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6 Foods That are Better Than Botox For your Skin! Mornings with Maria Bartiromo

If you want younger looking skin, here is your food formula! We break it down for you with the amazing Maria Bartiromo!

 

It’s true, the foods that you eat really do impact the appearance of your skin!

 

Certain foods no-no’s for the skin—these are any foods that cause cell damage—it ages the skin and creates wrinkles.   Balance out skin “no-no” foods with foods that act a natural wrinkle cream.

 

  • No-No: Alcohol = Dehydrator —creates free radicals which damages cells and accelerates aging. Alcohol contributes to dehydration, and when our skin looks dry it also looks aged. It also can lead to broken blood vessels on the face which make the skin appear damaged. Think of that person we’ve all who after they drink their skin looks more weathered and older.

 

  • Natural Anti-Wrinkle Cream & Skin Hydrator: All Vegetables. Veggies naturally are rich in water, so they create moisture within your skin, plumping the cells and filling the crevices.  Think of them as your body’s natural lotion—plus a whole lot more.  They contain potent antioxidants that mop up the damage caused by alcohol, pollution, the sun, etc.  Vegetables (and fruits too!) are water and potassium rich so they hydrate skin, restore fluid balance and prevent it from looking wrinkled and withered.

 

  • Skin Hydrator: Avocado: As we get older our skin gets thinner and avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, and they moisturize skin from the inside out with their oil. Plus your skin will get a rejuvenating glow thanks to avocado’s anti-inflammatory properties which will minimize flare-ups and tone skin.

 

  • Skin Enhancer:  Tart cherries.  Alcohol disrupts sleep so cells can’t rejuvenate.  Montmorency tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin so they enhance and promote sleep– and your body repairs and regenerates your cells, including your skin cells when you sleep.
    • Tart cherry juice has been linked to improved sleep quality and duration

 

 

  • No-No:  Inflammatory foods like refined carbohydrates (white bread, white flour products), sugar, fried foods, processed meats, MSG. They create a low-level systemic inflammation that you may not realize is even happening, but inside, this is what damages cells, leads to disease and aging and creates weathered skin.

 

  • Skin calmers & Smoothiers: Anti-inflammatory foods:
    • Spices like turmeric and ginger. These are calming and fight inflammation. They repair cell damage and counteract the effects of inflammatory foods.
    • Wild salmon as well as sardines, tuna, and herring are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are often lacking in our diets. These omega 3-rich fish are powerful anti-inflammatories and help to keep skin supple and soft with their oils.
    • Soy Ginger Salmon
    • DIY Brown Rice Sushi
    • Broccoli also contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, such as sulforaphane.
    • Spicy “Fried” Broccoli
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  • Collagen Destroyer:
  • No- No: Collagen Destroyer–Sugar—refined like white bread, noodles and pasta (which break down to simple sugars) they enter our blood stream where they can then attach to the skin’s collagen and elastin. This causes the skins structure to weaken which results in visible signs of ageing by a process called glycation.

 

  • Anti-wrinkle Cream- Collagen Rebuilder: Tomatoes and other vitamin C rich food. Vitamin C keeps skin youthful and elastic by aiding in collagen formation–this helps the skin to snap back into place when you make expressions, rather than staying in the wrinkled expression.  Added bonus of foods like tomatoes that are typically red  in color is that they’re rich in lycopene and beta carotene, both act as a natural sunblock—so they also fight age spots and sun damage.

 

Here are a few great skin beautifying recipes:

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Strawberry and Citrus Salad with Avocado

Ginger and Carrot Slim-Down Smoothie

Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea

..and for beta carotene for a natural sunblock (protector against age spots and sun damage) Roasted Tarragon Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

Some more skin beautifying food tips?

