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Summer Mocktails That All of Your Guests Will Love

With the temperatures rising and the sun staying out longer, it’s the perfect weather to enjoy a mocktail on the back porch. Mocktails make the perfect addition to a picnic, an evening walk, or even if you’re just lounging around.

Cocktails are great, but if you are looking for some alcohol-free options you have come to the right place. Often times summery drinks are packed with sugar which we know can hurt us in numerous ways. That’s why we crafted seven different cocktail recipes for you that are all delicious, yummy, and healthy. Check them out below and let us know if you try them out.

Here are 7 Delicious Summer Mocktails:

1. Kombucha Mule Mocktail

What’s better than a mocktail mule? A Kombucha mocktail mule. It’s delicious, refreshing, and tastes better than the original. Not to mention the health benefits that it comes with. Try it out and let us know how you like it!

Ingredients →

How to make it →

  1. Grab your mule mug (a regular mug works as well) and fill it with crushed ice.
  2. Add the lime juice, then topping with ginger kombucha.
  3. Garnish with a lime slice and enjoy.

2. Sparkling Watermelon Spritz

This spritz is perfect for summer, especially those hot nights where you need a refreshing drink to cool you down.

Ingredients →

  • 2 cups of watermelon
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 1 cup of sparkling water
  • Crushed ice

How to make it →

  1. In a blender, add the watermelon, lime juice, and mint leaves.
  2. Fill a glass with ice, topping with equal parts seltzer and watermelon mix.
  3. Top with a lime and enjoy!

3. Blood Orange Mocktail

This mocktail is the queen of all mocktails. Made with fresh blood oranges, this drink is sure to please any drink lovers palette.

Ingredients →

  • The juice from 1 blood orange
  • 1 cup of seltzer
  • Crushed ice
  • Blood orange slice
  • Rosemary sprig

How to make it →

  1. Grab your favorite glass and fill it with ice.
  2. Pour in the juice from the blood orange, then add in the seltzer. Garnish with a slice of blood orange and a sprig of rosemary.
  3. Enjoy!

4. Green Tea Spritzer

This summertime spritzer is the perfect drink for any tea lovers out there. If you are like us and love your green tea, then this spritzer was made for you. It’s refreshing, healthy, and something we could drink every single night.

Ingredients →

  • 2 tbsp brewed green tea
  • ½ tsp honey
  • ½ cup of cut-up pineapple
  • 1 cup of seltzer
  • Crushed ice

How to make it →

  1. Add the tea, honey, and pineapple to a blender.
  2. Pour crushed ice into a glass and add seltzer.
  3. Top with the tea mix and enjoy!

5. Pineapple Orange Twist

This refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail tastes just as good as it looks. Its vibrant colors are a sneak peek into the vibrant and delicious flavors that this cocktail produces.

Ingredients →

  • ½ cup of pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup of kombucha
  • ¼ cup of orange sparkling seltzer
  • Crushed ice

How to make it →

  1. Add the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and crushed ice to a blender and blend.
  2. Add the mix to a glass, topping with kombucha and seltzer.
  3. Enjoy!

6. Lemonade Spritzer

This lemonade spritzer is one to share with the whole family. It’s a delicious twist on original lemonade and has little sugar.

Ingredients →

  • Lemon juice from 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 cup of lemon seltzer
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Crushed ice

How to make it →

  1. Add the lemon juice, honey, and crushed ice to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake for 30 seconds then pour mixture over ice.
  3. Top with seltzer and enjoy!

7. Strawberry Kombucha Mocktail

This strawberry kombucha mocktail makes the perfect treat for summer. It’s the perfect blend of berries and kombucha, crafting a delicious and refreshing taste.

Ingredients →

  • 8 oz strawberry kombucha
  • ⅓ cup fresh raspberries
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup of sparkling water
  • Juice of 1 lime

How to make it →

  1. Muddle raspberries with mint leaves.
  2. Add crushed ice to a glass cup.
  3. Top with the muddled mix, next adding the kombucha and seltzer.
  4. Top with the juice of one lime and enjoy!

We hope you enjoy all of these delicious summer mocktail recipes! As always let us know if you give them a try.

If you’re looking for more family friendly ideas make sure to check out our plant-based recipes your kids will love.

7 Simple Steps to Improve Your Health and Wellness

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What does health and wellness mean to you?

