Embarking on Dry January? Try and be clear why you have made the decision to ditch alcohol and you'll be more likely to stick to it. Excess alcohol on top of your usual food intake can lead to unwanted weight gain, plus it actually suppresses fat metabolism, causing you to store it around your midriff. If that wasn't enough, alcohol is also a diuretic, leaving you dehydrated, which affects overall health.
However, we know how tough it can be to say no to that glass of wine after a long day. So we’ve put together a list of the most deliciously healthy virgin cocktails. Serve them up in your finest glasses and you’ll never know the difference. Promise.
The negroni, with its bitter blend of Campari and vermouth, is the ultimate aperitivo. The ultimate, very alcoholic, aperitivo.
But do not fear! The geniuses at Chowhound have come up with a booze-free edition. Made with a combination of non-alcoholic wines, toasted spices and citrus peel, this virgin version is as close to the real thing as you’ll get.
Find the recipe here.
Kind of like the Bloody Mary’s sober brother, the Spicy Mock-Caesar is spicy, savoury and surprisingly healthy. Packed with tomato juice, horseradish and a generous amount of hot sauce, this mocktail might be booze-free, but it certainly packs a punch.
Find the recipe at Nature’s Path.
Mulled Apple And Pomegranate Juice
Mulled drinks isn’t just for Christmas. As long as it’s cold, blustery and grey outside, you’ve got a good excuse. This recipe is easy peasy – just swap out the usual alcoholic cider for cloudy apple and pomegranate juice.
Find the recipe at Jet and Indigo.
Frozen Kombucha Margarita
If you haven’t yet heard of kombucha, you’re in for a treat. This effervescent tea has all the fizz and zip of soda, plus a whole host of health benefits. Mixed with coconut water, lime, crushed ice and mint, it makes a fabulous margarita.
Find the recipe at Food Matters.
Citrus Fizz Mocktail
New juicer for Christmas? Put it to good use with this zingy citrus mocktail. Jam-packed with pineapple, ginger, and lime, there’s only one missing ingredient: a hangover.
Find the recipe at Sustain The Glow.
If you want to overhaul your health this year beyond reducing your alcohol consumption, why not address your diet and ensure you are eating nourishing meals alongside regular exercise. Need inspiration? Try a recipe box to remove all the hard work. Here at Mindful Chef we deliver all the pre-portioned ingredients needed to cook delicious, healthy dinners in under 30 minutes.