced

2 Kiwis peeled and chopped

Juice from 4 limes

2 drops of stevia

Instructions:

Place kiwi and cucumber into the pitcher with a splash of water.  Muddle well. Add ice, club soda, and lime juice. Serve with lime wedge and kiwi slice.

 

 

 

Stomach Soothing Spritzer

Ingredients:

Yields 2 glasses.

1 bottle of GT’s Ginger kombucha

2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

Juice from 1 lemon

2 Cans of club soda

Option to add Stevia to taste

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients. Pour over ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.

 

 

Blueberry Lemonade

Ingredients:

Yields 1 pitcher.

3/4 cup of fresh lemon juice (usually about 4-6 lemons)

3-5 drops of stevia (or till preferred sweetness)

1 cup of blueberries

Water & Ice

Instructions:

Blend 2 cups of water with 1 cup of blueberries on high speed for about 40 seconds.  Strain blueberry mixture into a pitcher.  Add lemon juice, stevia and an additional 3 cups of water and ice.  Mix well and serve with lemon wedge and blueberries.

 

 

 

Watermelon Refresher

Ingredients:

Yields 1 pitcher.

4 cups of cubed watermelon

4 cups of water

1/2 cup of juice from fresh lemons (usually about 3-4 lemons)

1 cup of mint

Stevia to taste

Instructions:

Blend watermelon and 1 cup of water on high speed for around 40 seconds. Strain into pitcher.  Add lemon juice, stevia and mint. Muddle mint until fragrant.  Add remaining water, ice and mix well. Serve with lemon wedge and mint sprig.

 

 

 

Good Morning Mocktail

Ingredients:

Yields 1 pitcher.

1 bottle of GT’s Citrus Kombucha

1/2 litre of club soda

1 Grapefruit

1 Orange

2 cups of water

Ice

Instructions:

Peel grapefruit and orange and add to blender with 2 cups of water.  Blend on high speed for around 40 seconds.  Strain into a pitcher.  Add remaining ingredients. Mix well and serve with orange or grapefruit wedge.