6 Foods That are Better Than Botox For your Skin! Grilled Salmon Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, divided
  • ⅓ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry Sherry
  • 1¾-inch cube peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¾ teaspoon chili-garlic sauce (see note below)
  • 4 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large bok choy, cut crosswise into ½-inch-wide strips (about 7 cups)
  • 4 ounces fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
  • Note: You can find this in most grocery stores in the Asian stores
Instructions
  1. In a blender add 1 garlic clove, the onions, soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, sugar, sesame oil and garlic sauce and blend.
  2. Meanwhile place salmon in 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Spoon marinade ono top and allow to marinate 5 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 500°F. Using a rimmed baking sheet, place fish, with some marinade still sticking to it on top. Move any marinade in the dish to a small saucepan.
  4. Roast fish until just opaque in center, roughly 8 minutes.
  5. Heat the marinde in the saucepan until it begins to boil. Then set is aside to use for the glaze.
  6. Meanwhile, using a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add bok choy and mushrooms and press in 1 garlic clove using a garlic press.
  7. Heat for about 4 minutes. When it’s ready mushrooms will betender and bok choy will be wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Divide the veggies over the four plates. Place salmon on top and brush fish with glaze. Enjoy! 🙂
  9. Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
  10. Calories, 10 g Carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 36 g protein, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugar,
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 249 Fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 10 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 36 g

 

Healthy Back to School Bites with Cranberries

If you’ve read our other blogs, by now you know it’s no secret that although we’re veggie-loving twin sisters, registered dietitians and personal trainers who are lucky to like a lot of healthy foods, we both also have a wicked sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check.  Fortunately, we’ve got many strategies as wells as delicious, waistline friendly ways to satisfy our sweet canines that work for our clients, too!

One of our favorite, satisfying, healthy and most effective ways to squash a sweet craving is with treats made from fruit.  This actually is something we learned from our wholesome, plant-based, cook-everything-from-scratch mom, as she often served us desserts made from fruit and it worked like magic to quell our sweet cravings!  Apparently the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as we do the same thing for Tammy’s daughters.  We find this technique to be especially helpful when the kids go back to school, as they always seem to come home from school and want a sweet treat for a snack.  One of our most requested after-school snacks is a Cranberry Smoothie which is a cool, delicious and healthy guilt-free snack that feels like a super indulgent treat.

And our clients who serve this to their kids feel good knowing that this nutritious, sweet-tooth satisfying snack fits perfectly with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend choosing nutrient dense foods packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other naturally occurring compounds that may improve health.  Cranberries, like in this Cranberry Smoothie, are the perfect example of a nutrient dense food, as they’re packed with naturally occurring unique health-promoting flavonoids called PACs.  Because of these nutrient superstars, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have made an exception for naturally tart, low-sugar foods, like cranberries, that may be sweetened to improve taste.  They explain that there is room in a healthy eating pattern for nutrient dense foods with added sugars, such as cranberries and rhubarb, as long as calories from added sugar are less than 10% per day.  In this smoothie, just a teaspoon of honey is added to each serving and it packs in the nutrients in just 150 calories—woot, woot!

 

 

 

 

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Cranberry Smoothie            

Serve this healthy, sugar-tooth satisfying alternative to sweets for an after school snack.  Or simply sip a serving of this for a healthy dessert.

Yield: 6 servings

 

Ingredients

2 cups frozen cranberries

2 cups nonfat vanilla yogurt (try different yogurts, such as Greek yogurt)

2 cups 1% milk or almond milk

2 Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. vanilla

 

Directions

Mix in blender until smooth.

Nutrition Information Per Serving*: Calories 150, Calories From Fat 10, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 1g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 105mg, Total Carbohydrate 28g, Sugars 24g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Protein 7g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 25%, Iron 0%

*With 1% Milk

Hungry for Cranberries at lunch? Your kids will gobble up this unique, sweet and savory sandwich!

Recipe courtesy of the Cranberry Marketing Committee

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Cranberries can be a great fit as part of a healthy lunch – like in this tangy chicken salad!

Cranberry Chicken Salad on Flatbread

Makes 8 servings

Portion: ½ cup chicken salad on 1 flatbread roll

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 cup dried cranberries

⅓ cup 100% cranberry juice

½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise (we suggest using nonfat Greek yogurt to keep the creaminess and up the nutrients and lower the fat)

⅓ cup fat-free poppy seed dressing

8 oz. grilled white chicken meat, diced

1 cup sliced celery

¾ cup thinly sliced scallions

2 cups shredded fresh spinach

8 flatbread rolls, split

 

Directions

  1. Place cranberries and cranberry juice in a saucepan and heat slightly. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature. Cranberries will absorb all liquid. Hold.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and dressing.
  3. Stir in diced chicken, celery and scallions. Toss well to coat. Stir in reserved cranberries and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
  4. To Serve: For each serving, place ¼ cup spinach onto a split flatbread roll and portion ½ cup salad on top of spinach. Replace top and serve.

