People usually start the year with the best intentions but find it difficult to keep up with those healthy resolutions. Dry January can be challenging for those of us who enjoy a variety of beverage flavors or prefer to stay away from too much coffee, sugar and artificially flavored drinks. So here are a few suggestions that I have found enjoyable so far, and will remain on rotation moving forward.
After all, Dry February is a thing.
In America, we are used to seeing rosehips used as an ingredient in our beauty products. However, they have been used for centuries by Native Americans and healers in ancient China, Rome and the country of Georgia to strengthen the immune system, promote wound healing, cure digestive problems and improve blood circulation and heart health.
That’s until Nina Tickaradze started NADI, a woman-owned brand of rosehip juices, as a social venture with the mission of creating job opportunities for refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the country of Georgia. NADI is the first and only USDA certified organic wild rosehip juice. The rosehips are grown in forests on the Caucasus Mountains by local growers who practice sustainable farming techniques and avoid pesticides and other harsh chemicals.
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“Rosehips are one of the best natural sources of Vitamin C, and they can have 25 to 40 times more Vitamin C by weight than citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons,” says Tickaradze. “Vitamin C is essential for strengthening our immune systems, which is more important now than ever.” In addition to Amazon, the juices are currently sold in about 300 organic independent grocery stores and supermarkets across the USA.
These tasty caffeine-free coffee and tea alternatives are made from roasted herbs, roots, fruits and nuts that brew like coffee or steep like tea. Made from high quality, non-GMO organic ingredients without any artificial flavors, preservatives, chemicals or stimulants, they deliver a satisfying cup any time of the day.
And with adaptogens and gut health being a huge trend this year, Teecino’s mushroom adaptogens line and prebiotic superboost lines come in a variety of flavors, from macadamia nut to chocolate and lemon balm, in both tea blends and the new coffee bags for those who prefer to brew it in their favorite coffee maker. Teecino products can be enjoyed on their own or prepared into iced or hot drinks, and are available on their website, select Whole Foods and Sprouts and via Amazon.
Backyard Soda Co.
Backyard Soda Co. is an all-natural, non-alcoholic beverage line of CBD and regular syrups as well as CBD sodas in flavors such as Lavender Lemon, Ginger Lime and Mango Jalapeño. Made in small batches with real, local ingredients, these syrups and sodas products are infused with high quality, Colorado sourced, full spectrum, water-soluble CBD to deliver all the benefits that come from the cannabinoids found in hemp.
Greater Than is a line of 100% natural health and wellness drinks with nutrients derived from organic coconut water and real fruit juice to offer better hydration and performance. These plant-based, paleo-friendly and gluten-free alternatives to traditional sports drinks come in at under 50 calories each, and unlike sports drinks or enhanced waters, they contain two to three times more naturally occurring electrolytes.
Greater Than comes in a variety of flavors including Strawberry Lemonade, Tropical, Orange Mango, Watermelon and Chocolate, a delicious and nutritious swap for the usual post-workout chocolate milk.
This cold-pressed juice and plant-based beverage brand aims to make high nutrition a realistic option for everyone with delicious products that are also affordable and convenient. Their commitment to a 3-day farm-to-bottle process means virtually no downtime between harvest and press, with juicing facilities just minutes from the farms and orchards that supply their produce and an advanced cold-pressing technology which allows for maximum nutrients, health benefits and flavor.
Pressed offers over 40 varieties of cold-pressed juices, plant-based milks and health-boosting shots in over 80 retail stores in six states and available in nearly 2,000 locations through its wholesale partners, but they can also be purchased directly from the website and shipped anywhere in the U.S. People looking to reboot their system after the holidays’ indulgences can try one of their promotional juice fasts, with special pricing until February 1, 2021.
Magic Mind is a daily shot taken along the usual morning coffee or tea that contains a unique combination of 12 active ingredients like matcha, ashwagandha, lion’s mane mushrooms, adaptogens and nootropics. Adding these to your daily routine results in increased focus, creativity, energy, and motivation while decreasing stress, oxidation and inflammation in the body. Plus, it promotes better sleep, has heaps of antioxidants and supports immunity. These superboosting shots are currently available online.
Fresh Victor is a line of cold-pressed juice-based mixers made with fair trade-sourced ingredients. These fresh, tasty productscan be used in boozy and non-alcoholic cocktails, and have won multiple Double Gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the #3 Best Mixer in America Award from USA Today.
Each 16-ounce bottle makes five cocktails at an easy-to-mix ratio of 2 parts Fresh Victor to 1-part spirit or non-alcoholic ingredient. The range of flavors, including Mexican Lime & Agave, Cactus Pear & Pomegranate, Pineapple & Ginger Root, Three Citrus & Mint Leaf, Lemon Sour, Cucumber & Lime, and Jalapeño & Lime, provides a multitude of recipe possibilities, available direct-to-consumer in 48 states.
Those looking to cut back on alcohol or switch up their beverages can still enjoy a cold one with low calorie, low carb, non-alcoholic craft beers from Canada’s Partake Brewing. Brewed with high quality ingredients and an award-winning recipe, they offer five distinct styles including Blonde, Pale, Red, IPA and Stout, with some varieties as low as 10 calories per can.
Combining modern technology with decades of brewing experience, the renowned Japanese distiller and brewer released this alcohol-free beer-like beverage, with zero calories and 0.00% alcohol. Just like their traditional beer, ALL-FREE is made with two-row barley malt which contributes to the rich flavor and 100% Tennensui mineral water from the Japanese forests.
ALL-FREE is available via Amazon.com as well as select retailers nationwide like Total Wine & More, BevMo! stores in California and Arizona and select Ralphs stores in the greater LA area.
Fluère Spirits (pronounced “flew-air”) is a premium non-alcoholic spirit brand from The Netherlands that just launched in the U.S., combining traditional distilling techniques used for alcoholic spirits such as gin, whisky, rum, tequila and mezcal with botanicals and natural flavors. Three expressions (Original, Raspberry and Spiced Cane) are currently sold on Amazon and will be available at select brick and mortar locations in California, Illinois and Massachusetts.
“Coming from a bartending background, I fell in love with Fluère as it helped me create beautiful, sophisticated drinks for my guests,” says Nikulás Hannigan, Fluère’s Global Brand Educator. “It doesn’t hurt that it looks stunning on the backbar.” He recommends the Original paired with lime and tonic, the Smoked Agave with some ginger ale, and the Spiced Cane, made with pure sugar cane molasses, is perfect for cola and lime.
Sourced Craft Cocktails
Sourced Craft Cocktails, a gourmet craft cocktail kit delivery service, is now offering low AVB and non-alcoholic options. By drinking Sourced, customers are directly supporting local bartenders who are currently out of work due to bar closures across America.
The Cucumber Splash Spritz is a low-ABV option that combines Plume and Petal’s Cucumber Splash (20% ABV) with Phocus Cucumber Caffeinated Seltzer Water, a caffeinated soda water with cucumber essence. The Apple Peach Cobbler Mocktail is a nonalcoholic creation with an apple cinnamon flavor, complemented by a topping of Phocus Peach Seltzer Water. Orders received by 2 p.m. ET will be delivered the same day.