Chlorella Powder, Kale, and Vodka: Can Cocktails Be Healthy?

Consider, for a moment, chlorella powder, kale, and vodka. The question is: can cocktails be healthy? It seems, according to this article published in the March 2016 issue of Vogue Magazine, that it’s very possible. Not only this, but the demand for health-conscious cocktails is growing on both American coasts, from New York to LA. What exactly is driving this “clean cocktail” movement, and what kinds of cocktail recipes do we have to choose from?

Some are saying the age of the old-school cocktail is done. People are turning from over-sweetened, syrupy cocktail beverages to cleaner, greener, and healthier ones. The reasons for this are many, but it seems there’s a new dietary trend sweeping North America, particularly the east and west coasts of the United States, with more and more people turning to vegetable-based, vegetarian or vegan, “cleaner” ingredients, meals, and, invariably, even alcoholic beverages. What exactly does eating “clean” entail? Clean diets involve simple, organic, often veggie-based ingredients, healthy fats and proteins, and nutrient-rich foods while steering clear of white sugar, flour, saturated fats and packaged foods. Eating clean means making the healthiest dietary choices on a meal-to-meal basis, and simply being aware of everything that goes into your digestive system. These days, people are generally becoming more conscious of the food they are putting into their bodies, and how those foods make them feel. When you consider the old-style cocktail, how your body responded to all of that added sugar, and how hung-over you felt the following day, perhaps there is indeed some truth in the notion that a greener cocktail can be much better for you.

The new age of healthy cocktails probably began with the juice, smoothie, and hot herbal tea movement as enthusiasts sought healthier alternatives to soft drinks and caffeinated beverages in their day-to-day routines. Juicing is a delicious health food trend that tends to make people feel as good as the juice tastes, giving one extra energy without causing any burnout afterward, as is often the cases with colas, caffeinated energy drinks, coffee, and black tea. So, if a demand is growing for daily non-alcoholic beverage mainstays, then why not for happy-hour drink recipes as well? Just because a beverage has alcohol in it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unhealthy.

Pure alcohol has been used for centuries to mix tinctures and elixirs that help promote good health, and are even used as natural remedies. Chlorophyll is well-known these days as a potentially-potent liver rejuvenator, and so why not add it to your vodka spritzer to help offset its potentially liver-stressing effects? The new healthy craft cocktail recipes mixologists are coming up with are nothing short of extraordinary, and they’re being touted as not only having nutritional benefits, but medicinal ones as well. In this Vogue article alone, you’ll find a healthy “Winter Tonic” cocktail recipe, a healthy “Matcha Do About Nothing” cocktail recipe, a healthy “Beet Bloody Mary” cocktail recipe, a healthy “Chlorella Shrub” cocktail recipe, and a healthy “Queens Tea with Beet Cocktail” recipe, to help get you started on your clean, green cocktail journey. This informative article on the growing trend of healthy cocktail recipes comes from Vogue Magazine online, where you can find more interesting articles on food and fashion trends, beauty, culture, and lifestyle.*

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