Variations: Use additional fruits, including fresh mango, pineapple, melon, blueberries, peaches, pears, etc. in salad.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 390, Calories from Fat 100, Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 12g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 800mg, Total Carbohydrate 57g, Sugars 17g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 13g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 10%, Iron 20%

Hungry for more recipes? uscranberries.com

The Nutrition Twins work with US Cranberries to help teach people how they can get more beneficial PACs in their diet.

 

Cranberry Chicken Salad on Flatbread
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup 100% cranberry juice
  • ½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise (we suggest using nonfat Greek yogurt to keep the creaminess and up the nutrients and lower the fat)
  • ⅓ cup fat-free poppy seed dressing
  • 8 oz. grilled white chicken meat, diced
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 cups shredded fresh spinach
  • 8 flatbread rolls, split
Instructions
  1. Place cranberries and cranberry juice in a saucepan and heat slightly. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature. Cranberries will absorb all liquid. Hold.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and dressing.
  3. Stir in diced chicken, celery and scallions. Toss well to coat. Stir in reserved cranberries and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
  4. To Serve: For each serving, place ¼ cup spinach onto a split flatbread roll and portion ½ cup salad on top of spinach. Replace top and serve.
  5. Variations
  6. : Use additional fruits, including fresh mango, pineapple, melon, blueberries, peaches, pears, etc. in salad.

Roasted Tarragon Garlic Sweet Potato “Fries”

You probably know that we’re veggie loving twin sisters, registered dietitians and personal trainers who happen to a killer sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, so it’s pretty much a given that if it’s sweet, creamy comfort food—and it’s healthy, to boot, we’ll be all over it!  J  And if you read our latest book The Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure  you know that some of our favorite childhood memories include our family meal times centered around our Mom’s home cooking. Pssst…you may remember these meals were inspired by our mom’s weeknight dinners–

Lentil Vegetable Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Mac ‘n Cheese

Skinny Mash

Skinny Mac and Cheese

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

Sitting down to Mom’s food always made us happy– it was soothing and lifted our spirits if we were ever upset and we each have memories of sitting at the table and enjoying one of our favorite comfort foods: sweet potatoes.
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Great news if you think you can’t eat carbs:

Anti-carb? Not these registered dietitian nutritionists! Whew!  We’re all for quality, high fiber, wholesome carbs in moderate portions at your meals (about half a cup) for health and for weight loss!  The moment our clients hear that they can eat a sweet potato, they light up.  The carbohydrates in sweet potatoes come with fiber, loads of phytonutrients and in a virtually fat free package (as long as you avoid those high-calorie toppings!).

Eating sweet potatoes doesn’t cause your energy to come crashing down as many other carbohydrates do.  The fiber in the potato causes the glucose from the carbohydrates to enter your blood stream at a slower and more gradual rate, helping keep your energy level stable and aiding in the prevention of mood swings and cravings that come with energy highs and lows.  The fiber also allows for a longer, more sustained serotonin (i.e. happy) surge.  One small sweet potato contains nearly 4 grams of fiber, and the fiber in sweet potatoes keeps you regular, light and happy. Thank you fiber!

We’re so excited about these “fries”—if you’re a “lov-ah” of fries, these are a waistline-friendly, healthy version– so enjoy these! Simply sub a serving of these for the other carbs at your meal.

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Some more health bonuses in these bites? You bet!

 

Sweet potato:  You may see these called yams at the store, and if so, it’s likely a sweet potato as that’s what they typically sell at most markets in the US. Sweet potatoes with ‘gold’ or ‘red’ in their names typically have orange colored flesh.

 

Your face won’t be the only part of you smiling when you eat these pups!  Sweet potatoes:

  • contain two very potent antioxidants– carotenoids (including beta carotene) and sporamins which fight everything from the negative health consequences that come with aging to almost all types of disease.
  •  fight inflammation. Eat a sweet potato and research shows that inflammation in the body immediately decreases, especially in the brain and nerve tissues throughout the body.
  •   offer great promise when it comes to Type 2 Diabetes.

