Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie

It’s no joke.  These veggie-loving registered dietitians have a serious sweet tooth.  We work hard to keep them in check and we’re always concocting different creations that tantalize the taste buds without putting health and waistlines at risk.  This lil’ number was inspired by our love of Peppermint patty’s, which we pretty much only used to have at Halloween, but the delicious memory of it makes our mouths water all year long! 🙂  Yep, this low-calorie refreshing smoothie squashes chocolate cravings and flushes bloat and is a throwback to one of our favorite childhood candies…

 

Growing up in a healthy household, Halloween was the one time of year where we actually had candy in the house—and we were allowed to have one piece for dessert each night, until we ran out. We were certain to make the most of our Halloween candy since we wouldn’t be so lucky for another year—so after we’d go trick-or-treating, we’d have candy trading sessions with our friends where we’d trade off least favorite candy for ones that included chocolate. Turns out that one of our all -time favorite candies back then, is surprisingly one that as registered dietitians, we consider a better option—peppermint patties! The calories and fat are fairly low compared to most candies and mint is refreshing and satisfying and chocolate hits the spot. And we’ve found that any recipe that includes either of these ingredients is very satisfying—like our Oreo No-Bake Mint Balls, Homemade Skinny Strawberry Mint Ice Cream and our Thin Mint Dip and now this hit!

This Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie is refreshing and satisfies chocolate cravings all while flushing bloat! The banana and avocado not only make this smoothie rich and creamy, they also provide a good source of potassium. Potassium helps to decrease bloat by flushing excess water the body is holding on to in order to dilute large amounts of sodium. The fiber in this smoothie helps to keep you regular, preventing waste from staying in your digestive tract, so it also helps alleviate bloating. And avocado is one of the better sources of glutathione which is key in detoxification in the small intestine and in boosting the health of the digestive system. So when you want a tasty treat that will squash cravings and beat the bloat too, blend up this waistline-friendly drink!

Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie

This Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie is a perfect dessert or afternoon pick-me-up when you’re craving something sweet and refreshing that won’t leave you feeling drowsy. Carob powder is a great alternative to chocolate–it has a mildly sweet, nutty flavor and is high in minerals and fiber.¹ If you don’t have carob powder on hand, or prefer a stronger chocolate flavor, feel free to use cocoa powder or raw cacao powder instead.

 

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients
1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk

1 very ripe medium banana,* sliced and frozen

1/2 scoop organic chocolate protein powder *optional (approximately 60 calories & 10 grams of protein); this is optional but without it, the smoothie won’t be as satisfying

1/4 avocado

1 1/2 cup ice cubes

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbs. raw carob powder (OK to use cacao or cocoa powder)

1/4 tsp. peppermint extract or a small handful of fresh mint leaves

Directions:
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
*If your banana isn’t that ripe, and you’d like a sweeter smoothie, you can add a little stevia or honey to taste. Note that honey will add some calories to the nutrition facts below.

Nutrition Facts: 185 Calories, 4 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 83 mg Sodium, 22 g Carbohydrate, 5 g Fiber, 11 g Sugar, 12 g Protein

 

Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 very ripe medium banana,* sliced and frozen
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. raw carob powder (OK to use cacao or cocoa powder)
  • ¼ tsp. peppermint extract or a small handful of fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
  2. *If your banana isn't that ripe, and you’d like a sweeter smoothie, you can add a little stevia or honey to taste. Note that honey will add some calories to the nutrition facts below.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 125 Fat: 4 Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 22 g Fiber: 5 g Protein: 2 g

 

Skinny Cinnamon Cookies

If you read our blog, you know we are registered dietitians and personal trainers who are wild about our veggies, but it hasn’t always been this way!  We used to hate our veggies, but our taste buds have turned over and come along way!  But we’re not gonna lie; we’ve always had a wicked sweet tooth that we work hard to tame.  We’re constantly creating healthy, guilt-free sweets that won’t harm our health or our waistlines.  Say hello to our latest creation… Skinny Cinnamon Cookies!

