Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox Drink

As registered dietitians and personal trainers, clients always ask us what they can do to stay on track, and of course this seems to be especially challenging when there are lots of celebrations, like during Memorial Day weekend or the holiday season—but let’s face it, even when there aren’t holidays eating healthfully can be a challenge. When your schedule is filled to the brim with anything from long work events to parties, holiday or not, you can wind up feeling bloated and heavy – and you better believe we’re no fans of that! Our solution to help you to stay trim, is one we’ve fallen in love with ourselves– our beloved “detox” drinks! They’re some of the most popular recipes on our blog and we’re obsessed with coming up with new flavor combinations to keep things interesting!

They’ve become so important in the success of our clients that we’ve even included them as an important part in our 21-Day Body RebootTM,  our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend You may remember some of our other faves!

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”

Lemon Ginger Detox drink

Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

This cranberry, orange, and ginger festive flavor concoction will keep your taste buds satisfied! It was originally inspired during the holiday time to aid in flushing bloat and keeping you trim and slim (see below why it works!)in case you overindulged—but let’s face it, holiday time is not unique in that, so sip this baby any day of the year when you want to kick bloat to the curb! 😉

Here’s why this drink is a lifesaver:

It flushes bloat

It’s easy to get dehydrated, especially if you’re indulging in too many boozy drinks and salty snacks!  Your body likes salt to be at a very particular concentration in the body.  Eat too much salt and your body holds on to water to dilute the salt.  And when you hold on to excess water, guess what? You feel BLOATED & puffy!  ICK! Drinking plenty of water helps keep you hydrated so your body can flush excess sodium and waste, making you feel light and energized and since water also flushes waste (i.e., helps prevent constipation, keeping you regular and flushing out any gut bulges that come with the waste!)- hello flat-tummy!

Ginger: (Lyssie’s lov-ah! 😉 that shows up in everything she makes!) is rich in anti-inflammatory properties, while it also helps soothe your stomach and ease digestion, calming your insides so you can have a flatter tummy, helping you to reset after  a day of heavy foods.

It crushes sweet cravings

Sipping on this detox drink is our key to crushing sweet cravings!  As you know, we both have a sweet tooth, and it rears its’ head in the evening after dinner, when admittedly, we’re not truly hungry, just “snacky”. This yumster works it’s magic for us—it’s the ultimate sugar-tooth buster!  The natural sweet, tangy flavor of oranges and cranberries gives your taste buds the sweetness they crave without a ton of calories or sugar!  It’s so much easier to say no to another piece of chocolate or gingerbread man when your belly is already full of good-for-you food and drinks (like this lil’ number!).

It reduces inflammation

Cranberries and oranges are both packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and rid your body of toxins, keeping inflammation at bay. Ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, chasing free radicals and other toxins out of your body.

 

When you get an injury, your body’s immune system responds with inflammation in a healthy way – but not all inflammation is healthy. When your body is taxed with constant inflammation from things like alcohol, refined sugars, and chemicals in processed foods, your body ramps up its inflammatory response and works in overdrive to keep you healthy. Keeping up with that constant inflammation takes a lot of work from your body and can wear down your immune system, leading to everything from the common cold to chronic health issues.

 

Eating and drinking foods with anti-inflammatory ingredients helps fight that constant inflammation so your body can work in tip-top shape! Since this detox drink is jam packed with anti-inflammatory goodness (but still tastes like a festive holiday mocktail!), it’s the perfect concoction to keep you healthy throughout the year!

Cranberries contain unique, health-promoting flavonoids called PACs.  PACs help reduce inflammation associated with chronic disease and aging (and as an added bonus, they also reduce the incidence of certain infections, maintain a healthy urinary tract and improve heart health).

(Fun fact! A recent study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking 8-ounces of cranberry juice a day reduced the number of symptomatic UTIs by nearly 40 percent in women with recurrent UTIs.)

 

Our PACman & Cranberry linked- -Confession: We loved PACman as kids. (OK, and maybe a little bit as adults too! But that’s just because of the good memories we have from our past! 😉) We had blue pac-man shoes that we thought were THE BOMB and when you pressed your finger on the bottom, the imprint left a pacman shape impression on your hand, soooo cool!   We now realize the atrociousness of the shoes, but love them anyway.  Point? We’ve become bigger cranberry fans since learning they’ve got PACs—remind us of pacman–they gobble the bad stuff in your body to keep you healthy…

 

 

Our favorite part about this drink? It’s tasty enough to serve at a party or to keep in your fridge and sip all day (and week!) long! Don’t keep all the health benefits to yourself – the holiday season (and all seasons! 😊 ) are for sharing ;). Make a big batch of this Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox Drink to share with everyone at your next holiday party to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Cranberry Orange & Ginger “Detox” Drink

Yield: 4 8-oz servings

Ingredients:

½ cup fresh cranberries

½ orange, sliced

1-inch chunk ginger, sliced

4 cups water

 

Directions:

  1. Place the cranberries in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to pop them open.
  2. Add the sliced orange, ginger, and water, and stir.
  3. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then enjoy!