Being in control of your health does not need to be difficult. Actually, a lot of research shows that the key to a lifetime of good health is through “lifestyle medicine.” This means taking small, simple steps in improving your overall health and incorporating these habits into your everyday life.

This being said, you do not have to take a giant leap to totally change your lifestyle. It begins with small changes, that eventually turn into habits. There is nothing wrong with having big goals, but there is also a benefit in working on the little ones.

Just by adding a few of the following practices into my lifestyle I’ve been able to see a dramatic increase in my overall health and wellness. I wanted to share these simple steps with you so that you too could see a positive change in your lifestyle.

Eat Smarter

One of the smallest life changes we can make is eating smarter. This doesn’t mean revolutionizing the way you eat, just implementing some different changes where you can.

There can be a lot of healthier alternatives for our usual meals, including the following.

  • If you regularly eat foods that contain a lot of carbohydrates such as rice and pasta, you may opt to choose their whole-grain versions.
  • Say no to sugary drinks. As always, water is the best option. You can also infuse your water with lemon and cucumber for that refreshing taste. I love doing this with lemons and strawberries.
  • Eat your veggies. Incorporating more leafy greens to your meals will do so much good for your body.
  • Avoid adding salt to your meals because it may contribute to bloating and high blood pressure.

Find a New Hobby

One thing to help improve your health and wellness is experimenting with hobbies. Hobbies make you explore your hidden talents and improve them at the same time. They also relieve stress and help you take a little break from your fast-paced lifestyle. Simple hobbies like doing a crossword puzzle or sudoku will have a productive and positive effect on your brain. While it’s a fun activity in the short-term, it will help lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in the long-term.

Personally, I love finding new hobbies to explore. My favorite hobby to do is gardening. It’s a super relaxing addition to my day, and also provides my family with fresh produce. 

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Studies show that most adults do not get at least seven hours of sleep, and at this point in time, we all know how important it is to get enough sleep. Making sleep a priority is a great habit to introduce to your schedule if you don’t already do so.

Try to develop a ritual that will train your brain to relax and make you fall asleep more quickly and soundly. For me, I love enjoying a cup of tea before bed, and a dimly lit bedroom to help me sleep better and longer.

Train your Posture and Work those Muscles

Ever wonder why you are suffering from back pain at your age? Well, your posture may be bad, so always make sure you have proper posture.

If you are working at the office or pretty much sitting in a computer the whole day, make sure you are sitting in an ergonomic chair. Another small activity that will benefit you, both in the short term and in the long run, is stretching. It will only take a few minutes of your day and will do so much good for your body!

‘Me’ Time is the Best Time

One thing that is oftentimes overlooked in regards to health and wellness is what I like to call “me time.”

An effective way to improve your overall health and wellness is by taking some minutes each day to do something for yourself. This will promote inner growth and renewal. It will help you think better and breathe for a while. One way to enjoy ‘me time’ is by having a glass of wine or a smoothie and a bubble bath.

I also love to enjoy a smoothie while relaxing with a book, but it looks different for every person. Find what makes you happy and fulfilled and do it.

De-Stress and Meditate

Even the simplest things like going for a walk, listening to music, and cleaning can decrease your stress levels. One way that I work to destress is through meditation. Meditating will improve your focus and lessen your cortisol levels which, in turn, will improve your immune system.

Count your Blessings

This is one of the most important things we should do every single day. It is proven that people who know how to appreciate things in their life are happier than those who don’t.

When you start to count your blessings, you’ll be surprised about how lucky you are and how beautiful life is. Doing this before anything else in the morning, or every time you feel stressed or anxious will surely help you go through the day with a smile on your face.

Have you thought about incorporating these steps into your daily routine? Let me know how if you add any of these into your life, and how they impact your health and wellness. I love hearing from you in the comments!

Pre-workout Snacks That Will Fuel You For Any Workout

Do you eat pre-workout snacks? Is working out part of your normal routine? Do you make it to the gym only to feel depleted of energy after a few minutes?

I used to experience this a lot myself. I would motivate myself and drive to the gym, only to feel sluggard a few exercises in. A few years back I started reading more about nutrition and what fueled our bodies. I quickly realized that I needed to add a pre-workout snack to my diet, and much to my surprise it made a huge difference in my energy levels.

