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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

It flushes bloat

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

It reduces inflammation

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

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

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

It crushes sweet cravings

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

It keeps your skin healthy

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

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

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

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

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

Grapefruit Ginger Mint Concentrate

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Lemon Ginger Turmeric “Detox” Tea

 

This flat-belly, inflammation and toxin-fighting drink is one of our faves—especially after we haven’t gotten a good night’s rest and feel especially stressed or rundown.    And while this twin sister team of registered dietitians and personal trainers originally started making elixirs like this when we created our Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush, our Lemon Ginger Detox drink and our Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

for you and for our clients who were requesting more drinks like this after experiencing the positive benefits, these hot numbers have become our besties as well!

If you’ve tried them, you know it’s no secret that these bevvies help to prevent hunger and overeating, squash cravings, beat the bloat and flood the body with nutrients that  help combat the damage caused by a poor diet, alcohol, daily stress and from everyday living.  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!

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.

 

Why are we obsessed with this flat-belly number?

The chance to combine two of the most powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients?! Sign us up! 🙂

 

Less inflammation= a calmer body on the inside, less stomach distress, less bloat.

YUM!  A little sweet, a little spicy… you’ll want to keep drinking.  You’ll also hydrate as you get water:

 

This pic below shows how I made it to place in the tea strainer with fresh turmeric.   You are seeing both the ginger and turmeric grated. You’ll see directions for whichever you choose to use–fresh or powdered turmeric below.  Who’s got your back and belly, baby?! Us 🙂

 

The water: Water washes bloating sodium and waste from your body, preserving your kidneys and intestines, keeping them in better condition. And water helps the body to run at its’ best since every process in the body relies on water.

The ginger: (Yes, I, Lyssie, confess that I’m ginger-obsessed and it somehow finds its way to most of my home-cooked dinners— au revoir bloat and damage from toxins!). Ginger contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components.

  • When you overindulge in food and drinks and your intestinal tract is acting out in response, i.e.–you’re feeling bloated and your tummy is full of discomfort, ginger is great!
  • It helps to ease stomach and intestinal discomfort and settles your insides so they can start calming down, repairing, de-puffing, rebooting and rinsing the bloat.
  • Your body responds to poor food choices and toxins with inflammation. Chronic inflammation causes damage to tissues in the body and it speeds the aging process. Preventing that inflammation means not only will you be less inflamed inside and have less stomach distress, but you’ll also be healthier in the long haul!

Turmeric: (another recent obsession for Lyssie—after discovering its’ anti-inflammatory benefits help her sinuses during the seasonal allergies she got for the first time in NYC–she even sprinkles it on some foods she eats with her hands, like kale chips and turnip fries (although she has to be careful because the orange color of the turmeric [powerful antioxidants] colors her nails–oy!) This is one of the most potent healers; it protects the cells from harmful free-radicals.  If you’ve overdone it with a poor diet, this is one way to help nurse your body back to health!

 

This pic below is the ginger root and turmeric root, just hanging, before I grated them. 😉  Once you peel the skin of the turmeric it looks like a baby carrot!

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

Lemon Ginger Turmeric “Detox” Tea

You can reserve the “tea” in the strainer for several uses.  Feel free to add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cayenne for an additional boost.

Start with this simple combo for 1 serving:

Ingredients:

8 ounces water

1 tbsp. grated ginger

1 tbsp grated turmeric (*alternatively 1 tsp ground turmeric)

Juice from fresh lemon

Directions:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Place grated ginger and turmeric in tea strainer** and place inside a coffee mug. Pour boiling water in and let steep for several minutes.
  3. Remove strainer and reserve for second cup of tea. Squeeze several squirts of lemon in mug and enjoy! Note: You can reserve the tea in the strainer for several uses.

*If using ground turmeric, place in the mug when you add the strainer with grated ginger, add the warm water and stir until no lumps.

**If you don’t have a tea strainer, you can place the grated ginger and turmeric in the cup loosely and strain before drinking.

