Good Girl ‘Moonshine’

Both ginger and apple cider vinegar have been widely noted for helping aide weight loss and digestion. Trying to eliminate soda from your diet? Just trying to find a tasty, healthy poolside option? Either way, give this ‘mocktail’ a try. Detox and alkalize your body, all while staying hydrated and healthy this summer! Instead of pure drinking water, use seltzer water for a fun, fizzy effect.  It’s refreshing taste will have you sighing and saying, ‘Ahhhh’ after your first sip. Happy sipping guzzling. 🙂

Update: It’s been brought to my attention that this drink is essentially a ginger switchel. After a look into this, I was even more impressed with it as it’s benefits just keep on piling up. The exact source of the switchel isn’t known, but some speculate it came up to the Colonies from the Carribbean. What is known is that in Colonial days, with no modern conveniences like central air, or even ice cubes, a day spent out working in the field or on the farm could be grueling in the summer heat. To stay hydrated, they drank a quenching beverage that functioned much like modern sports drinks: switchel, also called switzel or haymaker’s punch. It contained water, a sweetener—either molasses, maple syrup, honey or brown sugar—ginger, and cider vinegar. All the ingredients (except water) happen to be sources of potassium—an electrolyte. Molasses is especially high in potassium. You could easily swap in some molasses for the stevia if you wanted to go old school. Also, another fun fact, it’s the bite of the ginger that resembles the taste of alcohol and apparently this was another reason the switchel became so popular among the colonial poor during the growing temperance movement of the 19th century.

Good Girl ‘Moonshine’

 Fit Mama 'Moonshine' Mocktail

recipe adapted from The (Gluten-Free) Food Gurly

enough ice to fill a quart jar to where the ring screws on
1 teaspoon ginger
4 teaspoons sugarless sugar (stevia)
2-3 tablespoon. apple cider vinegar
enough pure drinking water to fill the quart jar after filling with everything else

Directions

1. Fill your mason jar up to the first line where the ring/lid begins to screw on.
2. Sprinkle the ginger ans sugar over top of the ice.
3. Add the apple cider vinegar.
4. Fill with pure drinking water, stopping when it’s reached the first line where the ring begins to screw on.
5. Stir well until all the sugar has dissolved.
6. Enjoy!

I mostly added in the apples for aesthetic appeal, buuut they do significantly enhance the flavor. So if apple is your thing you’ll definitely want to throw in a few slices.

Healthy Peach ‘Milkshakes’

Nothing reminds me more of Spring & Summer than a yummy peach milk shake. I remember my Grandma making up some reason for taking us to Hardees for them as a special treat anytime the weather was warm. I used to take my own boys for peach shakes from Chik-Fil-A for their own special warm weather memories. Lucky for me, a cold, creamy milk shake is a treat to your taste buds anytime of the day or year, and a good peach shake is no exception. All that tastiness comes as a cost however. The most delicious ones are almost always a calorie bomb. The solution? We make our own ‘skinny’ version at home. Now anytime I get a craving, I can whip a batch of these babies up and enjoy a guilt free dessert. Now that’s my kind of treat! Although I call these ‘milkshakes’, there’s no actual milk involved. Their delicious deception only adds to my enjoyment.

Healthy Peach ‘Milkshakes’

4 Sons 'R' Us: Healthy Peach 'Milkshakes'

recipe adapted from Mia’s Domain

2 cups fresh orange juice
1 cup peach-flavored Greek Yogurt
2 cups frozen sliced peaches
2 tbsp sugar, or more to taste
1 tsp nutmeg

Directions

1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Serve shakes cold. For added presentation, add fresh peach slices to each glass.

Christmas Grinch Punch

Christmas Grinch Punch is the perfect holiday drink to get your family in the mood to CELEBRATE!

My kids love it, and it’s a hit at every holiday party.

It’s a fun way to bring the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic to life. It’s a great teachable moment, and a yummy nod to an important message.

I typically make this several times during the holiday season, and it’s a must on Christmas movie night. I love adding a little maraschino cherry ‘heart’ to each glass, but my kids hate them and convinced me to leave them out this year.

Settle in to watch your favorite Christmas movie with a delicious glass of this. Pop in a movie, check out Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas, or check out some Christmas lights; get festive and get your ‘Grinch’ on with Christmas Grinch Punch !

Christmas Grinch Punch 

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Christmas Grinch Punch
Punch is a holiday party staple- this Grinch version is perfect for Christmas.
Ingredients
  • 1 carton frozen green punch base
  • several scoops lime sherbet to taste
  • lemon-lime soda or ginger ale
  • maraschino cherries optional
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • green food coloring
Instructions
  1. Mix thawed punch mix, sherbet, and soda together. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add sugar. Add a few drops of green food coloring, stirring until evenly combined.
  3. When your sugar is satisfyingly green, dip the rim of a glass into water. You just want to get the rim wet. Dip the rim of the cup immediately into the bowl of sugar. Remove and set sugar-coated cup right side up. Repeat for the number of cups you're using.
  4. Add desired amount of punch to each cup, and if using add 1 maraschino cherry to each glass for the Grinch's heart that was 3x too small.