Even if you understand the importance of a pre-workout snack, it can be confusing to know what you should eat. Generally, you should want something light on the stomach, but something that will still fuel your body. Eating the right food will keep your blood sugar steady and in turn, give you the energy you need to have a good workout. It will make you perform better and recover faster, which is something I’ve seen happen in my own life.

When and How Much Should You Eat?

Depending on how much time you have before working out, the choices of pre-workout snacks range. Generally, the recommended time frame to eat before a workout is anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes before. I suggest planning ahead of time when it comes to pre-workout foods, that way you can just grab it and go when you’re in a rush.

Below, I compiled a list of pre-workout snacks that will give you just the energy you need for your workout.

Banana

Bananas contain the perfect amount of calories to fill you up and enough carbs to keep you energized until the end of your workout. You can opt to eat a whole banana, which is not only energizing but also filling! If you find that a banana doesn’t do the trick, add some peanut butter to the mix.

This combination is yummy and packed with both protein and carbs to fuel you through whatever workout you are doing.

Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is a great pre-workout snack because it is rich in carbs and it fills you up quickly. Not only that, but it’s also so satisfying to eat. 

You don’t have to eat oatmeal plain either. Try adding some nut butter on top, or some fruits, to spruce up the taste. It is also great to incorporate low-fat milk into the recipe as well.

I love eating oatmeal with peanut butter, bananas, and chia seeds before my workouts. Since this is quite a heavy snack, give yourself time to digest it before your workout.

Greek Yogurt

This is the ultimate pre-workout snack! Plain Greek yogurt has twice the protein you can find from regular yogurt. They are very filling but at the same time, not too heavy to digest before a workout.

They are the perfect snack to bring with you if you are in a rush and they are easy and quick to eat too! If you have some almonds at home, feel free to mix it with your yogurt for some added fat. You can easily find a 100-calorie pack of yogurt in your local grocery store, and keep them in your fridge for when you need them.

Protein Bars

Protein bars are the perfect on the go snacks. They are packed full of protein and are very easy to eat! Find a good brand with less than 300 calories per pack and stack them up in your pantry or your gym bag.

Bagels

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If you find yourself extra hungry before a workout and want something delicious and filling, a bagel (preferably made from whole wheat flour) is a perfect choice for you. I love to add some cream cheese on top but I also know people that love adding peanut butter. Adding a topping like peanut butter adds a solid source of protein, which is always good before a workout.

Toast/Cereals

I love eating a slice of toast pre-workout because it only takes a minute or two to put together, and is easy to digest! Cereal is also another good pre-workout snack, mainly because it is easy to make as well. Add some dried fruit into your bowl for added nutrients and flavor.

Smoothies

Making your own smoothie ensures that you know what’s in it, which means no unnecessary added sugars.  Unfortunately, many smoothie shops add so much sugar to their smoothies, taking from being a healthy snack to a dessert.

It’s better to make your own with some almond milk, frozen fruit, and frozen veggies than buy it at a shop. Add some Greek yogurt and peanut butter for some protein, and you’re good to go!

Apple

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Nothing beats a slice of a nutritious apple. If you’re running late, you can eat it while walking to your gym. Apples are a good source of calories and carbs which are essential for your workout.

100% Fruit Juice

If you don’t feel like eating something, you should try to at least drink some fruit juice instead. Try to reach for an orange juice for some carbs and pre-workout natural sugar.

With all these options, I bet you’ll never work out again without filling in your stomach beforehand. I know that adding a pre-workout snack into my routine has helped me a lot with energy during my workouts, and I bet it will help you as well. Which is your favorite among these? I would love to hear from you in the comments.

While you’re here, make sure to check out another one of my blog posts, “20 Post Workout Foods That Are The Most Beneficial (And Easy!).”

7 Natural Supplements to Boost Your Immune System

Spring is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on protecting our immune systems, especially with the threat of the coronavirus looming. I’ve been taking extra measures with some natural supplements the past couple of weeks in order to make sure that I don’t catch a cold, and so that my immune system continues to be built up.

With the rise and fall of spring temperatures, our bodies are more vulnerable to colds, allergies, or even the flu. To avoid this, we can boost our immune systems with natural supplements and vitamins! While there are many supplements to help equip your immune system for fighting germs, there are 7 specific supplements that will help you protect your immune system this spring.

