Alcoholic drinks aren't necessarily bad. In fact, some options are definitely better than others when it comes to feeling good and achieving your wellness goals. But if you're using Intermittent Fasting, alcohol during your fasted period WILL break your fast.
Does this mean that you're stuck with just plain old water once your eating window ends? Nope. In fact, today I'm sharing 4 amazing non-alcoholic drinks that you can incorporate during your fasted window and still achieve your wellness goals.
1. Mint Tea
Mint Tea is one of my favorite options for a post-dinner sipper. Not only is it extremely flavorful, but it acts as a natural appetite suppressant and therefore can reduce sugar cravings post-dinner.
You can easily make mint tea by pouring boiling water over a handful of fresh mint leaves and allowing it to steep for 4-5 minutes. Remember to not add any sweetener, otherwise this will break your fast.
2. Herb Infused Sparkling Water
Sparkling water can spice up your post-dinner water routine and make it feel a little more special than still water. You can up your water game even further by adding in your favorite herbs to flavor it up naturally. Mint is an obvious one, as stated above. But I've also added in fresh rosemary from my garden or even 2 slices of fresh ginger.
As long as you are not using juiced herbs or more than a few slices of ginger, then you will stay below the 1g carbohydrates and therefore not stimulate insulin and break your fast. I also recommend using unflavored, glassed sparkling water as the base. This will reduce your risk of having harmful compounds such as BPA in your water.
3. Decaf Coffee
I studied abroad in Italy (studying the Mediterranean diet) and after every meal, our Italian professor would always finish it off with a shot of espresso. Although I wouldn't recommend having caffeine so late in order to ensure high quality sleep and melatonin production, if you enjoy having a small amount of black coffee post-meal, decaf is a great route!
Organic Purity Coffee (the only brand that I use due to the testing for mold-toxins) offers a decaf coffee HERE. You can also get 10% off all your orders of Purity Coffee using the code "autumn" at checkout!
4. Fresh Ginger Tea
When I'm not feeling well or if I've been talking all day and my throat is a little sore, I always opt for a fresh cup of ginger tea. Two slices of fresh ginger comes in at under 1g of carbohydrates and therefore won't break your fast. Plus, ginger has been found to aid in oxidative stress and inflammation reduction.
I recommend boiling 8-10 oz. of water with 2 slices of freshly cut ginger for roughly 5-10 minutes. This will further infuse the ginger flavor more than simply steeping ginger in hot water.
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