Nutrition info per 8-oz serving (if all the fruit is eaten): 15 calories, 0 g fat, 5 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 0.2 g protein

Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox Drink
 
Author:
Serves: 4, 8 ounce drinks
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ orange, sliced
  • 1-inch chunk ginger, sliced
  • 4 cups water
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Place the cranberries in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to pop them open.
  3. Add the sliced orange, ginger, and water, and stir.
  4. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounce serving, if fruit is eaten Calories: 15 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 3 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 5 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 0.2 g

Raspberry Ginger Lime Soda – DIY- Make-Your-Own Natural Soda

Woohoo!! We’re so excited about this!!  After our last newsletter with our Nutrition Twins’ Do Your Body Good Challenge of the Week, with the goal to drink more water and to try to replace soda with some of our “detox” drinks and “flushes” that you’ve requested (hello Orange-Lime Sparkling Refresher, Lemon Mint Detox Drink, Morning Detox Shot,  Sparkling Cucumber Detox and Refresher,  Citrus Reboot and Detox Flush, and Kale Recharge Smoothie)—you know, the ones that we typically suggest to help you to get your mind and body back on the healthy track after overdoing it–and to get there ASAP…

It dawned on us…

With so many people trying to get healthier and cut or cut out all the sugary and artificially sweetened sodas—or at least cut back on them– and with all the DIY sodas trending on pinterest, why don’t we create sodas from our detox drinks?!

This way, our DIY- sodas not only are free of anything artificial and are not loaded with sugar, they’re also healthy for you and have anti-bloat, toxin flushing properties too! And we’ve become quite obsessed with our creations! The cool thing is we simply change the concentration of our “detox” drink to make the concentrate for the soda (yup, we take all the anti-inflammatory goodies to include in the soda!) and from there, we mix the concentrate to create our sodas—and our stars are born!  We hope you love our Raspberry Ginger Lime Soda as much as we do!

 

This drink was originally inspired by a cocktail at NYC’s trendy Standard Hotel’s Biergarten. The drink was super delish and had so many components that help to fight inflammation and the damage from too much overindulgence.  Plus it had anti-bloat ingredients and even a few potential fat-burning advantages–minus the splash of vodka that was in that drink, of course 😉—that we knew we had to make it for ourselves!

Why we love this drink and how it works it’s magic

The concentrate contains the same powerful ingredients that are in our Raspberry Ginger Lime Detox Drink, helping you to feel light and bloat-free so it:

1.It instantly gets your mind and body on the healthy track–i.e.- you’ll feel clean, lean & healthy and want to do less damage when you’ve just done something to get healthy!😉

…and sometimes, the most important piece is just getting your mind on the healthy track–even if aren’t able to make this drink, at least drink a huge glass of water–because  just knowing you are starting your day by doing something good for your body can help set the tone for the entire day!

 

  1. It helps to fill your stomach so you eat less when you get to your next meal. Yes!–Drink this so you don’t show up at a meal ravenous and can avoid downing bread at the table, hourderves– and the loads of calories (and the bloat!) that comes with those salty, high calorie numbers!

 

  1. This drink counteracts sodium and the puffiness and bloat that comes with it, so you’ll feel lighter. We’re the first to admit we don’t enjoy feeling bloated from having too much salt or being constipated. That’s why you better believe this drink both hydrates and provides potassium to help you to flush out bloating sodium from your body, “de-puffing” you by restoring normal hydration status.

—-and when you stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluid, you’ll get your digestive tract moving and prevent any bloat from constipation! Who’s got your back…and your belly, baby? We do! 😉

 

Benefits you’ll get from:

The vitamin C:

It’s coming from the raspberries, lime and from the mint and will make your skin glow by promoting collagen formation. (Plus being hydrated from this drink helps your skin to glow and you can kiss goodbye to a puffy face and eyes as it flushes bloating salt). 🙂

It acts as an immune-booster to help strengthen your body to prepare it for any havoc it may go through.

