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Citrus & Avocado Salad

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

 

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

Crunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloup

Watermelon Mint Detox Salad

Veggie Bean Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette 

Spinach Berry Balsamic Glazed Chicken Salad with Raspberry Chia Vinaigrette

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

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

Salad

3  citrus fruit*

1/2 avocado

2 cups of lettuce, chopped**

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

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

Dressing

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice*

1 1/2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

1 large garlic clove, finely minced or grated

a pinch of both salt & pepper

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

Directions

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

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

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

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

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
 
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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

Crunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

0006_NutritionTwins-cucumber-melon-cantaloupe-lime-mint-serrano-pepper-salad-summer_logoAs you may know by now, although we grew up in a healthy household surrounded by fresh produce, the truth is we didn’t always have all kinds of produce throughout the year at our fingertips, as you’d likely expect.  In fact, there were only a few weeks during the year when we’d have some of our favorite fruits and veggies.  Yup, our mom was ahead of her time—buying local and “in season” before it was cool and trendy.  You could tell what season it was by opening our fridge. This meant that most of the year, we didn’t have some of our favorite fruits—like melons!  We’d wait all year for our favorite season—summer, which just happens to be when some of our favorite fruits are in season. As hard as it is to believe, some of our favorite recipes that we make today, we would have only had a few months of the year.  Recipes like our:

Watermelon Frosty,

Watermelon Snow Cone

Watermelon & Mint Detox Salad

Strawberry Milkshake

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And we can’t help but smile with our latest creation.  It’s the summer dish that we would have waited all year for—and we’re feeling a bit spoiled thinking that we may just keep eating it this one, even when it’s a bit out of season. 😉  When it’s too hot to turn on the stove and you’re looking for a thirst quenching, refreshing side dish (with an optional kick!), this salad with hydrating fruits and veggies and cooling culinary herbs is about to be your new bestie!

Added bonus: Phytonutrients found in cucumbers (cucurbitacins, lignans and flavonoids) may provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. Cucumbers have a high water content and are a great source of fiber to help prevent constipation and the unsightly gut bulges that come with it.

Fun fact: Cucumbers are technically fruits!

Cantaloupes are a great skin beautifier thanks to being high in vitamin C (necessary for the formation of collagen, which keeps the skin pliable and elastic) and vitamin A helps to promote healthy cells and skin. Also since it’s gota high water content, 90 percent, it helps to hydrate the skin, making it appear moist and supple!

Fun tip: To find a great tasting cantaloupe, do a sniff test, if the melon smells delicious it’s sure to be tasty.

We visited the farmers market over the weekend and came across a variety of cucumbers (common salad/garden cucumber, white cucumber, lemon cucumber and Armenian cucumber) and decided why not try them all! You can certainly use just one type of cucumber and it can be any type.

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Just a word of warning, once you start you may not be able to eat just one serving!

You can also make a larger portion, by doubling the recipe, to eat the next day. The lime juice helps preserve the freshness overnight.

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Makes 4, 1 Cup Servings

Serve this easy to make, juicy summer salad with a Mediterranean dish, falafel, grilled fish, fish tacos, grilled chicken or another lean protein.

 

Ingredients

2 cups cantaloupe, diced* (about ¼ medium cantaloupe seeded)

2 cups cucumber, diced* (roughly 2 medium cucumbers), peeled (optional).

1 tsp serrano pepper, (about ¼ small sized pepper) seeded and minced (optional)

1 – 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice,

4-5 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade

Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Combine cantaloupe and cucumber in large bowl.
  1. Pour 1 Tbsp of lime juice over the melon/cucumber mix. Stir to coat the produce in the juice.
  1. Add a pinch of salt to taste to contrast to the sweetness.
  1. Add ½ tsp of the minced serrano pepper, andmix throughout. It can have quite a kick so add more to your liking. This can be omitted if you’re simply looking for a cool and thirst quenching salad without a kick.
  1. Top with slivers of fresh mint leaves.

* Diced pieces can be any size, we liked a small dice in order to get a variety of flavors in one bite!

**A note about the serrano pepper. The oils will linger on your hands, even after washing them. Be aware to not touch near your eyes especially after cutting. You may have to wash your hands a few times before it begins to fade. (I only noticed because I stuck my finger near my mouth while taking a bite of left over cantaloupe and my mouth started tingling! Long after I had finished cutting and washed my hands!)

 

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 47 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 87 mg Sodium, 12 g Carbohydrate, 1 g Fiber, 9 g Sugar, 1 g Protein  

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Crunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cantaloupe, diced* (about ¼ medium cantaloupe seeded)
  • 2 cups cucumber, diced* (roughly 2 medium cucumbers), peeled (optional).
  • 1 tsp serrano pepper, (about ¼ small sized pepper) seeded and minced (optional)
  • 1 – 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice,
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine cantaloupe and cucumber in large bowl.
  2. Pour 1 Tbsp of lime juice over the melon/cucumber mix. Stir to coat the produce in the juice.
  3. Add a pinch of salt to taste to contrast to the sweetness.
  4. Add ½ tsp of the minced serrano pepper, andmix throughout. It can have quite a kick so add more to your liking. This can be omitted if you’re simply looking for a cool and thirst quenching salad without a kick.
  5. Top with slivers of fresh mint leaves.
Notes
*Diced pieces can be any size, we liked a small dice in order to get a variety of flavors in one bite! **A note about the serrano pepper. The oils will linger on your hands, even after washing them. Be aware to not touch near your eyes especially after cutting. You may have to wash your hands a few times before it begins to fade. (I only noticed because I stuck my finger near my mouth while taking a bite of left over cantaloupe and my mouth started tingling! Long after I had finished cutting and washed my hands!)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 47 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sugar: 9 g Sodium: 87 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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

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

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

 

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
 
Author:
Serves: 6, 1 cup servings
Ingredients
  • gredients
  • 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