Welcome to zero proof reviews, where I’ll share my search for the most delicious, most satisfying, non-alcoholic drinks!
0% alcohol, 0% sponsored, 100% my opinion 😜
First up is @mikkellerbeer Limbo Yuzu a 0.3% beer that reads like a citrusy sour.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge beer drinker but I often like a sour. And this one really delivered!
🍋 LOVE the distinct yuzu flavour
🍋 Low bitter, with a taste between a fruity sour and an un-sweet radler
🍋 feels like a real drink, not a pop
SCORE: I’d give this one a solid 9.5/10 for my tastes.
I would happily drink a couple of these on a hot day, feels perfect for a beach picnic or BBQ 🏖
Where to get it: I discovered it @drivecanteen which I know is hyper-local, so I searched around and it looks like Mikkeler ships directly in the US and for Canadians, it looks like you can get it from www.softerdrink.ca
Let me know what you think of this review idea, what you want to see in terms of info or even products you think I should try!!
Also, a few words on why zero proof: For those of you who have been here a while, you know that I’ve been actively reevaluating my relationship with alcohol as I get older although I do not 100% abstain. I want to acknowledge my privilege in getting to do so as a way of honouring my health and mental clarity without battling addiction. For me, it’s about reevaluating a habit in line with my goals for myself. And I hope these reviews can help support you in yours!
We know that being stressed all the time doesn’t make any of us feel good. But you might be vastly underestimating the effects of stress on your gut, particularly if you have irritable bowel syndrome.
Stress can impact IBS in multiple ways:
🧠 Impacting motility, the usual movements of the gut
🧠 Impacting digestive secretions
🧠 Altering gut barrier function
🧠 Intensifying pain sensations
Research suggests that folks with IBS may have increased perception of stress, and those of us who do feel stress more intensely may have stronger symptoms (PMID: 30616026)
So as much as I would love to tell you that diet is all you need…in reality, a complex gut-brain condition like IBS requires a holistic, gut-brain approach. Yes, nutrition is important, but so is movement, rest and definitely stress management.
Which is where @nerva.ibs comes in: it is an evidence-based gut-directed hypnotherapy app that helps you foster a healthier gut-brain connection to manage symptoms of IBS. I find the sessions super relaxing, and because they’re guided, you might find them easier to stick with if you’ve struggled with meditation or mindfulness techniques in the past.
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This watermelon mint chia fresca is just what you need right now (AD)
It’s #worldwatermelonday and there are few things that scream summer like ice cold watermelon on a sunny day. But if you’ve ever shied away from buying a big watermelon because you won’t use it up, this watermelon mint chia fresca will make quick work of your leftovers! 🍉
It’s inspired by agua fresca con chia, a popular Mexican drink made from fruit, water and chia seed. It’s SO refreshing and the perfect way to cool off when the temperature rises. It can be made from a variety of fruit but watermelon works so well because it practically juices itself!
Nothing makes me happier than piling on the summer produce, so I’m partnering with @halfyourplatecanada to share this easy and yummy recipe with you.
Mix the chia seeds with 1 cup of water and let sit for 10 minutes to hydrate while you blend the juice.
Place the remaining cup of water with watermelon in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds until liquified.
If you want a clearer drink, strain…but I don’t! Give it a little taste - if your watermelon is sweet, you won’t need any sweetener…but if not, now’s your chance. Then stir in the hydrated chia water.
Divide mint leaves between 4 tall glasses and muddle with the handle of a wooden spoon. You can always blend in the mint too, but it won’t be a pretty red colour if you do, so be warned!
Add some ice, top with watermelon chia fresca and drink it down.
Speaking of summer abundance, if your mint is taking over your garden like it is in mine, a quick tip: you can dry it to make mint tea! Cut bunches of mint and tie with twine or an elastic band. Hang upside down, away from sunlight (you can cover with a paper bag if you have to hang it near a window, and it will dry in a couple of days. Then just crumble leaves and store in a mason jar. 🌱
Do you run out of the house, assuming you’ll grab take out only to just work through lunch when things get busy? 😬
Spend all this time and effort making a nice lunch for your kids and then scrounge for scraps midday?
Here’s the fix: save this post and take 10 minutes on Sunday to make this edamame sesame dip for easy lunches all week long.
Eating lunch is SO important to help keep your body energized so you can power through your afternoon.
Your brain uses a TON of energy throughout the day.
Getting a balance of plant-based protein, high fibre whole grains as well as fruits and veggies will help you beat the midday slump and keep your brain firing on all cylinders. ⚡️
And this edamame sesame spread is a fun change from hummus, and goes as well on a sandwich as it does in a snack box. 2 slices of @silverhillsbakery sprouted grain bread pack in 10 grams of fibre and 12 grams of protein for a slow, sustained energy boost.
Edamame Sesame Spread + Dip
1 1⁄4 cup shelled cooked edamame
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp shiro (white) miso
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1⁄8 tsp chile flakes
1⁄4 tsp salt
Blitz everything together in a food processor until thick and creamy like hummus. Spread on sprouted grain sandwiches layered with sliced avocado, cucumber and greens - or pack in a snack box with toast points and your favourite add ons!
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