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Big Apple Egg Bake

We love living in the Big Apple! There is so much to do here, and every corner in New York City offers something exciting to do —we always want to dive in and take a big bite out of this succulent city. 😉 Plus, there’s more to the Big Apple’s name– millions of apples are grown in the state of New York and apple picking in the suburbs is a fun, regular fall activity for New Yorkers everywhere, including the city! So the sweet apples in this dish represent our awesome city, the Big Apple. Eggs are one of the most satisfying foods out there, thanks to their protein, they can keep you satiated for hours. The eggs in this dish represent the satisfaction and pride New Yorkers have in saying they’re New Yorkers (us included!). And the
Eggland’s Best eggs and the extra nutrients in them represent all of the things that you can only get the best of in New York City. So in the same way that all eggs have nutrients, only Eggland’s Best offer double the omegas, four times the vitamin D, etc., and although all large cities offer theater, there’s only one Broadway; you can get bagels and pizza everywhere, but only New York is known for the best; and every city has their financial area, but there’s only one Wall Street, etc.) New York City is also a melting pot; there are so many different types of people striving to live in harmony to all enjoy this amazing city together. This bake encompasses a lot of different flavors and textures, representing New Yorkers, and the cheese and eggs are part of what molds them together!

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(Psst… we created this recipe after learning about the Eggland’s Best “America’s Best Recipe” Contest!
Eggland’s Best (EB), is looking for the best original egg recipe with the launch of their 2016 “America’s Best Recipe” Contest. For the first time ever, Eggland’s Best is inviting EB-enthusiasts to submit recipes featuring EB eggs combined with their favorite state-inspired ingredients.
From February 8th to April 29th, fans can submit their favorite recipes on the EB website  for the chance to win $10,000 and a year’s supply of EB eggs.
All recipes must include at least two (2) whole Eggland’s Best Eggs and one (1) locally-sourced ingredient that is either grown or manufactured in the state/district/territory of the entrant. All recipes will be judged on criteria such as taste, creativity, and the inspiration behind the local recipe ingredients.
After state winners are selected, Eggland’s Best will call on all Americans to help narrow down the “Best in State” recipes to five “Best in Region” winners. The “Best in Region” recipes will be revealed on the Eggland’s Best website where EB fans will have the chance to vote for America’s Best Recipe!
Consumers can visit www.egglandsbest.com/americasbestrecipe to submit their recipes.
Entry Start Date: February 8, 2016
Entry Deadline: April 29, 2016
Website link: www.egglandsbest.com/americasbestrecipe
Prizes:
– Grand Prize Winner: $10,000 and a year’s supply of Eggland’s Best eggs
– Best in Region: $1,000 and a year’s supply of Eggland’s Best eggs
– Best in State: 1 month’s supply of Eggland’s Best eggs and goodybag

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Makes 7 servings

Ingredients:
2 ½ large apples (use a sweeter variety like Fuji or Red Delicious)
2 ounces turkey bacon
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried)
1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried)
4 eggs (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
1 ½ cups liquid egg whites
¼ cup 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
5 ounces low-fat cheddar cheese, grated
4 ounces fat-free feta cheese, crumbled
Freshly ground pepper
Oil in a spray container

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Core and thinly slice two of the apples. Repeat for the remaining half apple, but set it aside to layer on top.
In a large nonstick pan over medium heat, cook the turkey bacon until slightly crisp. Transfer the turkey bacon to a cutting board and roughly chop.

Place on a small plate and set aside.

In the same pan, add the olive oil and turn the heat to medium. Add the onion and apple. Sauté for 10 minutes or until the ingredients are soft and translucent.

Stir in the rosemary and thyme. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, and Greek yogurt. Add the cheeses, turkey bacon, and apple/onion mixture. Season with pepper and mix well.

