Not Your Mother’s Mucktails
If there’s one thing that we can all say we’re ready for, it’s SUMMER. From negative forty-degree weather to drifts and hills of snow, we find ourselves hibernating indoors for six months while mother nature runs her course. With hibernation comes excessive eating, and with excessive eating comes the all too regular wine-in-your-pajamas-at-7pm while we re-watch-all-seven-seasons-of-The-West-Wing. So, HOW can we get our bodies ready for summer? And how can we make sure that we’re in tip-top shape for this year’s MuckFest® MS?
Cut the alcohol, cancel Netflix (after finishing Kimmy Schmidt, of course), and head to the kitchen to make a few of our favorite mocktails, or mucktails, if you will. These non-alcoholic drinks will give you the energy and refreshment you need to get out of the house and start training for your run.
Sugar-Free Copycat Chick-fil-A Frozen Lemonade
Recipe by Brenda Bennett, Sugar-Free Mom
Cutting sugar from your diet can be super useful for feeling more motivated and energized, but beware the side effects of artificial sweeteners. That’s why we’re sharing this recipe with the naturally-derived sweetener, stevia.
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 -2 teaspoons lemon liquid stevia
- pinch salt
- 3 cups ice
- Add the ingredients into a high powdered blender and blend until desired consistency.
- I suggest starting with 1/2 teaspoon of liquid stevia then taste and adjust to decide if it is sweet enough for you.
- If you’d like more lemon flavor add 1/4 cup more lemon juice.
Ginger Lime Mucktail
Recipe by Elana Amsterdam, Elana’s Pantry
This mucktail is perfect for your post-run hydration needs. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger mixed with the vitamin-C enriched and refreshing taste of lime make for a perfect summer drink.
- 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 teaspoon zested ginger
- 12 drops stevia
- 18 ounces sparkling water
- Combine all ingredients in a jar and stir.
- Pour over ice into 2 cocktail glasses and garnish with lime wedges.
Clean Eating Orange Julius
Recipe by Allie Taylor, Through Her Looking Glass
Want a balance of protein and healthy carbs to supplement your post-workout regimen? Try this frothy and refreshing recipe to energize your day!
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon stevia extract powder OR 4 tablespoons organic agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 – 20 ice cubes
- Optional garnish: orange slices and mint sprigs
- Blend all ingredients in blender to desired consistency.
- Start with the smaller number of ice cubes, then add more as needed for a thicker consistency.
- Optional: Garnish with orange slices and mint sprigs.
- Serve immediately.
The BEST Homemade Chocolate Milk
Recipe by Amanda Rettke, I Am Baker
Skip the Bailey’s, this thick and mucky chocolate milk will have your whole family thirsty for more. The ingredients are easily interchangeable with healthier options, so explore to find your perfect chocolate-muck-milk.
- 3 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Pour milk into blender. Add in cocoa, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Blend all ingredients until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds.
- Serve and enjoy!
- This will last about one week covered in the fridge (or the life of the milk).
There you have it, this summer’s top four mucktails that will energize you through your heat-filled adventures. Put down the remote, unbox the blender, and put on your running shoes as we begin training for a summer of MuckFest MS!