 

The lime:

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 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

 

The Ginger:

By now you know, this is one of our faves, especially Lyssie, who tosses it in everything she eats, she must think it’s candy! (healthy candy, of course!  )  Ginger soothes the stomach and intestinal tract, and has anti-inflammatory properties that protect cells from harmful free radicals. Ginger is ideal to help you to reset your body so you can arrive at the event with a calm, intestinal tract, free of tummy troubles and bloat.

 

The Mint:

We like to think of mint as a peace maker in the body 😉 It eases indigestion and calms the stomach, possibly 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!

 

The Raspberries:

Research suggests they actually may assist in weight loss (yahoo!) because they contain the phytochemical C3G that may increase production of both adiponectin (which enhances fat metabolism) and leptin (which suppresses appetite).  Plus, raspberries powerful, anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients arm your body for any assault coming it’s way! Oh yeah!

 

Raspberry Ginger Lime Soda- DIY- Make-Your-Own Natural Soda

What we’ve done here is we’ve taken all the goodies from our Raspberry Ginger Lime “Detox” Drink and made a concentrate to use for making the soda to give you all the healing properties in a 20-calorie natural soda!

 

Makes 1 cup concentrate, 4 cups of soda.

Ingredients:

Raspberry Ginger Lime Concentrate:

¼ cup frozen raspberries

½ lime, sliced

1 tsp chopped or sliced ginger

3 mint leaves

1 cup water

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to release juices.
  2. Add the water and stir.
  3. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then strain.
  4. To make soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate with ¾ cup seltzer water and 1 tsp simple syrup (recipe below)

 

Simple Syrup Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar (organic, preferably); you can use honey if you prefer.

Directions:

Simmer the water and sugar, stirring occasionally until completely dissolved.  Let cool.

Note: Start by adding a teaspoon of syrup to your natural soda and slowly add more, if needed.  Each teaspoon simple syrup has approximately 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs (sugar).

Nutrition info per 8-oz serving of soda with 1 teaspoon simple syrup: 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 0.2 g protein

 

Raspberry Ginger Lime Soda - DIY- Make-Your-Own Natural Soda
 
Makes 1 cup concentrate, 4 cups of soda.
Author:
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • Raspberry Ginger Lime Concentrate:
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ lime, sliced
  • 1 tsp chopped or sliced ginger
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to release juices.
  2. Add the water and stir.
  3. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then strain.
  4. To make soda:
  5. combine ¼ cup concentrate with ¾ cup seltzer water and 1 tsp simple syrup (recipe below)
  6. Simple Syrup Ingredients:
  7. cup water
  8. cup sugar (organic, preferably); you can use honey if you prefer.
  9. Simmer the water and sugar, stirring occasionally until completely dissolved.  Let cool.
  10. Note: Start by adding a teaspoon of syrup to your natural soda and slowly add more, if needed.
  11. Each teaspoon simple syrup has approximately 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs (sugar).
  12. Nutrition info per 8-oz serving of soda with 1 teaspoon simple syrup: 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 0.2 g protein

Watermelon Cucumber Basil “Detox” Drink

As registered dietitians and personal trainers, we always have clients asking us what they can do to stay on track and feel light and healthy –  not only during the summer, when overindulgences at BBQs, beach trips or summer concerts can leave you less than bikini-ready– but all year round, everyday living can leave jeans feeling a bit snug! Funny you—and they should ask! 😉  Because this last weekend we were just in need of our solution, ourselves!  Three visits to (three!) Italian restaurants in one weekend (yum! –and eeks!) left us craving our veggie-packed kitchens and our solution– our beloved “detox” drinks-.  And while we still ate mostly healthy meals there, we definitely can’t wait for our “detox” drinks to help get us back to bloat-free! We’re obsessed with them just as much as you and our clients are, and we love switching up the flavors to keep things interesting!

 

This one is inspired by our favorite summer flavors – sweet & juicy watermelon, refreshing cucumber, zesty lime, and fresh basil! But it doesn’t only taste delicious, this summery detox drink will also make you feel amazing by flushing bloat and keeping you hydrated any time of year!

We’re so in love with these detox drinks that we’ve even made them a huge part of  21-Day Body RebootTM, our life-changing program to help you jumpstart fat loss and feel energized and rejuvenated without feeling restricted. And although our bodies are naturally equipped to detox and cleanse, you can give yourself a serious leg up with certain health-promoting foods and drinks (like this one!). We call these drinks Clean-ToxTM drinks because they are so good at boosting your body’s natural detox process when you eat “clean,” wholesome food.

