Conscious Cocktail Recipe

Spring is in the air, and so is patio season! Can I get a “HECK YES!” Patio season definitely means that there will be some drinks. I’ve noticed with my clients that alcohol has become a big topic of interest recently so I thought I’d include a conscious cocktail recipe in here that won’t put you too far off track with your Summer health goals

Conscious Cocktail Recipe

We made it through the Winter and the weather is starting to change! I know for me, as soon as the weather gets up into the double digits, I’m instantly in the mood for patio season, which means some cocktails are in order to refresh the palette. I believe in the 80:20 approach to diet, which means 80% of the time you are consciously feeding your body the most nutrient dense foods you have, as food is our fuel, but 20% of the time I allow food to be therapy. Alcohol can become a problem when we have specific weight loss goals in mind, not only because it is adding a lot of empty calories but because o the toll it takes on the body. The body has to do two things when we begin to drink alcohol: detox and metabolize. First, our body will always choose to begin to metabolize alcohol first over anything since it is a toxin. This means any other food in the body is most likely going to be stored as fat or sit in the stomach and cause indigestion. Secondly, it will continue to circulate in the blood until our liver is able to detoxify and excrete it which accounts for being drunk, but also is quite taxing on the organ. What better way to enjoy your cocktail in a conscious way than with this easy recipe your friends will love!

What you need:

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. water
  • 1 tbsp lavender honey
  • Ice and a lemon wedge for garnish

How to do it:

  • In a small saucepan combine honey (1/2 cup) and lavender (1 tbsp). Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Use a small wire mesh to strain honey into a bowl or jar and allow cooling.
  • Combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake it up vigorously to get that honey mixed in well!
  • Pour into your favourite cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon wedge to serve.

Make Your Own Customized Wellness Kit for Mother’s Day

How to Make Your Own Customized Wellness Kit for Mother’s Day

Are you stumped with what to get your mom this mother’s day? Why not make her a basket full of items to help her unwind and relax. The best thing about this gift is it’s totally customizable to suit your mama best and the best gifts are made with love! Also, if you want you could always extend the gift into a whole day of relaxation and bonding time together, two gifts in one. Here’s what I would suggest putting in your basket to get you started.

  1. Essential Oil

There are a multitude of essential oils that when diffused into the air can provide relaxing and therapeutic effects. You can get the benefits of essential oils in a few different ways. You can buy natural candles, get a diffuser, or even utilize the essential oils by placing a few drops in the bottom of your shower or put in mason jars of hot water around the house. Some essential oils I would recommend for relaxation and calming effects are: lavender, rose, vetiver, ylang ylang, chamomile, or frankincense. Check out your local Saje store for plenty of essential oils and infused candles.

  1. Herbal Teas

Herbal teas can relax the mind and calm the body. I love recommending herbal teas to my clients as a way to unwind at night and avoid mindless eating. Some of my favourite herbal teas that can have these effects are: chamomile, lemon balm, skullcap, common sage, and passionflower. Herbal teas can be made into yummy iced teas as well and won’t contain all the added sugar a store bought pre-made iced tea may have. You could also throw in a cute mug with an inspiring quote to brighten your mom’s day!

  1. DIY Bath Salts

Here is a simple recipe for creating your own bath salts your mom can soak in with her favourite iced herbal tea or conscious cocktail (see recipe in the rest of the newsletter).

What You Need:

  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • ½ cup natural sea salt
  • 20-30 drops of your favourite essential oils (preferred combination: juniper, lavender and rosemary)
  • Optional: adding some dried herbs like rosemary
  • Cute mason jar to keep your homemade bath salts air tight and fresh
  • Cute ribbon and label card

What to Do:

  • Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl
  • Pack into your cute mason jar and seal with the air tight lid
  • To use place about ½ cup of salts mixture in warm bath
  1. An Adorable Journal or Reading Material

Journaling is a technique that has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and allow you to empty your mind and sleep better. I personally have a journal bedside that I like to reflect on my day and jot down any lessons I’ve learned, cool places I might want to check out, feelings I may need to express, write down all my to do’s, and plan out my following day and/or week. This allows me to keep a constant communication with myself as well as staying organized in my daily life and in my mind. If you don’t think your mom is a journal-er, maybe pick up a book she’s been meaning to read or a magazine she likes to indulge in!

  1. Extra Customization

You know your mom best so if there are any other little things you know your mom loves like her favourite chocolates, coffee, make-up, beauty products, accessories etc. Throw those in there to add that extra bit of customization and show your mom how much you love and appreciate her!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out! XO