Garlic

This may be the easiest thing on this list for you to get your hands on. Garlic is a very popular antiviral and anti-inflammatory food that is proven to prevent common colds and cases of the flu. It is rich in selenium, a compound that can slow down the body’s over-active responses. It is best to consume more fresh garlic while spring is approaching, and you can do this easily by adding it to your meals.

Make sure to chop or slice the garlic, as it will release a compound called allicin into your food. Allicin has been shown to possess antioxidant activity and has antibacterial activities. I love adding garlic to just about anything but have recently loved it with air-fried sweet potato fries.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a classic natural supplement that we should all be taking, no matter the season. It is necessary for the development, growth, and repair of all body tissues as well as being critical for many bodily functions like absorption. Vitamin C is also one of the top immune-boosting vitamins which can prevent common colds if taken daily and not only when you are sick.

Like garlic, you can take it in supplement form, but you can also add it to your diet by adding in specific foods. Aside from a vitamin supplement, you can get Vitamin C from other sources, like citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables, and peppers. I love getting my Vitamin C from grapefruit.

Zinc

Zinc is a powerful mineral that keeps our immune systems working at their peak. It also is a great mineral to take if you want to prevent colds. Now, if you already are suffering from a cold, try using zinc lozenges, they are proven to clear the symptoms in just three days!

You can also get zinc from most forms of seafood and from poultry products as well. I recommend taking a supplement if you do not eat animal products.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria that provide a variety of benefits to the human body. In recent years, more and more people have been experiencing the positive effects probiotics have on the immune system. They are known to improve gut health and since 70% of our immune system cells are found in our gut, it also boosts our immune system.

Yogurt, kimchi, and kefir are just some of the foods that are rich in probiotics. Aside from taking a powerful probiotic, I make sure to eat probiotic rich foods like kimchi.

Elderberry

Elderberry

Elderberry is another recently discovered holy grail item on our list. Elderberry is a fruit packed with flavonoids, a very powerful antioxidant. Flavonoids are necessary for our immune systems as they can reduce flu symptoms in just three days. They lessen flu symptoms because they are capable of killing different viruses present in the body due to their immune-boosting properties.

Not only can they protect against viruses but elderberry is rich in anthocyanins which are proven to support the immune system. You can get your daily dose of this magical fruit in either liquid or capsule form. I like to take it in liquid form.

Spirulina

Spirulina is a biomass of cyanobacteria that is both safe to consume and an immune system booster. A lot of studies show that spirulina can help users overcome nasal allergies, which is common in this season of the year. Although it may not look appetizing or inviting, research shows that it really helps to strengthen the immune system. Another bonus is that this natural supplement and bacterium helps to lower inflammation on the body.

You can take it regularly in pill or powder form. I love experimenting with different spirulina smoothies.

Tinospora Cordifolia

This herb is very common to India and is only now getting the recognition it deserves worldwide. Not only does it help regulate sugar level, but it can also enhance the immune system functionality. It helps a cell called macrophage to fight germs do not want in our body.

You can take it in pill form or you can brew a tea from stem and roots. I like brewing it myself and adding it to my daily routine.


There you have it, the best natural supplements to boost your immune system! Do not wait until you get sick and take preventive actions now. I have implemented most of these supplements into my daily regime and have yet to get sick this year, knock on wood.

Most of these natural supplements are very easy to find and they can even be taken in pill which makes them easy to take, even for the pickiest of people. Just make sure to consult your doctor before you make major changes to your regime.

If you’re still looking for some tips about staying healthy, make sure to take a look at our earlier post about Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Herbs and Oils

13 Gardening Hacks Every Gardner Should Know

Are you thinking about starting a garden this year? Need some gardening tips to get you started? Gardening is a beautiful and calming habit to have, but sometimes the number of gadgets you need can be overwhelming. It might even stop you from starting the garden that you’ve always dreamed of.

Despite what you may think, gardening can actually be an easy habit to pick up, and there is a sustainable way to do so. What if I told you that you could use items that you already have in your house to create a successful and sustainable garden?

Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped me immensely with my gardening. After you’ve built your indoor herb garden, here is my collection of gardening hacks that will help you get the beautiful garden you’ve always wanted by using sustainable methods.

1. Sprinkle cinnamon on your seedlings to avoid diseases

One of the most frustrating things as a gardener is watching your seedlings become infected with diseases after working hard to nurture them. I add cinnamon to the leaves of my seedlings in order to prevent these diseases from occurring because of the powerful anti-fungal properties in cinnamon.