These Skinny Cinnamon Cookies make the perfect dessert–they’re a good-size portion–and they’re portable–so you can take one with you and indulge in it to avoid succumbing to other unhealthy desserts.
What else makes these delish doodles guilt-free?

This recipe uses coconut sugar, which is made from the sap of the coconut plant and is a less-processed sugar alternative, but if it’s not available, feel free to use granulated sugar instead. The oat flour in this recipe not only makes these Snickerdoodles gluten-free, it’s another great way to sneak in more fiber into your diet! And with only 85 calories a serving, this is a perfect recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt!

Skinny Cinnamon Cookies

These cookies are only 85 calories each and simply scrumptious. Freeze ‘em and take out one at a time to keep your portions in check. If you’re sharing with a friend, these are delicious crumbled over banana “ice cream” like the one used in these Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Makes 12 cookies

Ingredients
3/4 cup oat flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cream of tarter
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)
2 Tbs. unsweetened plain coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
Additional 1 Tbs. of coconut sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon: combine in a separate bowl

Directions:
1. Whisk together the dry ingredients (the first 7 ingredients) in a large bowl.
3. Scoop out about two tablespoons of dough at a time, roll into balls (twelve in all) and then coat with the cinnamon sugar mixture that is in the separate bowl.
4. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to prevent the cookies from over-flattening while they bake.
5. When cookies have just about 15 minutes left to chill in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
6. Remove the tray from the refrigerator and bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on the tray and then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy the cookies warm or at room temperature!2. Pour in the vanilla and almond extracts, coconut milk, and melted coconut oil. Stir until combined.

Nutrition Facts (per cookie): 85 Calories, 5 g Fat, 4 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 51 mg Sodium, 9 g Carbohydrate, 1 g Fiber, 4 g Sugar, 1 g Protein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skinny Cinnamon Cookies
 
Nutrition Facts (per cookie): 85 Calories, 5 g Fat, 4 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 51 mg Sodium, 9 g Carbohydrate, 1 g Fiber, 4 g Sugar, 1 g Protein
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tarter
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract (optional)
  • 2 Tbs. unsweetened plain coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • Additional 1 Tbs. of coconut sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon: combine in a separate bowl
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients (the first 7 ingredients) in a large bowl.
  2. Scoop out about two tablespoons of dough at a time, roll into balls (twelve in all) and then coat with the cinnamon sugar mixture that is in the separate bowl.
  3. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to prevent the cookies from over-flattening while they bake.
  4. When cookies have just about 15 minutes left to chill in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Remove the tray from the refrigerator and bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on the tray and then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy the cookies warm or at room temperature!
  6. Pour in the vanilla and almond extracts, coconut milk, and melted coconut oil. Stir until combined.

Purple Power Protein Smoothie

If you’ve spent time on our site, you probably know that we’re quite religious about eating as soon as we can after our daily workout.  After all, the word “hangry” wasn’t coined for nothing—and we’re no stranger to it—if we don’t eat soon after a training session, things can get pretty ugly. 🙂 Lyssie doesn’t get in Tammy’s way; Tammy knows not to get in Lyssie’s!  Since we’re not in the business of making enemies 😉 we don’t waste time before eating. 🙂

It’s not only our mood that takes a hit if we don’t eat soon enough, it only took a few times of waiting too long to eat after a workout (or after a meal for that matter!) to quickly learn that if we wait too long to eat and don’t get enough protein, we end up having a gnawing feeling in our stomachs for the rest of the day and we just can’t seem to feel satisfied, no matter how soon we eat our next meal.  Plus, as registered dietitians, we know about the importance of getting enough protein at each meal when it comes to satisfaction and we’re also well aware of the importance of eating within 30 minutes after an exercise session (particularly if it’s intense) to take advantage of the time when the body is most receptive to refueling its’ muscles.  Getting adequate protein is the tougher of the two, especially if you’re on the go or don’t want a protein-rich food to go bad or get you sick (chicken, fish and dairy products like yogurt, cheese and eggs can’t be out of the fridge for more than a few hours before they become not-so-friendly to eat for several reasons!).  For many of our clients (and for us too!) a Greek yogurt is an easy go-to option for protein, but frequently we want something else– and so do our clients—let’s face it, yogurt just ain’t staying fresh and safe in a gym bag all day! 😉

