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Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Yield: 1 latte (8 oz)

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

5-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

Yesterday, it happened…

While as identical twin sisters we pride ourselves in both being veggie-loving, registered dietitians and personal trainers who have an identical love for chocolate (plus a thang for sweets 😉 that we work hard to keep from getting the best of us—and from you), we also pride ourselves in having the identical prepared healthy kitchens for when our pesky sweet tooth rears its’ head.

And yesterday, a dreary Saturday, it happened—both of us felt like the sweet cravings were a bit more intense than usual –and our kitchens did not disappoint! Oh yeah! 🙂

 

Ever in the mood for an ooey-gooey cookie you don’t have to slave over the stove for?

 

Um, hello? Who isn’t?! ;)…

 

We recommend our clients keep a few healthy, necessary sugar-tooth busting pantry staples on-hand that can be used for many recipesA’hem, you better believe that yours & yours 😉 truly also keeps these in our house to satisfy our sweet tooth while keeping our waistline intact.

A few staple that we recommend are:

an over-ripe banana

peanut butter

whole oats (rolled is OK)

(We also suggest chocolate chips—hidden away if you can’t control yourself around them, but a few here and there go a long way if you can!).

 

You may remember these loves using our staples-

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Frozen Banana Chocolasicles

Frozen Banana Chocolate Bites

 

 

Why Peanut butter?  As a pantry staple—other than it’s freakin’ delicious 🙂 , it’s got a creamy, hearty texture that helps to add to any faux high calorie dessert’s success.

From a nutrition standpoint—peanut butter’s got healthy fats (for the ‘ole ticker), lots of antioxidants (to protect your skin and your cells from damage from everyday living—i.e., pollution, stress, etc.), and a good dose of potassium for fighting high blood pressure—and for fighting bloat!  Add that PB (as we call it in our land of the PB- obsessed) has protein, is rich in fiber and has heart-healthy plant phytosterols.

The one caveat—peanut butter does add up quickly in calories, so a teaspoon or two will do ya! 😉  One level tablespoon clocks in at nearly 100 calories, so do not eat it straight from the jar and do measure portions of our <3 to keep it real and to be honest with yourself about how much you’re getting.

 

As kids, if we heard the word “peanut butter” everyone knew you could count us in.  And nowadays, our favorite indulgence is chocolate–and anything chocolate (hello Skinny Oreo Balls! 😉) .  As you can probably imagine, simply marry our two loves and we’re in pure heaven.  🙂  Of course, we like to combine peanut butter and chocolate in healthy, lower calorie indulgences that keep our waistlines in tact.   And we gotta admit, when we made this and added some oats, and overripe banana and a splash of almond milk, we were a bit beside ourselves with happiness.  Healthy, ooey, gooey goodness that we mixed, mashed and microwaved!  We hope you love these as much as we do.

 

Why a banana?

What better way to get sweet flavor but without any adding processed sugar?  The OVERRIPE banana is key here.  So sweet and delicious, yet no added sugar!  Plus, you’ll get loads of health-promoting nutrients and bloat-busting potassium and some fiber!  Bust your sweet tooth craving and beat bloat?  Someone just landed in flat-belly heaven! 😉

 

 

 

One of the things we love about these cookies is how truly easy they are to whip up!  If you liked our Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies,  Skinny Speedy Walnut Oatmeal Cookies,  Wild Blueberry Cookies and how quick and easy they are to make, then you’ll love the

 

Other than the fact this cookie has no added sugar and tastes insanely delish and perfectly sweet, it’s packed with wholesome goodness.  As you now know,  protein, nutrients and fiber are just the appetizer.

An added bonus? Unlike most sugary desserts which leave you with an energy crash when the sugar leaves, this cookies’ high quality carbohydrates from the banana and oats will give you an energy boost, while its’ fiber (from oats and peanut butter) and protein from the peanut butter will keep you from grabbing the nearest peanut butter cup before your next meal!

 

It’s time to Mash, Mix & Microwave!!!  YAHOO!!  (PS—you can bake these if you want!)

 

 

 

 

5-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Other than the fact this cookie has no added sugar and tastes insanely delish and perfectly sweet, it’s packed with wholesome goodness. You’ve got protein, nutrients and fiber.
Serves: 4 small cookies or 1 large cookie

Ingredients:

1 very ripe banana, mashed
1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 Tbsp. rolled oats
1 Tbsp. peanut butter

1-1/2 tablespoons chocolate chips

 

Directions:
1. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
2. In a medium sized bowl, combine banana, almond milk, and peanut butter, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. If using microwave: For one large cookie, simply spread mixture in bowl and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes. If you are making four cookies you can spray a plate, 4 small bowls or 4 ramekins. (The ramekins are nice to keep the cookies contained and perfectly round.)
4. Scoop out about 2-1/2 tablespoons each, and flatten on the plate or in ramekin. Repeat for each ramekin.

5. Place the four ramekins or the one plate in microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Depending on the strength of your microwave cooking time may vary. Simply use a toothpick or a fork and poke cookie the whole way through. *If wetness comes off on fork or toothpick, continue to put back in microwave in 30 second increments until cooked.

If making one big cookie, may want to place plate in fridge or freezer to help “congeal” for a minute after cooking.

*If using oven: Place 2-1/2 Tbsp of mixture on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven when cooked completely through.