Spritz a casserole dish with oil from spray container and pour in egg mixture. Place in the oven and cook for about 30-35 minutes or until the center is set. About 20 minutes into the cooking time, take out the casserole and arrange the remaining apple slices on top. Place the dish back in the oven and continue to bake for the remaining time. Allow the casserole to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 203 Calories, 7 g Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 135 mg Cholesterol, 499 mg Sodium, 15 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 10 g Sugar, 21 g Protein

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Serves: 7
Ingredients
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  • 2 ½ large apples (use a sweeter variety like Fuji or Red Delicious)
  • 2 ounces turkey bacon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • 4 eggs (we use
  • Eggland’s Best
  • because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
  • 1 ½ cups liquid egg whites
  • ¼ cup 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 5 ounces low-fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces fat-free feta cheese, crumbled
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Oil in a spray container
Instructions
  1. :
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Core and thinly slice two of the apples. Repeat for the remaining half apple, but set it aside to layer on top.
  3. In a large nonstick pan over medium heat, cook the turkey bacon until slightly crisp. Transfer the turkey bacon to a cutting board and roughly chop.
  4. Place on a small plate and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, add the olive oil and turn the heat to medium. Add the onion and apple. Sauté for 10 minutes or until the ingredients are soft and translucent.
  6. Stir in the rosemary and thyme. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, and Greek yogurt. Add the cheeses, turkey bacon, and apple/onion mixture. Season with pepper and mix well.
  8. Spritz a casserole dish with oil from spray container and pour in egg mixture. Place in the oven and cook for about 30-35 minutes or until the center is set. About 20 minutes into the cooking time, take out the casserole and arrange the remaining apple slices on top. Place the dish back in the oven and continue to bake for the remaining time. Allow the casserole to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 203 Fat: 7 g Saturated fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 15 g Sodium: 499 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 21 g Cholesterol: 135 mg
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Skinny Cheesecake

When we were in high school The Cheesecake Factory was all the rage. In fact, if a guy from our high school wanted to impress a girl, he could score mega points by taking her to The Cheesecake Factory. As we were graduating high school and heading to college, one of our girlfriends reported back to us after a first date at The Cheesecake Factory: the date was great, but she was never going back to The Cheesecake Factory—apparently she found out that one slice of her fave cheesecake contained more calories than she should get in the entire day– eeks!

So now that we live in New York City and our clients are requesting lower calorie versions of their favorite dessert (cheesecake), we figured we better get on the case! Here’s our lightened up creation!
(Psst… we’re always creating lightened up dishes, so if you would like to try more, please feel free to search this site! And here are a few to try… our  Chicken Wafflewich, our our Maryland inspired Crab Cakes, our Southern- inspired Not-So-Fried Chicken and our apple inspirations like our no sugar- added Apple Pie.
And now we made this light version of a New York cheesecake!   Enjoy this, and try to take your time and savor it, it’s so delish!

 

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So when Eggland’s Best, who we just happen to be the spokespeople for because we love that they use a proprietary hen feed so that their eggs have more nutrients (like 4 times the vitamin D and twice the omegas of other eggs and 25% less saturated fat!), announced they were having a contest inspired by your state, we couldn’t have been more excited! We started thinking New York…Cheesecake, apples, bagels, the list goes on and on! We started with this cheesecake for fun, but stay tuned for the New York-inspired dish we share with EB!

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Enjoy this, and try to take your time and savor it, it’s so delish, it’s hard to resist eating it any slower than in a New York Minute!

Skinny Cheesecake
Makes 16 servings

Ingredients
Oil in a spray container
9 whole graham crackers, broken in half
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
1 8-ounce packages low-fat Neufchatel cream cheese, softened (or low-fat cream cheese)
3 8-ounce package fat free cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 large eggs plus 3 egg whites (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
Pureed strawberries, optional
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz a 9-inch spring-form pan with oil until lightly coated.
2. Pulse the graham crackers in a food processor until crumbled. Add the butter and water and pulse until moistened. Firmly press the crumbs onto the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8 minutes; allow to cool while you prepare the filling.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat both cream cheeses and the sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes or until smooth. Add the yogurt and beat on low.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 eggs and 3 egg whites and add to the cheese mixture. Next add the flour, vanilla and lemon zest. Beat for 3 minutes on medium-high until creamy and fluffy. Pour over the crust.
5. Place cheesecake in the oven. On the rack below the cheesecake, place a shallow dish or pan filled halfway with warm water. Bake until the cake is set but the center still jiggles, about 1 hour. Turn off the oven. Keep the door closed and let the cheesecake sit inside for 20 minutes.
6. Remove the cake and transfer to a cooling rack. Run a knife around the edge, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight or about 8 hours. Enjoy!

