3 Healthy Fall Cocktails to Try Today

As summer pool parties turn into cozy fall bonfires, the drinks we crave change, too. Suddenly, that icy mojito doesn’t quite hit quite like it used to. 

That’s why I’ve compiled the 3 best cocktails for fall that keep you warm from the inside out. 

Choosing Ingredients for your Fall Cocktail

Produce

When choosing any fall cocktail, it’s helpful to start by looking at what produce is in season. In-season fruits and veggies will typically be the most fresh, full of nutrients, and full of flavor. They also help you know what flavors your body may be naturally craving (your body is in tune with seasons, too!). 

Check out this site to see what is in season in your area.

Mixers

Mixers can do you dirty. They often have weird or artificial ingredients that may leave you feeling sluggish later on. Find a mixer with whole ingredients that tastes yummy, but will also make your stomach feel good.

My favorite mixer is Mayawell. It’s a bubbly prebiotic soda with no refined sugar that’s also packed with prebiotic fiber.

Spiced Apple Cider / Wassail

Wassailing is an old tradition that means ‘wishing good health to others,’ especially during holiday times. This drink is a symbol of just that! It’s also infused with anti-inflammatory, good-for-the-gut ingredients to benefit any healthful diet. 

Ingredients

8 cups apple cider

1 cup orange juice

3 oranges, squeezed for juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

4 whole cinnamon sticks

12 whole cloves or 1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 cups rum

Star anise pods (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pan or crock pot.
  2. Bring to simmer over medium-low heat. Reduce heat and keep warm for serving.
  3. Option to add in fresh fruit, such as apple slices, cranberries, and orange slices, for a brighter, layered flavor. 

Serving Style

Wassail is best served in a mug to keep it warm. But coffee mugs can be fancy and classy, too! Here’s how we serve these:

  • Cinnamon sugar rim
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Very thin orange slice
  • Star anise pods (these are beautiful and add more flavor!)

 

Warming Ginger Cocktail 

The ginger in this drink has a warming effect on the body that’s perfect for colder weather. Ginger also has many health benefits to help protect against seasonal colds and illnesses while also protecting your gut. 

Ingredients

Handful of strawberries

1 oz tequila

1 oz rosé

½ oz lemon juice 

Strawberry Hibiscus Mayawell

Directions

  1. Muddle strawberries in a small bowl.
  2. Add tequila, rosé, and lemon juice.
  3. Stir, and then strain into your cup, over ice.
  4. Top with Mayawell until the glass is full.

Serving Style

The kick of ginger is the most stand-out part of this cocktail. To highlight the flavor even more, I recommend a candied ginger rim:

  • Add 1/2 cup of sugar and 5 pieces candied ginger to a food processor
  • Blend until the mixture is fine

Pear Lime Gin and Tonic

Did you know Gin and Tonics were first introduced as a malaria remedy in the early 1800’s? You’re likely not concerned about getting malaria, but this variation of a gin and tonic is still the perfect seasonal beverage.

My recipe adds two seasonal fruits — pears and limes — to make your cocktail stand out. Lime has various health benefits too, such as supporting digestion and beautiful skin. 

Ingredients

2 oz gin

4 oz Pear Lime Mayawell

Juice from 1 small lime 

Pear (garnish)

Lime (garnish)

Directions

This recipe is pretty simple! Just mix and enjoy.

Serving Style

Even though it’s a simple cocktail, it has complex flavors. An elevated garnish makes it look as good as it tastes.

For a garnish, use your peeler to cut off a ~6-inch long piece of the pear’s peel. Do this by going around the pear from bottom to top. 

While your glass is still empty, get the peel slightly wet and spiral it around the inside of your cup, sticking it to the sides.

Start Sippin’

We’ve all had the classic fall cocktails like the Hot Toddy. They’re delicious, but sometimes it gets a little boring drinking the same thing over and over. And it’s never fun to feel gross the next day.

Try a new cocktail that tastes good and leaves you feeling good.

Holiday Cocktails to Help You Feel Festive

The season of eating, drinking, and being merry is upon us! Now don’t get me wrong, I love eggnog, but after having the same drinks and food time and time again, it’s refreshing to shake it up a little bit.

That’s why I spent time in our test kitchen creating 3 new holiday cocktail recipes for you to try out this holiday season.

A Magical Mixer

The mixer you choose is incredibly important. Mixers deliver flavor to your drink and cool the alcohol burn, but they also tend to bring a lot of sugar, colorants, “natural” flavors, and weird ingredients.