Want to check out more of our bloat-flushing “detox” drinks? Here are a few hotties!

Grapefruit Ginger Mint “Detox” Drink

Cool Citrus Cucumber Detox

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Green Grape & Matcha Detox Drink

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink

What makes this summery combo especially good for you? Here’s why it’s our bikini-season hero!

 

It helps prevent sweet cravings

Just like our other detox drinks, this lil’ number keeps sweet cravings at bay by filling up your belly so you don’t make hangry decisions. We all know how hard it is to say no to donuts when you’re hangry ;). When you’re filled up on good-for-you food and drinks, it’s so much easier to stay on track! Plus the natural sweetness of watermelon and basil gives your taste buds just what they’re looking for without loads of sugar or calories!

 

It flushes bloat

Hanging out in a bikini is no fun when you’re bloated, so we made sure this detox drink was filled with ingredients that keep your belly flat! Watermelon and cucumbers are both chock full of potassium, which helps flush out sodium and keep fluid balance normal (buh bye bloat!). Basil also works wonders for flat bellies! It’s in the same family as mint, so it calms down your digestive system and keeps everything running smoothly. We’re pretty obsessed with both mint and basil – we’ve even been known to chew on a few leaves straight! Add all that to water, the ultimate bloat-flusher, and you can kiss puffiness goodbye!

 

It speeds up muscle recovery

As personal trainers, we know that working out is key to getting that flat-belly bikini body. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer from sore muscles. Research shows that watermelon helps speed up muscle recovery after exercise, so this drink will help you rehydrate and get back to feeling your best after a tough sweat session!

 

It’s a lifesaver for your skin

Ever wonder why cucumbers go on your eyes at the spa? Nope, it’s not for a snack in case you get hungry during a facial. Cucumbers do wonders for keeping your skin glowing and wrinkle free because of the vitamin C and silica content! Watermelon is your skin’s best friend too, especially in the summer. It’s loaded with “nature’s sunscreen,” lycopene, which helps prevent skin damage from sunburn to keep your skin healthy!

 

Give this Flat-Belly drink a whirl and let us know what you think!

 

Watermelon Cucumber Basil “Detox” Drink

Yield: 4 servings (8 oz per serving)

 

Ingredients:

½ cup cubed watermelon

½ cup diced cucumber

6-8 basil leaves

Juice of ½ lime

32 oz water

 

Directions:

  1. Combine the watermelon, cucumber, basil, lime, and water in a large pitcher. Let sit for at least 2 hours, or refrigerate overnight. Feel free to muddle the ingredients with the back of a wooden spoon to get most of the flavor out!
  2. Strain the mixture, if you’d like, and enjoy! You could also blend everything together with a little ice for an ultra-refreshing slushie! 🙂

 

If you strain the mixture, your drink will be virtually calorie-free, but you’ll still get all the benefits!

 

Nutrition info per serving (if you eat the fruits & veggies or blend it all together)

10 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 52 mg potassium, 3g carbohydrates, 0.4g fiber, 2g sugar, 0g protein

 

Watermelon Cucumber Basil “Detox” Drink
 
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup cubed watermelon
  • ½ cup diced cucumber
  • 6-8 basil leaves
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 32 oz water
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Combine the watermelon, cucumber, basil, lime, and water in a large pitcher. Let sit for at least 2 hours, or refrigerate overnight. Feel free to muddle the ingredients with the back of a wooden spoon to get most of the flavor out!
  3. Strain the mixture, if you’d like, and enjoy! You could also blend everything together with a little ice for an ultra-refreshing slushie! 🙂
  4. If you strain the mixture, your drink will be virtually calorie-free, but you’ll still get all the benefits!
Notes
Nutrition info per serving (if you eat the fruits & veggies or blend it all together)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1, 8 ounce serving Calories: 0 Fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 0 g Protein: 0 g

 

Grapefruit Ginger Mint Soda–DIY- Make-Your-Own Natural Soda

We grew up in a household with a healthy, cook-it-from scratch, granola-baking mom, who we often refer to as a hippie, minus the drugs. She never bought soda, so we rarely had it, only when we went to our besties’ house and occasionally shared a can of Fresca. We loved the bubbles and the grapefruit flavor, so when we got numerous emails from many of you requesting recipes for healthy, low-sugar soda recipes without artificial sweeteners, we instantly thought of the sweet and sour flavor of grapefruit for inspiration. While we’re making a healthy, DIY soda, as registered dietitians, we couldn’t help but make it even healthier by adding some of the benefits of our “detox” drinks (😊).

