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15 Simple Summer Mocktails

Celebrate at your next party with one or more of these 15 simple summer mocktails. Perfect for any holiday, such as 4th of July, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, brunch or any gathering where you want a refreshing, fruity alcohol-free cocktail.

Celebrate at your next party with one or more of these 15 simple summer mocktails. Perfect for any holiday, such as 4th of July, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Father's Day, brunch or any gathering where you want a refreshing, fruity alcohol-free cocktail. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Here are 15 delicious and gorgeous simple summer mocktails to try at your next gathering. They’re not oly kid-friendly, but they’re infused with yummy fruit flavors. Some are kicked up a notch with spices and herbs! Check them out:

Raspberry Sangria Mocktail by Rachna’s Kitchen
Good Morning Sunburst – an Orange Juice Mocktail by The Worktop



Watermelon Lime Mocktail by Eat Yourself Skinny

Virgin Banana Daiquiris by Strength and Sunshine


Non-alcoholic Sangria by Simple Vegan Blog



Cherry Bomb Mocktail by Julia’s Eats and Treats

Orange Mint Coconut Water by Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Non-Alcoholic Frozen Strawberry Margarita by Mom Endeavors

Grilled Pineapple & Lime Mocktail by The Merry Thought



5-Calorie Raspberry Lime Margarita Fizz (non-alcoholic) by Averie Cooks
Layered 4th Of July Mocktail by This Mama Loves

Blackberry Lemon Mocktail by Running To The Kitchen

Orange Creamsicle Shirley Temple by The Kitchen Is My Playground

Simple Blackberry Mocktail by Elisabeth McKnight

Lemon Lime Margarita Mocktail by My Crazy Good Life

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Celebrate at your next party with one or more of these 15 simple summer mocktails. Perfect for any holiday, such as 4th of July, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Father's Day, brunch or any gathering where you want a refreshing, fruity alcohol-free cocktail. 

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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.

Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Vitamix has never been so happy! These are a few of my favorite things: smoothies, cheesecake, and strawberries. So when I decided to throw a dollop of cream cheese into my Vitamix one morning, I also grabbed a few frozen strawberries, because #strawberrycheesecake, ya’ll! Of course, I kept it healthy with unsweetened coconut milk and my favorite vanilla protein powder. For sweetness, I added frozen banana chunks, but if you need to keep this Keto, just leave the bananas out; the strawberries may provide enough sweetness for you!

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

As always, I like to blend my smoothies in stages in a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec (I use this one) to ensure the most, uh… smooth outcome. I mean, it’s called a smoothie, right? 😉

First to go in the blender is the liquid. I use coconut milk (from the carton) but almond milk would work fine, too. Then I add my protein powder and blend. Then I add the cream cheese and blend again. Lastly, I add the frozen banana and frozen strawberries. If at this point your smoothie is too thick, just add a dash of water to thin it out.

Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.

I hope you try this yummy smoothie, especially while fresh strawberries are in season. I love to get a bucket of gorgeous, ripe strawberries at our farmer’s market, wash and dry them well, trim the green leaves off the top and bag them up for the freezer for my smoothies. Ah ~ the goodness! Enjoy!
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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
 
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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • ¾ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ⅓ cup cream cheese
  • water to thin out if too thick
Instructions
  1. Note: This smoothie yields the best consistency if blended in stages.

  2. In a high-powdered blender, add coconut milk, protein powder, and blend until combined.

  3. Add cream cheese and blend again.

  4. Add in frozen banana and frozen strawberries and blend well.

  5. Pour into glass and enjoy!

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Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.

 

 

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Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe

Here’s my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It’s my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.

Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.Note: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

I’ve always loved eggnog, even as a kid. There’s just something about those holidays flavors that I love. I remember the eggnog of my childhood as being very rich, and really, too sweet. I could sip just a little at a time before I was sugared-out. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to try making my own. I finally hit on a recipe that my adult palate and sugar-free self can confidently recommend, so here is my healthy homemade dairy-free eggnog recipe.

Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.

I use canned coconut milk as the liquid base. I’ve tried almond milk and a combo of almond and coconut milks, but I think the canned coconut milk gives the best richness and thickness of texture that I’m looking for. I also use organic eggs; their yolks are superior, I think. I’ve tried different sweetener options and I like maple syrup, but have also switched it out with Swerve. I do not like honey as the sweetener – somehow that just messes with the flavor, but that’s just me. I also probably add more spices than other recipes, so I always say adjust it to your taste.


I love that I zoom the contents up in my Vitamix and then warm up the whole thing on the stove. That will take care of any of your (ahem…”my”) concerns about raw eggs! Once the mixture has been nicely heated (never boiled), pour it into a glass container and stash it in the fridge to get nice and cold. Leaving it overnight is best, but if it’s something that you want to drink in the evening, plan accordingly and make this yummy beverage in the morning so it will be well-chilled by the time 5pm comes around.

 

Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.

Oh! And don’t add the alcohol until you’re ready to consume it. I just add a splash of rum or brandy to individual servings…or not, depending on my mood or who the recipient is. This is totally kid-friendly without the refined sugar and booze. Also, this recipe is easily halved if you don’t want to make that much.