2. Cardboard seed tubes

Starting seeds can be a complicated process, but it can be simplified in a few easy steps. The good thing about starting seeds is that you can do so by using a household product you’re bound to have, toilet paper tubes.

All you need is your leftover toilet paper tubes, soil, and seeds. Start by filling the tubes with potting soil, and adding your seeds to it. Once the seeds have sprouted you can move them to your garden, planting the tube below the surface. Watch as the cardboard decomposes and your seeds sprout into beautiful plants.

3. Use leftover coffee grinds to keep garden pests away

Leftover coffee grinds to keep garden pests away

A great gardening hack is to reuse your coffee grounds is by sprinkling them in your gardens to keep the pests away. Adding coffee grinds to your gardens will keep ants, snails, slugs, and any other pest away from your plants and flowers. I keep a container of my used coffee grounds under the sink and sprinkle it over my gardens every once in a while. It does the trick perfectly!

4. Keep your plants watered for days by using this paper towel trick

Paper towel trick for your plantes

One of the biggest worries for gardeners when going away is the problem of watering plants. If you’re going away for a few days and don’t have someone to water your indoor plants, this paper towel trick will help keep your plants alive and thriving.

First, roll up some paper towels as tight as possible, then dose both ends with water. Place one end in a plant pot, and then the other end in a cup of water. This will slowly water your plant while you are away.

5. Increase healthy plant hydration with sponges 

One problem gardeners oftentimes face is root rotting at the bottom of a plant pot because of settling water. In order to prevent this from happening, place old kitchen sponges in the bottom of your pot. Instead of allowing water to settle at the bottom, the sponges will create an air space as well as act as a water reserve.

A nice gardening tip is to keep my old sponges in a container in my garage and when I have enough to pot a plant, I get to work adding the sponges to the bottom.

6. Swap fertilizer for Epsom salt

Instead of filling your garden with toxic fertilizer, use Epsom salt instead. Epsom salt is made up of hydrated magnesium sulfate which will help in seed germination and chlorophyll production. The compound also allows for greater nutrient absorption.

You can add Epsom salt to a water bottle and apply it as a spray which will help with immediate growth. I keep a spray bottle with Epsom salt in my gardening shed, so I can use it frequently.

7. Keep your soil in place with coffee filters

Keeping your soil in its designated pot can be extremely frustrating. It’s easy for the soil to slip out the bottom and get on your porch, deck, or any other place it’s located, especially when you’re watering the plant. One great way to keep your soil in place is with coffee filters.

When you pot a new plant, place coffee filters at the bottom of the pot so that it will stop the soil from coming out of the bottom. This is a great solution because it stops the dirt from leaving the pot but still allows for water filtration.

8. Kill weeds with vinegar

Kill weeds with vinegar

Instead of spraying your garden with pesticides and other poisonous chemicals, grab the vinegar from your kitchen. You can find a vinegar weed killer recipe here.

9. Use honey to propagate cuttings

Honey is a great way to propagate your plant cuttings because of the growth-stimulating enzymes that it contains.

Adding honey to the roots of your plant cuttings will help them quickly propagate, while simultaneously protect them from fungal problems. I’ve done this with a variety of plant cuttings and it does the trick every single time.

10. Keep your climbing plants in place with zip ties

Manage plants with zip ties

Zip ties are such a great, versatile gardening product. If you are growing vines or climbing plants, these can be super helpful in training them to grow in specific directions. You can find more zip tie tips and tricks here.

13. Use leftover citrus rinds as seed starters

Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and other citrus rinds are a great, sustainable option for starting new seedlings. Not only are they a great size for baby seedlings, but you likely have some in your kitchen. Instead of throwing out the rinds after eating citrus fruit, save them and plant a new seedling.


Once the seedling has sprouted, you can move it straight to the garden, planting the entire rind in the ground. While the sprouts grow, the citrus rind will naturally decompose.


I hope that you love this list of gardening hacks as much as I do. Many of these tips advocate for sustainability in an easy and affordable way, which, as you know, I really value. Instead of having to buy fertilizer, seedling starters, or fungus sprays you can use items leftover from your kitchen. It’s amazing what you can do with items you already have in your household, like coffee grinds!