Category: Beverages

Ginger Kombucha Lemon Drop

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators. This month’s theme is probiotic cocktails and gut-health mocktails . Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.  JUMP TO THE RECIPE

Ginger Kombucha Lemon Drop - A healthier lemon drop cocktail made with probiotic rich kombucha. Only 120 calories with 4 grams of sugar! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #cocktail #martini #lemondrop #lemondropcocktail #kombucha #probiotics #healthygut

It might be a stretch to call any alcoholic beverage “healthy”, but relatively speaking, this Ginger Kombucha Lemon Drop easily beats out a classic lemon drop cocktail, which is typically made with simple syrup and triple sec liqueur – two ingredients that can cause it to have as much as 23 grams of sugar or more!  By comparison, this cocktail has only 4 grams of sugar (excluding the optional candied ginger garnish), but, more importantly, it’s made with ginger kombucha, a beverage containing probiotics. Probiotics are the live bacteria that promote a healthy gut (digestive tract). (more…)

Skinny Winter White Cosmopolitans

A delicious, not-too-sweet, seasonal cocktail that clocks in at 138 calories per serving.

Skinny Winter White Cosmopolitans - A delicious, not-too-sweet, seasonal cocktail that clocks in at 138 calories per serving. #cocktails #cocktailrecipe #cocktailparty #drinks #drinkrecipe

Although the holidays are over, and many people are trying to cut back on their alcohol consumption in the month of January, it still seems fitting to post this recipe for Skinny Winter White Cosmopolitans today because we are in the middle of a snow storm here in New England. The flakes are falling fast and furious, and this cocktail fits right in with the winter white theme! (more…)

Pomegranate Ginger Chia Juice

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by POM Wonderful and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Pomegranate Ginger Chia Juice – A healthy breakfast or post-workout beverage chockfull of antioxidants. Slightly sweet and tart with a zing of ginger. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free. (#AD) | QueenofMyKitchen.com #juiceforhealth #juices #pomegranate #pomegranatejuice #pomegranatebenefits #breakfast #chia #chiaseeds #healthybreakfast #healthybreakfastrecipes #healthybreakfastideas

This time of year is all about resolutions and things we want to achieve over the next 12 months to improve the quality of our lives. One piece of advice that is frequently given regarding New Year’s resolutions is to set realistic, manageable goals that won’t overwhelm you. Committing to drastic lifestyle changes is a surefire way to fail, so it’s important to keep this in mind as you think about your goals for the new year. I’m a big believer in the idea that small changes, over time, can add up to big results.  If one of your resolutions for 2018 is to eat healthier, then here is an easy, small change you can make to your diet with some potentially big health benefits – drink pomegranate juice daily.  You can start by mixing up a batch of Pomegranate Ginger Chia Juice using Pom Wonderful 100% Juice. Pom Wonderful is the leader in the pomegranate juice market.  The pomegranates they use to make their #CrazyHealthy juice are whole-pressed, meaning a unique blend of polyphenol antioxidants from two whole pomegranates – including its fruit, pith and rind – is found in each 8-ounce serving. But that’s not the only reason you should drink it. Read on! (more…)

Apricot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I was not compensated for my time.

Apricot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie - #AD. A beautiful, nutrituous smoothie you can make in 5 minutes with canned fruit. Super convenient and incredibly delicious. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

One can never have too many smoothie recipes! Smoothies are an excellent form of nourishment and can easily be tailored to your taste and specific dietary needs. Smoothies are usually made with fresh fruit or berries but the problem with fresh fruit and berries is that they’re perishable and, depending on the season, aren’t always available. Frozen fruit is a good option but most of us have a limited amount of freezer space, especially if we live in tight quarters or have roommates with whom we share a freezer. Canned fruit is the perfect solution to these smoothie-making dilemmas – it has a long shelf life and, as long as it remains unopened, needs no refrigeration.  Libby’s is a leader in the canned produce industry and has been delivering high-quality, wholesome products to consumers since 1868.  Its canned fruit is awesome in smoothies such as this Apricot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie.  I used one 15 ounce can of Libby’s Unpeeled Apricot Halves in Pear Juice, along with a handful of other ingredients, to make this stunning smoothie in less than 5 minutes!

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Wild Blueberry Kombucha Martini

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.  Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators.  Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.

Wild Blueberry Kombucha Martini – Made with homemade wild blueberry juice and lemon kombucha. A delicious, healthier martini with intense blueberry flavor. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Spring is a special time for celebrations. As the flowers are blooming and the grass is getting greener and lusher by the day, there is a sense of rebirth and renewal in the air. How fitting then, that this should be the season for graduations, showers, and weddings. These milestone celebrations call for delicious food and festive beverages so it’s only natural that this month’s Recipe Redux theme is “Cocktails and Mocktails for May Celebrations”. My fellow Reduxers and I have been busy creating delicious party beverages. Please be sure to clink the link at the end of this post to see the wide assortment of delicious drinks with plenty of non-alcoholic options. My creation was this Wild Blueberry Kombucha Martini. If you agree that healthy is a relative term, then I dare say that this might be one of the healthiest martinis ever! (more…)

Frozen Raspberry Rosé

Frosty, light, and refreshing.  A new way to enjoy rosé.

Frozen Raspberry Rosé - Frosty, light, and refreshing. A new way to enjoy rosé. | www.QueenofMyKitchen.com

Every year when Labor Day arrives I remind myself that there are still several weeks left of warm weather, but it never seems to ease my sadness.  No matter what the thermometer says, when that first Monday in September rolls around I feel glum.  This year, in an attempt to cheer myself up, I tried something different. Rather then bemoaning the end of summer I celebrated instead with Frozen Raspberry Rosé. Frozen wine is usually an accident – like when you put a bottle of white wine in the freezer and forget it’s there – but in the case of rosé wine, frozen is not only deliciously cool and refreshing, but stunning in appearance.  And since rosé is a wine that has come to symbolize the glory of summer, it seemed only natural to use it in a fun drink to mark the season’s end.   (more…)

Chia Juice

Reap the health benefits of chia seeds in your morning breakfast juice with this simple recipe that packs a powerful nutritional punch!

Chia Juice - Reap the health benefits of chia seeds in your morning breakfast juice with this simple recipe that packs a powerful nutritional punch! Vegan and gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you’re looking for a way to make your breakfast more interesting look no further!  Chia Juice is a healthy alternative to the typical fruit juice you’re probably used to drinking at breakfast.  Consuming a glass of this delicious beverage is the perfect way to start your day.  You’ll be adding some protein and lots of fiber to a drink that would otherwise have very little. One of the unique properties of chia seeds is their ability to absorb many times their weight in water, producing a gel-like substance that can be combined with foods to change their texture and enhance their nutritive value.  It sounds strange to be drinking seeds, but once the chia seeds are hydrated they become tender, and, when mixed with juice they have a pleasant mouthfeel.  There are several brands of chia juice on the market but most have added sugar and are quite pricey.  If you make your own Chia Juice you can control the sugar content by using juice with no added sweeteners, and you’ll be saving money too. (more…)

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