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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
 
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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

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

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

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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
 
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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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Pineapple Lemon Ginger “Detox” Drink

It’s all thanks to you!  We too, just like you, have become a bit obsessed with these flat tummy helpers!  So thank you for your requests for more! You keep us drumming up some new concoctions and falling taste bud over flat belly for ‘em!  As registered dietitians and personal trainers, we’re lucky that we love our veggies, but our strong sweet tooth?  We’re each not so lucky to have to keep ours down!  But this, not only satisfies the sweet tooth, squashes hungers and fights cravings, it fights bloat too!

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

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Detox drink

Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

If you want to immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track, this water infusion is your ticket.  It helps to flush bloat, restore your body and mop up the toxins and damage.  And although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, like this one, can be monumental when it comes to assisting in its process. This refreshing “detox” drink packs in some great nutrients that are especially helpful when you want to look and feel your best and quickly get your body feeling lighter.  Plus, as you sip this, you’ll set the tone for a healthy day, knowing that you’re doing something great for yourself.  And this “flusher” will fill your stomach and help to prevent you from feeling hungry and from overeating and from diving in to junk food or the first unhealthy food you see simply because you’re ravenous.

 

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

The water: Water flushes bloating sodium and waste from of your body and keeps your kidneys and intestines in tip top shape. And water helps the body to run optimally as every process in the body relies on water.

The pineapple: For starters, for us, it adds that delicious sweetness to the 13 calorie drink (Yes, you read that right! ) so that we get the sweet flavor our sugar tooth is after but without the calories and sugar bloat!  Plus, having something sweet helps to dodge sugar cravings, woohoo! Pineapple is an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme that aids in digestion and can help prevent indigestion and bloating.  Plus, pineapples provide antioxidants and vitamin C, which both help repair muscles and tissues and aid in recovery. They help your cells to heal themselves and fend off damage from toxins or irritants.  By protecting your cells, they keep your body in better working order and help to fight some of the damage done from overindulging in unhealthy foods and drinks so that your insides can settle, avoiding inflammation and added puffiness.

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

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

Pineapple Lemon Ginger  “Detox” Drink

 You can keep this refreshing elixir chilled in the refrigerator for up to 2 days with the fruit left in the water. Just be sure to remove the citrus rinds to avoid bitterness, (if this included melons or berries, you’d remove them too, since they don’t hold up well when left in the water) after the initial overnight infusion. After removing all of the fruit in the morning, the water can be kept chilled and enjoyed for up to 3 days. .(Note: If you take this awesome “de-bloater” on- the- go with the fruit in it, and it’s unrefrigerated, discard the fruit at the end of the day.

 

Psst…If you have a fruit infuser water bottle, now is an ideal time to whip it out! 😉

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Makes 8 cups

Ingredients

2 cups pineapple, fresh or frozen, cubed, (outer rind removed, if fresh)

8 cups water (64oz)

1 lemon, sliced (rinds removed for overnight infusion)

2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled then chopped or shaved

Muddle the pineapple in a large pitcher. Add remaining ingredients and let sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. If leaving overnight, remove rinds of lemons to avoid bitter taste. When ready to drink strain to remove the ginger, pineapple and leave the lemons in the water.

*Although we recommend muddling, especially if you are drinking without letting it sit overnight, when we used frozen pineapple tidbits and allowed it to sit overnight, no muddling was necessary!

 One Serving Option

Ingredients

6 cubes pineapple, fresh or frozen, cubed, (outer rind removed, if fresh)

1 cup water (8oz)

2 slices lemon

1/4 teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled then chopped or shaved

Ice to chill

Muddle pineapple in a large glass, add water, ice, , lemon slices and ginger. No waiting, you can drink right away.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 serving is 1 cup): 13 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 5 mg Sodium, 4 g Carbohydrate, 0 g Fiber, 2 g Sugar, 0 g Protein  

Pineapple Lemon Ginger “Detox” Drink
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • 6 cubes pineapple, fresh or frozen, cubed, (outer rind removed, if fresh)
  • 1 cup water (8oz)
  • 2 slices lemon
  • ¼ teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled then chopped or shaved
  • Ice to chill
Instructions
  1. Muddle pineapple in a large glass, add water, ice, lemon slices and ginger.
  2. No waiting, you can drink right away.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8oz Calories: 13 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 4 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 5 mg Fiber: 0 g Protein: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