Nutrition Facts per 8 ounce serving:  2 Calories

Lemon Ginger Turmeric “Detox” Tea
 
Author:
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • You can reserve the “tea” in the strainer for several uses. Feel free to add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cayenne for an additional boost.
  • Start with this simple combo for 1 serving:
  • Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces water
  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp grated turmeric (*alternatively 1 tsp ground turmeric)
  • Juice from fresh lemon
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Boil water.
  3. Place grated ginger and turmeric in tea strainer** and place inside a coffee mug. Pour boiling water in and let steep for several minutes.
  4. Remove strainer and reserve for second cup of tea. Squeeze several squirts of lemon in mug and enjoy! Note: You can reserve the tea in the strainer for several uses.
  5. *If using ground turmeric, place in the mug when you add the strainer with grated ginger, add the warm water and stir until no lumps.
  6. **If you don’t have a tea strainer, you can place the grated ginger and turmeric in the cup loosely and strain before drinking.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 2

Cranberry Orange Ginger Soda – DIY- Make-Your-Own Natural Soda

When we were kids and we got the flu, if our Dad stayed home with us, it meant he would be making us drink a pitcher of orange juice, every hour (well, at least that’s what it seemed like). We knew two things for sure – 1) our bellies wouldn’t feel so great (we know you had the best intentions, Dad!) and 2)- we’d be completely better and our fever would be gone the next day.

Now as registered dietitians, we still remember the healing power of all of that fluid and the mighty orange (plus, who doesn’t love the flavor of orange juice?) and when you requested recipes for healthy, artificial sweetener- free soda to help you kick the soda habit (or just because you wanted some fizzy fun!), one of the first recipes we dreamed up included oranges! We took it to the next level and made our DIY natural soda actually have health benefits—why not get healthier while getting less soda or avoiding it all together?  So we made a delicious DIY alternative and even inserted a bit of the benefits from some of our “detox” drinks in the process (yahoo! 😊). Yep, one-upped the power of the orange with cranberries and ginger!

Psst… for those of you who requested more “detox” drinks like those that are some of our most popular pins on pinterest and that we included as an important part in our 21-Day Body Reboot™(our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend), here are a few to try…

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

 

Here’s why this natural soda can help to make you healthier, less bloated, and feel better (amen to that twin sista! 😉 ):

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 and seltzer helps keep you hydrated so your body can flush excess sodium and waste, making you feel light and energized and since water and seltzer also flush waste (i.e., help 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 natural soda 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—and even with the teaspoon of added syrup, it only adds a small amount of sugar and 15 calories! It’s so much easier to say no to another piece of chocolate or a cookie when your belly is already full of good-for-you food and natural, lower sugar 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 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 natural soda to share with everyone at your next holiday party to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Cranberry Orange Ginger Soda – DIY- Make-Your-Own Natural Soda

What we’ve done here is we take all the goodies from our Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox drink and made a concentrate for making the soda so you can get all of the healing properties in a 20-calorie natural soda!

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

Cranberry Orange Ginger Concentrate

Ingredients:

Concentrate:
½ cup frozen cranberries
½ orange, sliced
1-inch chunk ginger, sliced
1 cup 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 strain.
4. To make soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate with ¾ cup seltzer water and 1 tsp simple syrup (recipe below)

 

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

Directions:

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

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

Nutrition info per 8-oz serving of soda with 1 teaspoon simple syrup: 20 calories, 0 g fat, 5 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 0.2 g protein

 

Cranberry Orange Ginger Soda – DIY- Make-Your-Own Natural Soda
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • Concentrate:
  • ½ cup frozen cranberries
  • ½ orange, sliced
  • 1-inch chunk ginger, sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 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 strain.
  • 4. To make soda: combine ¼ cup concentrate with ¾ cup seltzer water and 1 tsp simple syrup (recipe below)
  • Simple Syrup Ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar (organic, preferably); you can use honey if you prefer.
Instructions
  1. Simmer the water and sugar, stirring occasionally until completely dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Note: Start by adding a teaspoon of syrup to your natural soda and slowly add more, if needed. Each teaspoon simple syrup has approximately 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs (sugar).
  3. Nutrition info per 8-oz serving: 20 calories, 0 g fat, 5 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 0.2 g protein

Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea

As veggie- loving, twin sister, registered dietitians and personal trainers, you probably think that we eat healthy foods all of the time and must never battle the bloat or even have days of feeling puffy in the summer heat!  Ha! If only!  First, we do eat healthy foods most of the time, but you likely know by now about our killer sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check 😉 , and there are times when we feel as if we overdid it on a sweet and just want to flush the bloat!  And as much as we love summer, we’re the first to admit that we do swell in the heat a bit too, and with even a tad bit of sugar, we swell even more- ah!   With such long, hot summer days we’re always looking for a healthy little something that will power us through our days—and that makes us feel lighter and helps to flush the tummy bloat too!…

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This easy refresher hits the spot. From the moment you cut into the lime and pinch off the leaves of mint their refreshing and invigorating scent instantly revitalizes our mind. On top of whisking us away on a little mental vacation the ingredients in this  Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea have some great health benefits, making us feel lighter and bloat-free to boot!

Psst… looking for more “Detox” drinks?  Please feel free to search our site—and here are a few to try:

 

Cool Citrus Cucumber Detox

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Mixed Citrus Ginger Flush

This drink works its magic, thanks to its healthy ingredients:

 

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

Here’s why we included it in this drink:

The fluid in tea helps to flush excess water weight, minimizing your middle.

  • Typically, when you’re bloated, you’ve eaten too much salt compared to the amount of potassium in your body. When your sodium level is too high (so easy to do since most people far exceed salt recommendations), your tissues hold on to fluid and simply drinking will help your body to flush the salt and restore the normal fluid balance! And if you’re bloated due to constipation, water helps to get things moving through your digestive tract to push waste out of the body. Both mean Buh bye puffiness!
  • 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). The caffeine contained slightly increases the amount of urine your body expels as it also gives you a slight energy boost.  This gentle boost from green tea is invigorating
  • Caffeine along with the amino acid L-theanine, in green tea have an anti-anxiety effect along with providing energy that is considerably steadier (vs coffee), so you feel light and refreshed.
  • Green tea’s antioxidants, catechins fight cell damage and have been associated with everything from reducing cancer and blood pressure to protecting your brain against aging. As you calm your insides, this means that less damage and inflammation helps to reduce puff, particularly in the long haul.

Lime

We made sure this drink was packed with vitamin C…and lime is a superstar when it comes to neutralizing free radicals and mopping up the damage caused by pollution, smoking, stress and unhealthy food and beverage choices.  Limes also keep your skin looking young (wahoo!) thanks to their vitamin C that assists in collagen formation. .

Mint

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

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Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea

Ingredients

8oz, 1 serving

 

1 bag green tea

8 ounces of water

1/2 small lime, juiced

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 steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  1. While tea is steeping, juice 1/2 of a small lime in a small dish.
  1. Add the mint leaves into the lime juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils) slightly to release their oils.
  1. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in lime/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.

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Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 8 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 3 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein

Minty Lime Iced Green "Flat Belly" Tea
 
Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 8 ounces of water
  • ½ small lime, juiced
  • 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 steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  2. While tea is steeping, juice ½ of a small lime in a small dish.
  3. Add the mint leaves into the lime juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils) slightly to release their oils.
  4. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in lime/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 oz Calories: 8 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 3 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 1 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Apple Pear “Detox” Spa Water

If you’re looking to immediately get your mind and body back on the straight and slim after an overindulgence, this lil’ drink is your ticket!

We always giggle when we think that as kids we were unknowingly making “detox” drinks, similar to the ones we make now, only we were making them for a very different purpose.  When we were growing up, we spent most of our days at our best friend, Mary’s house, and often when we couldn’t think of anything to do, we’d make concoctions in her kitchen.  Although most of our experiments included making new snacks or meals, surprisingly, one of our favorite creations started out as our attempt to make a floral scented perfume out of apples, pears and mint, yet ended up smelling so delicious that we drank it!  We loved the taste and the smell and it was so refreshing that we decided to sell it at the end of Mary’s driveway in lieu of our typical lemonade stand–only we marketed it as both a yummy drink and fruity perfume, so that people could choose which they wanted to do with it.  If they were thirsty, they could drink it–and if they were sweaty and wanted to smell better they could splash it on their body– just like we did! 🙂

Ironically, now as registered dietitians, we actually know that those very same foods contain potent antioxidants that help to keep the body healthy–and we’re all over them. 🙂  This delish Apple Pear “Detox” Spa Water was inspired by our early experimentations.  And 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. The ingredients in this spa water assists the body in its’ detox process by mopping up damaging free radicals and fighting inflammation, so the body can focus on detoxing and cleansing itself the best it can!  Drinking these beneficial nutrients helps lessen the burden on the body’s system caused by poor diet, pollution and stress. Plus, it helps you to lose the bloat and puff–and helps to prevent sugar cravings! (Read below). 🙂

 

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Psst… looking for more “Detox” drinks?  Please feel free to search this site—and here are a few to try:

 

Cool Citrus Cucumber Detox

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink

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Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Mixed Citrus Ginger Flush

 

How does this drink help you?

