3 Non alcoholic drinks to serve to your guests this summer

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Summer is here and with that comes all kinds of social events revolving around food and drink – BBQs, exhibitions and festivals like the Calgary Stampede, camping and of course, vacation.

As you think about your summertime social activities with family and friends, how will your eating and drinking change while at one of these events? 

  • What kind of foods do you eat? What kind of drinks do you drink?
  • How much more food do you eat when out with friends? There is often an amazing variety of foods from which to choose while building yourself a plate. More variety of food choices usually results in eating more food overall – after all, you will want to try all of what is offered!!
  • How many alcoholic drinks do you enjoy? It is so easy to slurp back a cold one on a hot summer day…after all, you are thirsty! Once you have had a drink or two, do you become somewhat disinhibited with your eating? Suddenly, that (entire) bag of chips is really easy to munch on.

It is easy to see how your social life can sabotage your lifestyle goals.

If you are working toward a lifestyle goal, plan ahead for how you can eat and drink at these events so you can maintain progress toward your lifestyle goals without drawing unwanted attention to yourself.

If you are looking for a few non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy while at social events this summer, here are 3 fresh and fun non-alcoholic drinks for you to try.

3 Non-alcoholic drink recipes to enjoy this summer:

Watermelon Mint Refresher

  • 2 ½ cups red-fleshed watermelon (seeded)
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp very finely chopped fresh mint or basil

Blend all ingredients.  Serve with mint leaves and frozen orange juice ice cubes.  If you want more “bite” to your drink, add a splash of sparkling soda.

 

Apple-Pear Vanilla Bean Drink

  • 1 & ½ cups apple juice
  • ½ cup pear juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped with spoon
  • 1 cup red grapefruit juice
  • sparkling soda for serving
  • one red apple sliced cross-wise for serving

1) Combine apple and pear juices in a saucepan.

2) To this saucepan, add scraped vanilla bean.  Heat for 5 minutes, allowing the vanilla bean to infuse its flavor.  Cool.

3) Add red grapefruit juice to the cooled juice mixture.

4) Serve with a slice of red apple. If you want more “bite” to your drink, add a splash of sparkling soda.

 

Pumpkin Pie Spicer

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup canned pure pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • maple syrup to serve (optional)

Blend the first seven ingredients together.  Top each drink with a drizzle of maple syrup, if using.  Serve with cinnamon sticks.

Each drink serves 4-6 people.  Sip slowly and mindfully. Enjoy!

Kristyn Hall
Kristyn Hall
Kristyn Hall MSc, RD, Food, Nutrition & Culinary Coach, Registered Nutritionist and Calgary Dietitian, Calgary, AB.

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