Vitamin C Infused Detox Water

Vitamin C Infused Detox Water

Despite our last trip to the spa, we’re still strong believers in the power of a restful day at the spa and what it can do for your mind and body…
Yes even though our last spa visit was a bit of a debacle (we both had intentions of getting relaxing massages and instead had ones that felt like hammers and that left us sore for days!), we still strongly believe in the restorative mental and physical benefits of a spa day.  Plus, we’re suckers for the water that you typically find at spas.   After all, as registered dietitians, the fruit and veggie-infused water that you typically find at the spa is similar to our infused waters and it’s not only great for hydration and flushing bloat, but it also floods the body with vitamins and antioxidants that help to mop up free radicals that age the body and cause disease.

After going to the spa, we were inspired to come up with another one of our own cucumber infusers after seeing so many spa-goers resting peacefully with cucumbers over their eyes– and we’re all about the “de-bloating” and “de-puffing” characteristics of cucumbers.  Remember our Cool Citrus Cucumber Detox?  And since many of you have been requesting drinks that help to flush bloat and slim you down, the registered dietitians in us couldn’t help but start concocting a drink that would answer your prayers!  After all, if we are able to help you to feel lighter and better, it makes us super happy!   So in honor of cucumber spa treatments and our love of relaxation and spas, we created our take on spa water (face lotion- free, of course! 😉 ).  If you typically drink any drink with calories, this is the drink to swap with it!   At just 3 calories per drink, you’ll save mega calories–while fighting bloat!  Drink this before meals and it will fill you up and help you to eat less at meals.  It also rocks when it comes to flushing bloat! (See why below).

 

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

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Detox drink

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Here’s How it Works:

Thanks to mint, cucumber, lime and raspberries, you’ll flood your body with anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients and bloat-fighting potassium and water—and the phytonutrients will help to mop up damage caused by free radicals and toxins from processed foods, pollution and stress!

The Water:

You probably know how we feel about water!  It’s the most important thing you need to survive!  You’ve heard how important it is to stay properly hydrated–but you may not realize some of the reasons why. After all, if you are even slightly dehydrated (just 1% of your body weight), you’ll feel sluggish (you’re less likely to get to the gym if you’re feeling wiped out—and even if you do get there, you likely won’t work as hard).

Of course, less movement and eating more both spell trouble for your waistline!

You can easily mistake thirst for hunger. (We see this happen often; you’re dehydrated, so you crave energy and you think you’re hungry.  Guess what? You crave sugar!–eeks! Drink water instead and you’ll notice you have fewer sugar cravings!)

Many times constipation (and unsightly gut bulges with it) can be prevented if you simply drink water to get things moving right along in your colon.  That’s why we tell you what we do every morning and especially before an event here:

4 Surefire Ways to Get to the Event Bloat Free

So don’t let dehydration happen to you. If you’re not a water-lover, we made this jazzed up water for ya! Give this water a whirl!

The Mint:

Mint aids digestion and settles the stomach. We add it to everything! Hello Lemon Mint Detox Drink

Mint (and lime!) both contain potassium to help restore normal fluid balance and flush out bloat.

The Raspberries:

Raspberries are both packed with potassium & water—the perfect combo for restoring the body’s normal fluid balance, flushing out excess sodium and the bloat that comes with it.

Raspberries are fiber filled, so they help to keep you regular and flush out any bloat and puffiness from constipation— this is critical–who looks good or feels good when they are constipated?–not us!  Hello, Slimming Raspberry Mint Detox Spritzer!

Raspberries help to fight inflammation (calm your insides and protect against damage, keeping you healthier).  Remember, an unhealthy diet with saturated fats and toxins creates inflammation, so we always recommend trying to reduce inflammation with brightly colored produce, like raspberries and red peppers–just two of our faves!)

Raspberries contain immune boosting phytonutrients and antioxidants (which can help your body fight off and repair the damage caused by inflammation) and are a great source of vitamin C.

The Lime:

The ideal flushing food–packed with potassium and water to restore normal fluid balance and flush out bloating salt that may be causing you to store water and puffiness. Hello Orange-lime Sparkling Flusher!
Let’s face it, when you don’t eat right and you overindulge in junk, you put your body to the test. Lime gives you a shot of vitamin C and acts as an immune-booster to help strengthen your body after all the havoc it’s just been through.

