Recipe: Strawberry & Vanilla Mojito Mocktail

Strawberry Vanilla Mojito Mocktail

A long, cool strawberry mojito is just the thing when the heat is on. What’s more, it could be a goody for you for on Christmas Day and for summer ‘do’s’ too.

Summertime and the living is easy. So just because we should be avoiding alcohol doesn’t mean we should miss out. 

Tip: alcohol tends to muck with our hormones during menopause. It also burdens our hard working livers.

This was a long-awaited, non-alcoholic mojito recipe that we had on the wishlist but were yet to try. And let me tell you it doesn’t disappoint. Nothing beats strawberries right? 

Adding all the sparkle and zest of lemon and mint makes this wee cocktail. darned good.

In fact, it’s so tasty I drank two of them in the test kitchen! 

And the good news is it fits right in with watching your waistline.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 1 generous handful chopped mint leaves (according to taste)
  • Juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • Zest of 1 lime or lemon
  • To make it a protein shake: Add 1-2 scoops of your fave protein powder.

Optional

  • Ice
  • Garnish with strawberry, mint leaves or a lemon/lime wedge

To make:

Hull the strawberries, chop the mint, grate and squeeze the lemon and mix together.

So easy.

Main image via Pexels with thanks.

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.