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Ingredients
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  • Makes 16 servings
  • Ingredients
  • Oil in a spray container
  • 9 whole graham crackers, broken in half
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 8-ounce packages low-fat Neufchatel cream cheese, softened, (or low-fat cream cheese)
  • 3 8-ounce package fat free cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs plus 3 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • Pureed strawberries, optional
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz a 9-inch spring-form pan with oil until lightly coated.
  3. Pulse the graham crackers in a food processor until crumbled. Add the butter and water and pulse until moistened. Firmly press the crumbs onto the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8 minutes; allow to cool while you prepare the filling.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat both cream cheeses and the sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes or until smooth. Add the yogurt and beat on low.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 eggs and 3 egg whites and add to the cheese mixture. Next add the flour, vanilla and lemon zest. Beat for 3 minutes on medium-high until creamy and fluffy. Pour over the crust.
  6. Place cheesecake in the oven. On the rack below the cheesecake, place a shallow dish or pan filled halfway with warm water. Bake until the cake is set but the center still jiggles, about 1 hour. Turn off the oven. Keep the door closed and let the cheesecake sit inside for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the cake and transfer to a cooling rack. Run a knife around the edge, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight or about 8 hours. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 188 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 26 g Sugar: 23 g Sodium: 297 mg Protein: 9 g
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (without topping): 188 Calories, 5 g Fat, 3 g Saturated Fat, 69 mg Cholesterol, 297 mg Sodium, 26 g Carbohydrate, 0 g Fiber, 23 g Sugar, 9 g Protein

 

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Skinny Guacamole

We’re huge avocado fans—we love it for its flavor, creamy texture and because of the insane amount of nutrients that this one little fruit packs in! And they tend to make most other meals taste incredible.  In fact, whenever Lyssie tells her boyfriend that a concoction 😉 she’s whipped up for dinner doesn’t taste so amazing, he always says, “Just throw an avocado in there, it will be fine!” :) And we think avos are so yummy in our One-Pot Black Bean Quinoa Chili with AvocadoTomato, Cucumber, Avocado, & Chickpea Salad, Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing and we even made Skinny Avocado “Fries” and Chocolate Avocado Mousse! And when it comes to what we’ve created with avos, that’s just the tip of the avocado! 😉 So it’s no surprise that when an avocado is made into guacamole, it’s just one of those condiments we, like many of our clients, find that we like so much, that we don’t really think of it as a condiment—probably because we could eat it straight, simply with a spoon, as the main course ;)!

Skinny_Guacamole_logoAlthough avocados are superfoods (packed with over 21 nutrients and good-for-you, monounsaturated fats), you still do want to watch your portion, simply because the calories can add up quickly—an avocado has about 250 calories because of the high fat content. And if you’re eating guacamole as an appetizer, this can add up quickly. We have a delicious guacamole recipe for you below, that’s a bit lower in calories than your traditional guacamole because it’s blended with some lower calorie yummy ingredients. Scoop on in! :)

Skinny Guacamole

Serves: 8, makes about 2-1/4 cups

Ingredients

2 avocados

1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 small tomato, diced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

¼ cup Onion, minced

1 Clove garlic

1 Tbsp. lemon or Lime Juice, optional

salt to taste, optional

Directions

Cut open avocados and scoop the insides out discarding the skin and pits. Use a fork or mixer to blend the avocados until smooth and there is no longer a lot of lumps.
Add the red pepper, tomato, cayenne, onion and garlic and mix well until all ingredients are combined evenly. Add the lemon juice and mix again.
Spread this on your sandwiches as a condiments, top your salads, or treat yourself with a scoop—right with spoon ;)!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (about 1/2 cup): 59 calories, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 3 mg sodium, 4 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 1 g protein