Helps to neutralize free radicals before they can do any further damage and prevents inflammation so that the body can stay “calm”.

 

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Welcome to the spa! This light, fruity and invigorating infusion is packed with vitamin C and phytonutrients to mop up damage, inflammation and destruction caused by free radicals and their toxins. It will enhance your skins’ glow, elasticity and youthfulness as the vitamin C aids in collagen formation. Kick back and relax while you enjoy this spa inspired drink.

Makes 3, eight ounce glasses

Ingredients:
1/4 cup mint, stems removed
1/2 cup cucumber, sliced
1 lime; 1/2 (1.5 Tbsp) squeezed, 1/2 sliced, (to add to drink)
1/2 cup raspberries,
24 ounces water (or seltzer)

Directions:
Add water or seltzer to a large pitcher. Add mint, sliced cucumbers, lime juice, lime slices, and raspberries to pitcher. Chill beverage by mixing in ice and let sit overnight to allow flavors to meld together and strengthen.

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Serves: 3 servings
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup mint, stems removed
  • ½ cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1 lime; ½ (1.5 Tbsp) squeezed, ½ sliced, (to add to drink)
  • ½ cup raspberries,
  • 24 ounces water (or seltzer)
Instructions
  1. Add water or seltzer to a large pitcher. Add mint, sliced cucumbers, lime juice, lime slices, and raspberries to pitcher. Chill beverage by mixing in ice and let sit overnight to allow flavors to meld together and strengthen.
  2. Nutrition Facts Per 8 ounce Serving: Total Calories: 19 Calories
Notes
19 calories per serving if you eat fruit and veggies
Nutrition Information
Serving size: per 8 ounces Calories: 3 calories

Nutrition Facts Per 8 ounce Serving: Total Calories: 19 Calories

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5 Steps To Cleanse Your Body, “Detox” and Recharge

Even as registered dietitians and certified personal trainers, we love a good celebration and having fun as much as anyone, but we’re not gonna lie, we’re a bit relieved that some of the holidays and many of the social gatherings are slowing down a bit so we can all (us included!) get back on track. After all, everyone feels better after losing the extra party LBs, bloat and heaviness that most feel after too much indulgence.

 

And we’ve got just the tips to get your mind and your body immediately on the healthy train! Remember, during this time, the last thing that you want is something high in calories and heavy; it will only dig you further into a hole. Instead bring an abrupt end to the discomfort from overindulging that you’re feeling (feeling bloating and heaviness anyone?) with wholesome, nutrient-packed foods, i.e., your new besties.

 

What you really need are foods that are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants, potassium, water and fiber, but low in calories and sodium. They’ll immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track as they hydrate you and flood your body with nutrients to help to neutralize damaging particles while flushing out bloating culprits, like salt.

 

Before we help you to choose those amazing foods, if you really want to kick start your health, we highly recommend also doing these three things:

 

1. Cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners for a week. The goal is to reset your “sweet” taste buds. By limiting very sweet flavors your taste buds will “reset” themselves as they lower their perception of sweetness. Steer away from sugary drinks, snacks, and treats. Allow fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth—and you’ll be amazed by how well it works! When you go back to sugary foods, you’ll need less sweet flavor to satisfy you. Plus, if you saw our New Year’s Resolution article you know that refined sugars typically add a lot of calories without nutrients, contributing to weight gain—and they also often increase cravings. They seem to weaken the immune system too by reducing your white blood cells’ ability to destroy bacteria.

 

If you really need something sweet, try foods like these that are naturally sweet (no sugar added!):

 

o Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream  (140 Calories)

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o Comfort Food Reinvented Inside Apple Pie (80 Calories)

o Skinny Homemade Strawberry Mint Ice Cream   (40 Calories)

 

2. Cut out alcohol. Although generally, a glass of wine can be healthy, while you are cleansing your body, we suggest avoiding it. Not only does it provide calories without nutrients but during the cleanse you’ll be restoring your liver and asking it to detoxify alcohol gives it an extra burden.
3. And for the love of veggies, don’t go on a starvation diet! Diets that are 1,000 calories (and less) simply backfire. They are not sustainable, don’t provide enough nutrients or protein to keep your lean muscle tissue and they are so restrictive that it’s impossible to keep them up for long. When you return to normal eating, you’ve lost muscle—and lowered your metabolism—and weight gain is inevitable! Ahh!

