Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

 

’Twas the night before the holidays, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

OK, so that’s not exactly the way it went down in our house—especially the quiet, peaceful part. 😊 Yes, it was snowing, but that’s about where the story ends. Over here, Tammy’s twin daughters had 3 friends over who were screaming and yelling and playing some sort of slide-someone-around on the floor like they’re dead, yet kicking (don’t ask 😊 ), and these two, twin registered dietitians were dreaming up a new lightened up concoction (and the kitchen is never quiet or peaceful when we’re both concocting! If you watched us on Food Network’s Chopped!, that’s the tame version of what happens at home 😊 ).

The good news is what came out of all of the chaos—this delicious Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte. We lightened it up in a major way—shaving 100 calories off a small, typical-size latte—our version has only 33 calories a serving! Plus, our house smells like a gingerbread cookie factory (no joke!) and if you need a ‘lil pick-me-up, this bevvie uses strongly brewed coffee.

And if you need a to flush out the bloat if you’ve overdone it on a little too much holiday cheer—check out these “detox” drinks—and be sure to check out our 21-Day Body Reboot™, which will help you to look and feel your best in no time (it’s our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend!)

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

  Aside from the heaping calorie-savings in this Gingerbread latte, there’s even another reason to sip it—the cinnamon! And if you like things extra-cinnamon-y, go ahead and sprinkle away!

Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon helps to reduce inflammation and a number of studies have found improved blood sugar levels associated with cinnamon intake. So it certainly can’t hurt to aim for ½- 1 teaspoon of this delish spice daily!

Ginger: Ginger (especially fresh ginger) is also great for reducing chronic inflammation (the kind that’s linked to many chronic diseases), and is a total tummy soother, which means it may just keep you free from nausea or stomach discomfort!

 

 

Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Yield: 1 latte (8 oz)

Ingredients:
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ tsp blackstrap molasses
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Stevia, to taste (I used 2 drops liquid stevia)
½ cup very strong brewed coffee

Directions:
1. Place almond milk, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and stevia in a pot or microwave-safe mug. Heat on the stove or in the microwave until piping hot.
2. Transfer the almond milk mixture to a 16 oz mason jar, seal, and shake vigorously, until frothy. You can also use a milk frother if you have one!
3. Pour the brewed coffee into a mug, top with the almond milk mixture, and stir gently to combine.
4. Enjoy!

Nutrition info (per serving): 33 calories, 1.3 g fat, 81 mg sodium, 5.4 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 0.7 g protein

 

 

 

 

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
 
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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

Yogurt & Almond Topped Plum Bites –the ultimate plum-back!

 Just call it a plum-back! If you had a rough weekend or day yesterday, eat this delish treat for the ultimate plum-back! 😉 These tasty, juicy nips are the perfect combination of Greek yogurt, plum and nuts and they’ll have you feeling your best in no time as they flood your body with antioxidants and nutrients to get you back on your healthy A-game!

One medium sized plum, aka a potassium-rich, bloat-buster– because it counteracts sodium and the puff that comes with it– has just 30 calories and is rich in vitamin C, as well as other antioxidants, like beta carotene, that protect your body.  These powerful phytonutrients fend off damage from stress, pollution and even from poor food choices!  So after a rough go on your body, eat this for the perfect plum-back! 😉

Looking for some healthy salad recipes with similar benefits? Here are a few to try!

Crunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloup

Watermelon Mint Detox Salad

Veggie Bean Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette 

Spinach Berry Balsamic Glazed Chicken Salad with Raspberry Chia Vinaigrette

Citrus & Avocado Salad

We grew up eating plums all summer long—dry (yes, in the dry form, they’re prunes!) and fresh!

Did you know that plums are relatives of peaches and nectarines and that The United States has up to 100 varieties that vary in shape, size, color and taste?!

We like to call these little plum-bites ”refresher bites” since they perk you, your taste buds and your mood.

Yogurt & Almond Topped Plum bites

 

 

These refreshers make the perfect snack or guilt-free dessert!

