When your pregnant best friend asks for a New Year’s mocktail recipe, you create one. So here it is my: Sparkling Pineapple Ginger Mocktail. I don’t drink either so luckily, Natasha & I will be able to share a pitcher of this at our annual party tonight. I’m also bringing my Herbed White Bean Dip and cinnamon-seared pineapple (blog on that coming soon).
Pineapple is one of my favourite juices because it’s not just super delicious but also incredibly anti-inflammatory. The bromelain content found in pineapple is the powerhouse that gives the sweet fruit it’s anti-inflammation properties. Reducing excess inflammation in the body is vital for lowering your risk of disease and pain.
In the colder months, it’s important to keep your body happy with warming foods. One of the best ones being ginger. In Ayurveda, ginger is rejuvenating (perfect for New Years!) and supports both the digestive and immune systems. Because digestion is vital for the health of your body, I go a step further and avoid ice. The crushed cubes may feel refreshing but are too cooling for the body when the temperature starts to drop. Ice-cold drinks dampen your digestive fire known in Ayurveda as agni. You want to keep this life force going strong for healthy vitality.
Not only is ginger warming to the body and great for digestion, but it contains potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. And as I talk about extensively in my program, The Clear Skin Solution, inflammation and oxidative stress are at the root of acne and breakouts.
PS. Enjoy a glass of this tonight and you’ll wake up feeling great…not hungover and starting the new year off feeling like garbage. Also, don’t forget: alcohol and acne don’t mix.