As we step into the heart of December, the air is filled with the magical essence of Christmas. It's a time for joy, reflection, and of course, celebration! In today's post, I'm excited to share a special recipe that's been my festive favorite - the Protein Mocktail. It's a delightful, non-alcoholic beverage that's perfect for the holiday season, combining the goodness of berries and citrus with the health benefits of collagen.
Before diving into the recipe, let's talk about why this mocktail is more than just a pretty drink. Collagen is a wonder ingredient for our skin, especially during the harsh winter months. It helps in maintaining skin elasticity and gives us that much-desired glow. Plus, incorporating fruits like berries and citrus provides a boost of vitamins and antioxidants, making this drink a healthful indulgence.
The Protein Cocktail
- 2 scoops of unflavored collagen powder
- 1 cup of mixed berries (think strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
- Juice of 1 large orange
- Juice of 1 lime
- Sparkling water or club soda
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Ice cubes
- Prepare the Berry Base:Blend the mixed berries until smooth. For a refined texture, strain the puree to remove seeds.
- Mix It Up: In a shaker, combine the berry puree, freshly squeezed orange and lime juice, and collagen powder. Shake well until the collagen dissolves completely.
- Assemble the Drink:Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the berry-collagen mixture over them, filling up to three-quarters of the glass.
- Add Fizz:Top it off with sparkling water or club soda for that festive fizz.
- Sweeten: Add 5-8 drops of liquid Monk Fruit.
- Garnish: Decorate with fresh mint leaves and perhaps a slice of lime or orange.
- Enjoy: Stir gently and enjoy your homemade Protein Cocktail.
This Protein Mocktail is more than just a delightful beverage; it's a toast to our health and well-being during this festive season. Whether you're hosting a holiday party or just curling up by the fireplace, this mocktail is sure to add a touch of glamour and wellness to your celebrations.
Remember, the joy of the holiday season is in the little moments and the small gestures. So, raise your glass (of mocktail!) to the beautiful journey of life and the festive cheer that December brings.