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Other super stars in this recipe:

Tarragon (Mexican Tarragon) has a somewhat licorice-like flavor (should’ve known Lyssie’d be a fan with her fennel love—that is often described as tasting like licorice!) and has a light flavor compared to French Tarragon, either can be used.

  • Great source of poly-phenolic compounds—plant nutrients that help to fight inflammation and that help to achieve optimal health
  • help lower blood sugar

 

Garlic. You’ve  probably heard that this great-smelling (when you’re cooking it!) show-stopper is beneficial for the cardiovascular system.  So it keeps your ticker healthy and your blood pressure, too.  And it helps to calm your body internally as its got powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

 

You’ll flip for these “fries”!

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Roasted Tarragon Garlic Sweet Potato “Fries”

 You can make these pups into fries or if you prefer them as a side dish you can make ‘em into nips (aka cubes, see directions below).  Serve with lean protein like grilled chicken breast, with other roasted non-starchy veggies (or with steamed ones, or veggies in a salad if you prefer.)

 

Serves 2

Ingredients

 

1 large sweet potato

1 ¾ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon minced garlic

Pinch dried tarragon

Sea salt to taste, optional

Sprig of fresh tarragon, leaves for garnish (optional)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place parchment paper on baking sheet.
  1. Combine olive oil, garlic and tarragon. Set aside while preparing sweet potato.
  1. Cut sweet potato into French fry shaped spears, about 3 inches long by ¼ inch wide or evenly sized cubes—we call these golden nuggets, nips (if serving as a side dish).
  1. Toss cut sweet potato with olive oil, garlic and tarragon mixture.
  1. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes, turning potatoes, at 10 minute intervals to prevent burning. Roast until golden brown on all sides.
  1. Remove from oven, sprinkle with dash of salt, if using and fresh tarragon leaves (optional).

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Nutrition Facts Per 2 Serving: 92 Calories, 4 g Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 36 mg Sodium, 13 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 3 g Sugar, 1 g Protein

Roasted Tarragon Garlic Sweet Potato “Fries”
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic
  • Pinch dried tarragon
  • Sea salt to taste, optional
  • Sprig of fresh tarragon, leaves for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place parchment paper on baking sheet.
  2. Combine olive oil, garlic and tarragon. Set aside while preparing sweet potato.
  3. Cut sweet potato into French fry shaped spears, about 3 inches long by ¼ inch wide or evenly sized cubes—we call these golden nuggets, nips (if serving as a side dish).
  4. Toss cut sweet potato with olive oil, garlic and tarragon mixture.
  5. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes, turning potatoes, at 10 minute intervals to prevent burning. Roast until golden brown on all sides.
  6. Remove from oven, sprinkle with dash of salt, if using and fresh tarragon leaves (optional).
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 potato/ 2 servings Calories: 92 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 13 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 36 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

Pineapple-Mango Salsa

Pineapple_Mango_salsa_chip_logoWe have a lengthy love affair with pineapple. Long before we were registered dietitians and knew just how good for you pineapple is, we told our mom that at our 9th birthday party we didn’t care what we did as long as we made pineapple ice cream sundaes. We even made a fun little song and dance with our best friend that we planned to sing at our birthday party that went along with our passion for pineapple that we still remember to this day… “Pineapple sundaes, yum, yum, yum… there’s nothing more we want in our tum, tum, tum…!” (yep, our 9-year old song-writing skills at their finest!  😉 ). In honor of our love of pineapple we had to share this Pineapple-Mango Salsa with you!

Below, check out a few reasons why some of pineapple’s nutrients can help in preventing bloat–and in getting a flat-belly!

 

Want more healthy recipes? Please feel free to search this site! And here are a few to try…

Skinny Chicken Pot Pie

Green Lentil Soup

Lime Shrimp and Coconut Rice

Peruvian Style Chicken

Sweet Potato Soup

Pineapple-Mango Salsa_1So what makes pineapple so great aside from its sweet, delicious flavor?

 

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.

 

This recipe is an antioxidant packed superstar—thanks to every single ingredient! Every fruit and vegetable (from the pineapple and mangos to the jicama, bell peppers, tomato, lime and pomegranate juice) and herb and spice (cilantro) is packed with phytonutrients that are scavengers for free radicals. This means they mop up the damage caused by pollution, stress, damaging foods, environmental toxins, etc., and help to fight disease and prevent aging. So you can feel really good about enjoying this salsa!

