Does the holiday season have a way of taking a toll on your mental health every year? Same. Between spending far too much “quality” time with distant relatives and worrying about financial budgeting (while trying to get everything on everyone's wishlist) to navigating the obstacles of peak travel season, the holidays can feel far from a holly jolly time.
Thankfully, we’ve learned a few handy ways to cope with these stressful scenarios over the years. These practices can help you find at least a moment of peace and serenity no matter the situation, whether it’s a quick five-minute meditation or a special recipe made with relaxation-boosting ingredients.
- Rachelle Robinett, registered herbalist, educator, and founder of Supernatural
On the latest episode of Plant-Based, Rachelle Robinett, certified herbalist and the founder of Supernatural, teaches us how to make a festive de-stressing raspberry rose mocktail that’s the perfect concoction of ingredients to help promote relaxation and reduce stress. Plus, it’s the ideal alcohol-free nightcap to sip on after you’ve had your fair share of espresso martinis during the holiday party. Ready to imbibe in this soothing drink? We sure are.
Why this raspberry rose mocktail is a great stress reducer (and how to make it)
In the episode, Robinett shares all the reasons why this easy mocktail is great for reducing stress, and they all come back to the ingredients (such as rose tea, raspberry purée, and lemon juice) and the starring relaxation-boosting nutrient found in the recipe: magnesium.
Magnesium is a mineral that's essential for several bodily functions, like supporting proper muscle performance, energy production, bone health, nerve function, and even heart health. However, research has shown that nearly 75 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium, which can lead to adverse reactions like muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, altered heart rhythm, and high blood pressure, to name a few.
While you can (and should) fit more magnesium-rich foods (like spinach, almonds, and peanut butter) into your meals and drinks, Robinett also supplements her mocktail recipe with an extra serving of magnesium powder to ensure she hits her daily quota. In the video, you'll hear her explain the differences between the many types of magnesium and why she opts for magnesium glycinate to make her special concoction (hint: Robinett says it has the more effective rest-inducing properties).
To make the tea-based mocktail, Robinett combines freshly-made rose tea, which she says is great for relaxing the nervous system. Then, she dissolves the magnesium powder in the tea. To naturally sweeten the beverage, Robinett uses raspberry purée, a great source of anthocyanins, a sub-category of flavonoids known for their ability to help stave off oxidative stress, cardiovascular issues, and neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s. (And what gives raspberries their gorgeous red hue.)
Next, to balance all the flavors, she adds a squeeze of vitamin-rich, freshly-squeezed lemon juice, which is a known longevity-boosting ingredient. (This is because lemons contain the powerful antioxidant of vitamin C, which helps support immune functioning and protects the skin and body from free radicals and visible signs of aging, along with adequate hydration.)
Lastly, Robinett adds a splash of sparkling water for extra hydration and tons of tongue-tingling bubbles before topping it with delicate garnishes like fresh raspberries and dainty rose petals before enjoying. Can’t you already taste the relaxation that’s in store?
De-Stressing Raspberry Rose Mocktail Recipe
Yields 1 serving
1/2 cup rose tea
1 serving of magnesium glycinate powder
1 Tbsp raspberry purée
1 Tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup sparkling water
Garnish with fresh raspberries and rose petals
1. In a cup, combine the rose tea and magnesium. Stir until fully dissolved.
2. Then, add the raspberry purée and lemon juice. Pour the mixture into a glass coupe filled with large ice cubes. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with fresh raspberries and rose petals. Serve immediately.
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