Kombucha, matcha tea and my other favourite healthy drinks...10 July 2019
I often write blogs and talk about the food I like to eat, and what I find helps me manage my eczema. So this time lovelies I thought I’d focus on what I like to drink, and give you some pointers as to what kind of healthy drinks I love.
Remember, it’s all about balance and finding tasty, yummy things that make you feel good without making your skin feel bad. Sometimes I find I want more warming drinks in the evening or in winter, while if I’m abroad I’ll go for something more chilled. So it’s a bit of a mix n match selection I’m giving to you here!
My favourite healthy drinks
Aloe Vera juice shot
Do you know how I love to start my mornings? The title here is a dead giveaway. You guessed it, with an Aloe Vera juice shot... it really is so refreshing and cleansing. I use the Pukka brand!
Oh, you really can’t beat a glass of clear, fresh spring water remember it’s all about keeping your skin hydrated and this is the best way to do it. Every day I’ll make a glass of hot water with a slice of lemon in the mornings, it’s a great for waking up the liver which supports that glowing skin of ours.
I love a matcha tea, it’s green tea but in a powder form with more anti-oxidants. Full of lovely nutrients and flavour go for a good quality powder, I generally buy from the brand ‘Tea Pigs’.
One of my favourites of these is a delicious turmeric latte. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon of ginger, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of black pepper with a cup of coconut milk and a teaspoon of honey. It’s a great one to have in the evenings as you’re winding down for the night.
Now then, who doesn’t love a chocolate drink?! But as you know I try to avoid dairy as it doesn’t do my skin any favours, so I go for cacao instead. Blend together a teaspoon of cacao powder with a cup of warm almond milk, a teaspoon of maple syrup and a dash of On Guard essential oil by doTERRA and you got yourself a hot chocolate with attitude!
Fresh cold pressed fruit/vegetable juices
Juicing is a firm favourite of mine and I do often whizz up a blend of lovely fruit and veg in my centrifugal blender. But if I’m out and about I’ll go for a cold-pressed juice, they’re full of nutrients, help to boost your immune system and are a great way to help your skin glow.
Kombucha, even the name sounds great! This is a lovely little find and if you’ve never tried it before then I heartily recommend that you give it a go. What is it? Well, it’s slightly fizzy, a good alternative to commercial fizzy drinks. It’s made from sweetened tea, cold filtered water, and a culture called ‘scoby’ (bacteria and yeasts). I know it sounds a bit funny (fizzy tea?!) but believe me, once you try it there’s no turning back! Just to note, though, it’s not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, as the fermentation process can leave trace amounts of alcohol* .
I always have a magnesium drink before bed, as magnesium is one of the main nutrients our body needs to stay healthy. It helps me relax, de-stress and slip off to sleep more easily.
What I avoid
Hmm, you know I don’t like being all negative and telling you not to have stuff. But there are a few things I shy away from, or limit, in terms of drinks.
Alcohol. It’s very dehydrating and I do find if I’m already feeling a bit run down then it can play havoc with my skin. But if I’m in the right mood then I’ll enjoy a couple of glasses of good-quality red wine, a gin and tonic or a glass of Champagne.
Caffeine. There are so many alternatives out there I don’t really miss caffeine! Very occasionally I’ll have a coffee, oooh I do love the taste, but I try go for decaf otherwise I will be buzzing for days!
Commercial fruit juices. I prefer to make my own, or order a cold-pressed juice, so I know I’m just getting the fruit and not loads of added sugar.
What’s on your list of super drinks lovelies? Don’t forget to let me know @camilleknowles.
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Lots of love, Camille xx
* Information sourced from the BBC Good Food website.