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

 

2 plums (approximately 2-1/8″ diameter)

2 oz, vanilla, non-fat Greek yogurt

1/2 Tbsp (15g) slivered almonds

Cinnamon, dash

Honey, for drizzling, optional

 

Directions:

Slice plums in half and remove the pit. Place a dollop (about a tablespoon) of yogurt in the center of each plum half. Sprinkle each with almonds and cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, if using.

 

Nutrition Information: 74 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 1mg cholesterol, 1 gram fiber, 9 grams sugar, 4 grams protein, 11 grams carbohydrate

Yogurt & Almond Topped Plum Bites --the ultimate plum-back!
 
These refreshers make the perfect snack or guilt-free dessert!
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 plums (approximately 2-1/8" diameter)
  • 2 oz, vanilla, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ Tbsp (15g) slivered almonds
  • Cinnamon, dash
  • Honey, for drizzling, optional
Instructions
  1. Slice plums in half an remove the pit. Place a dollop (about a tablespoon) of yogurt in the center of each plum half. Sprinkle each with almonds and cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, if using.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 74 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Fiber: 1 g Protein: 4 g

 

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
 
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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

Grapefruit Ginger Mint “Detox” Drink

 

Whether you’re recovering from a bit too much summer BBQ indulgence or just looking to stay trim during bikini season (or any time or year!), we’ve got you covered with another one of our flat belly “detox” drinks! As registered dietitians, we love these as much as you and our clients do, and we’re always up for new flavor combinations to sip on that taste delish and flush bloat, making us feel great!

 

This ‘lil grapefruit, ginger, and mint concoction was born from our current “detox” drink obsession! 🙂 It’s filled with antioxidant goodness, fresh flavor, and a spicy kick from the ginger that will make you want to keep sipping your way 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 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 RebootTM, 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 this one, can be monumental when it comes to assisting in its process.)

Here’s why this drink is a lifesaver for bikini season (holiday season—or any season! 😉):

 

It flushes bloat

When you’re dehydrated, your body hangs onto sodium, making you feel bloated and puffy. It’s easy to get dehydrated 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 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

One thing we love about these detox drinks is that they are so great for keeping sweet cravings at bay! For one, they fill your tummy, keeping you from getting overly hunger – 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 and fresh mint 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 Detox Drink

 

Servings: 2

 

Serving size: 1 cup

 

16 ounces (2 cups) water

 

1/2 a ruby red grapefruit, sliced

 

1 teaspoon chopped or sliced ginger

 

5-6 mint leaves

 

Directions:

 

  1. Combine the water, grapefruit slices, ginger, and mint in a pitcher or quart-sized jar. Let sit for at least 2 hours, or refrigerate overnight (If you’re letting it sit overnight, removing the peel (the white skin, a.k.a. the pith) from the grapefruit beforehand can keep it from getting too bitter). Feel free to muddle the ingredients with the end of a wooden spoon to get the most flavor out!
  2. Strain the mixture if you’d like, and enjoy!  Strained, the drink will be virtually calorie free, but the nutrients will remain!

 

 

Nutrition info per serving (if you eat the fruit):

 

22 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams sodium, 82 mg potassium, 5 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 4 grams sugar, 0.4 grams protein

Grapefruit Ginger Mint “Detox” Drink
 
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Ingredients
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) water
  • ½ a ruby red grapefruit, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped or sliced ginger
  • 5-6 mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Combine the water, grapefruit slices, ginger, and mint in a pitcher or quart-sized jar. Let sit for at least 2 hours, or refrigerate overnight (If you’re letting it sit overnight, removing the peel (the white skin, a.k.a. the pith) from the grapefruit beforehand can keep it from getting too bitter). Feel free to muddle the ingredients with the end of a wooden spoon to get the most flavor out!
  2. Strain the mixture if you’d like, and enjoy! Strained, the drink will be virtually calorie free, but the nutrients will remain!
  3. Nutrition info per serving (if you eat the fruit):
  4. calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams sodium, 82 mg potassium, 5 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 4 grams sugar, 0.4 grams protein

