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By Daryn Mayer, you fortified™



Spring is a great time for parties and entertaining. Whether it’s brunch, a barbecue, or just a get together with friends, delicious and appetizing food and drinks should be the center of every celebration.


We are what we drink and eat. How can we toast to our good health and imbibe our way to radiant skin?


Gluten-free vodkas can have many health benefits when consumed in moderation, which is no more than one cocktail per day for a healthy adult woman. So if it’s only going to be a single drink, why not make it a special one?


Research shows that consuming vodka in moderation can help reduce stress, which can be beneficial to your mind, body, and skin. Vodka’s medicinal properties have also been shown to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, and could possibly reduce your risk of ischemic stroke (when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked) and your risk of diabetes.


Unlike vodkas that are made from wheat and grain, consuming a gluten-free vodka may help to prevent against side effects such as bloating, upset stomach, and abdominal pain for those with Celiac disease or sensitive digestion.


So as we celebrate springtime, here are some savory libations that, when consumed in moderation, can have a myriad of healthful benefits.


Cheers to your good health.


A Step in Thyme       


2 oz.                Crushed pomegranate seeds

2                      Thyme sprigs

½ oz.               Lime juice

½ oz.               Agave

1/2                  Orange wedge

2 oz.                Gluten-free, corn-based vodka

1                      Egg white


In a cocktail shaker muddle the pomegranate with the orange wedge. Add all the ingredients, but hold the ice. Give the concoction few hard shakes. Then fill with ice to the top and give it a few more hard shakes. Strain into a cocktail glass that you can rim with salt if you choose to do so.


Its healthful benefits:







Tomato Oyster Cocktail  


4 oz.                Tomatoes blended

2                      Kale leaves

1 tsp.             Cayenne

1 oz.                Lime juice

2 oz.                Gluten-free, corn-based vodka

Dash             Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp.              Fresh ginger

1 tsp.              Turmeric

1 tsp               Sea salt

3                      Shucked raw oysters


Blend tomatoes, oysters and kale together. Pour into mixing cup add ice to the top. Fill with the rest of the ingredients. Shake ingredients well and pour into mason jar or glass of choice.


Its healthful benefits:









Chocolate Almond Highball 


2oz.                 Almond milk

1/2                  Orange wedge muddled

1½ oz.            Gluten-free, corn-based vodka

1½ oz.            Shaved dark chocolate


Combine all the ingredients in the cocktail glass. Strain into a highball glass on the rocks garnish and with shaved dark chocolate.


Its healthful benefits:







Garden Martini 


4 oz.    Gluten-free, corn-based vodka

1          Lime squeezed

6          Slices of seedless cucumber muddled or pureed

3          Sprigs mint


Place all of the ingredients in shaker and add one cup of ice. Shake for 1 minute. Strain and pour into martini glass, garnish with one cucumber slice and lime.


Its healthful benefits:









So you can imbibe your way to a healthier you. Just remember to drink responsibly and include healthful ingredients that not only taste great but will help to fortify you inside and out.









Recipes developed with Manhattan based Mixologist, Blanca Yungaicela. for you fortified™


Lifestyle expert Daryn Mayer tells us how to say Bye Bye to Belly Fat

Bye Bye Belly Fat

It’s the pudge that won’t budge, the rock that won’t roll, the middle you just can’t whittle.  After the age of 35, it becomes harder to lose stubborn fat, no matter how many hours you spend at the gym and how dedicated you are to healthy eating. According to Fortified lifestyle expert, Daryn Mayer, here are four simple solutions to fortify your body and help you say bye bye to belly fat.

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You’ll continue to see improvements even after the fourth treatment. BTL Vanquish Me can also be used to get rid of fat on the things, arms and love handles. To locate a Doctor offering BTL 

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Spa at Home
In addition to in-office procedures and daily application of slimming lotion, there are some great home remedies that help you reduce unwanted bloating and lose fat. You can turn your kitchen and bathroom into your own mini-spa with two great Fortified recipes.

Spa at home

In the Bathroom, we recommend the Banish the Bloat Detox Bath©

Simply add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath. Soak for 20 minutes once a week to help remove unwanted toxins and relieve bloating. If you are getting ready for a special occasion, a detox bath daily for a few days beforehand is recommended.

magnesium salt (magnesium sulphate) in wooden spoon

In the Kitchen, or on the go, sip yourself slimmer with our recipe for Fortified Cucumber Elixir©

This simple and delicious beverage can be enjoyed before, during and after a relaxing soak in the tub or just as a refreshing pick-me-up at anytime. We recommend 4-6 glasses of this beverage daily. Easy to make at home with basic ingredients you’ll find in any supermarket.

1-2 Liters water – flat mineral water is preferred, we like Evian or try a Brita water filter to purify your tap water

Ice – We use just a handful of cubes (you can make from mineral water as well)

1 cucumber – We prefer hot house seedless

1 lemon – We prefer lemon but you can substitute lime

10-15 Fresh mint leaves

Dash of Cayenne pepper

Detox Infused Water with Cucumber and Lime


Why this combo?

Cucumber: Contains citrulline, which is an amino acid that has been shown to help with detox of the liver and kidneys. It gets rid of ammonia, which is a by-product of the proteins our bodies burn for energy.

Water: Helps flush toxins and waste through our system while keeping us hydrated.

Lemon: Stimulates the digestive track, enhancing the metabolism by making foods easier to digest. It’s also helpful to alleviate constipation, heartburn, or gas.

Mint: Helps you digest effectively because it improves the flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder to the small intestine, breaking down dietary fats. It also helps relax cramped stomach muscles.

Cayenne Pepper: The name of the popular and chemical present in cayenne pepper is capsaicin. Capsaicin is an effective thermogenic chemical, which speeds up the body’s metabolic activity and also decreases the appetite. Consuming cayenne on regular basis helps to effectively reduce weight.


Healthful Cocktails

If you are entertaining, and want to enjoy a healthful cocktail, simply swap out the water for one ounce of vodka – we prefer Tito’s – or tequila – we prefer Don Julio Blanco – and four ounces of sparkling water – we like Perrier or Polar. Serve over ice in tall chilled glasses. Garnish with lemon or lime. There’s no sugar or sodium so this is a cocktail to be enjoyed (in moderation, of course) without guilt.

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