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Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

This Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie is a deliciously refreshing cocktail or mocktail that’ll cool you down instantly on a hot day!

Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

I don’t drink much alcohol, but the rare times that I do, it’s because I simply can’t say no to a good margarita. Tequila is my drink of choice and it seems to be the only type of liquor that doesn’t make me feel like complete crap afterwards. So when I recently visited Sayulita, you know I definitely indulged in a margarita or 5.

Well, Cinco de Mayo is this weekend, so I thought, what better excuse than to whip up a delicious margarita recipe? With hot, sunny days just around the corner, I couldn’t think of a better way to cool down than with this refreshing Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie.

Paleo Watermelon Margarita SlushiePaleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

One thing I get annoyed with when I drink frozen cocktails is that, especially on a warm day, the ice melts too quickly and the drink gets watered down by the time you are halfway through it. Well, with this drink, that never happens because instead of using ice, you freeze the watermelon directly then blend it together to get that slushie texture. You definitely don’t need to rush through it to enjoy the yummy taste since it never gets diluted.

I tried this recipe both with and without the tequila and both ways tasted pretty darn amazing. While it’s fun to add the alcohol, you can also enjoy it as a delicious frozen treat especially if you have non-drinkers or kids around who want to feel included in the festivities. Whether you enjoy it as a cocktail or a mocktail, I think you’ll love this delicious and refreshing Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie!

I created this recipe as part of the #MargaritaWeek celebration with a bunch of other bloggers and recipe developers. If you want to take a look at some of the other margaritas in this party, go check it out here!

Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 200 kcal
Author: Jean Choi


  • 5 cups diced watermelon frozen
  • 3/4 cup 100% agave tequila omit for AIP or if avoiding alcohol
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or more, to taste
  • Sea Salt
  • Optional: lime and/or watermelon slices for garnish


  1. Pour sea salt in a small dish. Run a lime wedge around the rims of 4 glasses to wet them, then dip in sea salt. 

  2. Place frozen watermelon, tequila (if using), lime juice, and honey in a high powered blender, and blend until smooth. 

  3. Taste and add more honey, if needed.

  4. Divide the slushie into the prepared glasses, then garnish with lime wedges and watermelon slices before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie
Amount Per Serving (1 margarita)
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 248mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Sugars 20g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 21.9%
Vitamin C 29.7%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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7 Effective Sugar Hangover Cures

If you are suffering from a sugar hangover, learn about the 7 effective methods to get you recovering quickly from your sugar binge.

7 effective sugar hangover cures

It’s that time of the year again when we are faced with all things sugar. Today is Halloween, and then soon, holiday season is coming up and it doesn’t just go by without cookies, pies, and cocktails. I can always just say practice will power and don’t grab those sugary treats, but we all know that just isn’t realistic. Food is emotional and we connect them to our favorite childhood memories. While we can do our best to stay away from them or limit their intake, we will no doubt slip up from time to time, and we can be faced with a sugar hangover the next day.

I think we’ve all be there before. Nausea, brain fog, low energy, headache, digestive issues, and even depression. I personally start getting acne when I consume too much sugar and this isn’t uncommon for most folks. Sugar hangover and the commonly known hangover from alcohol aren’t much different. They are both symptoms from a high sugar intake which can dehydrate the body and put the liver through a highly stressful state.

While it may take time for a sugar hangover to pass, there are several things you can do to speed up the recovery process and minimize the symptoms.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

You’ve heard this one over and over again before, after a night out filled with ALL THE FUN DRINKS. Sugar and alcohol are both extremely dehydrating for the body and overworks the liver to start detoxifying. When you are feeling the effects from this stress, it’s increasingly important to rehydrate your body to help flush out the toxins. I always suggest squeezing lemon juice into a cup of warm water in the morning which helps alkalinize the body after an inflamed state.

Coconut water is also a great choice because it’s filled with vitamins and minerals to refuel the body from the nutrients it lost from the high consumption of sugar. Another great way to stay hydrated is adding a pinch of sea salt to your water. I’m not talking about plain white salt which can do further harm to strip away nutrients. Go for mineral-rich salt that is pink or gray. I like to buy this salt in bulk and it helps me hydrate so much better than just drinking water plain.

Another favorite sugar hangover drink of mine is bone broth, because it’s chock full of nutrients and does an excellent job to rehydrate the body and heal the gut.

2. Probiotics

There’s no question about it. Sugar feeds yeast and the bad bacteria in your gut. After an overconsumption of candies, sweets, and even processed carbs, your gut bacteria is all out of balance and can cause digestive disorders like constipation, bloating, and diarrhea. This is also the reason for low energy and brain fog during a sugar hangover.

This is when it becomes extremely helpful to incorporate probiotics into your diet. I always suggest getting it from food sources like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, or kombucha. They are so beneficial for rebalancing the gut and will help tremendously with your hangover symptoms. If you can remember to take it the night before, even better!

If you’d rather take supplement probiotics, this brand is the one that I recommend that works for many people.

3. Protein, fat, and greens

Overconsumption of sugar is a real stress on the body that taxes the immune system and throws off your hormones. In order to rebalance your body, eating a well-balanced, nourishing meals throughout the day is important. Also, even if you may want to, DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST! Breakfast helps stabilize your blood sugar so you don’t crash mid-day.