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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Serves: 8, makes about 2-1/4 cups
  • Ingredients
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ cup Onion, minced
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon or Lime Juice, optional
  • salt to taste, optional
Instructions
  1. Cut open avocados and scoop the insides out discarding the skin and pits. Use a fork or mixer to blend the avocados until smooth and there is no longer a lot of lumps.
  2. Add the red pepper, tomato, cayenne, onion and garlic and mix well until all ingredients are combined evenly. Add the lemon juice and mix again.
  3. Spread this on your sandwiches as a condiments, top your salads, or treat yourself with a scoop—right with spoon ;)!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 59 Fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 3 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 1 g
 

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Beet & Apple Salad

If you’ve read our other blogs, you likely already know that we’re veggie-loving twin registered dietitians and personal trainers, both with a sweet tooth that we work hard to contain 😉 . But what you may not know is one of the reasons that we’re veggie- obsessed is because they have seemingly magical powers when it comes to helping our clients to lose weight. Simply by filling half their plate with veggies (without oil-based, creamy or other high-calorie dressings) and eating less of the heavy stuff (carbs and protein), our clients effortlessly drop pounds. Add that the plant compounds in veggies help to keep the body healthy, fend off damage from toxins and help to prevent premature aging and it’s no wonder why we’re constantly getting requests for delicious veggie recipes without high-calorie dressings (that’s why we created our Colorful Detox Salad, our Roasted Detoxifying Veggies, and our Kale Recharge Smoothie!). So we knew we had to share this yumster!

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This Beet & Apple Salad is packed with nutrients to help your body cleanse and repair. 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. So if you’ve had a bit too much rich food and want to get back on track, start by nourishing your body with whole fruits and vegetables (like the ones in this salad!) that are water-rich to help you stay hydrated, and also that are high in fiber and low in calories… The ingredients in this recipe contain beneficial properties that will support your body’s natural “detoxification” processes and jumpstart your healthy lifestyle!

 

Here are a few reasons this salad rocks:

  • Apple cider vinegar helps regulate blood sugar, an essential part of controlling cravings and losing weight.
  • Beets contain betalin pigments that support the liver by helping to remove waste from the blood. Another compound called betaine protects cells and lowers inflammation.
  • The apple and carrots provide vitamins A, C, and K, as well as plenty of fiber to support regular bowel movements.
  • Ginger alleviates the symptoms of nausea, bloating, and constipation by facilitating the movement of food through the intestines.
  • And parsley acts as a natural diuretic to help your body eliminate excess water that can lead to bloating and weight gain.

 

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Beet & Apple Salad

Makes 2 servings

 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

½ teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

½ cup grated beet roots

½ cup peeled and grated carrots

½ cup grated Granny Smith apple

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, ginger, and olive oil.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the beets, carrots, and apple. Add dressing and mix well. Garnish with parsley. This salad can be served chilled or at room temperature. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (about ¾ cup per serving): 76 Calories, 2 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 48 mg Sodium, 13 g Carbohydrate, 3 g Fiber, 10 g Sugar, 1 g Protein

 

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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated beet roots
  • ½ cup peeled and grated carrots
  • ½ cup grated Granny Smith apple
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, ginger, and olive oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the beets, carrots, and apple. Add dressing and mix well. Garnish with parsley. This salad can be served chilled or at room temperature. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¾ cup Calories: 76 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 13 g Sugar: 10 g Sodium: 48 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg
 

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A Top Takeaway from the New Dietary Guidelines

 

Well, they’ve finally arrived! The much anticipated updated 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released by the USDA, and to say they’re controversial would be a massive understatement. We have had many lengthy conversations with several of you, and with many of our clients discussing food politics and its’ role in the guidelines and that we’re not in favor of some of the guidelines as a result (we definitely think the guidelines should have gone further with red meat and sugary drinks, just to name a few). That being said, today we want to focus on the positive –some great takeaway messages that we all can benefit from.

