So… it’s the middle of the month and you’ve still got a few weeks to go in Dry January. This means no vodka sodas, tequila or Chianti. Troubling, we know. That’s why we’ve created some healthy drink alternatives to keep you on the straight and narrow.
Coconut Water Concoctions
Coconut water is something you should definitely consider adding into your daily routine for the ultimate hydration. Not only is it pure and refreshing, it also contains natural sugar so it sweetens any drink you add it to. Coconut water contains electrolytes so it will help restore and hydrate your body. If you aren’t a fan of drinking coconut water on its own, you can add it to smoothies, protein shakes or mix it with other juices. One of our favourite recipes is simple and delicious. In a blender add 1 cup coconut water, a handful of frozen blueberries, 1 banana, 1 date, 1/2 a cucumber, 2 handfuls of kale, a nub of ginger and some mint. Give that a whiz and enjoy. We also encourage adding avocados into the mix for a thicker consistency and yummy smoothie bowl.
A little turmeric can go a long way. Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it no surprise that it is generally great for your health. Another awesome thing about this spice is that you can ingest it in a variety of different ways. It can be added to your smoothie, put in your tea, or mixed in your juice. Personally, we love turmeric tea (or lattes). Grab your favourite jar or mug, boil water (or almond milk) and toss in some lemon, ginger and turmeric. If you need a bit of sweetness or spice, cayenne and honey are delicious additions. We recommend starting with just a pinch but encourage you to work your way up to 1/4 of a teaspoon.
It’s time to swap out your cocktail shaker and muddler for a tea sifter and whisk. If you aren’t familiar with this bright green powder, matcha is essentially the highest quality, purest form of green tea. One cup of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of coffee. Aside from giving you a serious metabolic boost and being rich in antioxidants, matcha is said to have detoxifying and anti-aging properties as well. Our favourite way to drink matcha is in a matcha latte or a refreshing matcha lemonade. A simple and easy lemonade recipe is as follows: in a jug add 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of matcha powder, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime, and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Shake, strain and pour over ice – voila!
Did you really think we were going to leave out this new (but technically ancient) superfood? While the science behind Kombucha is undecided, it has been used for centuries as a healing tonic. Although some are quickly deterred by the tangy, fermented smell, this bubbly refresher is packed with powerful detoxifiers and enzymes, making it the perfect afternoon pick me up. Recently, Kombucha has been popping up all over the city, in local health food stores and even Kombucha bars – however it is super easy to make. First, you need to prepare your SCOBY. SCOBY is an acronym for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast ,which is the agent that turns sweet tea into Kombucha. You can get SCOBY from an already existing batch of Kombucha (homemade or store-bought) or from a friend. Next, place 8 bags of black tea, 2 cups of sugar and 4 cups of water into a mason jar or Mortier Pilon. Let the mixture steep and cool completely before placing your SCOBY into the mixture. Once everything is combined, leave to sit at room temperature for five to seven days. If you are less of the crafty type, head to The Witches Brew in Kensington Market to experience an array of unique flavours.
This is your alternative to Gatorade. If Kombucha is too novice for you, try having a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to kick start your morning. Drinking vinegars are great for your gut and are packed with prebiotics and probiotics. Similar to Kombucha, drinking vinegars are super easy to make. All you need is 1 cup of your favourite fruit, 1 cup of vinegar and 3/4 cup of honey. Let the vinegar and fruit infuse for a week in room temperature (shake daily), add honey and place in the fridge for another week before enjoying.
This may seem daunting at first but definitely try it. Convince a friend to join you on this booze break so you can keep each other on track and succeed like a champ!