Cocktails!

Strawberry Basil Spritzer

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Rainy Sundays are good for cozy pants, trying out new recipes and the “piano in the background” station on Spotify 🌺🎼🕯 Strawberry Basil Spritzer 🍓🌿 3 fresh strawberries
8 basil leaves
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
12 oz bubbly water
Ice

Muddle strawberries, basil and lemon juice in a glass. Add ice, pour bubbly water to rim and enjoy! 
#sundayvibes #strawberrybasil#wellnessbylittle

One Last Summer Peachy Colada!

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Peach season. Is it not the best? It's pretty magical. Whether you've got fresh ripe peaches or frozen peaches this tasty spin on a pina colada is an easy win. Our family has a giant peach tree in Chelan and we get to pick fresh peaches every year! Because we can't eat them all we end up processing them by peeling the skins, slicing and freezing for year round smoothie making. 

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Serves: 1

Ingredients: 
1 whole peeled peach, frozen or fresh
1 frozen banana (optional)
2 oz light rum
5 ice cubes
1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk
Lemon as garnish

Directions:
Blend all ingredients and enjoy! 

Non-Boozy Summer Spritzers

 Suja brand Sweet Beet juice with plain sparkling water. 

Suja brand Sweet Beet juice with plain sparkling water. 

For those of us trying to rain back the booze intake, these drinks are AHHHMAZING and super easy to make. I recently discovered that you can add fresh juices from places like Pressed Juicery, JuiceBox or Suja brand from your local grocery store to homemade drinks. Thanks Olivia Newport Wellness - this makes too much sense. DUHH! 

I don't know about you but during the summer months I notice I get thirsty a lot quicker. Did you know that the second your brain acknowledges that your dehydrated you are already 4-6% dehydrated and humans cannot function once they reach an 8% dehydrated state for a prolonger period of time. I remember learning that in college and thinking I need to up my water game.

In the summer the hot weather and sweating more all contributes to dehydration. If you're someone who doesn't like plain water adding cucumber or lime to water can be a great option and these recipes in particular are great for parties and a way to make your guests who aren't drinking feel included in the fun beverage club ;) 

 Lemon or lime (or mixed!) La Croix bubbles with freshly sliced lemon & lime. 

Lemon or lime (or mixed!) La Croix bubbles with freshly sliced lemon & lime. 

 I can't remember where I saw this recipe but guys.... cold brew over coconut La Croix. Try it, like right now. You're welcome ;) but probably not a good example of a beverage that will keep you hydrated. 

I can't remember where I saw this recipe but guys.... cold brew over coconut La Croix. Try it, like right now. You're welcome ;) but probably not a good example of a beverage that will keep you hydrated. 

 If you're crunched for time you can buy a pre-made fresh juice like Evolution or you can make your own with lime juice, ginger and plain or lime flavored bubbles. Muddle ginger and lime together in martini shaker. Pour over icy cold bubbly. 

If you're crunched for time you can buy a pre-made fresh juice like Evolution or you can make your own with lime juice, ginger and plain or lime flavored bubbles. Muddle ginger and lime together in martini shaker. Pour over icy cold bubbly. 

Coconut Mojito Mocktail

Sometimes you wanna drink but want to skip the booze. This is a perfect summer mocktail for all of us taking a break from booze. This is a whole30 approved recipe. Double win! 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 small lime, juiced
1 can lime flavored la croix bubbly
5 mint leaves

Instructions:
Place mint leaves in glass
Juice the lime and pour into glass
Muddle mint with lime juice
Pour coconut milk into glass
Add ice and top off with la croix
Garnish with extra lime slices and mint

Yum! 

Garden g&t

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I'm not usually a fan of gin but decided to give this one a go and it did not disappoint. Adapted from the cookbook Host.  Enjoy! 

Servings: 1

Ingredients:
2 one inch cucumbers, peeled plus one for garnish
Splash of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 oz of gin
Tonic water
1 lime wheel for garnish
1 mint sprig for garnish 

Instructions: 
Muddle cucumber and lime juice together. Fill a glass with ice and add gin and tonic water. Add muddled cucumber and lime juice. Stir once or twice and add mint for garnish

Keep Happy Hour Healthy

Cutting out things that bring you happiness such as a Friday night Happy Hour with friends is not the answer to better overall health, nor is it sustainable if that's something you enjoy. Social well-being is a very important piece to wellness. 

For many of us, the happiness that comes from the social aspect of going out for a drink counterbalances the negative effects of alcohol. Of course, there are exceptions to this but drinking smart and in moderation is not going to kill your weight loss or strength training goals by any means. In life, if you practice moderation with everything, all the time, you're doing good. 

Ask your server for a Salty Chihuahua next time you're out and get happy at Happy Hour!

PS. Fresh squeezed grapefruit is the way to go. Who needs grapefruit JUICE when you can have the real thing?