When we wake up in the morning, the first thing we always do is hydrate with a big glass of water. This is one of the most important and energizing pieces to our morning—and if we don’t do it, we end up feeling like we need a boost all day. On the rare occasion we don’t do it, we feel like we need something to give us an additional lift all day. If this happens we try to immediately have one of our other refreshers like our Kale Recharge Smoothie or our Sparkling Cucumber and Refresh Detoxer, or we go for one of our smoothies that use the Easiest Way To Get our Greens — or when we feel like we want a fresh start after eating foods that we don’t typically eat, we go for this Apple Cider Vinegar “Detox” Drink, that we just added to our list!
If you’re looking to reset after overindulging, want to flush out your system and immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track, look no further, this powerful number will do just the trick.
As you probably know, living in the very social New York City, our clients often come to us after a night or weekend of social engagements and want to minimize the damage from the overindulgences, so we’re armed and ready to help! 😉 Not only is this lil’ sipster the perfect refreshing and thirst quenching drink, but it will also help to flush bloat and toxins–and it squashes sweet cravings before they can get a hold of ya 😉 …
Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process. This, like our other health promoting drinks, will help to prevent you from feeling hungry and overdoing it on unhealthy foods as it fills your stomach — and contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and ingredients that help the body in it’s natural detoxification process. As you lose weight these nutrients become especially vital– they are needed to flush toxins including end products of fat metabolism. Since fat holds on to toxins, as you slim down, these rinsing ingredients are a key component in keeping your body healthy. OR if you overindulge, these same nutrients are key to get rid of those toxins! We gotta admit we’ve been loving this lately and have been drinking it more than when we just need to reset!
The base of this bevvie is water for a reason– water works magic inside the body and when you don’t get enough of it, every process in your body suffers. Water regulates the bowel, cools your body through perspiration, flushes out toxins, and aids in digestion. So keep sipping this tasty drink throughout the day, especially at those times when you want a “system” reboot and a nice flush. We infuse the water with lemon, lime, apple, grapefruit, mint and apple cider vinegar, for the special nutrients they add, but also so it’ll taste good and you’ll want to drink it—you’re welcome! 😉
Flushes bloat: We feel miserable when we’re bloated that’s why we made sure that this has water in combination with the potassium from the grapefruit, mint, lemon and lime– to help restore normal fluid balance and flush salt. And the water gets your intestines up and running (literally) to keep you regular and prevent unsightly gut bulges from constipation. Buh bye bloat!
Helps prevent sweet cravings: As you hydrate your body with this slightly sweet and tangy elixir, it fills your stomach and helps to carry blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, energizing you so that your brain doesn’t crave a quick pick-me-up (ie sugar). If you often wake up craving sugar, try drinking a large glass of this first and see how you feel, if you’re like us an our clients, you’ll be saying “buh bye sugar–you’ve got nothin’ on me!” 🙂
Another bonus? You’ll boost your immunity and help to prevent free radicals from damaging your cells and from causing inflammation thanks to Vitamin C from the grapefruit, lemon, lime and mint. As you stop damage and inflammation on the inside, your body can rest, relax and recharge –more peaceful on the inside for rejuvenation!
We recommend you starting your day off right by drinking this and eating a few of our Mini Frittata Muffins and a piece of fruit. 🙂
The magic behind this drink:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has so many benefits—and you may remember it from our Rise & Shine Smoothie. Research shows that ACV may be the small edge you’re looking for to help to control your weight.
You’ve probably heard that apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. Small amounts before a meal may help lower your blood sugar. It seems that acetic acid, the main component in vinegar, may interfere with the body’s ability to digest starch; less starch being broken down into calories in the bloodstream could mean a little less fat on your body over time.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to drink gallons of the stuff—there’s great news! It doesn’t take much vinegar—just about two teaspoons.
Although more research is needed, as long as you don’t have trouble digesting foods that are high in acid, you have nothing to lose by giving it a try!
More good news? It’s not only ACV that’s helpful since all vinegars contain acetic acid. Wine vinegars have a smoother taste (like in our Green Goddess Edamame Salad and Dressing), but even white distilled vinegar will do the trick. Just look for those with 5% acidity, which is what you’ll find in most cooking and salad vinegars. (Avoid pickling vinegars, which have a higher acid content.)
NOTE: Keep in mind that consuming too much acetic acid can hurt your throat. A tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water and taken before a meal is a safe dose. Go for this delish g’mornin smoothie to get a dose of ACV (and some delicious and wholesome nutrient-packed foods!)!
A few other bonuses (we included this info for you science geeks like us, who love knowing what everything is doing for your bod! ) 🙂
Apples are a great way to get fiber, which helps to keep you feeling full and keeps your body regular.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C to help skin look its’ best– not only is vitamin C a potent antioxidant to help fight free radical damage, but it also assists in collagen formation. We love lemons and limes and really spritz them over everything! They are a great flavor sub for salt too. Pssst…careful when you open Lyssie’s fridge–a lemon (or lime) from the packed cold-zone may drop out on your toe!
• The ideal flushing food–packed with potassium and water to restore normal fluid balance and flush out any bloating salt that may be causing you to store water and puffiness.
• Great source of vitamin C
Mint We like to think of mint as a peace maker in the body 😉 It eases indigestion and calms the stomach, likely by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion. Thanks in part to it’s anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to ease the havoc inside your body!
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink
This magical detox drink has the perfect combination of ingredients to keep off that bloat and make you feel Skinny Mini😉.
48 oz. water
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lime juice
5-6 Mint leaves
Prep time: 10 minutes
Makes 4 servings
1. Slice the apple, lemon, and grapefruit into quarters.
2. Fill a large pitcher or jar with 48 ounces (6 cups) of water.
4. Add the apple cider vinegar and lime juice to the water and stir.
5. Lastly, add the apple, lemon, grapefruit, and mint leaves to the water. Lightly stir the entire mixture.
6. Put the detox water in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or even let it sit over night. Enjoy!
Carbohydrates: 9 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Protein: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Sugars: 6 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Protein: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Sugars: 0 grams
Fiber: 0 grams
- 48 oz. water
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 apple
- 1 lemon
- ½ grapefruit
- 5-6 Mint leaves
- Slice the apple, lemon, and grapefruit into quarters.
- Fill a large pitcher or jar with 48 ounces (6 cups) of water.
- Add the apple cider vinegar and lime juice to the water and stir.
- Lastly, add the apple, lemon, grapefruit, and mint leaves to the water. Lightly stir the entire mixture.
- Put the detox water in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or even let it sit over night. Enjoy!