I’ve used Maywell as my main mixer for each of these drinks:

  • It’s flavorful
  • No refined sugar
  • Each can is packed with 5g prebiotic fiber to help you gut
Mayawell is a great mixer.

This gut health part is especially important during the holiday season. If you’re like me, your diet might consist of more cookies, pie, and ‘taters than “normal” — and that’s okay! But sometimes it can leave my gut feeling a little off.

That’s where Mayawell comes in. It adds prebiotic fiber to your diet which helps nourish your existing gut bacteria. (Not to mention it makes a delicious cocktail mixer.)

Pineapple Mimosa

There’s no better way to start the day during the holidays than with a festive morning Mimosa. This Mimosa is subtly sweet and a little tangy.

Pineapple Mimosa is a great holiday cocktail.

Ingredients

3 T pineapple juice 

50% Champagne

50% Pineapple Mango Mayawell

Garnish: Thin pineapple slice

Pear Apple Cider

This drink feels so much like fall, I recommend wearing a sweater while you drink it. Mixing apple and pear gives this holiday cocktail a bright, light flavor I absolutely love.

The Pear Cider holiday is delicious.

Ingredients

1/3 cup sparkling apple cider 

1 shot Bourbon (optional)

1/2 cup Pear Lime Mayawell 

Garnish: Thin pear slice + cinnamon sticks

Raspberry Italian Soda 

This one is SO refreshing! The half & half makes it smooth, satisfying, and perfect for a chilly day.

Raspberry Italian soda with Mayawell is a beautiful holiday cocktail.

Ingredients

1/2 can Raspberry Cucumber Mayawell 

6 tbsp half-and-half

1 T simple syrup

Garnish: 3 raspberries

Gut-Healthy Cocktails, Please

Don’t let a bad gut slow you down during the holidays. Your time should be spent hanging out with friends, not hanging out in the bathroom. 

These cocktails will do just that! They’re flavorful, they’re festive, and they have everything you need to be your best.

2 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes to Help Your Gut

With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s time to take a step back, relax, and eat. 

But between eating different foods and traveling, your stomach might be doing some weird and funky things. It’s hard to stay on a normal digestive schedule when your diet and habits are all a bit out of whack. 

I have 2 go-to dessert recipes I love to make during the holidays. They are delicious and eternal crowd-pleasers, but they’re also more nutrient-dense than some other desserts. It’s nice to know I’m still indulging and eating delicious food, but also giving my body some of the things it needs, like fiber! These recipes:

  • Are naturally gluten-free
  • Contain fruit, which adds more fiber and micronutrients to your diet

Caramel Oranges

Orange thanksgiving dessert recipe

This recipe is simple, but don’t underestimate it. The oranges and caramel sauce come together to deliver a bright and not-too-sweet dessert. The oranges are best served over plain greek yogurt (vanilla greek yogurt is also good).

Ingredients

  • 8 medium oranges (Navel or Cara Cara are best)
  • 214 g (1 cup) white sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 T salted butter

Directions

  1. Juice 2 of your oranges. You need ¾ cups of juice. If you don’t have enough, simply add water until you have ¾ cups of liquid.
  2. On the 6 oranges you have left, slice off ½ inch from the top and bottom of each. 
  3. Place each orange on the flat end you’ve cut off. Then use a knife to cut off the peel. Remove all white pith as well, as the pith is very bitter. 
  4. After all the peel is removed, cut the orange into thin rounds. 
  5. Place all orange rounds into a 13 x 9 pan in a single layer. 
  6. In a medium saucepan, mix ¼ cup of the juice you just squeezed, sugar, and cinnamon. Bring it all to a boil (medium-high heat). 
  7. Continue to cook, swirling and stirring every so often until the sugar starts to turn a golden color at the edges. This will take 3-5 minutes.
  8. Reduce your heat to medium-low and keep cooking, continuing to swirl, until the mixture is a copper color. This will take 1-3 minutes.
  9. Remove your mixture from the heat and add the butter. Whisk until everything is melted. 
  10. Add about ¼ cup of your orange juice and whisk until smooth (it will steam and bubble, but this is okay!). Then add the reset of your orange juice and whisk until everything is fully combined, 
  11. Your caramel may start to harden and stick. If this happens, just put it back on the heat for a minute or two so soften. 
  12. Pour the caramel over the oranges. Discard the cinnamon sticks. Cover and refrigerate for 3-6 hours. 
  13. To plate, layer on top of greek yogurt in a small bowl. I love to garnish with roughly chopped pistachios and a light sprinkle of cinnamon. Add a drizzle of extra caramel from your pan for extra flavor. 