 

A few recipes you may like:

Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie

Baked Apple

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”

Lemon Ginger Detox drink and  Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water)

So, when Vital Whey sent us a sample of their protein powder we were excited to see what it was like—we had heard it was amazing and just the way we like it since it’s made from cows that are grass-fed and graze year-round on pastures.  It’s GMO-free, hormone free, and pesticide and chemical free! Totally our jam! Hallelujah!

The container we received from Vital Whey was their plain (unflavored) protein powder and these two veggie-loving RDs, each with our own killer sweet tooth had never really played around with an unflavored protein so admittedly, we we’re a little concerned that with our sweet tooth, we wouldn’t really like it.

Nervously, we did “the test” first—you know—the one you do when you like to consider yourself brave 😉 — you wet your finger, dip it in a little spoon of protein powder and put your finger to your tongue…

What we tasted was a light, pleasant-tasting flavor that we enjoyed!  Unsweetened, plain! Who knew?! 🙂 And we started creating a smoothie—and it blended into a creamy deliciousness that we LOVE!

We’re always creating simple, easy on-the-go smoothies, and with this plain, unflavored Vital Whey protein powder (85 calories and 16 grams of protein per scoop!) we’ve found our new go-to, and neither our taste buds, our tummies or our bodies could be happier! 🙂

Purple Power Protein Smoothie

Makes 1 serving (about 16 ounces)

 

Ingredients

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3/4 cup water
1 scoop Vital Whey unflavored protein powder
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
½ medium frozen very ripe banana (freeze once brown spots)
2 medium dates (or prunes), pitted
½ cup ice
Dash of cinnamon, optional
½-inch ginger, peeled, optional

Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 16-ounce serving.

Nutrition facts per serving: 217 calories, 2 grams fat, 1 g saturated fat, 18 grams protein,  34 grams carbohydrate, 5 g fiber,  76 mg sodium

Purple Power Protein Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • Purple Power Protein Smoothie
  • Makes 1 serving (about 16 ounces)
  • Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 scoop Vital Whey unflavored protein powder
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ medium frozen very ripe banana (freeze once brown spots)
  • 2 medium dates (or prunes), pitted
  • ½ cup ice
  • Dash of cinnamon, optional
  • ½-inch ginger, peeled, optional
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 16-ounce serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories: 217 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 34 g Sodium: 76 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 18 g

We’ve proudly partnered with Vital Whey for this sponsored post.

 

Hummus Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

We’re always up for a challenge—and especially when it comes to anything physical—or anything in the kitchen.  (If you saw us on the Food Network’s show Chopped, you know we mean business! 😉 ) Thankfully, in our family, we’re not short on either kind of challenge.  This time, Tammy’s husband requested healthy jalapeno poppers for the upcoming big Super Bowl game–but realizing that wasn’t so much of a challenge– he knew that these twin sister registered dietitians wouldn’t serve anything less than healthy 😉 , so he upped the ante.  He also requested them to be sweet, crunchy, creamy and spicy (he LOVES spicy!) — so we put our chef hats on.  Game on!  We created these Hummus Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers– and they take it two steps further– not only are they waistline friendly, they’re little healthy powerhouses– packed with nutrients, antioxidants and health benefits galore. 🙂

 

Psst… want more jalapeno poppers?  Try our Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers.

If you think that just because we’re registered dietitians we don’t love creamy, crunchy, sweet & spicy comfort food, you’ve got the wrong girls!  😉 In fact, many of you probably know from reading our blog that we love sweets!  And, let’s face it,  of course who doesn’t love creamy and crunchy food–so the request for these poppers is so up our alley! And we love spicy food too.  Ever since we were little girls and our dad lovingly teased us and said that eating spicy food made you stronger and more “manly” (yep, we were tomboys and daddy’s little girls –and being like him–and more “manly” was strangely quite attractive to us in those days!), we were sold! We’d load our food with hot red pepper flakes, and enjoy every bite of it!