So we’ve concocted a delish flavor combination that not only tastes delish, but it flushes bloat, so we all can feel great!

This ‘lil grapefruit, ginger, and mint concoction is packed with antioxidant goodness, fresh flavor, and a spicy kick from the ginger that will make you want to keep sipping your way healthy (and slim!).

 

 

Psst…. In search of more of our bloat-flushing bevvies? Please feel free to search this site! And here are a few to try:

Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea
Cool Citrus Cucumber Detox
Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink
Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush
Lemon Ginger Detox Drink
Mixed Citrus Ginger Flush

Drinks like these detox beverages above have become so important in the success of our clients that we’ve even included them as an important part in our 21-Day Body Reboot™, our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend!
They immediately help to get your mind and body back on the healthy track. We call them Clean-ToxTM drinks because they work especially well in helping the body in its’ natural detox process as you eat, wholesome, “clean” (aka, unprocessed) food. And although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, like these “detox” beverages, can be monumental when it comes to assisting in its process— and that’s why we included the components in our DIY natural soda.

Here’s why this drink is so good for your health! 😉):

It flushes bloat

When you’re dehydrated, your body hangs onto sodium, making you feel bloated and puffy. It’s easy to get dehydrated, especially in the summer if you’re out in the sun all day, or especially if you indulge too much in salty foods or boozy drinks! Drinking plenty of water and seltzer helps flush excess sodium and waste out of your body so you feel light and bloat-free. The ginger and mint in this drink also help flush bloat with their anti-inflammatory and stomach-soothing properties! They both help ease indigestion and eliminate gas to help you reset from a day of heavy foods or just show up to the beach with a flat belly, rather than with tummy troubles.

It reduces inflammation

We made sure that just about everything in this drink is anti-inflammatory! Grapefruit is packed with vitamin C, an immune-boosting antioxidant that mops up free radicals and toxins, preventing them from causing inflammation. Mint and ginger pack in antioxidant properties, too! Ginger owes its anti-inflammatory benefits to a polyphenol called gingerol, which is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agent. Mint’s behind-the-scenes savior is rosmarinic acid, which calms everything down and chases out free radicals that damage and age the body.

Why do we care so much about inflammation?  Well, in a healthy body, inflammation occurs when there’s some sort of damage as a signal that your body needs to work to heal the spot where the damage occurred (like if you get a cut, the pain that happens is your body’s inflammatory system yelling “Hey, help us out over here! There’s an injury – send all your healing cells!”) That’s totally normal (and necessary) – but the trouble happens when your body is faced with constant inflammation from toxins like alcohol, chemicals in processed foods, and more. Then, your body essentially goes into damage-control mode and works in overdrive to keep up with all the little bits of damage spread all over your body, wearing down your immune system and leading to lots of chronic health issues.

Eating – and drinking – foods with anti-inflammatory properties (like this hot number!) help fight that chronic inflammation so that your body can stay healthy and use energy for stuff like exercise and normal bodily processes, rather than trying to chase down the inflammation.

It crushes sweet cravings

This drink will fill your tummy, keeping you from getting overly hungry – or dare we say hangry? We all know that when you’re hangry, it’s hard to make reasonable food decisions, and we tend to end up reaching for the sweets rather than something filling and nourishing. Plus, the slight sweetness from the juicy grapefruit, the fresh mint and the small amount (15-calories worth) of syrup is just enough to give your sweet tooth something to hang onto, without having to dive into chocolate cake to feel satisfied!

It keeps your skin healthy

We’ve all fallen victim to sunburns during the summer, (we’re talkin’ to you– blistery burn from our Barbados soccer team trip in high school!) and it’s definitely not fun. But sunburns also wreak havoc on your skin health! Thankfully, grapefruit is loaded with “nature’s sunblock,” lycopene. Lycopene helps prevent sun damage before it’s done, helping you avoid the premature wrinkles and skin cancer that damage from UV rays can cause.

The vitamin C from the grapefruit and mint in this drink is also a skin-saver! Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen formation, a process that keeps skin vibrant, healthy, and youthful.

The best part about this drink? It’s totally flexible! If you’re absolutely in love with ginger (like Lyssie), add in another slice! If adding more mint makes you feel like you’re drinking a mojito, go for it! There’s no wrong way to do it!

