Pink your Drinks for Mother’s Day: Food Swap Project #2

MDcollageWe all know we need to eat all the colors of the rainbow, and yes, we can blend all those colors into soups, juices, and smoothies. BUT many of us just don’t have time to make our own, right?

That’s why today, I have a way you can sneak a certain, powerful color into your Mother’s Day rainbow: antioxidant rich, pink drinks, without the punch of a complicated recipe or time crunch.

Let’s get right to it!

We are swapping out any HOT pink, red flag raising, FAKE artificially colored, flavored, and sweetened bottled drinks (IE soda, sports drinks) for those that are COOL pink alternatives. The ones that are naturally colored, from the many phytonutrients they contain!

Want to give your mom the gift of health this Sunday? Here are some refined sugar and artificial anything free, antioxidant packed alternatives for you. And they don’t require a ton of time or effort on your part.

Here are my top 5 Cool Pink Drinks:

1.) Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water – found in the refrigerator sections at Whole Foods and Fairway.cwater2

Move over Zico, and phony colored sports drinks! A fresh, antioxidant and mineral rich new water has come to town. And it tastes oh sooooo much better than all of those processed, fake alternatives.

Its color is as subtle as a flower, and will bring a splash of nature into any day. Drink it by itself, or add it to a creamy berry pudding or smoothie, for a refreshing splash of nutrients.

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2.) Organic Heart Tea, by Traditional Medicinals – a beautifully pink herbal tea made with heart healthy hawthorne and hibiscus! A subtly sweet tea that’s caffeine free, and perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch.

kvass 3.) Real Pickles Beet Kvass (only shipped in the Northeast) – the ULTIMATE, heart healthy, deep pink/purple drink. The subtle flavor of beets tastes great, and helps you digest your food better, as it’s a fermented food.`

4.) Plain or Sparkling Water, infused with Watermelon or Fresh Berries. All you have to do is pour the water, add fresh fruit, and let sit for an hour or so in your fridge. If you don’t have time to let it sit, you can always crush some in a blender before you add it to the water. Strain it first if you don’t want it to be a thicker consistency. Have fun and play around with it!

watermelondrnk2The hardest part is cleaning and cutting up the fruit, so it’s a super simple, homemade treat. You can also add some fresh mint. And if you don’t need it to be pink, fresh lemon or lime in water is an amazing option as well. No sweetener needed, but if you need to add it, then make it organic!

Feel free to strain out the infused fruit and replace it with fresh right before you serve it. That way, there’s a little surprise when you get to the bottom of your glass, fresh fruit in a cup!

5. GT’s Kombucha, Strawberry Serenity, Cosmic Cranberry, and a bunch of other kinds and flavors! If you like regular iced tea, swap that out for this organic, raw, gluten free, vegan, non-gmo, fermented tea.K3

When I asked about the why certain strains of probiotics and antioxidants were listed on the label, here’s the response I got via email:

“All of the nutrients found in our Kombucha are naturally occurring; during the culturing period our Kombucha becomes naturally rich with B vitamins, probiotics, enzymes and antioxidants. All the nutrition facts and values you see listed on our labels, is verified by an independent third-party lab.”

Also, another added plus:

“We’re happy to share that GT’s Kombucha is naturally decaffeinated and a full bottle (16oz) contains between 16mg and 28mg of caffeine. By comparison, the same amount of coffee has 200mg of caffeine. This is true for all flavors.”

How great is that?!

In case you’ve never heard of it, kombucha tea is believed to have been around for about 2,000 years in the east, but has recently gained popularity here in the US. Kombucha is known to offer a wide variety of health benefits, and was once referred to as the “tea of immortality!”

I can’t think of a better holiday to highlight this tea for you than Mother’s Day, since the founder of the company started making it because he believed it helped his mother to overcome a very aggressive form of breast cancer. What a way to spread the love! Now that’s thinking pink.

So, what you you think? Will you Pink your Drink this Mother’s Day, and beyond? I hope you’ll try one of these simple alternatives to store bought, artificially flavored, colored and sweetened beverages.

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I can’t think of healthier way to express love for your mom than to serve her a heart healthy drink or meal. Of course, there are other ways to sneak in some pink as well. You could add some berries to her breakfast plate!

Have a very happy, peaceful, & sunny Mother’s Day!

In case you missed it, here’s Food Swap Project #1: Let’s Talk Tortilla Chips!

Would you be interested in doing a Food Swap Project of your own? Find out how to work with me on that here.

 

About Dawn

As a Certified Health Coach, I provide motivated individuals with the resources, tools, support and encouragement they need to make the gradual changes in food and lifestyle that could completely transform their lives. Contact me.
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