 

Pineapple Mango Salsa

If you like refreshing, sweet treats with a tangy kick, make this your go-to! This lil’ number makes the perfect topping for fish, chicken, poultry or seafood, the ideal dip for veggies or whole wheat pita chips, and it’s so good that you can even eat it on its own!

 

 

Makes 6 servings (6 cups)

Serving Size: 1 cup

 

Ingredients

2 cups Mango, diced from fresh or frozen

2 cups Pineapple, diced from fresh or frozen

1/4 cup Jicama, chopped

1/2 cup orange pepper, diced

1/2 cup red pepper diced

1 tomato, diced

1 lime

2 tbsp 100% pomegranate juice, no sugar added

1/8 cup cilantro, unpacked

 

Directions

  1. Dice the mango, pineapple, peppers, and tomato and toss in a large bowl together. If using frozen mango or pineapple, defrost and then toss in large bowl. If you don’t have time to defrost first, separate the chunks and they will defrost fairly quickly as they are tossed in the bowl.
  2. Chop cilantro.
  3. Add cilantro and Jicama to bowl.
  4. Cut lime in half and squeeze both halves over bowl.
  5. Add pomegranate juice and toss everything for a final time.

Nutrition Facts for 1 serving (1 cup) Calories: 76, carbs: 19g, fat: 0g, saturated fat: 0g, protein: 1g, sodium: 4mg, fiber: 2.5g

Pineapple-Mango Salsa
 
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Serves: 6, 1 cup servings
Ingredients
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  • 2 cups Mango, diced from fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups Pineapple, diced from fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup Jicama, chopped
  • ½ cup orange pepper, diced
  • ½ cup red pepper diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp 100% pomegranate juice, no sugar added
  • ⅛ cup cilantro, unpacked
Instructions
  1. Dice the mango, pineapple, peppers, and tomato and toss in a large bowl together. If using frozen mango or pineapple, defrost and then toss in large bowl. If you don’t have time to defrost first, separate the chunks and they will defrost fairly quickly as they are tossed in the bowl.
  2. Chop cilantro.
  3. Add cilantro and Jicama to bowl.
  4. Cut lime in half and squeeze both halves over bowl.
  5. Add pomegranate juice and toss everything for a final time.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 76 Fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 19 g Sodium: 4 Fiber: 2.5 g Protein: 0 g

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink

When we wake up in the morning, the first thing we always do is hydrate with a big glass of water.  This is one of the most important and energizing pieces to our morning—and if we don’t do it, we end up feeling like we need a boost all day.  On the rare occasion we don’t do it, we feel like we need something to give us an additional lift all day.  If this happens we try to immediately have one of our other refreshers like our Kale Recharge Smoothie or our Sparkling Cucumber and Refresh Detoxeror we go for one of our smoothies that use the Easiest Way To Get our Greens — or when we feel like we want a fresh start after eating foods that we don’t typically eat, we go for this Apple Cider Vinegar “Detox” Drink, that we just added to our list!

If you’re looking to reset after overindulging, want to flush out your system and immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track, look no further, this powerful number will do just the trick.

As you probably know, living in the very social New York City, our clients often come to us after a night or weekend of social engagements and want to minimize the damage from the overindulgences, so we’re armed and ready to help! 😉 Not only is this lil’ sipster the perfect refreshing and thirst quenching drink, but it will also help to flush bloat and toxins–and it squashes sweet cravings before they can get a hold of ya 😉 …

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Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process. This, like our other health promoting drinks, will help to prevent you from feeling hungry and overdoing it on unhealthy foods as it fills your stomach — and contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and ingredients that help the body in it’s natural detoxification process. As you lose weight these nutrients become especially vital– they are needed to flush toxins including end products of fat metabolism. Since fat holds on to toxins, as you slim down, these rinsing ingredients are a key component in keeping your body healthy. OR if you overindulge, these same nutrients are key to get rid of those toxins!  We gotta admit we’ve been loving this lately and have been drinking it more than when we just need to reset!

