Basil Blackberry Smash [Mocktail]
While many of us like to enjoy a cocktail every now and then during the summer, sometimes you just want something sans alcohol You’ve come to the right place – introducing the refreshing summer mocktail, Basil Blackberry Smash. Whether you're not a drinker or you just need a break, this mocktail recipe will not disappoint.
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What makes this Blackberry Smash Mocktail healthy?
Blackberries contain flavonoids which are powerful antioxidant agents. Antioxidants help your body fight off potentially harmful molecules that can be introduced to the body. Including more flavonoids in your diet is a great way to help your body stay healthy and potentially decrease your risk of some chronic health conditions.
Kombucha is a fermented tea full of probiotics. The health benefits of kombucha have been celebrated in Eastern traditions for thousands of years and is known in some cultures as the “Tea of Immortality”!
Often referred to as the “second brain,” the gut is home to diverse bacteria that directly affect your digestive health, immune function, mood, weight, and more. Organic kombucha’s naturally occurring probiotics work to rebalance your gut with good flora.
Is kombucha a non-alcoholic drink?
Because Kombucha is fermented, people often ask if kombucha is an alcoholic drink. Although due to fermentation most kombucha has less than 0.5% alcohol (half of one percent), it is still considered a non-alcoholic drink. However, if you are sensitive to alcohol or trying to avoid it in its entirety, skip the kombucha and substitute a flavored tea.
Can I drink TOO much Kombucha?
It's really important to always enjoy everything in moderation. Make sure your kombucha isn’t packed with added sugars and keep in mind that if you’re new to kombucha, take it slowly. All that good bacteria can cause bloating or digestive distress in some people.
How much kombucha should I drink?
While each person will be different – limiting kombucha to 1-2 16 ounce bottles a day is a great baseline.
Reached your kombucha limit for the day? Try substituting a flavored tea or sparkling water!
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Basil Blackberry Smash [Mocktail]
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- mortar and pestle (or substitute food processor, blender, or small bowl and wooden spoon)
- ½ cup blackberries fresh or thawed frozen berries
- 2 cups kombucha raw/unpasturized. Any flavor, I use ginger
- 6 leaves fresh basil reserve 2 for garnish
- 6 oz club soda optional
- 4 whole blackberries for garnish
- In a small bowl or using a mortar and pestle, muddle the blackberries with 4 basil leaves to release the berry juice and form a puree. You could also use a blender or food processor.
- Fill glasses with ice.
- Divide blackberry puree between the glasses and add kombucha
- Top with club soda is desired. Stir.
- Garnish with whole blackberries and basil leaves. Enjoy!
Hand Size Portions
When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.
Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.
Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.
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