Grapefruit Ginger Mint Soda–DIY- Make-Your-Own Natural Soda

Makes 1 cup concentrate, 4 cups of soda.
To make 1 cup soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate, ¾ cup seltzer water, and 1 tsp simple syrup

Grapefruit Ginger Mint Concentrate

Ingredients:
½ grapefruit, sliced
1 tsp chopped or sliced ginger
5-6 mint leaves
1 cup water

Directions: 
1. Place all ingredients in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to release juices.
2. Add the water and stir.
3. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then strain.
4. To make soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate with ¾ cup seltzer water and 1 tsp simple syrup (recipe below)

Simple Syrup Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar (organic, preferably); you can use honey if you prefer.

Directions:
Simmer the water and sugar, stirring occasionally until completely dissolved. Let cool.
Note: Start by adding a teaspoon of syrup to your natural soda and slowly add more, if needed. Each teaspoon simple syrup has approximately 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs (sugar).

Nutrition Information: 15 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams sodium, 82 mg potassium, 4 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 4 grams sugar, 0.4 grams protein

 

 

Grapefruit Ginger Mint Soda--DIY- Make-Your-Own Natural Soda
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • ½ grapefruit, sliced
  • 1 tsp chopped or sliced ginger
  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • Directions:
  • 1. Place all ingredients in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to release juices.
  • 2. Add the water and stir.
  • 3. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then strain.
  • 4. To make soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate with ¾ cup seltzer water and 1 tsp simple syrup (recipe below)
  • Simple Syrup Ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar (organic, preferably); you can use honey if you prefer.
Instructions
  1. Simmer the water and sugar, stirring occasionally until completely dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Note: Start by adding a teaspoon of syrup to your natural soda and slowly add more, if needed. Each teaspoon simple syrup has approximately 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs (sugar).
  3. Nutrition Information:
  4. calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams sodium, 82 mg potassium, 4 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 4 grams sugar, 0.4 grams protein

Pineapple Lemon Ginger Soda- DIY- Natural Make-Your-Own-Soda

As registered dietitians who undeniably were born with our sweet tooth leading it’s way to what foods we’d like as picky kids, we giggle when we think about how excited we’d get about certain sweets that our healthy, cook-it-from scratch granola-baking mom didn’t give us too often. When we were eight, our mom let us choose what we wanted to do for our birthday party and we chose a “Make-your-own Pineapple Sundae Party.” Sure, there was ice cream involved, but surprisingly, we were all about the sweet pineapple (we did love the ice cream too!), and we were so excited about the thought of the sweet that we even came up with a theme song and dance for the party with our bestie, Mary, and it was all about the pineapple—“Pineapple sundaes, yum, yum, yum”—we’d sing it endlessly and rub our bellies, fall back on the bed, and do it all over again! Oy! 😉

Now, we’re still fans of the sweet, delish flavor of pineapple, but as registered dietitians, we’re also obsessed with the health benefits of pineapple. So when you requested recipes for an all-natural soda that doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners, we couldn’t help but to concoct a soda that contains pineapple—and we stepped it up a notch so our DIY natural soda actually even has health benefits—in fact, we figured that while you’re trying to get healthier and get less soda or if you’re just trying to avoid it all together, we could make a delicious DIY alternative and even insert a bit of the benefits from some of our “detox” drinks in the process–so that’s what we did! (woot, woot! 😊).

Psst… looking for great drinks to save calories and flush bloat? Please feel free to search this site! And here are a couple to try:

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush
Lemon Ginger Detox drink
Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

If you want to immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track and you’re craving soda, this natural, lightened up soda (only 18 calories—and nothing artificial!!) is your ticket. It helps to flush bloat, restore your body and mop up the toxins and damage. And although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, like this one, can be monumental when it comes to assisting in its process. This refreshing drink packs in some great nutrients that are especially helpful when you want to look and feel your best and quickly get your body feeling lighter. Plus, as you sip this, you’ll set the tone for a healthy day, knowing that you’re doing something great for yourself by simply drinking it—let alone if you’re drinking instead of soda in which case you’ll also be slashing artificial chemicals or huge amounts of excess sugar! And this drink will fill your stomach and help to prevent you from feeling hungry and from overeating and from diving in to junk food or the first unhealthy food you see simply because you’re ravenous.

Here’s how this drink works it magic (and we all certainly can use a little magic every now and then):

The water + seltzer: They both help to flush bloating sodium and waste from of your body and keeps your kidneys and intestines in tip top shape. And water helps the body to run optimally as every process in the body relies on water.