The base of this bevvie is water for a reason– water works magic inside the body and when you don’t get enough of it, every process in your body suffers.  Water regulates the bowel, cools your body through perspiration, flushes out toxins, and aids in digestion.  So keep sipping this tasty drink throughout the day, especially at those times when you want a “system” reboot and a nice flush.  We infuse the water with lemon, lime, apple, grapefruit, mint and apple cider vinegar, for the special nutrients they add, but also so it’ll taste good and you’ll want to drink it—you’re welcome! 😉

 

 

 

 

Flushes bloat:  We feel miserable when we’re bloated that’s why we made sure that this has water in combination with the potassium from the grapefruit, mint, lemon and lime– to help restore normal fluid balance and flush salt.   And the water gets your intestines up and running (literally) to keep you regular and prevent unsightly gut bulges from constipation. Buh bye bloat!

Helps prevent sweet cravings:  As you hydrate your body with this slightly sweet and tangy elixir, it fills your stomach and helps to carry blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, energizing you so that your brain doesn’t crave a quick pick-me-up (ie sugar).  If you often wake up craving sugar, try drinking a large glass of this first and see how you feel, if you’re like us an our clients, you’ll be saying “buh bye sugar–you’ve got nothin’ on me!” 🙂

Another bonus?  You’ll boost your immunity and help to prevent free radicals from damaging your cells and from causing inflammation thanks to Vitamin C from the grapefruit, lemon, lime and mint.   As you stop damage and inflammation on the inside, your body can rest, relax and recharge –more peaceful on the inside for rejuvenation!

We recommend you starting your day off right by drinking this and eating a few of our Mini Frittata Muffins and a piece of fruit. 🙂

The magic behind this drink:

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has so many benefits—and you may remember it from our Rise & Shine Smoothie. Research shows that ACV may be the small edge you’re looking for to help to control your weight.

You’ve probably heard that apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight.  Small amounts before a meal may help lower your blood sugar. It seems that acetic acid, the main component in vinegar, may interfere with the body’s ability to digest starch; less starch being broken  down into calories in the bloodstream could mean a little less fat on your body over time.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to drink gallons of the stuff—there’s great news!  It doesn’t take much vinegar—just about two teaspoons.

Although more research is needed, as long as you don’t have trouble digesting foods that are high in acid, you have nothing to lose by giving it a try!

More good news?  It’s not only ACV that’s helpful since all vinegars contain acetic acid. Wine vinegars have a smoother taste (like in our Green Goddess Edamame Salad and Dressing), but even white distilled vinegar will do the trick.  Just look for those with 5% acidity, which is what you’ll find in most cooking and salad vinegars. (Avoid pickling vinegars, which have a higher acid content.)

NOTE:  Keep in mind that consuming too much acetic acid can hurt your throat. A tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water and taken before a meal is a safe dose.  Go for this delish g’mornin smoothie to get a dose of ACV (and some delicious and wholesome nutrient-packed foods!)!

A few other bonuses (we included this info for you science geeks like us, who love knowing what everything is doing for your bod! ) 🙂

Apples are a great way to get  fiber, which helps to keep you feeling full and keeps your body regular.

Lemons are rich in vitamin C to help skin look its’ best– not only is vitamin C a potent antioxidant to help fight free radical damage, but it also assists in collagen formation. We love lemons and limes and really spritz them over everything! They are a great flavor sub for salt too. Pssst…careful when you open Lyssie’s fridge–a lemon (or lime) from the packed cold-zone may drop out on your toe!

• The ideal flushing food–packed with potassium and water to restore normal fluid balance and flush out any bloating salt that may be causing you to store water and puffiness.

• Great source of vitamin C

Mint We like to think of mint as a peace maker in the body 😉 It eases indigestion and calms the stomach, likely by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion. Thanks in part to it’s anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to ease the havoc inside your body!

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Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink

This magical detox drink has the perfect combination of ingredients to keep off that bloat and make you feel Skinny Mini😉.