 

 

These poppers are perfect for enjoying while tailgating or serving as a healthy appetizer before a party, they’re the ideal healthy comfort food! Filled with hummus, tomatoes, California prunes, and feta cheese and walnuts, you can get your appetizer fix without getting all that extra fat and calories—and at 50 calories a serving, you really can’t go wrong.

(Psst… looking for more lightened up recipes? Please feel free to search this site! And here are a few to try…
Skinny Potato Skins
Skinny Mash
Comfort Food Reinvented Apple Pie
Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies )

Aside from tantalizing your taste buds, here are a few other reasons you can feel good about eating these lil’ bursts of yum!   They’re truly nutrient powerhouses!

 

 

They’re meat-free and packed with flavor, so they’re perfect if you’re serving vegetarian guests or trying to cut back on meat and fearful that you have to cut out all the flavorful stuff!

 

Chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans)/ all pulses: these reside in our apartments year-round and are a great source of protein and fiber and can help lower your cholesterol.

• All pulses (the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods you know as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas), contain both fiber & protein: If you’ve spent any time on our blog, you know that this magical combination helps to keep you satisfied, keep your energy on an even keel and keep your blood sugar level stable.

  • If you’ve ever tried black bean humus, that works great in these poppers too!

• Pssst….fun fact: 2016 was declared International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations.

• Research show that pulses (like chickpeas), aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted. Check out this 2016 study, that found that it was just 3/4 cup of pulses per day that worked!

 

Prunes (We used California prunes because we find them to be the sweetest and juiciest):

Our mom kept always kept a jar of stewed prunes in the fridge when we we’re growing up and anytime we were craving something sweet, we’d reach for them.  They were the best way to bust a sugar craving!  Who knew we were also getting these benefits:

  • Research shows that eating 5-6 prunes a day may help support healthy bones and help maintain good digestive health
  • Prunes are packed with antioxidants called polyphenols, which help keep many parts of your body healthy– ranging from your heart to your eyes to your memory and your immune system.

 

Tomatoes: 

  • Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, which not only helps to fight cancer, but also keeps your skin youthful by acting as a natural sunblock.

 

Walnuts:

  • Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids: most of us don’t get enough omega- 3’s in our life and need more because they help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis and they help contribute to, gorgeous, moisturized skin!

 

Hummus Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Makes 8 Servings (16 poppers)

Ingredients: 

For Hummus (Note: If you don’t have time to make hummus from scratch, choose your favorite store bought variety):

1 can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained (19 0z)

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp red pepper

1/4 cup water

1 lemon

(Use about half of the hummus for the stuffed jalapenos and save the rest!)

Jalapeno:

8 Jalapenos, sliced in half, seeds removed (we suggest using gloves if jalapenos typically burn your skin)

Oil in a spray container (we used avocado oil)

5-6 grape tomatoes, finely chopped

1/8 cup feta cheese

5-6 California prunes, finely chopped (we munched on the extras)

2 tsp. chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper* (using tin foil will give you a crunchier jalapeno, but after cooking with it for years, we’ve been avoiding doing so to lower our exposure to aluminum). Spray lightly with oil in spray jar.
  3. Place jalapenos sliced side down on parchment paper (or tin foil) and very lightly spray/ mist with oil.  Bake 10 minutes. Then remove and put on parchment paper.
  4. Meanwhile, while the jalapenos are cooking, add the beans, garlic, cayenne pepper, red pepper, and water to a food processor and blend. Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze the juice of each half into the food processor.
  5. Mix the ingredients together until smooth.
  6. Place the hummus in a Ziploc baggie, clip a corner and use that to pipe the hummus into the cooled jalapeños.. (Alternatively, use a small spoon to stuff the hummus in the peppers.)
  7. Fill each jalapeno shell completely with hummus and top with prunes, tomatoes, walnuts and feta! Enjoy!

