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{Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my lovely friend, Marjorie Saveski, author of the This is So Good website. Marjorie is a blogger and a home cook with a passion for real food, health, and fitness. She hopes to share what she has learned through her real life experience and research with her readers. Stop by her site, This is So Good, to find more delicious recipes and helpful health information.}

Party season is in full effect! I love this time of year for so many reasons, but my top three are family, friends, and food. With so many get together’s and celebrations during this time, it can be easy to over indulge or eat things we normally would avoid. I try to stay mindful of my diet during the holiday season since I’ve worked so hard to heal my gut. However, I still want to have fun and enjoy the flavors of the season!

Today, I am going to share one of my favorite holiday drinks, a Sparkling Cranberry Orange Ginger Mocktail with an optional probiotic punch.

Alcohol is a touchy subject for many of those who have decided to make the switch to a real food diet. Some say to avoid it completely, while others say moderation is key. Then there are those who just live it up! I think it’s a personal choice and you need to decide what is best for your health and well-being.

Personally, I used to enjoy a nice glass of wine but was never one for beers or liquors. Once I discovered that my gut issues were driving many of my health concerns, I decided to look a little deeper into the effects of alcohol on the gut. Two things, in particular, helped me make my decision to limit my alcohol consumption – alcohol causes increased gut permeability leading to leaky gut syndrome and alcohol has been linked to an increased incidence of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).

With today’s recipe, I will show you that you can enjoy a beautiful and tasty mocktail, while still having fun at your holiday get together’s!

Sparkling Cranberry Orange Ginger Mocktail (with an optional probiotic punch!) // deliciousobsessions.com

If you really want to turn up the real food quotient on this drink, make it with kombucha for an added probiotic punch! Not only will you be avoiding potential leaky gut by avoiding the alcohol, but you will be adding some good bacteria in. It’s a win-win!

If you are looking for more real food party ideas, you can check out my posts for Dark Chocolate Bark with Three Variations, Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars, or Spiced Nuts ( Five-Spice Pistachios, Chili-Lime Almonds, or Curried Cashews)!

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Cranberry Orange Mocktail
 
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Recipe type: Gluten-Free, Paleo
Cuisine: Beverages
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Fill a pretty glass halfway with the sparkling water or kombucha.
  2. Add equal parts cranberry juice and orange juice to the glass. You can sweeten with a touch of coconut sugar or honey if desired. Grate a little fresh ginger into the glass and stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with orange zest and fresh cranberries.
  4. Enjoy!
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