I love this dish paired with Pineapple Mango prebiotic soda. It adds extra fiber for my gut, and the fruity flavor pairing is perfect!

Chocolate + Rum + Prune Cake

This cake is the perfect boozy and decadent dessert for your table this Thanksgiving. The molasses and rum give it tons of flavor and a perfect texture.

Ingredients

  • 9 T salted butter (1 T softened)
  • 8 oz pitted prunes
  • ⅓ cup dark rum
  • 1 T molasses
  • 12 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 125 g (⅓ cup + ¼ cup) white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325°. Place your rack in the middle position. 
  2. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with 1 T of softened butter.
  3. Combine prunes, rum, and molasses in a microwave safe bowl (at least 2 cup capacity). Put in microwave for 45-60 seconds, until the rum bubbles. Then let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt remaining 8 T of butter on medium heat. 
  5. Remove from heat and mix in chocolate until melted and smooth.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 71 grams (⅓ cup) sugar until it’s pale and glossy. This will take about 30 seconds. 
  7. Then, slowly add the chocolate mixture and whisk everything until smooth. 
  8. Stir in the prune mixture.
  9. Whip your eggs whites and salt on medium-high until they are light and foamy. This will take about 1 minute.
  10. Continue mixing while you add the rest of the sugar (54 g or ¼ cup). Keep whipping until the egg whites hold soft peaks. 
  11. Whisk about ⅓ of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Fold the rest of the egg whites in until your mixture is just barely blended. It should look marbled. 
  12. Put your batter into your springform pan. Bake until the edges are firm and cracked, 35 – 40 minutes. The center should still wobble a little when you take it out. 
  13. Cool for at least 1 hour before serving. 

The All-Time Best Dessert for Your Gut

The best dessert is the dessert you love; the one that lets you connect with friends and family and create memories. 

Don’t stress if you’re eating a lot of foods you wouldn’t normally eat. Your gut was made to adjust and adapt. If your gut needs a boost, try a prebiotic soda. This one from Mayawell can help get your gut back on track:

  • 5g fiber
  • 40 calories or less
  • No added sugar

Gut Healthy Chicken Soup Recipe with Pesto and Lemon

Chilly weather means everyone’s favorite dish is back in season — soup!

Not that it needs to be chilly outside to eat it, but on a cold day nothing feels better than a warm kitchen and a steaming bowl of soup.

Unfortunately, speaking to the less fun side of the season, chillier weather can also mean more sickness:

  • People are indoors and in close quarters, making it easier to spread viruses.
  • Many common viruses are more active in colder, drier climates.
  • Vitamin D is essential to immune health, and these levels are lowest in the winter.

One of the best ways to stay healthy during the winter months is to keep your gut healthy. Even though it might not seem like gut health has anything to do with the common cold, a healthy gut is indicative of better overall health. 

Further, a large part of your immune system is in your gut. If you do your best to keep your gut happy and healthy, you’ll have a better chance of fighting off whatever sickness comes your way.

Gut Healthy Ingredients

Many foods contain prebiotics to support gut health. This recipe contains a notable amount of leeks, which have a high inulin content. Inulin is a type of soluble fiber, and is therefore a prebiotic. It also contains other gut-supporting ingredients:

  • Garlic
  • Quinoa 
  • Chives

But most importantly, it’s delicious! Supporting your gut should feel good and taste good. This healthy soup checks all those boxes.

Leeks add fiber to this healthy recipe.

Ingredients

1 T olive oil

10 garlic cloves, sliced

3 large leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise, rinsed well, and sliced into half-moons

2 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed

6 cups broth

1 cup quinoa, soaked, sprouted, or rinsed

1 or 1.25 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

3 T fresh lemon juice

6 T Pesto

¼ cup grated or shaved Parmesan cheese

¼ cup snipped fresh chives

Lemon wedges (garnish) 

Directions

  1. Add oil to a large pot and set to medium-high heat.
  2. Add garlic and stir constantly, until golden and very fragrant (~2 minutes).
  3. Add leeks, 1 tsp salt, and pepper. Stir.
  4. Cook until all ingredients are soft, stirring frequently (~10 minutes). 
  5. Add broth and bring everything to a boil. 
  6. Stir in quinoa and chicken (leave the breasts whole), then reduce to a simmer.
  7. Cover and cook for about 13 minutes. To see if it’s done, use a meat thermometer. The chicken temperature should be at least 165°.
  8. Remove the chicken from the pot and put it on a plate. Shred the meat with two forks. When you’re done shredding, put the meat back into the pot.
  9. Add lemon juice and remaining 1 tsp salt. Stir.

