Pubs and bars have started opening from the 4th July, much to the excitement of many people. Whilst I am looking forward to finally getting together with some friends and having a drink, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t apprehensive. In fact, I’m actually petrified. There’s that contrasting feeling where I’m craving to be around people, laughing and joking VS the crushing realisation that this is in fact still a terrible situation and who KNOWS what’s going to happen once social spaces have been inundated with people. Just in the last week, a pub in Somerset had been barely open a few days before having the news one of their customers had indeed tested positive with COVID19.
For those (like me) who feel anxious pretty easily, and for those that just want to make a a refreshing beverage that doesn’t necessarily mean feeling inebriated, here are Model Cloud’s top five drinks that will ease your racing mind and satisfy your salivating taste buds.
1Anti Stress Banana Smoothie
Did you know that Bananas contain Tryptophan and Vitamin D which produce serotonin? This helps us to feel happier and more relaxed. Along with the Date fruit, they also contain potassium which is lost when we are stressed. Consuming these helps our potassium levels to increase.
2A Cup of ‘Golden Milk’ – Turmeric Latte
It’s been a popular craze for a while, and for good reason. Turmeric has been around since the dawn of time, mainly used in Indian cuisine to give their food a spicier taste. Research has shown that Turmeric has anti-inflammatory benefits, with Curcumin – the bioactive compound found in Turmeric – appearing to boost serotonin and dopamine levels with its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory superpower properties!
Who needs the gin and tonic when you can have a LAVENDER LEMONADE?This drink is full to the brim of goodness for you, with research showing Lavender is a natural solution for treating Anxiety symptoms and Lemonade is a powerful detoxifier for the body, high in Vitamin C.
The Chamomile herb has actually been used for thousands of years therapeutically to treat a range of conditions from bacterial skin infections to helping a variety of stomach problems. Studies have now shown it can aid those who struggle to sleep and suffer from Depression and Anxiety. A small study in 2016 in the journal Phytomedicine concluded that moderate-to-severe symptoms of GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) are “significantly” lessened with long-term chamomile use. The ritual of making a tea is relaxing in itself, so why don’t you have a look at the recipe below and let us know what you think?
5Stress Reducing Cool Berry Smoothie
Seems like smoothie is the word of the day here, but where else to end this article than with another delicious, detoxing drink for you. It’s great to know that certain fruits and vegetable have a calming effect on your mind and body, and this smoothie is packed with them all! From the Vitamin A in lettuce to the anti-inflammatory effects of Cucumber, this is a great drink to start your day off with a natural high.
We’re always on the hunt for more recipes. What’s your natural go-to drink to relax? Let us know!