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Superfood Mocktails | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well May. 4. 2018
Recipes

Your Guide to Making Superfood Mocktails

May. 4. 2018
Recipes
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of NS and Creator of The Method

A step-by-step guide for how to make delicious superfood mocktails at home.

When the weather warms up, so do those after-work drinks, happy hours and cocktail party invites. So today I’m sharing my tips for creating healthy and refreshing mocktails!

The secret to preparing these flavorful libations is to use whole, fresh ingredients. Think plenty of fruit, fresh herbs and seltzer.

Healthy Mocktail Drink Bases

It all starts with the base! Pick one and build your delicious mocktail from there.

Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea that has excellent probiotic benefits. You brew tea and then add sugar and SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). The SCOBY eats the sugar, which turns the tea into a fermented beverage. What’s great about kombucha is that it’s vegan-friendly and dairy-free!

Green Juice Or Any Cold-Pressed Juice

Juices make a great base for mocktails because they’re full of flavor from the fruits, veggies, and herbs you add into it. They’re also packed with vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and minerals. Plus, they’re easier to digest because they don’t have fiber. Try my Carrot Apple Blended Juice or the Stripped Green Juice.

Seltzer or Sparkling Water

We’re big fans of seltzer at team NS! They make a great base for mocktails because they’re bubbly, fizzy and have a hint of flavor.

You can dress it up with flavors you love, like lemon, lime, berries or ginger.

Iced Tea

I absolutely love tea because it has a calming effect and it’s more refreshing than coffee. Tea is also packed with health-boosting antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols that help prevent chronic disease.

Tea also has a complex flavor profile. Tea can range from sweet to earthy, grassy, nutty or floral. Simply brew tea in a kettle and allow it to steep for at least 12 hours to fully get its flavors and nutrients. Try my Love Your Liver Iced Tea recipe, which features peppermint tea and ginger.

Superfood Mocktail Garnishes

Once you’ve chosen your base, now you can add in the fun stuff! Here are some of my favorite garnishes:

  • Berries
  • Ginger
  • Cherries
  • Pomegranate
  • Watermelon
  • Citrus fruits: Lime, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, and kiwi
  • Fresh herbs and flowers: Mint, lavender, rose, rosemary, sage, and basil
  • Chia seeds
  • Rhubarb

4 Superfood Mocktails and Spritzers to Make at Home

If you’re looking for a place to start, try out some of these recipes! These are my favorite superfood mocktails.

1. Sangria

You’ll never miss the wine in sangria when you have all the other delicious components! My fun, non-alcoholic take on the Spanish drink involves using iced black tea, freshly squeezed orange and pomegranate juice.

Muddle oranges and apples at the bottom of each glass (or a pitcher) and pour the tea and juice mixture on top. Next, I like to add thin lemon and lime slices as well as some seltzer or sparkling water over it.

The result is a refreshing drink that’s perfect for enjoying al fresco or lounging at home. By muddling the fruits you enhance their sweetness, so you don’t need to add much sweetener. If you want to add a little something, check out my guide to preparing your own Stevia extract or include a touch of honey!

2. Avocado Margarita

My Avocado Margarita is one of my all-time favorite summer drinks! The great news is that you can enjoy this cocktail completely alcohol-free.

What makes this drink a superfood mocktail is — you guessed it — avocados. Avocados are rich in heart-healthy fats and fiber, so this beverage will fill you right up.

Simply add an avocado with lime juice, sea salt, a touch of honey and orange juice in a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth and liquefied. Garnish with fresh lime zest, sea salt around the rim, and a watermelon radish.

You’re left with one festive drink that will woo your dinner guests to the table!

3. Watermelon Mint Twist

Watermelon is incredibly hydrating — it’s actually got more water content than most fruits! It’s also a great source of electrolytes and has essential nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. Plus, watermelon takes well to a variety of herbs and is naturally sweet, so you don’t need to add any sweeteners to enhance its flavor.

I’m partial, but I think my Watermelon Mint Twist is one of the best cocktail recipes out there — and mocktail when you omit the vodka! In this recipe, I use watermelon juice and frozen watermelon juice ice cubes for more flavor and presentation. The lemon juice and fresh mint tame the sweetness of the watermelon with a hint of bitterness and tart flavor.

4. Two-Minute Strawberry Lemonade Chia Fresca

Want to change up the way you enjoy your H20? Chia Fresca is what you’ve been looking for!

Chia Fresca is another great way to stay hydrated with extra benefits. Chia seeds are an excellent source of brain and heart-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.  Not to mention, these tiny powerhouses are hydrophilic, meaning they love water and soak up any liquid they’re in. They also swell into a gel-like consistency when they come in contact with water to promote gut health and stabilized blood sugars. What’s not to love?

My Two-Minute Strawberry Lemonade Chia Fresca recipe calls for chia seeds and filtered water, but to turn it into a fun mocktail, you can substitute water with seltzer. I also add one packet of this True Strawberry Lemonade Mix, which is absolutely free of artificial sweeteners, flavors and preservatives.

Let’s Hear It!

What are some of your favorite mocktail recipes? What flavors do you like to mix and match? Share your summer mocktail recipes with the NS community and post them on Instagram with #nutritionstripped.

For more mocktail and drink recipes, check out the Nutrition Stripped Cookbook. It’s got a great selection of recipes you can enjoy year-round and in the summer — since that’s just around the corner!

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