 

*We prefer using unbleached parchment paper over aluminum foil due to possible health concern that foil use might contribute to the buildup of aluminum found in the brains of some Alzheimer’s patient as well as contribute to osteoporosis—and our family is no stranger to either of these diseases, so we prefer not to take chances!

Nutrition Information per serving (2 poppers):

50 Calories; 8 g carbohydrate; 1.5 g fat; 3 g protein; 115 mg sodium: 3 g sugar; 2 .5 g fiber

Hummus Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • Makes 8 Servings (16 poppers)
  • Ingredients:
  • For Hummus (Note: If you don't have time to make hummus from scratch, choose your favorite store bought variety):
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained (19 0z)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 lemon
  • (Use about half of the hummus for the stuffed jalapenos and save the rest!)
  • Jalapeno:
  • 8 Jalapenos, sliced in half, seeds removed (we suggest using gloves if jalapenos typically burn your skin)
  • Oil in a spray container (we used avocado oil)
  • 5-6 grape tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ⅛ cup feta cheese
  • 5-6 California prunes, finely chopped (we munched on the extras)
  • 2 tsp. chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Line baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper* (using tin foil will give you a crunchier jalapeno, but after cooking with it for years, we’ve been avoiding doing so to lower our exposure to aluminum). Spray lightly with oil in spray jar.
  4. Place jalapenos sliced side down on parchment paper (or tin foil) and very lightly spray/ mist with oil. Bake 10 minutes. Then remove and put on parchment paper.
  5. Meanwhile, while the jalapenos are cooking, add the beans, garlic, cayenne pepper, red pepper, and water to a food processor and blend. Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze the juice of each half into the food processor.
  6. Mix the ingredients together until smooth.
  7. Place the hummus in a Ziploc baggie, clip a corner and use that to pipe the hummus into the cooled jalapeños.. (Alternatively, use a small spoon to stuff the hummus in the peppers.)
  8. Fill each jalapeno shell completely with hummus and top with prunes, tomatoes, walnuts and feta! Enjoy!
  9. *We prefer using unbleached parchment paper over aluminum foil due to possible health concern that foil use might contribute to the buildup of aluminum found in the brains of some Alzheimer's patient as well as contribute to osteoporosis—and our family is no stranger to either of these diseases, so we prefer not to take chances!
  10. Nutrition Information per serving (2 poppers):
  11. Calories; 8 g carbohydrate; 1.5 g fat; 3 g protein; 115 mg sodium: 3 g sugar; 2 .5 g fiber
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Poppers Calories: 50 calories Fat: 1.5 g Carbohydrates: 8 g Sodium: 115 mg Fiber: 2.5 g Protein: 3 g

 

 

 

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea

Helloooo yummy flat-belly number! Well, what were you waiting for? That’s exactly what we asked ourselves—what took us so long to create this powerful and delicious number?! After all, we’ve created so many bloat-fighting “detox” drinks (hiya Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush, Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”Lemon Ginger Detox drink and  Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water) that help your body and your mind quickly get on the healthy track while neutralizing toxins, flushing damaging free radicals and puffiness, to boot! How could we have waited so long to include orange, mint and green tea in the same bevvie?

 

After all, citrus is known for being a potent immune-system booster and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory power-house to boost your body back to being its’ best– and we love it so much that we either use lemon or lime to flavor most of our dinners—and  growing up we loved oranges and grapefruits so much that we couldn’t choose one over the other so we’d go half-sies –each twin having half an orange and half a grapefruit, score! 🙂

And the ultimate SCORE? This flat-belly sipster!

Here’s why this is a great way to start your day!

What makes this tea so good for getting a flat-belly?

