December 30, 2019

Change Your Cocktail Game

Doesn't it feel like you're either drinking or making cocktails (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from Thanksgiving up until NYE?! After a while those extra calories do add up, but don't sweat it because there are healthier options to shake things up!

Try mixing up a drink with your favorite flavor of kombucha or a dash of apple cider vinegar. Squeeze fresh citrus, add in liquor of choice, and even add in sliced fruit, cucumber, jalapeño, basil, rosemary, mint, etc for taste and garnish. Not only is this mixing option healthier than soda or sweetened juice, it will also provide you with benefits for your gut while you drink - it's a win, win. If you're opting for juice, use tomato for savory drinks, pomegranate, grapefruit, ginger, lemon, and lime juice. Orange, apple, pineapple, and cranberry juice are higher on the sugar scale, so try to use those in moderation.

Don't forgo plain water, or coconut water. Mixing water with any clear liquor and squeezed orange slices (or other citrus) always makes a light and fruity combination that's low in calories. You can drop in a few cranberries or pomegranate seeds for a festive look. Toss a few fruit in your ice cube tray to change things up a bit - it not only looks pretty but adds some taste once it melts.

This one might sound a bit out there, but using premixed protein drinks like Apres, Rebbl, Koia, etc do mix very well with dark or clear liquors and taste exactly like those high calorie drinks, but are better for you! Almond, coconut, rice, and oat milks also make great substitutions for a heavier cocktail. Espresso martinis might not be for everyone, but using coffee, cold brew, or tea adds great flavor for a Fall and Winter vibe. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg go flawlessly in these drinks as well.

Collagen powder is usually something you don't think to add to cocktails, but can be a real game changer! Flavors like vanilla, fruity, chocolate, to even using unflavored powder adds health benefits to any drink you mix up with a dash of collagen peptides. A little goes a long way if you add in a drop of CBD oil or grapefruit see extract oil. Vitamin C powder packets taste great mixed with water, clear liquor, and will boost your immune system as well! If your drink calls for added sugar, try unfiltered honey, agave, stevia, or monk fruit sweetener instead. Subbing out the processed sugar will be better for your digestive system.

Change up your cocktail game with healthier alternatives, your body will thank you. You can even make these drinks as mock-tails without the alcohol. Remember, there's no better way to detox from all those holiday gatherings than to sweat it out at CYL to promote a hot and healthy lifestyle.

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