So what do you eat? When you are feeling the effects of a sugar binge the day after, it’s important to focus on protein, healthy fats, and dark leafy greens in your diet. Protein and fat are extremely beneficial in balancing blood sugar, detoxifying the liver, and assisting in recovery. Dark leafy greens alleviate inflammation and are helpful in restoring balance in the gut. These are some of my favorite hangover-recovery recipes:

Breakfast Burrito Collard Wraps

BLAT Bison Burger

Simple and Easy Tuna Patties

Mexican Shakshuka

Turkey Eggplant Lasagna

Bacon Chive Paleo Muffins

Hearty Chicken Salad

moroccan meatbllas

4. Activated charcoal

I’ve talked about activated charcoal before and I think it can be very useful at times. Activated charcoal is very effective in absorbing toxins or poisons out of the body by attaching to these substances then excreting them out. It’s a great detoxifier both internally and externally.

Internally, charcoal capsules help reduce digestive discomfort after a sugar or alcohol binge. This is especially effective if you take them the night before. Activated charcoal is also helpful in reducing symptoms of yeast overgrowth in your gut, which can happen after a high consumption of sugar.

My favorite way to use activated charcoal is to use it externally. As I mentioned before, sugar is the main contributor to my acne and skin issues, and this is common for many people. Using activated charcoal mask has been a game changer for me when my skin needs a bit of detoxifying and it’s the quickest way to get rid of acne and minimize pores. You can make your own or buy this high quality charcoal mask from Beautycounter which I use regularly and love.

5. Ginger

As someone who has had digestive issues half of her life, ginger is my best friend. With digestive problems or nausea, fresh ginger solves the problem almost instantly. Ginger also boosts the immune system, which can be compromised on a high sugar diet, and it’s also a great antimicrobial to kill those bad bacteria that thrive and grow in the gut after a sugar binge.

Instead of drinking ginger ale which is filled with sugar and doesn’t even contain real ginger, make ginger tea with grated fresh ginger or if you are bold enough, chew on a small piece of ginger before swallowing it. It is so effective in settling your stomach and reducing your sugar hangover symptoms.

6. Move

No, you don’t have to go run a half marathon or do a cross fit workout. You are already tired and dehydrated so pushing yourself too hard is not a good idea. However, it does help to move and get outside when you are going through a sugar hangover.

I always recommend walking and yoga, and these gentle movements increase circulation which helps your body to detoxify.  A little exercise can also boost your endorphins to boost your mood when you are feeling down and depressed during a hangover.

With that said, listen to your body. If you are feeling sick or nauseous, make sure to get plenty of rest instead or take a epsom salt bath. Do what feels is the most beneficial to you.

7. Let it go

Lastly, but most importantly, let it go. There’s so much guilt and shame surrounding food that it can really affect our mood for days after bingeing on sugar or just any food. The more you think about how much you regret your decisions, the more stressed out you’ll be, and this spike in cortisol will only slow down your recovery time and increase inflammation.

Ultra processed foods, fad diets, and media’s perception of what we should look like have truly ruined how we view our food. There’s a rule in the RESTART sugar detox class, which is: “Whatever I eat, I choose it consciously, I enjoy it thoroughly and then I let it go.” I think this is so important to constantly recite to ourselves so we end our unhealthy relationship with food and our bodies. We need to stop thinking of food as punishment, reward, or emotional need. Food is just food and it’s there to nourish us. End of story.

Next time you binge on sugar or alcohol, try to be kind to yourself and just accept what happened as is. The more you can get your mind to do this, the less likely it will happen again and it will also become much easier to recover and regain your health, both physically and emotionally.

Peppermint Chocolate Whiskey Truffles (Paleo & Vegan)

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE WHISKEY TRUFFLESYes,  you heard that right. It’s about to happen.

I rarely post boozy recipes (this is actually my first one!), because for anyone on their wellness journey like myself, it’s hard to heal their body and improve their health when alcohol’s in the picture. I think it’s totally fine to imbibe once in a while as a celebration, or once or twice a week for those of us who are already vibrant and in optimal health, but this is so rare in the modern world in which many of us are walking around stressed, nutrient-deficient, and with compromised gut health.

Well, it’s the holidays and I think that calls for a special celebration. I actually made these for a holiday cookie-exchange party, because there’s no way I can trust myself to eat 1 or 2 of these at a time if they are in the house. It’s not my fault though. Chocolate + peppermint = crack. That’s just fact.  



If you don’t like peppermint (hey, crazy), you can leave out the peppermint extract. I made 2 batches and left it out for my second one. Still so yummy and chocolate-y. FYI, you can definitely taste the whiskey in these truffles, so you’ll love it if you are a fan of whiskey. It’s perfect for the holidays and it’ll keep your adults guests verrrry happy!


Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Whiskey Truffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Author: Jean Choi


  • 10 oz dark chocolate chips (75% cacao or more)
  • 2 tbsp full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp whiskey
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder or shredded coconut, for rolling


  1. In a double boiler, or a heat-safe bowl nestled on top of a pot of simmering water, let the chocolate chips, coconut milk, and butter (or coconut oil) heat up and melt, stirring until they become a smooth consistency.
  2. Take off heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in whiskey, peppermint extract, and salt, and stir well.
  4. Refrigerate for 2.5-3 hours or more until the mixture hardens.
  5. Dust about 2 tbsps of cocoa powder on to a serving dish or a storage container. This helps the truffles not stick to the plate.
  6. Using a melon baller or a small spoon, scoop out mini balls from the set chocolate-whiskey mixture and shape quickly into balls with your hands.
  7. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder or shredded coconut and shape them. Rolling them in cocoa powder or shredded coconut helps them set better, making them easier to handle.Transfer them on to the plate coated with cocoa powder.
  8. Store in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Theses truffles are best served chilled.

Recipe Notes

Leave out the peppermint extract if you aren't a peppermint fan.

Peppermint Chocolate Whiskey Truffles Paleo Dairy Free Vegan