Citrus & Avocado Salad

When we were growing up, our health-conscious mom gave us some form of citrus fruit nearly every day, especially in the winter, since that’s when citrus is in season and when she thought we could use an additional boost of vitamin C to keep the cold and flu away.  Often she’d serve half a grapefruit at breakfast and we’d scoop out each section of the inside with a spoon.  If she didn’t serve us citrus fruit at lunch or breakfast, our mom would surely add it to our nightly appetizer salad. 🙂 As much as we appreciated all the healthy food she fed us as kids, now as registered dietitians we truly appreciate it!  We’re always whipping up dishes inspired by our Mom, and this Citrus and Avocado Salad is no exception.  Rock on Mom! 🙂

 

Looking for more healthy salad recipes? Here are a few to try!

Crunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloup

Watermelon Mint Detox Salad

Veggie Bean Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette 

Spinach Berry Balsamic Glazed Chicken Salad with Raspberry Chia Vinaigrette

Whether the middle of summer or the thick of winter, what better than a bright citrus filled salad to brighten your day, while flooding your body with immune boosting vitamin C?   The sweet citrus fruit paired with the creamy avocado adds the perfect balance of sweet flavor with the creamy texture from the avocado, whose good-for-you-fat acts as a nutrient booster and enhances the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like carotenoids in citrus fruit.   Pair this salad with grilled chicken or fish for a delish lunch or dinner!  One of the best parts about this salad?  Use whatever citrus fruit you have in the house—or choose your favorite—or combine them all!

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

Salad

3  citrus fruit*

1/2 avocado

2 cups of lettuce, chopped**

*use your favorite; try something new—any sweet citrus fruit will work. We used blood orange, tangelo, clementines (or mandarins).

**we used a mix of spring greens and romaine this time, but we think butter lettuce would be a nice addition.

Dressing

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice*

1 1/2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

1 large garlic clove, finely minced or grated

a pinch of both salt & pepper

*we used fresh squeezed navel orange juice (we originally bought every variety of citrus we could find 😉 so we figured we’d use fresh squeezed, bottled 100% orange juice works as well)

Directions

  1. First, prepare the dressing to give your ingredients time to mingle before pouring over the salad. Start by  mixing all of the dressing ingredients together in a small jar or dressing container and shake well. Set aside.
  1. Slice citrus and remove the peels and as much of the pith as possible. We sliced from the top down into thin slices. Once the peel is removed, gently pull the slices apart to make them bite size.
  1. Dice the avocado.
  1. Assemble the salad, and then divide into 4 equal portions.
  1. Drizzle a tablespoon of dressing over one serving and enjoy!

Serve with a side of your favorite fish, chicken or bean dish for a delish lunch or dinner!

89 Calories, 4g carbs, 1 g fat, 2g protein, 3 mg sodium, 3 g fiber

Citrus & Avocado Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 sections of citrus fruit*
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 cups of lettuce, chopped**
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice***
  • 1½ TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced or grated
  • a pinch of both salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the dressing to give your ingredients time to mingle before pouring over the salad. Start by mixing all of the dressing ingredients together in a small jar or dressing container and shake well. Set aside.
  2. Slice citrus and remove the peels and as much of the pith as possible. We sliced from the top down into thin slices. Once the peel is removed, gently pull the slices apart to make them bite size.
  3. Dice the avocado.
  4. Assemble the salad, and then divide into 4 equal portions.
  5. Drizzle a tablespoon of dressing over one serving and enjoy!
Notes
*use your favorite; try something new—any sweet citrus fruit will work. We used blood orange, tangelo, clementines (or mandarins).
**we used a mix of spring greens and romaine this time, but we think butter lettuce would be a nice addition.
***we used fresh squeezed navel orange juice (we originally bought every variety of citrus we could find 😉 so we figured we’d use fresh squeezed, bottled 100% orange juice works as well)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 89 Fat: 4g Saturated fat: 1g Sodium: 3mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 2g