Hay House Radio Episode Recap
- Episode Name: “The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking”
- Live Broadcast: Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 3:00 pm PT
Episode Replays: Mondays at 11:00 pm Pacific Time / 2:00 am Eastern Time and Sundays at 2:00 pm Pacific Time / 5:00 pm Eastern Time
Episode Summary Re-cap
Do you love cocktails, but want to take care of your health too? Well, you can!
Nutritionist, Ariane Resnick reveals how to make cocktails and mocktails with benefits! Turn your drinks into elixirs and toast your good health! Prepare for some healthy recipes and holiday surprises!
Special Guests: Ariane Resnick and Brittani Rae
Ariane Resnick is a private chef and certified nutritionist who specializes in organic farm-to-table cuisine and creates indulgent, seemingly “normal” food out of impeccably clean, whole-food ingredients. She has cooked for celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Lisa Edelstein, and Jeff Franklin; and has been featured inYahoo! Health, Well + Good NYC, In Style, Star, Goop.com, Food.com, the Huffington Post, Refinery29.com, Muscle & Fitness, and Men’s Fitness, and on Food Network’s Chopped.
Ariane is also a survivor of late stage Lyme disease and chemical poisoning, and recovered holistically from both. When not crafting beautifully presented tasty dishes that accommodate any combination of dietary restriction, Ariane consults with individuals and chefs on wellness and nutrition, and provides hands-on instruction for simple ways to cook more healthfully. She lives in West Hollywood, California.
Brittani Rae is the 2015 National Speed Rack Champion and was named “best bartender in America” by Elle, “Bartender of the Year” by Eater L.A. and ranked #3 of “America’s 25 best bartenders” by the Daily Meal. She has been featured in Imbibe and L.A. Magazine, among others, and on ABC and CBS. Brittani lives in Los Angeles, CA.
The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking: Tips for Healthy Cocktails & Mocktails
We all love a good beverage, but whether your drink of choice is a cocktail, soda or juice, some choices are better than others when it comes to your health.
Research has shown that there are some benefits to alcohol, when used in moderation, however, whether or not you choose to drink is a personal choice. In cases where you are working on resolving a health condition, you may decide to refrain from alcohol. However, when you are in good health and want to celebrate with a cocktail or glass of wine, some choices are better than others.
If you love cocktails, sodas, and juices, but want to take care of your health too, find out how to make cocktails and mocktails with benefits – so that you can turn your drinks into elixirs and toast your good health!
Healthy Additives for Cocktails or Mocktails
- Lemons, limes and citrus – supports the liver
- Bitters – herbal flavor enhancers that aid your digestion
- Bone Broth – provides collagen and slows blood sugar spikes from alcohol
- Herbs and spices are full of phytonutrients with antioxidant power (e.g., fresh herbs like basil and rosemary, spices like ginger and turmeric)
- Raw cacao – a nice source of the mineral, magnesium
- Probiotics in beverages like kombucha
- Kava – a root known for its calming qualities
- Fruits and vegetable slices
- Green juices
- Stevia, maple syrup, and more natural sweeteners instead of refined sugar
- Healthy fats, like butter or coconut oil
Choosing Wine and Spirits
Look for top shelf spirits when you are at a bar because they tend to be made with higher quality ingredients.
Lower sugar spirits tend to be scotch, gin, and vodka. For people on a gut-healing diet who are told to avoid higher sugar alcohol, these spirits tend to be better choices. Dry white or red wines tend to be better choices for the same reason.
Greenbar Distillery is a nationally distributed US company that has a wide range of organic, high quality alcohol. You can find them at Whole Foods.
- Chill-filtered – removes the healthy aspects of whiskey, like the essential fatty acids and adds back sugar and coloring.
- Non-chill filtered – leaves some of the good ingredients in whiskey, like essential fatty acids.
Cointreau – a great option because there’s no added sugar.
- USDA organic is a great option, but may not be your best or only choice. Smaller farmers often can’t afford to pay for the organic certification label, but may actually have organic standards. Find a local wine club to learn about local wineries that do not spray toxic pesticides on their grapes. Or ask the wine representative at your health food store or Whole Foods Market.NSA (No Sulfites Added) – these wines tend to be better for you because they don’t have the problematic sulfites in them. Biodynamic wines often fall into this category and other wines will be labeled NSA. Try these wines and see if you feel better when drinking them.
- Red or White? While we hear a lot about red wines and resveratrol, it’s actually the white wines that tend to be better for you. However, the important thing here is to drink what you love and what feels right for you. Listen to your body.
- Champagne – higher end champagne tends to have less sugar and chemical additives, which translates to less headaches.
Citrus Basil Kombucha Mocktail Recipe
The probiotics in kombucha, the cleansing citrus and anti-inflammatory basil makes for a delicious and healthy mocktail! If you are getting bored with plain old kombucha, muddled basil will up the ante and make for a sophisticated drink.
- 6 fresh basil leaves, plus one for garnish
- 5 ounces citrus kombucha (like GT’s Organic Kombucha or a low sugar brand)
- Add 6 basil leaves to the bottom of a Collins glass (you can clap 3 leaves at a time between your hands to release the basil scent)
- Pour in 2 ounces of kombucha and muddle the leaves.
- Fill the glass with ice and the remaining 3 ounces kombucha.
- Garnish with a basil leaf.
This is a delicious, low alcohol chocolate-y sherry-based dessert cocktail.
- ¼ ounce créme de cacao
- ½ tsp chocolate extract
- 3 ounces Pedro Ximénez
- Pour all ingredients into a sherry glass and stir.
Special glassware can make your beverages feel like a celebration. You can find inexpensive glassware at restaurant supply stores (Libbey is a good, inexpensive brand), thrift shops and garage sales. You might also consider asking your friends to bring their favorite glasses for a party and mix and match for the evening, so that you don’t have to own your own glassware collection. Ball jars and teacups can make fun alternatives to glassware for drinks.
Fun Tips for Parties and Festive Drinks
- Get edible flowers from the health food store and use them as drink garnishes. This is really simple and beautiful.
- Paper straws can be purchased in multiple colors for a pop of fun color in drinks.
- Making pitchers or cocktails or mocktails ahead of time can relieve the host of running around all evening long at a party.
- For champagne cocktails, make everything else ahead of time in a glass or pitcher and top it off with champagne when ready to serve.
- Slice garnishes, prepare sprigs of fresh herbs and prep wholefood ingredients ahead of time so that they can be added to cocktails and mocktails as needed.
- Hollow out fruits and use them as a vessel to serve cocktails or mocktails (pumpkins, citrus, watermelon, apples, etc.).
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