It flushes bloat–puffiness (from salt) and gut bulges (from constipation)

Do you drink enough water? Most people don’t, but guess what? Get your hands on this, and it tastes so good, you’ll wanna keep sipping—and this is one key to your flat-belly! If you’re not drinking enough water to balance out the salt in your diet, especially if you eat salty snacks, restaurant meals, aren’t eating as well as you’d like, etc., then you feel especially puffy!  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, that’s when all holy heck 😉 breaks lose!– 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. Water also helps  push waste out of your colon (i.e., helps prevent constipation, keeping you regular and flushing out any gut bulges that come with the waste!)- hello flat-tummy!

 

The Green tea:

(Want more green tea, check out our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie and our Matcha Green Tea smoothie.)

The fluid in tea helps to flush excess water weight, minimizing your middle—offering all the flat-belly perks, including the gut-bulging constipation.

  • More bloat gone? Yup! Green tea has a small amount of caffeine (35- 80 mg compared to coffee’s 100-400 mg in the same size cup). It’s just enough caffeine to increase the amount of urine your body releases as it also gives you a slight energy boost.  This tender boost from green tea is invigorating.

The Orange:

it’s chock full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and rid your body of toxins, keeping inflammation at bay.

When your body is bombarded with constant inflammation not only from things like alcohol, refined sugars, and chemicals in processed foods—also from stress, pollution, etc., your body’s inflammatory response works harder 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. Soo…

the moment you get run down, if you’re human 😉 your flat-belly intentions fall by the wayside—you likely don’t eat as well or focus on exercise, either.  Plus, your body can’t operate in tip-top shape when its’ immune system is constantly being challenged. Eating and drinking foods with anti-inflammatory ingredients help fight that constant inflammation so your body can work efficiently to flush toxins and recharge your system.

Plus, oranges are a great source of potassium, which helps to prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels in your body (i.e.–minimize salt-induced bloating so that you can de-puff!).

 

The Mint:

(Fun fact: which twin is guilty of buying four mint plants in three weeks just to support her habit when the leaves couldn’t grow back fast enough to keep up with her use? Answer: Lyssie)

We like to think of mint as a peacemaker in the body. It soothes the stomach, easing indigestion possibly by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and improve digestion. Thanks in part to its anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to pacifying the inside of your body!  Buh bye indigestion and bloat!

 

Get ready to feel some flat-belly love in your tummy! 🙂

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea

Makes 1 serving (8 ounces)

Ingredients

1 bag green tea

8 ounces of water

1/2 small orange or tangerine

2-3 mint leaves

Ice, to chill

Directions

  1. Prepare green tea according to package directions. (We heated water, just until it bubbled [not a rolling boil], then we poured it over the green tea bag, let it steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  1. While tea is steeping, squeeze juice of the half of the small orange into a small dish.  Add the mint leaves to orange juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils).
  2. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in orange/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.

If you make a large batch garnish with extra orange slices, fresh mint, and store in fridge- that way you can sip on this yumster all day long! Adding ice is perfectly OK, just know that it will dilute the flavor.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 19 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 8 ounces of water
  • ½ small orange or tangerine
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • Ice, to chill
Instructions
  1. Prepare green tea according to package directions. (We heated water, just until it bubbled [not a rolling boil], then we poured it over the green tea bag, let it steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  2. While tea is steeping, squeeze juice of the half of the small orange into a small dish. Add the mint leaves to orange juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils).
  3. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in orange/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.
  4. If you make a large batch garnish with extra orange slices, fresh mint, and store in fridge- that way you can sip on this yumster all day long! Adding ice is perfectly OK, just know that it will dilute the flavor.
  5. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 19 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounces Calories: 19 calories Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 5 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 1 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 0 g

 

Sheet Pan Roasted Salmon with Kale and Golden Beets

We especially love the New Year! Why you ask? As registered dietitians and gals who love our veggies (and yes, our sweets too! 🙂 ), we find that our clients- and most of you- are working to get more veggies in your life and you come to us asking for help to make your goal a reality. Yahoo! This is like Christmas all over again for us, but in January! No need to ask these veggie-obsessed twins twice! 😉 We live for sharing easy, delicious ways to get more of ‘em!  We witness the power of veggies on a daily basis–they help to get (and keep) waistlines trim while packing in nutrients and disease-fighting antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and fiber, keeping your digestive tract healthy and promoting a flat-belly by flushing out waste from the colon.

