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22 Low Sugar Cocktails That Are Gluten & Dairy Free

If you are looking for some healthier celebratory alcoholic beverages, check out these 22 low sugar cocktails that are also gluten and dairy free!

With New Year’s celebration just around the corner, I know many of us are looking for fun cocktails to welcome 2019. However, if you are like me, you are recovering from indulging a bit too much on sugar over the holidays.

Don’t worry, IGOTCHU. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite low sugar cocktails from myself and my fellow bloggers. On top of that, they are gluten and dairy free for those of you with food sensitivities like me!

22 Low Sugar Cocktails That Are Gluten & Dairy Free

Hope you enjoy this round up of some of my favorite delicious low sugar cocktails that you can make easily for your next get-together or for enjoying alone!

Wine/Champagne Cocktails

Low Sugar Cocktails

Ginger Apple Champagne Cocktail by A Clean Bake

Easy White Wine Spritzer by My Kitchen Love

Pomegranate Peach Bellini by Recipes From a Pantry

Low Sugar Cocktails: Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz

Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz by What Great Grandma Ate

Cranberry, Rosemary, and Prosecco Cocktail by Tastefulventure

Low Sugar Cocktails (Blood Orange Mimosa)

Blood Orange Mimosa by My Kitchen Love

Bacon Washed Bourbon Champagne Cocktail by Such the Spot

Wild Berry Zinger Mimosa by Beauty and the Foodie

Low Sugar Cocktails (Lemon Mint Matcha Champagne)

Lemon Mint Matcha Champagne by What Great Grandma Ate

Bubbly Blood Orange Campari Cocktail by Mother Would Know

Gin Cocktails

Cucumber and Rosemary Gin and Tonic by The Forked Spoon

Cooling Cucumber Mint Gin Fizz by Killing Thyme

Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail by Spice Cravings

Vodka Cocktails

Blueberry Lemon Vodka Fizz by Killing Thyme

Bloody Mary by Thyme and Joy

Low Sugar Cocktails (Cranberry Moscow Mule)

Cranberry Moscow Mule by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

Jal Jeera Mojito by Spice Cravings

Hibiscus Tea Cocktails by Delicious Table

Pink Greyhound Cocktail by This Mama Cooks

Kombucha Cocktail: Cosmopolitan by Everyday Maven

Rum Cocktails

Low Sugar Cocktails (Keto Snowbank Winter Cocktail)

Keto Snowbank Winter Cocktail by Better than Bread Keto

Cranberry Coconut Daiquiri by Raia’s Recipes

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

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Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. 
  • Place frozen watermelon, tequila (if using), lime juice, and honey in a high powered blender, and blend until smooth. 
  • Taste and add more honey, if needed.
  • Divide the slushie into the prepared glasses, then garnish with lime wedges and watermelon slices before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1margarita | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 248mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 21.9% | Vitamin C: 29.7% | Calcium: 1.8% | Iron: 2.5%

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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.