Enjoy!

Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe
 
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Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 (13.5 fl.oz) cans of full-fat coconut milk
  • 6 organic egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup organic maple syrup OR ¼ cup Swerve granular sugar replacement
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • Rum or Brandy (optional - add a splash to individual servings)
Instructions
  1. Separate eggs. Reserve egg whites for another use.

  2. Add milk, egg yolks, vanilla extract, sweetener, and spices into a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamin, and blend until smooth.

  3. Pour contents of blender into a sauce pan and heat very slowly (never boil this mixture) on medium heat until eggnog starts to thickened. Stir often.

  4. Once the eggnog begins to thicken remove from the heat.

  5. Pour eggnog into a glass container and chill overnight in the refrigerator.

  6. When ready to serve, add and stir in alcohol if desired.

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Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.Here's my take on the holiday classic beverage, eggnog. It's my Healthy Homemade Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe made with coconut milk, organic ingredients and no refined sugar.

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Gift Guide For The Smoothie Lover

This Gift Guide for Smoothie Lovers will help you choose the perfect item for those in your life who love blending and crafting their protein shakes, smoothies and smoothie bowls.

This Gift Guide for Smoothie Lovers will help you choose the perfect item for those in your life who love blending and crafting their protein shakes, smoothies and smoothie bowls.

This Gift Guide for Smoothie Lovers will help you choose the perfect item for those in your life who love blending and crafting their protein shakes, smoothies and smoothie bowls.

Note: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

The key to great smoothies is to use the right tool. It’s no secret that a powerful blender will give you the ultimate smoothie experience and allow you to blend, (ahem, pulverize 😉 ) those rock-solid or frozen ingredients that add all that nutritious goodness that you’re looking for. My favorite high-powered blender is the powerhouse Vitamix blender. This bad boy will make quick work of frozen fruits, leafy greens, little bitty seeds…you name it, it’ll blend it. There’s a reason it has stellar ratings across the board. This appliance will last you decades. I kid you not (go read the reviews!). And if for some reason it doesn’t, warranty issues and customer service from the Vitamix company is also stellar. So you can buy this investment appliance with confidence. The only hard thing you’ll have to do is figure out which model (and color) you want. Oh, and this beauty is not just for smoothies. No, sir. You’ll have fun learning the different ways it can help you in the kitchen.

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If you’re looking to up your smoothie game, check out this best-selling smoothie cookbook. You’ll learn how to combine ingredients to create superfood smoothies. If you or your gift recipient loves experimenting, then this recipe book is for you, er…them.

 

The totally trendy way to consume your smoothie these days is to drink it from a mason jar, with handles, of course. Here’s an affordable 6-pack of goodness for you or your gift recipients.

 

 


And if you’re more old school, you or your recipient will love these fountain shop glasses…I do! Smoothies, ice cream floats, milkshakes…they’re classy and make whatever you put in them look yummy and delicious.

 


For an eco-friendly way to sip your smoothie, check out these reusable stainless steel straws. Very chic! They’re wide enough for thick smoothies and shakes and they’re dishwasher friendly.

 


For the person who loves smoothie bowls as opposed to shakes, this beautiful smoothie bowls recipe book will delight! Ooh and ahh through the pages as the author shares how to create these visual masterpieces of nutrition.

 

Also for the smoothie bowl lover, may I suggest these eco-friendly handmade natural coconut shell bowls with wooden spoons. Not just for smoothies – use for salads, soup, cereals, Buddha bowls and fruits. Gorgeous!

 

Love making almond milk by hand? Then you’ll want this best-selling and top-rated pro-quality nut milk bag. It’s bigger and better and perfectly shaped to handle the task at hand. Its super strong construction makes this a true re-usable bag.

 

I have a freezer full of frozen fruit just for my smoothies. Ditch the traditional plastic freezer bags for these eco-friendly and re-usable silicon bags. They are food-grade safe and don’t contain toxins. They’re also leak-proof, fridge and freezer friendly as well as microwave friendly. These are a must-have, smoothie lover or not!

 

And finally, while it won’t replace my beloved Vitamix, this little personal blender will do the trick if I’m traveling or on the go. It’s lightweight enough to pack in a carry on or in your luggage if checking your bag. It will work with ice or small-chunk frozen fruits and will blend well-enough that you can still call your concoction a smoothie! 😉

 

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This Gift Guide for Smoothie Lovers will help you choose the perfect item for those in your life who love blending and crafting their protein shakes, smoothies and smoothie bowls.

This Gift Guide for Smoothie Lovers will help you choose the perfect item for those in your life who love blending and crafting their protein shakes, smoothies and smoothie bowls.

This Gift Guide for Smoothie Lovers will help you choose the perfect item for those in your life who love blending and crafting their protein shakes, smoothies and smoothie bowls.

This Gift Guide for Smoothie Lovers will help you choose the perfect item for those in your life who love blending and crafting their protein shakes, smoothies and smoothie bowls.

 

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