Clean Liquid Treats
1. Soda Alternatives
Did you know the average can of cola (12 fl oz) contains a life destroying 33 grams of sugar? The World Health Organization recommends consuming no more than roughly 25 grams of sugar daily (I recommend even less). Your body hits high levels of stress trying to process the tsunami of sugar flooding your system when you down these dangerous drinks. Because sugar is an addictive substance, it can be tough to kick the habit. But it is possible, even critical, to do it.
The next time you crave something bubbly, try these beverages instead of soda: • Carbonated water infused with: o Blueberries & fresh rosemary o Strawberries & fresh basil o Raspberries & fresh mint o Cucumber & jalapeno o Assorted citrus
• Kombucha is fantastic for your digestive health and a great immunity booster and plenty fizzy too o Click here to learn more about its health benefits o Click here to learn how to make your own – it’s surprisingly simple! Tips to keep in mind when making kombucha at home: - You have to be extremely careful when making Kombucha. Contamination of the the SCOBY can lead to life threatening circumstances. Take all precautions!! - You must frequently wash every utensil you use and your hands with apple cider vinegar throughout the process. You cannot use soap as it introduces potentially harmful chemicals and bacteria to the SCOBY.
2. Caffeinated Beverages
I love me some caffeine! I start most mornings with a large glass of lemon water, 2 medjool dates, hot black espresso and then prepare Wake Well to sip throughout my morning workout. Not everyone enjoys black coffee, understandably; however, store-bought lattes and coffee drinks from large chains are typically loaded with sugar or chemical sweeteners and preservatives. Get the buzz, minus the junk, with these Eat Clean approved caffeinated beverages instead: • Bulletproof Coffee (alternative to coffee with creamer) • Eat Clean Pumpkin Spice Latte • Tea – you should see my tea collection! I have a drawer full of caffeinated and caffeine-free varieties. If you’re looking for a little jolt, go for green tea. It’s loaded with antioxidants that stimulate your central nervous system, enabling longer, harder workouts. Who doesn’t love that?
3. Non-Alcoholic Mocktails
I love mocktails. They’re fun, a hallmark of celebrations and anyone can enjoy them. Often when people imagine social gatherings with pregnant women, designated drivers, or those who abstain from alcohol for religious, personal or health reasons, we imagine them with water in hand – which is fantastic, gotta get in those 3 liters per day! – but there are also many delicious options to explore. Bright colours, creative garnishes and beautiful glassware make mocktails feel special. • Virgin Apple Cider Cocktail • Virgin Pomegranate Cocktail • Stars & Stripes Berry Cooler • Watermelon Juice • Alcohol-free Bloody Mary – combine fresh tomato juice, fresh horseradish, lemon juice and fresh ground black pepper over ice and garnish with a toothpick loaded with anything from pickled pearl onions and olives to a grilled prawn or spicy green bean!
If you do drink, do so in moderation. I Eat Clean throughout the week and occasionally treat myself to a glass of wine on the weekend. If you are looking to lose a significant amount of weight or remove sugar from your diet, cut alcohol from your life completely for the time being. Why? ALCOHOL = SUGAR!
If you choose to indulge in a cocktail this Saturday night or are planning on hosting a party or BBQ this summer, here are a few ideas that are not as processed as pre-made margaritas or cosmopolitans you can find bottled in stores. These options also don’t use mixers loaded with artificial ingredients. • Antioxidant rich red wine • Kelsey’s Spiced Whiskey • Basil & Pomegranate Spritzer • Fig & Vanilla Vodka
5. Fresh-Pressed Juice
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