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The good news is that the guidelines are supported by the most current research and can be used to promote weight loss and fight disease– and with 117 million Americans (half of our population!) overweight thanks mainly to diet and inactivity, we all can benefit from tips for getting and staying healthy!

 

Many of you know from reading our blogs that one of the most critical parts of our morning routine is something that we’ve done ever since we were in high school; when we wake up in the morning, we immediately hydrate with a huge glass of water (20 ounces!). 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. This is such a part of our routine that we actually crave our morning water. We’ve watched our clients get the same energy-boosting benefits when we have them take advantage of our recommendation to do the same and we always encourage others to do this too!

 

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And while we’re happy that the guidelines suggest cutting back on sugar, we really feel the guidelines should have been specific and suggest what we always recommend—switching from sugary beverages to water, seltzer or other unsweetened beverages. After all, research shows that when we drink calories our brain doesn’t seem to get the signal that we received calories, and we eat just as much later in the day as we would have had we not ingested anything at all. Drinking calories and then eating as if we didn’t get any? This isn’t pretty for our waistlines!

 

Since staying hydrated is critical (every process in the body takes place in water and water helps our bodies to function optimally; staying well hydrated is important to both physical performance and mental cognition) recommending water, sparkling water or seltzer should be a no-brainer! Not only are these hydrating options calorie-free, when it comes to getting healthy and shedding weight, they are superstars since they help to fill the stomach and also prevent mistaking thirst for hunger, along with so much more!

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And sure, we’ve all heard that we need to drink more water, for many reasons, including for weight loss, but this just doesn’t seem to motivate people to do it in lieu of other bevvies. If you’re looking for a little motivation to drink water instead of another drink, we get it—flavor talks! We’re all for jazzed up water—a.k.a. sparkling water– and it counts as water! We personally are obsessed with sparkling water! It makes a great alternative to sugary beverages or high-calorie alcoholic beverages. One of our favorites: Arrowhead Sparkling Raspberry Lime (featured above!).
And if you want more motivation to drink water (especially if you’re looking to shed a few LBs)—check out these neat motivating tidbits of information that will inspire water sipping over other sugary or calorie-containing beverages. We now officially have our water in hand and ready to sip… :)

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• Added sugars account on average for almost 270 calories, or more than 13 percent of calories per day in the U.S. population. As shown in Figure 2-9, intakes as a percent of calories are particularly high among children, adolescents, and young adults.

• The major source of added sugars in typical U.S. diets is beverages, which include soft drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened coffee and tea, energy drinks, alcoholic beverages, and flavored waters (Figure 2-10).

• Beverages—excluding milk and 100% juice–account for almost half (47%) of all added sugars consumed by the U.S. population (Figure 2-10).

• Americans should get less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars.

• Beverages account for almost 20 percent of total calorie intake. Within beverages, the largest source of calories is sweetened beverages, accounting for 35 percent of calories from beverages.

• Sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks that are less than 100% juice, can contribute excess calories while providing few or no key nutrients.

• Beverages are not always remembered or considered when individuals think about overall food intake. However, they are an important component of eating patterns.

• One of the major recommendations in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting added sugars to no more than 10 percent of total calories—or 12 teaspoons per day–based on a 2000 calorie diet. A 12-ounce soda packs in about 150 sugar calories and 10 teaspoons of added sugars—nearly all the sugar you need in a day!

So here’s what you need to do to save calories and get healthier: Drink water! People often forget how many calories and sugars are in beverages. They watch what they eat—not what they drink. Sparkling and still water are terrific options for people seeking simple, natural refreshment who no longer want the added chemicals in diet soda.

• Drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages is one of the easiest ways to meet the recommendations to limit added sugars because sugar sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugars in the U.S. diet.
• Replacing one 12-oz soda with water each day would cut some 50,000 calories from the diet and about 75 cups of sugar in a year!
• Half of all kids and adults in the U.S. drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage every day. Calories from sugar-sweetened beverages total about 170 calories—equal to more than 10 teaspoons of sugar. (Johnson/Neuhouser)

• Sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugars in the U.S. diet. Americans currently average about 23 teaspoons of added sugars per day—some 365 calories from sugars alone. (Johnson)

• Some 47 percent of added sugars in the U.S. diet come from sugar-sweetened beverages. (Neuhouser)
• Keeping tap or bottled water on hand and accessible is an easy way to remind yourself to drink calorie- and sugar-free water in place of sugary beverages.

• Replacing just one sugary beverage per day with water is a small step that can equal big calorie savings and may be a dieter’s best ally.

Haven’t seen the guidelines and want to check them out? See them here.

 

Sources:

1. U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015.8th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government
Printing Office, December 2015. Available at: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/
2. Johnson RK, Appel LJ, Brands M, et al. Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health.” A Scientific Statement from the
American Heart Association. Circulation. 2009;120:1011-20.

3. Neuhouser M et al. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Science Base Chapter: Food and Nutrient Intakes, and Health: Current Status and Trends. 2014. Available at: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-BINDER/meeting7/docs/DGAC-Meeting-7-SC-1.pdf

4. Popkin, Barry M., Kristen E. D’Anci, and Irwin H. Rosenberg. “Water, Hydration and Health.” Nutrition reviews 68.8 (2010): 439–458. PMC. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

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Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink

We’re starting to love weekends even more thanks to your requests, thank you!  :)  It makes our day to hear you’d like more of our “cleansing”, bloat-flushing drinks and lately after the weekends, you’re especially requesting them–and we couldn’t be more flattered or happier to make them!  We admit, we been lovin’ ’em too!  Like this Mixed Citrus Ginger Flush, Lyssie can’t stop sipping –it’s loaded with great stuff to get your body back on the straight and slim! 😉 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 most of them 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!

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If you’ve seen our other drinks you know that in addition to starting our day by drinking a large glass of water, on days when we want an extra lift, we also have one of our refreshers like our Kale Recharge Smoothie, 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’ve now added this!

 

The great ingredients in this drink (you’ve likely seen these before from our other “detox” drinks)–and we included this info for you science geeks like us, who love knowing what everything is doing for your bod! ) :):

Mint Buh bye bloat! 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!

Lime helps to promote the activity of a liver enzyme that converts toxic substances to less harsh chemicals. Thanks to its d-limonene, lime helps the liver!  It’s also got vitamin C, which keeps the skin radiant and youthful by helping to boost levels of collagen, which helps to keep the skin elastic. And they add a refreshing perk to any drink!

 

Grapefruit (and lime too) are 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.  Plus it’s a great source of free-radical neutralizing, vitamin C.

 

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.

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!

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!)!

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink

This drink has the perfect combination of  “de-puffing” ingredients to keep off the bloat and make you feel light, refreshed and incredible! 😉

Makes 3 servings

Ingredients:

24 oz. water

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 lime, preferably organic as the peel is included

½ large pink grapefruit

4-5 Mint leaves (or more if you like)

 

Directions:

1. Slice the lime and cut the grapefruit into quarters.

2. Fill a large pitcher or jar with 24 ounces (3 cups) of water.

4. Add the apple cider vinegar to the water and stir.

5. Then add the lime, 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!

Nutrition Information: 

Without fruit: 2 Calories, 0 g fat, 0 g carbohydrate, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 0 mg sodium

With fruit:  25 Calories, 0 g fat,  6 g carbohydrate, 0 g protein, 2 g fiber, 0 mg sodium

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime "Detox" Drink
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 24 oz. water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ lime, preferably organic as the peel is included
  • ½ large pink grapefruit
  • 4-5 Mint leaves (or more if you like)
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Slice the lime and cut the grapefruit into quarters.
  3. Fill a large pitcher or jar with 24 ounces (3 cups) of water.
  4. Add the apple cider vinegar to the water and stir.
  5. Then add the lime, 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!
Without fruit: 1 Calories: 0 g fat,  0 g carbohydrate, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 0 mg sodium