 

Follow these 5 Steps to Cleanse Your Body:
1. Go for foods that are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They help to neutralize toxins and prevent inflammation and damage caused by overdoing it on less-than-healthy toxin-creating foods and drinks. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods actually help to revitalize cells (think vegetables, [especially brightly colored, but all work—and the more the better! After all they are 80-90% water and provide potassium and fiber], fruits, beans, fish).
Anti-inflammatory/ Phytonutrient-Packed Recipes:

Colorful Detox Salad: Chockfull of vegetables that mop up free radical damage, this low-calorie salad is great for detoxifying and fighting inflammation

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Crispy Cran-Mango Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts are superstars when it comes to fighting damage and inflammation. Cranberries and mangos are phytonutrient powerhouses too.

Veggie Flush Salad: Light and refreshing, beets have nutrients which help detoxify the body by purifying the liver and blood. A powerhouse trio of asparagus, a natural diuretic; fennel, which relieves gastrointestinal ailments to get your tummy feeling flat; and kale, which plays a role in both phases of the liver’s detoxification process, will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time.
• Check out our book The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure for a 10-day Weight Loss Jumpstart and Detox Plan and more than 100 delicious healthy recipes like thisNutrition Twins Veggie Cure

 

2. Include water and potassium-rich foods (and drinks) that are low in sodium. This is a potent combo that restores normal fluid balance and flushes out bloat and puffiness. Why is this combo so magical? Fluids help to flush out your system while potassium helps to counterbalance sodium. (Go for vegetables [all of them, especially green leafy veggies] and fruits).

 

Orange-Lime Sparkling Refresher 5 calorie citrus refresher helps to banish bloat and get you feeling light after indulging in heavy holiday foods.

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Ginger and Carrot Slim-down Smoothie: Potassium rich cantaloupe and apples round out the phytonutrient-rich ginger and carrots to make this an ideal beverage to restore normal fluid balance

Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie:  Packed with potassium and water plus phytonutrients to neutralize toxins, this refreshing smoothie is delish.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Mint “Detox” Drink: Among many great ingredients that help to flush bloat, it’s got mint–we like to think of it 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!

Slimming Raspberry-mint “Detox” Spritzer: Raspberries and lime make this a drink a potassium winner, and at only 8 calories, you can drink it all day long and flush away bloat without the calories adding up!

Lemon Mint “Detox” Drink: Lemon, mint and ginger flood the body with potassium to flush bloat and restore normal hydration status

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Skinny Green Smoothie:  Only 61 Calories, add this to your list

Rise & Shine Weight Loss Smoothie:    Only 156 Calories, kick start your day with this

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3. Focus on foods packed with fiber; they’re naturally low in calories. Fiber prevents constipation, keeping your regular. After your body extracts nutrients from food, fiber (think all vegetables, fruits, and high-quality carbohydrates like oatmeal, quinoa and beans) helps to rinse out the remains– waste and toxins from your colon to give you a flat stomach.

 

Chickpea Burgers: Beans are ideal when it comes to boosting fiber; this flavorful burger makes a great fiber rich lunch or dinner.

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Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili: With quinoa, black beans, kidney beans, peppers, and tomatoes, this meal makes a great fiber-rich lunch or dinner to flush wastes out of the body.

 

Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding: With fiber powerhouses pumpkin puree and chia seeds, this treat packs in a whopping 17 grams of fiber! Plus, the pumpkin and chia are both great for fighting inflammation with their potent phytonutrients
4. Go for the veggies with especially powerful detox capabilities. Fennel, bok choy, beets and kale are rock stars when it comes to detoxification. They are some of the few foods that play a role in both phases of liver detoxification.

 

Here are a few recipes to help you get your fill:
Kale, Quinoa and Edamame Superfood Bowl (featuring kale)

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Chunky Sweet Potato Kale Chili (super easy, featuring kale)
Spiced Ginger Citrus Quinoa: (featuring fennel):

Beets with Feta and Walnuts: (featuring beets)
5. Sweat yourself clean! Skin is the body’s largest organ, and sweating is a great way to help the body with its’ healthy, natural elimination process. Make a goal to sweat daily since this is one way your body eliminates metabolic breakdown products and excess salt.
Hello Slim & Rejuvenated! 😉

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