Low-sugar Summer Sips everyone will love

Summer parties are often filled with sweet, alcoholic drinks that can unbalance your blood sugar levels and lead to weight gain.

Yet I know many clients wince at the idea of only having water on such occasions, and it’s not always easy to know what to drink instead without feeling deprived.

That's why I’ve put together some truly delicious and refreshing alternatives to see you through the Summer... Cheers!

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Strawberry lemonade 

Serves 8

  • 2 litres water
  • 8 lemons, squeezed (around 280 ml)
  • 1/2 -3/4 tsp liquid stevia (try NuNaturals)
  • 250g strawberries, sliced  

In a large jug combine water, lemon juice and stevia. Simply stir in sliced strawberries and serve over ice.


Cucumber, mint + lemon fizz

Serves 6

  • 1.5ltr sparkling water
  • half a cucumber, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Put all the ingredients in a large jug, chill and serve. 


Sparkling kombucha

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Kombucha is an elegant, healthy alternative to sparkling soft drinks and is known for being full of naturally occurring vitamins, acids, and beneficial bacteria (yes, it's great for gut health too).

Making it is a real labour of love. Learn how here:  https://happykombucha.co.uk/pages/how-to-make-kombucha.

Alternatively, you can buy it ready-made. (And no, I don't blame you!) I love PJ Kombucha (www.pjkombucha.com) for the purist approach to production they take to ensure a nutrient-rich, flavour-full drink which knocks the socks off other brands. 


Sparkling cherries

Serves 2

  • 4tbsp Cherry Active
  • 500ml sparkling water

Add sparkling water to the Cherry Active and serve with ice.


Sparkling lime water

Exactly as it sounds… Sparkling water with a good squeeze of fresh lime juice over ice. Simple and refreshing – and you can guarantee a pub will have the ingredients (but likely you’ll need to remind them about using fresh lime and not cordial). 


Garden Sour

  • Seedlip Garden (a distilled, non-alcoholic drink*), 50ml 
  • Cloudy apple juice, 35ml
  • Lemon Juice, 15ml
  • Cider vinegar, 5ml  
  • Sprig of rosemary & thyme 

Seedlip is premium distilled non-alcoholic drink. The price may make you wince (it’s no cheaper than buying alcoholic spirits) but it’s hot news this year and making an appearance in all the best bars. Find it at www.seedlipdrinks.com

The single most important thing you can do to support your wellbeing this Christmas...

... R E L A X

For one day (at least!), this beats any diet, supplement or exercise routine. Christmas is a crazy, joyful and delicious time - and it’s about being in the moment with the people you are with.

So, relax - soak up every memory, laugh your socks off and savour every yummy mouthful.

If you do choose to overindulge, then enjoy it mindfully, anxiety free and without regret. Simply wake up the next day and move on - without restriction, quick fix detoxes, or double work-outs to ‘burn off’ extra calories.

And if you do want to maintain some kind of healthy balance between now and into the new year, my top tips are:

  • Eat your greens – what better time of year to enjoy a spectrum of tasty nutrient, folate and fibre rich foods which naturally support your body’s ability to detoxify.  

  • Choose some fun, inclusive options to keep active such as long or brisk walk with the family. Or grab some relatives and try a yoga routine at home - yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system through breath awareness, slow mindful movement and repetitive flows which allows the mind to quieten.

  • Keep really well hydrated. You won’t regret alternating a glass of water between alcoholic drinks. 

  • Get your rest - between all the excitement and merriment, make time for pure relaxation and sofa time, and some good nights’ sleep to turn off those overactive adrenals and help the body rest, digest and recover.  

 Have a wonderful Christmas and here's to a happy and healthful 2017

Water – how much is enough?

Water – how much is enough?

Shocked by Hugh Jackman’s emaciated look in Les Mis? He deprived himself of water for 36 hours to achieve the gaunt appearance of his character, Jean Valjean.
 
We all know that water is essential to life – a few days without it and severe dehydration will kick in. It has many important jobs in the body’s normal functioning - providing the medium for all chemical reactions, a source of minerals and behaving as a solvent, a transporter, a lubricant for our joints, and as a temperature regulator – cooling us down through sweat.

But how much should we be drinking to help keep ourselves in peak condition?

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