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LifeScape Recipes: Mocktails

Healthy alternatives to your favorite alcoholic beverages! 

Mocktails

Healthier options for your favorite alcoholic beverages. These non-alcoholic mocktails make virgin drinks just as tasty as the real thing. 

An increasing number of non-alcoholic wines, beers, and cocktail mixers are available but we feel about these the same we feel about artificial sweeteners. They are really helpful initially but the ultimate goal is to transition to a different habit and healthier “treats”. Below are a few mocktail recipes to get you started on your path to healthier choices. Keep in mind when creating a mocktail, it really helps to add fun garnishes, such as:

  • Fruit wedge or spiral peel
  • Melons cut into fun shapes 
  • Cucumber slices 
  • Celery
  • Lime slices on pick w/raspberries 
  • Edible flowers (alone or frozen in ice cubes)
  • Lavender 
  • Basil or mint leaves 

Mocktail Recipes:

Crisp & Cool Strawberry Kombucha (single serving):

In a shaker, blender or or tall glass muddle together the following:
  • 3 strawberries
  • 3 mint sprigs 
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp honey (optional - try without first)

Then top with:

  • Crushed ice 
  • Organic Ginger or Berry Kombucha
And garnish with a mint sprig!
 

Healthy Sparkling Mojito (4 servings):

  • 2 cups iced peppermint tea
  • 3 tbs honey (optional) 
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes juice and zest
  • 3 oranges or blood oranges juiced
Add all items to the blender to combine. Then fill glasses half full and top with:
  • Sparkling water (Spindrift, Topo Chico or citrus flavored Pellegrino or LaCroix)
  • Garnish with mint sprig or citrus wedge
 

Watermelon Green Tea Refresher (4 servings):

  • 1 & 1/2 cup iced green tea
  • 4 cup chilled, cubed, seeded watermelon 
  • 3 tbs fresh lemon juice

Blend all in blender for ~1 minute. Pour into glasses and garnish w/lemon wedge.

 

Quality of life improvements & reasons to cut back your alcohol intake:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain, heart, GI health
  • Hormone issues or diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Weight management
  • Improved sleep & mood
  • Money
  • Relationships, role-modeling for kids and grandkids

Some secrets to building new habits:

  •    Set a manageable time chunk 60-100 days
  •    Get clear on your why/intention
  •    Identify cues, triggers, cravings
  •    Come up with alternative responses to situations or triggers 
  •    Seek support - make it public 
  •    Create environment for success (the new habit must be attractive, easy, satisfying, enjoyable)

"You do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your habits"

 

Signs you may have a problem with alcohol consumption: 

  •    You cannot wait until that next drink
  •    You are constantly thinking about the next drink
  •    You think of a drink as your daily reward 
  •    Alcohol is your crutch for negative feelings
  •    You feel you NEED a drink to relax or to have fun socially or fall asleep
  •    You cannot stop once you start
  •    Your drinking is causing health and/or relationship problems

Key takeaways to help make the switch to mocktails:

  • Make it a treat
  • Complex flavor balance of bitterness, acidity, sweetness, heat 
  • Keeping added sugars to a minimum

Gather the ingredients and mix along with LifeScape Nutritionist, Dana Bosselmann, & special guest Dr. Susan Wilder, LifeScape Founder & CEO, as they create these healthy & delicious mocktails [watch here]

Recipes

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