 

 

 

If you’re goal is weight-loss and a flat belly say hello to your secret weapon… veggies (oh yeah!).  They fill you up with so few calories and crowd out more calorie-dense items, making weight loss much easier! And we’re always encouraging our clients to get as many as they can, at every meal. When it comes to getting or staying healthy and fighting diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes and helping your skin to look its’ best, veggies are a powerhouse (after all, that’s what compelled us to write our latest book,  The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure!—so that we could help everyone find easy solutions to get more veggies in their life!).

 

 

Our clients tell us that even when they’re working hard to eat veggies, one of their biggest struggles is finding time to wash and prep them when they’re tired or in a hurry or don’t have time or energy on a busy weeknight…

SCORE!! An awesome solution…

 

So when Mann’s reached out with us to work with them and spread the word about their new Veggie Slaw Blends, we jumped at the opportunity. We mean really, is there anything better than delicious, ready-to-go, crisp and crunchy nutrient-packed veggies blends that you can simply throw in a salad, burrito, wrap, or include in any meal you’re making? We don’t think so! 😉 As Mann’s says “We created the perfect veggie blends so that you don’t have to” and boy, they weren’t kidding! It’s so nice to have the veggie combos prepared and ready and Mann’s has several different blends! Honestly, we didn’t know which variety to start creating with since they all are so delicious, but we went for the Kale Beet Blend first – and that’s how we created this Sheet Pan Roasted Salmon with Kale and Golden Beets. We’re super excited to share it with you and can’t wait for you to make veggie your resolution a reality.

Brace yourself…This meal is about to be your new bestie. The sweet roasted Kale Beet Blend is addictive and knowing you can toss this all in one pan and have an insanely delicious, satisfying and filling meal in less than 15 minutes is awesome! You may want to make it every night. Don’t let us stop you! 🙂

 

 

One Pan Roasted Salmon & Kale Beet Slaw

This super fast and easy weeknight dinner is a bursting with flavor. Toss everything in a sheet pan and in less than 15 minutes, dinner is served! Enjoy it with a side (about ½ cup) of brown rice.

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 8-oz bag Mann’s Kale Beet Blend
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
2 4-oz salmon filets
Juice of half a lemon
Dash of salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with foil.
2. Spread the Kale Beet Blend onto the sheet pan and add the olive oil and garlic. Toss to coat, then spread into a single layer, clearing two holes for the salmon filets.
3. Place the salmon filets on the sheet pan and squeeze the lemon juice over them.
4. Sprinkle the whole pan with a dash of salt and pepper, then bake for 12 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through.

5. Serve with a side of brown rice.
6. Enjoy!

Nutrition info per serving:
241 calories, 9.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 12.5 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 26.3 g protein

Nutrition info per serving including ½ cup of brown rice:

305 calories, 11.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 7.5 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 28.3 g protein

One Pan Roasted Salmon and Kale Beet Slaw
 
Author:
Recipe type: Easy Dinner or lunch
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 8-oz bag Mann’s Kale Beet Blend
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 2 4-oz salmon filets
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Dash of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with foil.
  2. Spread the Kale Beet Blend onto the sheet pan and add the olive oil and garlic. Toss to coat, then spread into a single layer, clearing two holes for the salmon filets.
  3. Place the salmon filets on the sheet pan and squeeze the lemon juice over them.
  4. Sprinkle the whole pan with a dash of salt and pepper, then bake for 12 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through.
  5. Serve with a side of brown rice.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Nutrition info per serving:
  8. calories, 9.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 12.5 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 26.3 g protein
  9. Nutrition info per serving including ½ cup of brown rice:
  10. calories, 11.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 7.5 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 28.3 g protein