This drink not only tastes awesome so it encourages you to drink, it helps to flush bloat and puffiness by helping to fight constipation (hello, flat belly!) and by keeping irritants moving out of your intestinal tract along with the wastes and toxins. And if  you’ve overdone it with a salty meal or had Chinese food the night before, it quickly restores normal hydration status by flushing excess salt (goodbye bloat!).  Plus, it’s a good source of potassium to help counteract sodium.

Drink this dehydration buster to keep your joints well lubricated and your skin glowing (hydrated skin looks youthful, supple and healthy!).

It helps to prevent sweet cravings: For starters, simply drinking this healthy drink takes up space in your stomach, preventing you from feeling overly hungry. When you’re hungry, it’s hard to make a rationale decision about what to eat and it’s easy to give into sweet cravings (or that candy on your co-workers desk). And although you may not realize it, as you hydrate your body with this slightly sweet and tangy elixir, it helps to carry blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, energizing you so that your brain doesn’t crave a quick pick-me-up (i.e. 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 and our clients, you’ll be pretty excited about what it does to set you back on the healthy train!

 

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Here are the other superstars in this drink:

 

Apples. Yeees! You probably know by now that we’ve both had one every day since high school, when our love affair with them began. 😉  An apple a day may just keep the doctor away! The powerful flavonoids in apples mop up damage caused by toxins, pollution, smoke and stress so the body can heal more quickly.  The flavonoids also keep your heart healthy.  Plus, apples have a good dose of vitamin C, to help mop up damage caused by free radicals and boost immunity.

 

Pears. Pears and apples have a lot in common, they both are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients to keep your body healthy and to fend off harmful invaders. Like apples, pears are rich in vitamin C, a rock star when it comes to healthy skin and boosting immunity. Pears also contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects you against free radical damage and heart disease. Plus, they’re a good source of potassium, so they counteract sodium and the bloat that comes along with it.

 

Spearmint. (can sub any 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!

 

Apple cider vinegar (ACV). We like to splash this health boosting elixir in whenever we can! As we’ve mentioned in some of our other recipes that include ACV (remember our Apple Cider Vinegar Lime “Detox” Drink?) it might be the little kick you need to help with controlling weight. A small amount may help control blood sugar levels when you drink it before eating. There may be a link between acetic acid, found in ACV and it’s starch blocking properties, making your body unable to digest starches consumed during a meal. Less starch being digested over time could mean a little less fat on your body.

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Apple Pear “Detox” Spa Water

1 serving (12oz)

 

Ingredients

¼ apple of your choice, sliced into thin slivers, skin on

¼ pear type of your choice, sliced into thin slivers, skin on

1 sprig of spearmint or mint of your choice

12 ounces of water

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Ice to chill

 

Directions

  1. After washing fruit thoroughly, slice apple and pear into thin slices and add to a large glass.  Use a wooden spoon (or regular spoon) to slightly mash and breakdown the fruit.
  2. Add the mint to the glass. Lightly bruise the leaves of the mint by very gently mashing it to release the natural extracts and oils which will make for a relaxing and cooling experience.
  3. Add water and ice. Splash in apple cider vinegar..
  4. Add water and ice as needed. Discard and replace fruit and spearmint when no longer flavorful or by the end of the day.

