Healthy Holiday Drinks for Lending Hearts

The holidays are in full swing and with that comes celebrations, parties and lots of food and drink! There’s something to be said about the health benefits associated with celebrating and feeling part of a tribe or close-knit community that far outweighs counting calories or macronutrients or having the perfect diet. However, there are many people who can’t or prefer not to drink alcohol, but would still very much like to feel a part of the celebration (including kids!).

On top of that, so many people end up sabotaging their clean eating and weight loss efforts with sugary drinks! Cocktails are traditionally made with sugar or simple syrups to sweeten, but you’ll find that these healthy holiday drinks are designed to actually be good for you using some of the following ingredients at their core:
1) Liquid Stevia - Swap the sugar for liquid stevia this season and you won’t have to worry about adding extra sugar to your diet. Derived from the stevia plant, which can be grown outdoors in the summer, this sweet ancient plant is taking the world by storm. By avoiding sugar, you’re not only helping to rebuild adrenal function, but this natural sweetener also helps to balance pH, can be used as a sweetener alternative for diabetics - and as a zero-calorie option, is great for weight loss. However, be sure to read the labels and seek out pure stevia extract as many stevia sources have been heavily altered and contain other sugars or sugar alcohols, stripping it of its benefits.

2) Kombucha - This probiotic-rich drink makes an awesome base for a cocktail. Already in a naturally fizzy state from being fermented, when mixed with a combination of liquid stevia and herbs that have been muddled together, any kombucha based drink can be made very festive! There is still a very, very small percentage of alcohol created by the fermentation process, but the healthy bacteria that builds up a strong microbiome in the gut make this drink a superfood. Kombucha can be found in most grocery stores now and comes in a variety of flavors from ginger-lemon to berry blends. These are also fantastic to drink year-round as well!

3) Zevia soda - This brand of soda drinks is awesome for the holidays and crucial for those trying to break a soda habit. It removes artificial sweeteners and other ingredients not recognized by the body and simply uses liquid stevia to sweeten. Drinking it on its own or mixing it with berries or a pomegranate/cranberry juice tastes great and looks festive!
The healthy drink recipes that follow still provide the appearance of holiday dinner-party cocktails, but don’t contain any sugar or alcohol. Even if you do add some alcohol, challenge yourself to use these recipes as a base to avoid the added sugars!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season! Cheers!

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Recipe by

Stephanie Wharton

Category

Stephanie Wharton
Recipe Yield

YIELDS

1 Serving
Total Time

TOTAL TIME

10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Blueberries
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary (de-stemmed)
  • 8 drops Liquid Stevia
  • 1 cup Sparkling Water
  • 4 Ice Cubes

Instructions

Add ice to bottom of rock glass. Muddle blueberries, rosemary and liquid stevia in cocktail shaker or separate cup. Add sparkling water and gently stir with muddled mixture. Pour through fine mesh strainer into rock glass, garnish with rosemary and blueberries and enjoy!
Stephanie Wharton is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and part of the Lending Hearts Up Street team. You can learn more about her at www.thewellsideoflife.com