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Jun 11, 2017 BY Joy McCarthy

6 Easy and Delicious Non-Alcoholic Mocktails

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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:

  • Fatigue, tiredness and a feeling of lethargy
  • Impaired elimination of toxins through the skin (which can lead to premature wrinkling, dermatitis, psoriasis, andeczema)
  • Constipation
  • Dull or dry skin
  • Puffiness or swelling 
  • Joint pain or stiffness
  • Weight gain
  • Premature aging
  • Elevated blood pressure 
  • Digestive disorders such as ulcers, gastritis, and acid reflux 

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

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • handful of fresh basil
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Juice strawberries and raspberries in a juicer
  2. Divide the juiced strawberries and raspberries equally amongst two glasses and top with sparkling water
  3. Add ice and garnish with basil

Notes

Serves 2.

Health Benefits:

  • Basil acts as a natural adaptogen, an herbal medicine that helps the body adapt and cope with stressful situations and prevent the adrenal glands from becoming depleted or burnt out
  • Unlike the negative effects of alcohol, raspberries and strawberries actually help to reduce and prevent wrinkles due to their potent antioxidant powers and high vitamin C content which helps to produce collagen

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 :) 

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