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.

3 Signs of an Unhealthy Gut You Need to Watch Out For

Did you know the gut is called the second brain? That’s because the gut is incredibly closely linked to our brain and is a key part of our central nervous system. This also means gut problems usually come with other health problems.

In fact, poor gut health has been linked to several specific health issues. On the other hand, good gut health can strengthen your immune system, improve your mood, and prevent autoimmune diseases and some types of cancer.

There are many things that can negatively affect our gut health. But how do you know if your gut is healthy or not? What should you be watching for? Well, poor gut health can actually manifest in several ways. Here are a few signs you can watch out for that may point to an unhealthy gut. 

Digestive Issues

One of the most obvious signs of poor gut health are digestive issues: gas, bloating, and diarrhea. These digestive issues are usually a result of unbalanced or underfed gut bacteria.

The bacteria living in your gut, stomach, intestines, and colon are often called the microbiome. Both good and bad bacteria make up this microbiome — and that’s a good thing! When there is an imbalance in the microbiome (for example, too much bad gut bacteria and not enough good), the result may be gas, irregular bowel movements, or even diarrhea. To restore balance, it’s best to focus on your diet and add in prebiotics

Gas can also be a sign of food fermentation in the gut. This can happen when there is not enough stomach acid to break down food. To help, you can add digestive enzymes to your diet to boost stomach acid and help break down food.

Food Allergies or Intolerances

Dairy and gluten intolerances are more common today than ever before, and they are often symptoms of leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome occurs when the gut barrier is compromised and your gut actually kinda… leaks! A leaky gut is an unhealthy gut.

  • If your gut is healthy, it controls what passes through it and into your bloodstream.
  • If your gut is not healthy, other things like partially digested food, proteins, and toxins escape into your body.

As an example, consider someone with a gluten intolerance. If they have leaky gut, large protein molecules (such as gluten) escape from their digestive system and move into their bloodstream because the gut barrier is permeable. Since these large gluten protein molecules do not belong anywhere outside of the gut, the body creates an immune response to attack these proteins. This immune response manifests as a food intolerance, and it could look like bloating, a skin rash, inflammation — lots of things! 

Sugar Cravings

Our microbiome releases special proteins that are similar to leptin and ghrelin (our hunger-regulating hormones). These special proteins can affect our food cravings.

The food we eat feeds our gut bacteria. And so, it makes sense that our gut bacteria want us to eat the foods that help them thrive. If we get too much of certain bad gut bacteria, our sugar cravings can become intense. What’s the solution? Cutting out sugar won’t necessarily help, and that will result in a constant battle of willpower. What will help is taking prebiotic supplements or drinking them. This will help feed good gut bacteria, restore balance, and curb cravings.

Final Thoughts

Our microbiome contributes to our overall health. When it’s healthy, it can help strengthen our immune system and prevent certain diseases. However, your gut can also manifest a wide range of health issues if it’s unhealthy. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the signs of an unhealthy gut; then we can make adjustments in our diets and lifestyle.

Improve your gut health and microbiome with Mayawell. Mayawell is a healthy prebiotic drink made with organic, hand-harvested agave that nourishes 60% of existing good gut bacteria. This is a much larger percentage than many prebiotic foods, meaning you get more bang for your metaphorical buck in the world of gut health.

The Best High-Fiber Breakfast

9 out of 10 Americans don’t consume the recommended amount of daily fiber. Missing out on fiber means the gut is neglected and starved. We get it — everyone leads busy lives with competing priorities, and fiber intake isn’t very high on anyone’s list. 

Enter ✨Breakfast ✨ It’s the perfect opportunity to easily up your fiber intake so you can reap the rewards all day long.

Additionally, fiber is filling and will help keep you satisfied until lunch so you don’t have to worry about a growling stomach. 80% of Americans eat breakfast at home, as well, meaning we can choose anything from our cupboards. This means it’s easy to opt for a fiber-filled breakfast if we know what those look like.

Why have fiber in the morning

Fiber is the perfect centerpiece for your morning meal. It is essential to maintaining a healthy gut and keeping your body functioning properly. When we get enough daily fiber, a lot of good things can happen: 

  • Your good gut bacteria have enough to eat, so your gut stays healthy.
  • A healthy gut means you digest easily. This helps your body with nutrient intake and boosts metabolism. 
  • Your bowel movements normalize (healthy poops!).

But a bowl of Lucky Charms or waffles is often more tempting before 9 a.m. than, say, a bowl of baked beans or a tall glass of MiraLAX (yum). That’s why I’ve compiled my 3 favorite, delicious high-fiber breakfasts to get your day started off right and keep your morning poops on track. 