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 serving is 12 oz): 4 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 7 mg Sodium, 1 g Carbohydrate, 0 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein

Note: You’re simply infusing the water with flavors and all natural nutrients from the fruits and mint, so the calories are negligible.Apple-pear-mint-detox-waterCOLLAGE 

Apple Pear “Detox” Spa Water
 
Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • ¼ apple of your choice, sliced into thin slivers, skin on
  • ¼ pear type of your choice, sliced into thin slivers, skin on
  • 1 sprig of spearmint or mint of your choice
  • 12 ounces of water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Ice to chill
Instructions
  1. After washing fruit thoroughly, slice apple and pear into thin slices and add to a large glass. Use a wooden spoon (or regular spoon) to slightly mash and breakdown the fruit.
  2. Add the mint to the glass. Lightly bruise the leaves of the mint by very gently mashing it to release the natural extracts and oils which will make for a relaxing and cooling experience.
  3. Add water and ice. Splash in apple cider vinegar..
  4. Add water and ice as needed. Discard and replace fruit and spearmint when no longer flavorful or by the end of the day.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12 oz Calories: 4 Fat: 0 Saturated fat: 0 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 1 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 7 mg Fiber: 0 Protein: 0 Cholesterol: 1 g

 

Spicy Metabolism Booster

Ah!  Sure, we did have a great weekend away, and Philly, we loved visting ya ;),  but too much of the food served to us in two different all-day events left us feeling heavy, and quite frankly, a bit gross!   The day after that occasion that leaves you feeling like you need to flush the bloat and reboot your body is never fun.  The great news (for you, not so much for us 😉 ) is that since we’ve been there too is that we’re constantly coming up with great ways to help to immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track.  Our client’s favorite ways to get their mind and body back on track and start losing fat again is by starting with drinking our “detox” drinks, so we just created this one! (And it was for us too! 😉 ).

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.  And this drink does just that!  Among other ingredients, it contains cayenne for the swift kick in our metabolism’s keister that we needed!  Read more about it below.  In addition to starting our day by drinking a large glass of water, on days when we want an extra lift, we also have one of our refreshers like our Kale Recharge SmoothieSparkling Cucumber and Refresh Detoxer, or we go for one of our smoothies that use the Easiest Way To Get our Greens — or when we feel like we want a fresh start after eating foods that we don’t typically eat, we go for this Spicy Metabolism Booster, that we just added to our list!

Spicy_lemon_metabolism_booster2This Supercharge Booster is sure to wake you up with its spicy kick. It’s the perfect drink if you’re feeling sluggish, bloated, and fatigued or if you have an insatiable appetite as it will help to cut it. Lemon combined with water provides the powerful one-two punch of potassium and water to quickly remove bloating culprits by rinsing out your digestive tract and while also restoring normal hydration status, swiftly flushing bloat (potassium helps to counteract salt and the puff that comes with it!) and toxins out of the body.

Cayenne pepper adds a kick (umm, if you need a little help getting your mind and body back on the healthy track, don’t say we didn’t warn you that this lil’ number will do it! 😉 ) while possibly lighting a fire within your metabolism and improving the overall appearance of your skin by increasing blood flow to the skin and nourishing it with antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E which increase the health of the skin.  Studies show that cayenne may suppress appetite and help people to feel full–hopefully, it does this for you, but if not, you’ll benefit from capsaicin which is the component in the cayenne that creates the hot and spicy taste and that helps to reduce pain and is being studied for its possible positive effects on heart health, preventing headaches and other painful conditions.

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

This spicy version of “lemonade” can be included daily.  You can sip throughout the day to help cut hunger.

The small amount of honey or agave or stevia is optional. We opted “in” and think it was well worth the 5 calories–but if you don’t need it, more power to ya! 🙂

Spicy Metabolism Booster

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Serves 4, eight-ounce servings

Ingredients:
1 Lemon, fresh squeezed, (3 Tbsp), add a few slices to garnish
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
1/2 tsp agave syrup (or honey or stevia)
32 ounces water

Directions:
Squeeze lemon into water. Add cayenne pepper and agave or sweetener. Mix and chill in the fridge overnight.
Nutrition Facts per 8 ounce serving:
5 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 0 g protein

Spicy Metabolism Booster
 
Author:
Serves: 3 sevings
Ingredients
  • Serves 4, eight-ounce servings
  • 1 Lemon, fresh squeezed, (3 Tbsp), add a few slices to garnish
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp agave syrup (or honey or stevia)
  • 32 ounces water
Instructions
  1. Squeeze lemon into water. Add cayenne pepper and agave syrup. Mix and chill in the fridge overnight.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounces Calories: 5 calories

 

 

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