The pineapple: For starters, for us, it adds that delicious sweetness to the 18- calorie drink (Yes, you read that right!) so that we get the sweet flavor our sugar tooth is after but without the calories and sugar bloat! Plus, having something sweet helps to dodge sugar cravings, woohoo! Pineapple is an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme that aids in digestion and can help prevent indigestion and bloating. Plus, pineapples provide antioxidants and vitamin C, which both help repair muscles and tissues and aid in recovery. They help your cells to heal themselves and fend off damage from toxins or irritants. By protecting your cells, they keep your body in better working order and help to fight some of the damage done from overindulging in unhealthy foods and drinks so that your insides can settle, avoiding inflammation and added puffiness.

The lemon: Lemon helps to promote the activity of a liver enzyme that converts harmful, toxic substances to less harsh chemicals (via the liver through a compound called d-limonene.). Lemon, like the pineapple is packed with vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant which mops up free radicals from environmental toxins, stress, alcohol, fatty foods and other toxins and helps to prevent them from damaging your body. Vitamin C also keeps the skin radiant and youthful by helping to boost levels of collagen, which helps to keep the skin elastic. And lemons add a refreshing perk to any drink! 😉

The ginger: (Yes, I, Lyssie, admittedly am obsessed with ginger and add it to most of my home-cooked dinners—buh bye bloat, buh bye damage from toxins!). Ginger contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components. As an antioxidant it is able to neutralize free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause damage to healthy cells. When you overindulge on food and drink and your intestinal tract is acting out in response, i.e.–you’re feeling bloated and your tummy is full of discomfort, ginger is great! You simply need to settle your insides so they can start calming down, repairing, de-puffing, rebooting and rinsing the bloat. Your body responds to poor food choices and toxins with inflammation. So preventing that inflammation means not only will you have a less inflamed inside and less stomach distress, but also that you’ll be healthier in the long haul! Chronic inflammation causes damage to tissues in the body and it speeds the aging process. It also wreaks havoc on your insides so preventing it means less bloating and puffiness so that you can feel your best! Ginger also fights bloat by helping to ease stomach and intestinal discomfort and it is even used in anti-gas medications .

Note: If you make our Pineapple Lemon Ginger “Detox” Drink, the proportions of the ingredients are different here to make the concentrate to make the soda mix.

Pineapple Lemon Ginger Soda- DIY- Natural Make-Your-Own-Soda

Each recipe makes 1 cup concentrate, 4 cups of soda.

To make 1 cup soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate, ¾ cup seltzer water, and 1 tsp simple syrup

For concentrate:
Ingredients:
1 cup frozen/thawed pineapple
½ lemon, sliced
1 tsp chopped or sliced ginger
1 cup water

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to release juices.
2. Add the water and stir.
3. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then strain.
4. To make soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate with ¾ cup seltzer water and 1 tsp simple syrup (recipe below)

 

Simple Syrup Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar (organic, preferably); you can use honey if you prefer.

Directions:
Simmer the water and sugar, stirring occasionally until completely dissolved. Let cool.
Note: Start by adding a teaspoon of syrup to your natural soda and slowly add more, if needed. Each teaspoon simple syrup has approximately 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs (sugar).

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving with 1 teaspoon syrup: 18 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 0 mg Sodium, 4 g Carbohydrate, 0 g Fiber, 2 g Sugar, 0 g Protein

 

Pineapple Lemon Ginger Soda- DIY- Natural Make-Your-Own-Soda
 
Each recipe makes 1 cup concentrate, 4 cups of soda. To make 1 cup soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate, ¾ cup seltzer water, and 1 tsp simple syrup
Author:
Ingredients
  • For concentrate:
  • 1 cup frozen/thawed pineapple
  • ½ lemon, sliced
  • 1 tsp chopped or sliced ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • Simple Syrup Ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar (organic, preferably); you can use honey if you prefer.
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to release juices.
  2. Add the water and stir.
  3. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then strain.
  4. To make soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate with ¾ cup seltzer water and 1 tsp simple syrup (recipe below)
  5. Simple syrup directions:
  6. Simmer the water and sugar, stirring occasionally until completely dissolved. Let cool.
  7. Note: Start by adding a teaspoon of syrup to your natural soda and slowly add more, if needed. Each teaspoon simple syrup has approximately 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs (sugar).
  8. Nutrition Facts Per Serving with 1 teaspoon syrup
  9. : 18 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 0 mg Sodium, 4 g Carbohydrate, 0 g Fiber, 2 g Sugar, 0 g Protei