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the unsung hero of the breakfast table. It gets a bad rap for being mushy and boring, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder… or in this case, the spoon holder. Oatmeal is both nutritious and delicious if you prepare it right.

High fiber breakfast

Health benefits of oatmeal

  • Rich in antioxidants (antioxidants help reduce free radicals in the body)
  • 4g of beta-glucan fiber which helps regulate blood sugar
  • Contains necessary minerals such as phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, and zinc 

But before work, you’re probably not worried about your thiamine intake (if you are, we salute you). What’s important here is that a serving of oatmeal contains:

  • A nourishing amount of readily available carbohydrates to fuel you
  • 5g of protein to help satiate you all morning
  • 4g of fiber to nourish your gut and help you feel full

Strawberry Ginger Cheesecake Overnight Oats Recipe

Don’t get me wrong, a classic bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and honey is [chef’s kiss]. But mixing it up with new flavors keeps breakfast fun and encourages me to incorporate it into my morning routine. 

Make this fiber-filled breakfast oatmeal ahead of time to make your mornings that much more simple! 

Ingredients

¾ cup milk (any kind)

½ cup of yogurt (your choice! Greek, whole milk, vegan)

1 cup diced strawberries

1 cup rolled oats

Sprinkle of salt

½ – 1 tsp freshly grated ginger (depending on how much spice you like) 

¼ tsp ginger powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1-2 T maple syrup

Directions
  1. Blend milk, yogurt, and strawberries until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl or a mason jar.
  2. Add all other ingredients.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Place in your fridge the night before.
  5. Enjoy in the morning!

Note: I like to add an extra drizzle of maple syrup or strawberry jam in the morning, if I’m feeling fancy (which I often am).

Another note: if you’re low on time, skip the blending! Throw all the ingredients into a bowl. It’s still delicious; it just has larger bits of strawberry.

High Fiber Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with nourishing goodness. Moreover, it’s delicious! It’s rich, satisfying, and perfectly sweet. The Mayawell prebiotic soda adds a small ginger kick, as well as 5g prebiotic fiber!

Avocado and cauliflower are my two favorite smoothie additions:

  • Avocado adds healthy fat
  • Cauliflower contains fiber and important nutrients such as Vitamins C and K
  • They both add a creamy, full, and delicious texture to smoothies

The chia, flax, and peas all add significant fiber and full texture to the smoothie:

  • 1 T chia seeds = 4g fiber
  • 1 T ground flax = 2g fiber
  • ½ cup frozen peas = 3g fiber
Ingredients

1 banana

½ cup berries (your choice! blue-, rasp-, or straw-)

1 small avocado (not too ripe)

1 cup cauliflower

½ cup frozen peas

1 T chia seeds or ground flax

½-full can Strawberry Ginger Mayawell (you can sub for water or your choice of milk)

2 T maple syrup or honey

Directions
  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add more Mayawell for a more liquid smoothie, and vice versa (I like mine nice and thiccc)

 

Mayawell Prebiotic Soda

In a world that’s pro-diet and adheres to food rules (no carbs! no sugar! over-analyze!) it’s sometimes hard to choose what to eat. However, it’s important to listen to your body:

  • If it’s craving something salty, you may need sodium to help you retain water
  • If you’re craving potatoes, you may need some fast-burning fuel

So, what’s the best breakfast to start your day off right? The best breakfast is usually the breakfast you’ll eat, and enjoy eating. And sometimes, that breakfast does not include fiber. 

Mayawell prebiotic soda is an easy way to add 5g prebiotic fiber to any breakfast you want: steak and eggs, avocado toast, a bowl of cereal, or a granola bar. It comes in 4 delicious flavors and is the perfect, refreshing way to start a morning. Don’t sleep (in) on this easy and delicious way to pump up your breakfast.

High fiber breakfast option

Ginger’s Medicinal Properties and Other Health Benefits

If you’re a ginger-enthusiast like me, you’ll love learning about the amazing health benefits ginger offers. If you’re not, we’ll cover a few ways to incorporate ginger into your diet that actually taste good (like a healthy strawberry ginger soda! stay tuned…)

Ginger is delicious in savory stir fries, sweet traditional desserts, and even bubbly beverages. This super spice has a long list of wonderful health benefits, from anti-inflammatory properties to calming upset stomachs. Many cultures claim it — whether munched, pickled, crystallized, grated, or dipped in hot water. It’s also cited for its medicinal properties, as well as for resolving health ailments for centuries.  

If you’re a ginger lover, this will make you love it even more. Without further ado, here are some of the best benefits ginger has to offer.

