Monday, March 9, 2015

Hawaiian Punch Good Girl Moonshine (How I got my kids to stop drinking pop)

I should probably start this post by saying that my kids don't have pop (soda, Coke, whatever you want to call it) or sugary drinks a lot. I try to make them drink water throughout the day but they don't like it and I have to remind them constantly to get them to drink it. They get most of their sugary drinks from our frequent trips to Chick-Fil-A where they are allowed to choose from Sprite, Root Beer, Lemonade or Sweet Tea so even if it's only a few days a week that adds up to a lot of sugar. I have tried and tried to get them to drink water with fruit or with very small splashes of juice but it's still a struggle to get them to drink enough of something they don't really enjoy. That's where GGMS (Good Girl Moonshine) comes in. I made the regular version and the kids weren't fans so I found a recipe for Hawaiian Punch version and tinkered around with it until it was perfect and my kids now beg for it all day.

First, you will need Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zingers Tea, Watkin's orange, raspberry and banana flavoring, ground ginger, apple cider vinegar(ACV) and some kind of natural sweetener (Stevia, THM Sweet Blend, Truvia, Swerve, etc.)


I have found the perfect combination of the ingredients and flavorings for us but if you don't like it try different combos until you find what you like. If you aren't used to apple cider vinegar I would start with 1 tbsp and work your way up until you get the right amount.

One tip for those of you who never seem to have enough measuring spoons. I buy the 100 ct. plastic spoons from Walmart and use one for my sweetener and one for my apple cider vinegar. They are almost exactly a Tbsp. and if I accidentally throw the bag of sweetener away with the spoon inside I don't mind losing one of these. 

Trim Healthy Mama Hawaiian Punch GGMS Recipe

  • 4 Raspberry Zinger Celestial Seasoning tea bags
  • 2 tbsp THM Sweet Blend or sweetener of your choice 
  • 2 tbsp (between 1-4 tbsp)apple cider vinegar ( I use Bragg's and suggest buying an organic brand that includes the mother) 
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Watkin's orange flavor extract 
  • 1/2 tsp Watkin's banana flavor extract
  • 1/2 tsp Watkin's raspberry flavor extract
Put all 4 tea bags in a 2 quarts of cold water overnight or for a few hours. Remove tea bags, add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Pour over ice and sip all day. 

We keep 2 or 3 jars steeping at our house all the time because everyone loves it. I mean what's not to love? It tastes like kool aid/hawaiian punch, no sugar, no carbs, no fat,  and ACV and ginger are great for you and your immune system. It doesn't get much better. Now the kids are planning to go the whole month of March without any sugary drinks at all. If they make it they get $15 and so far it hasn't even been hard for them. They love this stuff and I'm happy to lose the $45 if it means they are not drinking empty, sugary calories. What makes this even better is when you are in public and your kids start asking if they can have moonshine when they get home and you agree without a second thought. :)