Drinking large amounts of sugary drinks can have disastrous effects on your health. There is strong evidence to suggest that sugar-sweetened soft and fizzy drinks can contribute to the development of diabetes and obesity. Sugary drinks are the most common (and easiest) way to consume an excessive amount of sugar, which potentially can turn into fat in the liver.
Not only that, they can also drastically increase belly fat accumulation, contribute to skin problems such as acne and can potentially cause leptin resistance, the hormone that is produced by the body’s fat cells and is often called the ‘satiety hormone’.
So whats the answer? Firstly swap sugar-sweetened drinks for water but also why not experiment with other healthy alternatives!
This drink (or mocktail as I like to call it), is packed full of nutrients and unlike alcoholic beverages, is safe for anyone, including pregnant women and even children. Why not start replacing those unhealthy beverages with something a little bit more special!
Make: 15 minutes
1 1/2x cup raspberries
1x glass water
2 tbsp coconut flakes
Handful of mint
Flat, fizzy or soda water
Pop the raspberries and a glass of water in a pan and place over a medium heat
Leave for 5 minutes until it starts to bubble and the raspberries start to break up
Once you have reached a thick consistency, take off the heat and pop in a sieve over a bowl to extract the liquid from the raspberries
Leave the raspberry pulp to once side
Use 1/2 of a lime to moisten the ring of each glass and dip into your coconut flakes
Chop up the lime into small wedges and place in each glass
Fill with flat, fizzy or soda water and squeeze in the juice from the other 1/2 of the lime
Pop a tbsp of the raspberry pulp into each glass
Pour in the raspberry liquid, pop in a few chunks of ice and mint leaves.