Skinny Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

As registered dietitian nutritionists, we don’t typically go for the latest food craze, but we’ve fallen for another trendy health food.  Iced matcha green tea. And guess what? Sometimes we make it a latte! 🙂 Don’t worry; we’ve got a flat-belly version (below) for a drink that may otherwise set you back quite a few calories.  So add this sipster to your list — and you’ll have the perfect anti-inflammation, love-your-liver go-to drink for busting toxins! So perfect if your summer (or any time of year!) has been packed with a lot of partying. 😉

If you’ve been wanting to add green tea to your life, we think it’s worth going for its’ superstar sista, matcha.

Matcha green tea comes from the same tea leaf that green tea comes from—only with matcha, the tea leaf is steamed, dried, and then ground into the fresh green powder and is even more powerful than green tea because instead of just getting the benefits and the antioxidants that leach into the tea, when you drink matcha, you drink the entire ground leaves and 100% of the nutrients in the leaf, so you get more potent antioxidants and benefits. 

 

Matcha…

That means you consume more of the catechins—and EGCG (epigallocatechin),  the main catechin, a disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant that is associated with everything from reducing cancer and blood pressure to protecting your brain against aging. EGCG/catechins appear to speed up liver activity and increase the production of detoxification enzymes.  Yasss! 🙂

While green tea is antioxidant-rich, matcha tea may contain 2-3 times more EGCG than green tea, along with trace amounts of vitamins and minerals (A, B-complex, C, E, and K).

 

Matcha is delicately grown, harvested, and processed.  It has a deep, earthy, rich flavor without being overly bitter.

 

30-Second Iced Matcha Skinny Green Tea Latte (and non-iced) Bonus:

This matcha detox drink combines nutrients to help your liver in its detoxification process, antioxidants to help your body fend off the damage from toxins and free radicals that occur from everyday living while also providing some anti-bloat and possible metabolism boosting benefits.

 

More benefits to this Detox Drink:

The matcha green tea:1

  • Promotes fat loss
  • Protects against a myriad of cancers
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Fights the flu
  • Keeps the cardiovascular system healthy
  • Improves insulin sensitivity in type-2 diabetes
  • Helps build strong bones
  • Protects the liver

30 –Second Iced Matcha SkinnyGreen Tea Latte

At home, this is how we make our quickie Iced Matcha:

Ingredients:

1 cup ice

2 teaspoons matcha powder

1/2 cup cold water

2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Dash of vanilla or chai spice, orsome fresh mint

Directions:

Pour ice in a bottle or shaker and sift 2 teaspoons matcha powder into shaker.  Add one-half cup cold water, shake the mixture well and pour into a glass filled with ice. (The tea doesn’t brew or dissolve, but simply mixes in.  If you let it sit for a while after shaking, the tea will fall to the bottom, so simply stir it or shake it again to get it to mix back in!) When we make this a latte, we pour 2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk into the glass and often stir in a dash of vanilla or chai spice–or some fresh mint, depending on our mood!

 

All for 20 calories and one refreshing anti-inflammatory mood booster!

 

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Traditional Matcha Skinny Green Tea Latte

 

Traditional Matcha Skinny Green Tea Latte

  • 1 tsp Matcha
  • 2 ounces hot water
  • 2 ounces Milk (cow, almond, soy or rice – we recommend almond)

 

Optional:

  • Add vanilla, almond or mint flavors
  • Sweeten with honey or agave nectar

Directions:

  1. Sift Matcha into a cup.
  2. Adding 2 ounces hot water and stirring matcha with whisk (like seen in photo below/ abov) until matcha becomes a smooth paste.
  3. Pour matcha tea into a tea cup
  4. Pour milk over matcha tea
  5. For fun! Add almond flavor, honey or mint or sweeten with honey or agave nectar.

Skinny Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Dash of vanilla or chai spice, orsome fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Pour ice in a bottle or shaker and sift 2 teaspoons matcha powder into shaker. Add one-half cup cold water, shake the mixture well and pour into a glass filled with ice. (The tea doesn’t brew or dissolve, but simply mixes in. If you let it sit for a while after shaking, the tea will fall to the bottom, so simply stir it or shake it again to get it to mix back in!) When we make this a latte, we pour 2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk into the glass and often stir in a dash of vanilla or chai spice--or some fresh mint, depending on our mood!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 20 calories