Honey-Infused, Margajito (Mint-Infused Margarita)!

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I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but around here (my house), I’m kind of a margarita-making genius! Whenever we have friends/family over, I love to experiment with healthier, homemade margarita recipes, and ironically, they turn out EVERY TIME! As I consider adding “Margarita-Maker” to my resume, I figured I’d share another one of my favorites with you all - the “Margajito”, a mint margarita!

As many of you know, I’ve quickly fallen in love with Imperfect Produce: “ugly” produce, delivered to your doorstep, each week, that’s about 30% cheaper than what you’d find in the grocery store. I get the organic, medium-size box, and each week, I have the opportunity to customize my order, depending on what’s in season and available. Last week, I got some delicious, fresh mint and had been DYING to use it, in a tasty beverage!

Aside from the mint, I’ve been slightly-obsessed with infusions (after my friend Sarah got me hooked on rhubarb-infused vodka, last summer). It’s such a fun way to add an additional splash to a beverage! I was wanting to create a cocktail with no added syrups, or artificial sweeteners (since I’ve stopped consuming them in order to assist in the healing of my digestive system), and started to think about a tequila-infusion!

Beekeeper’s Naturals is one of my favorite brands of honey. “B.Powered” combines ALL the superfoods of the hive to fuel your mind and body! The healing blend includes: immune-supportive propolis, brain-nourishing and skin-beautifying royal jelly, energizing bee pollen, and their signature raw enzymatic honey. After catching up with an old friend, who now works for them, I felt inspired to create a honey-infused tequila!

After I had the tequila prepared, and the mint ready, I was excited to create a tasty beverage!

I believe in taking care of you body, as much as you can, but also taking the time to enjoy. Alcoholic beverages fall under the “enjoyment” category, but I also am very cautious of the types of alcoholic beverages I consume; there’s a ton of sugar and other crap in so much of it! Yuck! The beverages I create, at home, are as healthy as I can get them, and this one was no different.

For sparkling water, I decided to use the Mountain Valley spring water. Their water is sodium-free, with a naturally-balanced pH, and rich blend of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Delicious!


Homemade “Margajito”

You’ll need:

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  • 1 shot honey-infused tequila

  • 1 shot lime juice

  • handful mint leaves

  • 3/4 cup sparkling water

  • three ice cubes

  • shaker

  • additional tsp of honey, if preferred

Directions:

  1. Add handful mint leaves to bottom of shaker, along with tequila, lime juice and ice cubes.

  2. Shake, baby, shake!

  3. Pour into glass, adding ice cubes and mint leaves, from shaker

  4. Pour sparkling water to top off glass

  5. Taste-test, and add additional honey and lime, to taste

**To make honey-infused tequila: Add 2-3 TBSP honey to 3/4 cup alcohol (tequila or vodka), and infuse for at least 24 hours.


Remember, you’re in control of what goes into your body. Cocktails can be a delicious summer staple, but they don’t have to ruin your routine. Just drink in moderation, and enjoy them with good-for-you-ingredients!

xoxo,

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Dairy-Free, Caffeine-Free, Healthy, Homemade Latte

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Starbucks ain’t got nothing on me!

I started making my own lattes a couple of years ago, for a few reasons:

  • I work from home (and can’t head to coffee shops on the regular)

  • I cut out dairy and caffeine (and regular coffee shops only had tea as an option)

  • I wanted a latte I could feel good about consuming, free of bad ingredients!

Now don’t get me wrong! I still hit up coffee shops. I still order caffeine and syrup-filled drinks, occasionally... but not as often. Now, I’ve found a coffee-alternative I can make from home, each day, and enjoy. After all, we drink lattes for the enjoyment-factor, right?!

I’ve posted a couple of my favorite, homemade latte recipes, before. But wanted to share my current favorite, which is filled with SO many beneficial ingredients (and tastes amazing)!


Previously (as tagged above), I’ve shared about my journey in cutting back (and out) coffee, which is very taxing on the adrenals. After realizing that I was suffering from shot adrenals, and hormones, I knew I had to find a better alternative, instead of the daily cup of joe. Nourishing ingredients, like adaptogens, collagen and dandelion were essential, as well.

Adaptogens are superherbs and supermushrooms that help expand your body's capacity to handle mental, physical and emotional stress. They are most-beneficial taken regularly.

Dandelion is loaded with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins that aid in liver detoxification, and fighting inflammation.

Collagen is an easy way to aid in bone, joint, skin and gut health. Gelatin, especially, is very coating for the gut, and helps fight leaky-gut issues.


Adaptogenic, Herbal Latte

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ingredients

  • 1 bag of Teeccino, Dandelion Dark Roast

  • 1 TBSP Rasa, adaptogenic, herbal, coffee-alternative

  • 1 TSP maca powder

  • 1 TSP Sunpotion Yin Power

  • 1 TBSP cacao butter (for creaminess)

  • 1 TSP mushroom powder (use code “KATE10” for 10% off, always)

  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen, or gelatin

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Instructions

  1. Steep Teeccino tea bag in a mug of hot water

  2. Once steeped, add Rasa into french press, along with Teeccino and steep, again

  3. Meanwhile, add in maca, Yin Power, cacao butter, mushroom butter and collagen into blender

  4. Add brewed herbal blend, once steeped, and blend, on high, for 1 minute.

  5. Pour into mug and enjoy!


The question I get asked, the most often, is whether or not these lattes taste like real coffee. And truthfully, it’s pretty damn close. No, it’s not going to taste just like coffee; it’s not coffee. Since making the change, my body has become used to the flavor, and prefers the earthy-taste. Remember, we’re all different. Maybe coffee, daily, works just fine for you. This is just an easy, healthy option for anyone fighting adrenal, or hormone issues, that’s looking for a close-alternative.

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xoxo,

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