When serving, add 1 T pesto per bowl (makes about 6 bowls). Top with parmesan and chives, and serve with a lemon wedge on the side for a fresh squeeze of citrus.

I love to pair this soup with Mayawell’s Pear Lime with Green Tea prebiotic soda for an extra dose of gut-health and support. 

Happy = Healthy

Recent studies show that happiness is linked to immune health. The happier we are, the stronger our immune system. This is because of how closely your brain and immune system (and gut!) are linked. 

That’s the best part of this soup. It’s aromatic, delicious, and the perfect way to lift your spirits.

Easy, Healthy Breakfast Muffins for Gut Health

We all love a good weekend brunch: Eggs Benedict on a crispy english muffin, pancakes, mimosas. It’s not difficult to get out of bed to enjoy an elegant breakfast spread in the company of friends. However, breakfast Monday – Friday is a different story. Personally, I do not wake up early enough to prepare Eggs Benedict for me and my family, and then sit down to casually enjoy it before waltzing out of my home for my 9-5. If you do, I tip my metaphorical hat to you.

97% of Americans agree breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and many studies show the importance of eating breakfast, especially with children. Furthermore, kids who eat breakfast are shown to have higher test scores. However, even though 97% of Americans agree breakfast is important, only 44% of Americans actually consume breakfast. Those who don’t listed the main reasons why:

  • Too busy
  • Were hungry, but didn’t feel like eating
  • Weren’t hungry

Apart from being “too busy,” skipping breakfast has become more mainstream in the trendy world of health and wellness. Skipping is labeled “intermittent fasting” and is especially popular in the keto diet realm. Though there are benefits to intermittent fasting, there is little research on the long-term effects. Calorie-loading earlier in the day is thought to be more beneficial, as well, suggesting breakfast is not the meal to be skipped if someone is interested in fasting.  

Should you eat breakfast? 

There are conflicting reviews as to whether breakfast is a sign of superior health, but there are a few things we know to be pretty darn true:

  • It’s difficult to focus when you’re hungry and thinking about food. Skipping breakfast often means poorer mental performance. 
  • Making healthy food choices is challenging when you’re hungry. The office donuts are much more tempting if your stomach is empty.  
  • Eating a satiating meal in the morning means you won’t have to think about food until lunch, making you a more present employee/parent/etc. 

But all the scientific evidence in the world couldn’t get me to choke down a Soylent before work. The most important meal of the day isn’t necessarily breakfast — it’s the meal you enjoy. 

That’s why I’m sharing my Aunt Mary’s simple and healthy breakfast muffin recipe. The first time she made them, I ate about 5 every day until they were gone (they didn’t last long).

They’re quick to make, you can swap out ingredients depending on what’s in your pantry, and they’re perfect for on-the-go mornings. Additionally, they’re packed with everything you need to carry you through until lunch:

  • Whole grains for slow-digesting carbs
  • Healthy fats for satiation
  • Protein to support muscle-growth and brain health

The best thing about them? They’re delicious! My kids and I look forward to eating them every morning. 

Healthy Breakfast Muffin Recipe

This recipe has everything you need to keep your gut happy and healthy, too. The oatmeal, bananas, and fruit provide ample fiber to keep your good gut bacteria nourished. A happy gut means you’ll benefit from these muffins all day long:

  • Improved nutrient absorption
  • Better blood glucose regulation
  • Regular, pain-free bowel movements

Ingredients

1 ¾ cups oatmeal

1 cup oat flour (you can make your own my blending up oatmeal in a food processor, or sub for regular oatmeal)

1 ½ cups boiling water

1 cup maple syrup

½ cup coconut oil or nut butter

2 eggs

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup raisins or cherries

1 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp salt

4 tsp cinnamon

Optional: two ripe bananas

Directions

  1. Prepare muffin tin with cooking spray or muffin cups. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Mix oatmeal, oat flour, boiling water, maple syrup, and coconut oil/nut butter together in a large bowl. Let sit for 20 minutes. 
  4. In a separate bowl, add eggs, pecans, raisins/cherries, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and bananas (optional). Mix until evenly combined, and add to other ingredients. 
  5. Mix until evenly combined.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until muffins are not wobbly in the center.

If you’re looking for the perfect on-the-go drink to pair with these muffins, I love Mayawell’s Pineapple Mango prebiotic soda. It has a touch of anti-inflammatory turmeric and 5g of prebiotic fiber to keep your gut on track. The pineapple paired with the banana in the muffin is [chef’s kiss].