10 Healthiest Hospitality Drinks
My Uncle Ron is a great guy, and at our last get-together he said, “You always are sharing all this wisdom from your Dad and even your brother-in-law on your blog…..don’t you have something wonderful to say about your Uncle Ron?”
Of course I have a ton of wonderful things to say about my Uncle Ron! First and foremost, anytime you go over to visit Uncle Ron he is quick to make you feel welcome by offering you a drink. He always has a great variety on hand.
In honor of Father’s Day I would like to recognize all the great father figures in my life, along with my own fabulous dad. Thank you all for being such amazing role models, and for always just being there. My Uncle Ron wins the hospitality award!
The Ten Healthiest Hospitality Drinks:
#1 Water of course! Be sure to always filter water at your tap instead of buying plastic bottles that clog our systems with BPA as well as landfills. Be a cool “jar drinker” like me. Glass is best. If you also want clean ice cubes, filter the water at the main source.
As I explained in my “Obesity Tax on Soda” tirade, the only thing we should typically be drinking is WATER. Soda made with sugar is poison. Soda with artificial sweeteners is worse than poison. The only soda I recommend is sweetened with stevia, called Zevia, and even then we should still be drinking water or breast milk as nature intended.
#2 Pomegranate juice. My favorite juice is the mix of pomegranate and blueberry juice made by PomWonderful. Be sure to drink juice as a TREAT. I reward myself with a little pomegranate juice each day as it is part of my anti-aging program. I always Tweet to @Pomline Girls on Twitter (who send me free juice) “Dr. Nicole is drinking her 8 oz of daily pom juice to prevent erectile dysfunction.”
Attention Men: Pomwonderful has done the research, and you can drink your way to Viagra prevention! Just be sure you are drinking the REAL DEAL and not water flavored with High Fructose Corn Syrup, artificial flavorings and full of food coloring!
#3 Wine. Red wine is better than white when it comes down to ORAC testing (an antioxidants ability to quench free radicals that destroy our cells.) But white wine is okay too. They say a glass or two of wine is good for you due to the antioxidant capacity of the resveratrol as I mentioned in my post, “The Healing Power of Thanksgiving,” but remember the key is MODERATION. You cannot save up all these “drink coupons” and have 14 drinks on Saturday. Sorry it just doesn’t work that way!
#4 Green Tea. In Japan green tea is the ultimate hospitality drink. If you really want to get your full antioxidants, I recommend the bright green powdered version that can be whisked in to a boglike foam. Purchase it at a Japanese or Asian market. Now the average guest will NOT see this powdered green tea as a hospitable treat, unless they are some freaky health nut like me! Dr. Nicole says BRING OUT THE BOG WATER!
#5 Heart Healthy Herbal Cocktails. I previously wrote an article sharing my favorite recipes for mixing pure fruit juice with herbal teas, also a fantastic way to get herbal medicine in to small kids. Have fun experimenting and come up with your own special “house blend.” At my house you will get the latest herbal tea I am testing iced with a splash of pomegranate juice to sweeten….actually I just like to do that because I only drink things that are pink. *wink* Hibiscus flowers will make your tea pink too.
Also, here is my Organic Sports Drink Recipe for your athletic friends who rode their bikes or jogged over. A home made organic sports drink or packet of Emergen-C should be taken after exercise to replete electrolytes lost in sweating.
Kids playing outside will need this, or you can just give them some watermelon, cucumber clices, cantaloupe or other “Nature’s Gator-aid.” Teach them that most of the sports drinks we buy are complete crap full of high fructose corn syrup, food colorings, and other junk we don’t need to be athletes. Keep it simple. Keep it pure.
#6 Top Shelf Vodka. You can make a “Pomtini” by shaking ice, vodka, and pomegranate juice in your martini shaker, or you can buy a flavored vodka and drink what I call my “Supermodel Cocktail” of Raspberry Stoli and Soda (that is calorie free carbonated water NOT tonic or sweetened soda) with a squeeze of lime.
Remember only 1-2 drinks per day, and always have a designated driver when consuming any amount of alcohol. I don’t just recommend top shelf liquor because I am a yuppie snob, but because top shelf is “cleaner” – meaning less other crap to clog up your liver aside from the ethanol it is forced to detox.
#7 Organic Beer. A beer or two is always good for family functions and there are many good organic beers out there. I’m not a beer drinker so I can’t recommend one, but you can do your part by visiting your local whole food market and picking up a six pack. Leave a comment on this article with your favorite!
Remember, we are already burdening the smooth endoplasmic reticulum of our hepatic lobules by asking our liver to detox ethanol….so the least work the liver has to do the better. I like less work don’t you? Well so does your liver. That is why we should GO ORGANIC in our cocktail choices. Dr. Nicole says you can drink one to two organic beers a day. Now put that on a T-shirt. He he.
#8 Dr. Nicole’s Smoothie. Here is the recipe to my favorite anti-aging smoothie. You can serve this up to guests or drink it in front of them. Modeling healthy behavior is the simplest way to teach. Kids naturally want to do what you are doing if they think you are cool. Always make being healthy look as cool as possible! Drinking smoothies is the stylish thing to do as well as an efficient way to hoark some fruit down.
#9 Organic Coffee. As I mentioned in my “Perfect Latte” recipe using my favorite Vanilla Almond Breeze. Coffee is actually quite healthy for us, and has been shown to prevent Parkinson’s. I am happy to do my part and drink two cups a day to prevent Parkinson’s.
#10 Chamomile Tea. An herbal sedative is always great for those visiting a house full of screaming kids. Passionflower tea is also delicious! Check out my article on “The Fifteen Most Fabulous Herbal Sedatives” to discover your own favorite calming house blend. There are also many wonderful caffeine free herbal blends out there for those that don’t do caffeine. Start experimenting until you find a few that you love and consider those your personal signature “herbal house blends.”
So there you have it – the healthiest hospitality drinks! This is why my Uncle Ron is such the ladies man and everyone just can’t get enough of him! Thanks Uncle Ron for always being there for me for all the big and little stuff in my life. Thank you for always making me laugh, for making me feel welcome in your home, and of course for making sure my cup is always FULL. You are the best. Now go tell Aunt Brenda how lucky she is. Much Love and Happy Father’s Day!
Happy Father’s Day to Everyone! Remember even if you aren’t someone’s immediate dad, it doesn’t mean you can’t have an inspirational impact on a child’s life. I am thankful for all my “Dads.”
Thanks for stopping by my Kitchen Table!