Ingredients:

48 oz. water

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp lime juice

1 apple

1 lemon

½ grapefruit

5-6 Mint leaves

Prep time: 10 minutes

Makes 4 servings

Directions:

1. Slice the apple, lemon, and grapefruit into quarters.

2. Fill a large pitcher or jar with 48 ounces (6 cups) of water.

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

5. Lastly, add the apple, lemon, grapefruit, and mint leaves to the water. Lightly stir the entire mixture.

6. Put the detox water in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or even let it sit over night. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information: 

With fruit:

Calories: 30

Carbohydrates: 9 grams

Fat: 0 grams

Protein: 0 grams

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 0 mg

Sugars: 6 grams

Fiber: 2 grams

Without fruit:

Calories: 2

Carbohydrates: 0 grams

Fat: 0 grams

Protein: 0 grams

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 0 mg

Sugars: 0 grams

Fiber: 0 grams

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 48 oz. water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ grapefruit
  • 5-6 Mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Slice the apple, lemon, and grapefruit into quarters.
  2. Fill a large pitcher or jar with 48 ounces (6 cups) of water.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar and lime juice to the water and stir.
  4. Lastly, add the apple, lemon, grapefruit, and mint leaves to the water. Lightly stir the entire mixture.
  5. Put the detox water in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or even let it sit over night. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12 oz. (with fruit) Calories: 30 Fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 9 g Sugar: 6 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 g

Matcha Oatmeal Craisin Muffins

Ok, so you’ve probably noticed, we’ve become a bit matcha crazed–last week it was our Matcha Smoothie and now these lil’ muffsters! As registered dietitians we tend to be a bit cautious when it comes to new foods that get a lot of hype since they are often overrated but matcha seems to be all it’s cracked up to be—and we can’t get enough!  And don’t worry if you want to try matcha, but don’t like the taste of green tea. No worries. This delicious matcha muffin recipe will have you hooked!

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Matcha mystified?  If you haven’t seen us talking matcha before and are wondering what the heck matcha is, it is basically green tea even better for you!  You get a mega-dose of potent antioxidants and the benefits that have been associated with everything from reducing cancer and blood pressure to protecting your brain against aging and increasing metabolism too. You can read all about matcha here.

Photo below: This is the matcha mustache!  Who needs milk when you can have a green mustache?! 😉 When you drink matcha out of the traditional matcha tea cup be sure not to make the mistake we made and head out for your day without taking a final look in the mirror- oy!  The matcha tea cup is more like a big, wide mug and it leaves a green mustache–so just be warned. 🙂  And don’t worry–if you drink our matcha sugar-craving busting smoothie, no need to worry about the matcha mustache since you eat it from a muffin and it’s not green anyway! Phew! 😉

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Pssst… if you’re a muffin fan, check out our Skinny Banana Bread Muffins, our Skinny Mini Muffins and our Mini Frittata Muffins.

Matcha Oatmeal Craisin Muffins

The matcha oatmeal craisin muffins are a perfect way to start your day! They are low in calories, and still provide you with protein and fiber too!

Makes 12 muffins 

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Ingredients

1 ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats

¾ cup quinoa flour

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup craisins

1 tbsp matcha green tea powder

2 tbsp hemp protein powder

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 large egg (we use Eggland’s Best (EB) because they have 25% less saturated fat, four times the vitamin D and double the omegas compared to other eggs, thanks to the proprietary hen feed)

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, quinoa flour, brown sugar, craisins, matcha powder, hemp powder, salt, and baking powder.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg. Then, add the almond milk, applesauce, honey, olive oil, and vanilla extract.

4. Add the dry ingredients mixture to the wet ingredients mixture and stir.

5. Line a 12-muffin baking pan. Fill each compartment about ¾ full.

6. Let cook for 25 minutes. To know if the muffins are done, stick a toothpick through the middle of a muffin and make sure that no residue appears on the toothpick. Allow 10-15 minutes to cool.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 143

Carbohydrates: 27 grams

Fat: 2 grams

Protein: 5 grams

Cholesterol: 15 milligrams

Sodium: 344 milligrams

Sugars: 13 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Matcha Oatmeal Craisin Muffins
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¾ cup quinoa flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup craisins
  • 1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat, four times the vitamin D and double the omegas compared to other eggs, thanks to the proprietary hen feed)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, quinoa flour, brown sugar, craisins, matcha powder, hemp powder, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg. Then, add the almond milk, applesauce, honey, olive oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients mixture to the wet ingredients mixture and stir.
  5. Line a 12-muffin baking pan. Fill each compartment about ¾ full.
  6. Let cook for 25 minutes. To know if the muffins are done, stick a toothpick through the middle of a muffin and make sure that no residue appears on the toothpick. Allow 10-15 minutes to cool.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 143 Fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 27 g Sugar: 13 g Sodium: 344 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 5 g Cholesterol: 15 mg