Your're probably surrounded by tons of food and drinks during the holidays. The decisions are endless but If you're looking for ways to switch out your cocktail for a "mocktail" for health reasons then you're in the right place. Mocktails are alcohol-free beverages made with a variety of flavors, which may include fruits, herbs, etc.
Alcoholic beverages are not ideal for women who
are considering pregnancy, those who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding. In general alcohol can affect the ability for your hormones to function optimally and may cause issues with your fertility, blood sugar levels, skin, and elevated estrogen levels increasing your risk for breast cancer. Most importantly it can negatively impact your heart, brain, your mental status and your ablity to have a good night's sleep (quality and duration). See references below for more information.
I get this question often, what about drinking red wine to improve your health?
To date, there are no viable research that shows that alcohol at any amount is good for health. What we do know is that the plant compound in the red grape skin (used to make red wine) called resveratrol is powerful in protecting the heart and blood vessels, while the alcohol can do the opposite. If you're looking for the added benefits of the red grape skin, then eat the grapes, drink the juice!
If you're ready to take your health to the next level, including hormone balance, then you're ready for this Mocktail!
Our Pom Joy New Year Mocktail recipe is taken from our -EAT LIKE A BOSS Nutrition & You - E.A.T B.etter series™ ebook. © 2021 Exclusive Copyright of 360Girls&Women®LLC
All ingredients (pomegranate, orange, lime, ginger, and raw honey) used were carefully picked to address blood flow as it relates to reproductive, skin, heart, digestive, and immune health. The main player in this drink, pomegrantes, has a variety of plant chemicals (Tannins and Flavonids) that are extremely robust in protecting against inflammation and cell death.
According to the NIH,"Pomegranate can be used in the prevention and treatment of several types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases. In addition, it improves wound healing and is beneficial to the reproductive system."
Our Pom Joy New Year Mocktail ingredients
(makes 3 servings)
Pomegranate, raw 1 cup arils (seed/juice sacs) Ginger root, raw 1 tablespoon (tbsp)
Raw honey or alternative sweetner 1 tbsp
Lime juice, raw limes 1 fl oz (2 tbsp)
Water, drinking ½ cups
Oranges, raw, 1 fruit without seeds
Naturally sparkling mineral water 1 cup
1. Cut the pomegranate in half and remove arils (leaving behind ~1/8 cup worth of arils to add to drinks as garnishing) and place in blender.
2. Slice the orange in four pieces, peeling away the inside flesh (discard the seeds and rind) and place them in the blender.
3. Then peel the ginger and chop into small pieces and add to blender
4. Add the drinking/distilled water (not the sparkling water) and the honey in the blender
5. Mix well (pomegranate, orange, water, and honey) with the blender on medium setting
6. Place strainer over cocktail glasses and pour blended content in while pressing a spoon down to get as much liquid out.
7. Then add the seltzer/sparkling water (1/3 cup to each glass if making 3 servings) to this glass mixture.
8. Slice the lime into two thin slices, then cut them in half – use to garnish the rim of cocktail glass. Then squeeze fresh lime (~2 tsp) into each glass and enjoy!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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