Helps Relieve Nausea

Ginger reduces nausea and vomiting. This includes motion sickness, morning sickness, postoperative nausea, and travel-related sickness. Moreover, it’s all natural and (can be) completely organic, which is often more appealing than taking medication all the time. 

Coming from someone who gets motion-sickness from swings and rocking chairs, I know how important it is to plan ahead. I take these ginger chews on car rides, boat rides, and planes to help keep my stomach calm.

Reduces Arthritis Inflammation and Pain

Ginger helps improve rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other rheumatism. That includes muscle pain and muscle soreness caused by exercise. These benefits are credited to ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Aids in Digestion

Consuming ginger helps reduce bloating, flatulence, intestinal colic, poor digestion, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Ginger supports your body’s food digestion, as well as nutrient absorption and assimilation, by stimulating your body’s digestive acids and secretions.

This makes ginger a great addition before or after a meal to support your digestive processes.

Helps Combat Lung Disease and Infections

Ginger can help combat bronchitis and asthma due to its immune-boosting properties. This is because ginger can help remove excess mucus and reduce inflammation in the airways. For the same reason, ginger is often used as a natural decongestant and antihistamine. 

Helps Alleviate Gut Infections

Some animal studies show that ginger may inhibit H.pylori stomach infections. H.pylori is a bacteria that lives in your digestive tract that, if unmanaged, can lead to stomach cancer and gastric ulcers.

Research also shows that ginger helps reduce gum disease. I know—you thought we were talking about the gut! Well, the mouth is the very first part of the gut, so it’s incredibly important to have a healthy mouth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria buildup, so it makes sense that ginger helps because it’s an antibacterial.

Supports Blood Glucose Levels

Some studies show that ginger can effectively lower fasting blood sugar in people with diabetes and reduce Hemoglobin A1c. Hemoglobin A1c is a blood sugar indicator regularly used by people with diabetes for monitoring purposes. 

Improve Blood Circulation and Prevent Cold Hands and Feet

Ginger is hyperthermic, meaning it triggers a warming of the body. This warming and circulatory response promotes blood circulation to the extremities and makes it a practical solution for helping cold hands and feet. It may even aid in Raynaud’s disease

Eases Period Cramps and Dysmenorrhea

Period cramps are sometimes linked to your body’s excessive production of prostaglandins, which helps contract the uterus to shed the lining during a period. Ginger may reduce prostaglandins and therefore help ease period cramps. It can also help with endometriosis thanks to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Strawberry Ginger Soda

Prevents Respiratory Infections

Ginger is an excellent support to the immune system. It’s also a great preventative measure against the common cold and other viral infections. In addition, it also reduces painful sore throats, nasal congestion, and coughs.

Has Anti-Cancer Properties

Gingerol is a compound found in ginger, and it’s what gives ginger such a refreshing spice! This compound, along with other compounds found in ginger, are shown to have protective properties against certain types of cancer, such as colorectal, liver, and prostate cancer. 

Eases Migraines

Migraines are terrible, especially if you experience them on a recurring basis. Consuming ginger can help reduce headaches and migraines thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. According to several animal studies, ginger also helps protect memory, support brain function, and reduce brain damage. 

Prevents Drug-Resistant Microbial Diseases 

Ginger, when mixed with garlic like in this delicious wellness shot, has an intense antibacterial effect that helps protect your body against pathogens (microorganisms that cause disease). This means it helps prevent sickness, including drug-resistant diseases. Prevention of these diseases is especially helpful because these diseases are drug resistant and therefore harder to treat. 

Conclusion

This super spice is prevalent in cultures all over the world: in curries, stews, sweets, cookies, pressed juices, and more—and no wonder! It’s health benefits make it a no-brainer to include in any healthful diet.

To help you get your daily dose of ginger, here are a few fun ways to incorporate it into your daily routine: 

  1. Ginger herbal tea
  2. Veggie stir fry with ginger and garlic
  3. Strawberry ginger with hibiscus prebiotic soda (this one is my fave!)
  4. Sugared ginger chews
  5. Ginger snap cookies
  6. Ginger pills (perfect if you don’t like the taste of ginger)
Strawberry hibiscus ginger soda

My favorite from the list above? Mayawell’s Strawberry Ginger with Hibiscus healthy soda. It has a strong dose of spicy ginger that’s perfect after a meal to settle the stomach. I often drink it right away in the morning, too, to get my digestive system started on the right foot. With 20% of your daily value of fiber in each can and no refined sugar, it’s the perfect way to amp up ginger’s already amazing benefits.