It's almost Summer! That means a lot more people are going to be spending more time outside in the hot sun as they soak up some Vitamin D and Vitamin G(reen) from all of the beautiful lush greenery. With that though, comes a lot more thirsty people and you and I both know, that given the option, a good handful of those people would rather opt for their local bar for patio drinks than to rehydrate with water!
It's so important that we're staying hydrated, especially in this heat. There are many negative implications of being dehydrated or not drinking enough water (and on the other hand, there are so many positive benefits to fueling up on water!)
It's said that even when we're 1% dehydrated, our metabolism slows, which is responsible for converting food into energy and burning energy!
Other negative effects of not drinking enough water include:
As you can see, water is super important! It's probably the one health topic I introduce in almost all of my talks, workshops and programs. In fact, 5 Ways I Detox Every Daybefore my feet even touch the floor in the morning, the first thing I do is drink a huge glass of water to flush all of the metabolic waste that's produced during the night. Staying hydrated is probably one of the most effective health tips I can recommend if you're looking to make a simple change. A good "bang for your buck" as they say!
Then of course, there's the negative health effects of alcohol to consider.
Did you know that alcohol burns up your B vitamins which are responsible for converting food into fuel and maintaining energy levels?
Some people that have caught onto this make a point of taking a B-complex before bed when they've been drinking! Clever, but not an excuse to overdo it on the alcohol front.
Now I don't expect you to sip only on water all summer long. Living a healthy joyous life shouldn't feel restrictive and boring. That's why the Joyous Team and I have come together to bring you 6 healthy, easy and delicious non-alcoholic mocktails!
We had so much fun creating and taste-testing these. If only they served these at the local patio bar! These mocktails aren't just for summer either. Really, anyone can enjoy them, but especially those who don't want to drink alcohol for health reasons or pregnant and nursing mama's (you're looking at one – a nursing mama, that is!) I lived off of drinks like this when I was pregnant with V though, especially my Chia Seed Blueberry Drink and Infused Water which naturally ended up in my book, Joyous Detox!
I think you guys are going to love these!
6 Easy and Delicious Non-Alcoholic Mocktails
Raspberry Strawberry Basil Spritzer
The Inspiration: I created this because I absolutely LOVE the freshness of the berries and the sparkling water combined together. Drinking this doesn't make me feel like I'm missing out on anything ie. bubbly alcohol :)
Iced Tea Trio
The Inspiration: We love sipping on tea at Joyous HQ, but what a lot of people don't realize is that simply chilling them by putting them on ice makes a perfect summer-inspired drink! I am sipping on the Joyous Rejuvenate tea as we speak and it always blows my mind how simple, delicious and refreshing this is! These 3 iced tea recipes are perfect to serve at a Summer BBQ to stay hydrated while enjoying the sun and are also very wallet-friendly to throw together!
Rose Berry Fizz
The Inspiration: Walker created this because he's all about testing out unusual pairings. Rosemary lends a very distinctive flavour to the drink which is nicely balanced by the subtlety of the blueberries and honey. Not that you have to, but IF you wanted to make this into a traditional cocktail, it would pair wonderfully with your favourite Gin :)
Flavour-Infused Water Three Ways
Recipe: Find the Strawberry Cucumber Basil, Rosemary Lemon and Orange Mint Water recipes on pg. 155 in Joyous Detox!
The Inspiration: Since some people don't drink enough water or simply don't enjoy the taste of water, adding fruits, vegetables or herbs serves as a great and inexpensive way to get people drinking more water which will ultimately help them feel more energized and get them detoxing more effectively.
Mixed Berry Kombucha Mojito
The Inspiration: Rachel created this drink as she is a huge lover of kombucha (and conveniently had a fresh homemade batch at home) and loves integrating healthy habits into "everyday indulgences". This is a super easy mocktail to throw together but offers a lot of "WOW" factor – especially when you explain to your guests how you "muddled" the berries and mint to make this beautiful creation!
Chia Seed Blueberry Drink
Recipe: Find the Chia Seed Blueberry Drink, Chia Seed Orange Kombucha and Chia Seed Ginger Lemon Drink recipes on pg. 133-134 in Joyous Detox!
The Inspiration: We love chia seeds, whether we're sprinkling them in a smoothie, Chocolate Chia Mousse(pg. 252 in Joyous Detox) or in these hydrating fruity chia beverages!
What are some of your favourite healthy drinks to sip on?