 

Makes 4 Cookies.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 Cookie): 89 Calories, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fat, 2 g protein, 25 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

 

5-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie! Only 89 Calories --and you can make 'em in 5 Minutes with 5 ingredients you already have at home. Healthy, you'd never know they don't even have sugar 😉
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine banana, almond milk, and peanut butter, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. If using microwave: For one large cookie, simply spread mixture in bowl and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes. If you are making four cookies you can spray a plate, 4 small bowls or 4 ramekins. (The ramekins are nice to keep the cookies contained and perfectly round.)
  5. Scoop out about 2-1/2 tablespoons each, and flatten on the plate or in ramekin. Repeat for each ramekin.
  6. Place the four ramekins or the one plate in microwave on high for 4 minutes. Depending on the strength of your microwave cooking time may vary. Simply use a toothpick or a fork and poke cookie the whole way through. *If wetness comes off on fork or toothpick, continue to put back in microwave in 30 second increments until cooked.
Notes
IIf making one big cookie, may want to place plate in fridge or freezer to help “congeal” for a minute after cooking.

*If using oven: Place 2-1/2 Tbsp of mixture on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven when cooked completely through.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 cookies Calories: 89 Calories Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 14 g Sodium: 25 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 2 g

 

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie

We made our first smoothie in junior high school.  We were with our best friend, making different food concoctions as we often did, and we ended up blending strawberries and milk together (there may have been some M&Ms in there too, but it would have been good without them too! 🙂 ) and loved the taste and knew that our concoction wouldn’t be the last.

Now, as registered dietitians, we make smoothies on the reg. Tammy makes them for her daughters for breakfasts nearly every day, Lyssie makes her boyfriend one nearly daily as well, and one of our clients’ most popular requests is for recipes for weight loss smoothies, so we’re always whipping up new smoothie recipes.

What’s our secret to creating a weight loss smoothie that actually helps to promote weight loss?

We make it super satisfying (so you’re not hungry soon after and so that there’s no need to troll the streets for the nearest vending machine ;)) while also not breaking the calorie bank. We also make sure that it provides long lasting energy so you brain isn’t craving a quick-pick-me-up that sends you on the hunt for sugar. And we add healthy ingredients that are beneficial for weight loss, so we always are creating new combinations that taste great. And of course, being nutritionists, we put a huge emphasis on packing in extra nutrients so you get more nutritionals bang for your bite (well, sip!), so we’re sure to pack in vitamins, minerals and extra antioxidants from fruits and veggies.

In this smoothie, we’ve got 3 special loves 😉 :

Pistachios:

They contain the trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats that can help keep you feeling fuller longer.  Pistachios are among the snack nuts highest in protein, but lowest in calories and fat.  We used the Wonderful No Shells Pistachios in this smoothie since they made it super easy to add!  Plus, the green and purple hues from pistachios signify that the pistachios are packed with antioxidants.

Ginger:

As you know, we’re ginger-obsessed, and Lyssie finds a way to work it into most of her meals. 😉 It adds a zesty kick to keep your taste buds satisfied so that they’re not craving more excitement. Ginger soothes the stomach and intestinal tract and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties to protect your body from free radicals and helps to keep your body in better working order. A calm intestinal tract= less bloat and a flatter tummy!

Spinach:

Greens, specifically, are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health–and to aid in weight loss because they’re super low in calories but packed with fiber to fill you up and with nutrients. Spinach is one the mildest of the greens and is like a barely detectable (like a chameleon!) in a smoothie, so it’s the perfect addition to a weight loss smoothie. (In this smoothie, we started with 1 packed cup of spinach, which is similar to two fistfuls)

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie

This weight loss smoothie will crush your sweet tooth with only 309 calories and keep you feeling satisfied thanks to the protein and fiber. Naturally sweet fruit, creamy Greek yogurt and zesty, inflammation-fighting ginger keep your taste buds excited, while the anti-oxidant-packed pistachios are the secret ingredient since they contain the satisfying trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats so you feel full and don’t end up overeating at the vending machine soon after.

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

• ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup pomegranate juice

• ½ cup green grapes
• ½ cup pineapple pieces
• 1 cup packed spinach
• 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
• 1/8 cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted (roughly 25 kernels)

• 4 ice cubes

Directions
In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 309 Calories, 10 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 39 g carbohyrdate, 5 g fiber, 23 g protein

 

Photo Credit: The Wonderful Company

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • • ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • • ½ cup pomegranate juice • ½ cup green grapes
  • • ½ cup pineapple pieces
  • • 1 cup packed spinach
  • • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • • ¼ cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted
  • • 4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

We have a long love affair with orange creamsicles that dates back to elementary school. While our cook-everything-from-scratch, granola baking hippie (minus the drugs) mom, who had the best intentions to keep us healthy, gave us her low-sugar, home-cooked dessert every night, she did give us money to buy ice cream at school every Friday for a special indulgence. We’d look forward to it all week long, and we’d dream of the Orange Creamsicle we’d often choose (the Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar took a close second! 🙂 ). Now, as registered dietitians with a sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, we still love the flavor of orange creamsicles, and this healthy rendition of an orange creamsicle is inspired by our childhood Friday ice cream special!

 

Psst… looking for more healthy recipes? Please feel free to search this site. And here are a few to try…

Coco Chia Granola Balls

Strawberry and Citrus Salad with Avocado 

 

 

Every feel rushed in the morning?! We hear ya! These are for you! And because…

 

we can’t all be morning people, and for those of you who aren’t – these Orange Creamsicle overnight oats will be your wake-up call! Not only can they be fully prepared the night before, but they also provide the nutrients you need to get your day started on the right foot, no matter what side of the bed you got off of.

 

We call this our Shake, Rattle and Roll breakfast! Simply put all the ingredients in a jar, shake them, rattle ’em if you please 😉 and refrigerate! Roll out the door with them in the morning!

 

Healthy Bonuses:

The oats are rich in energy-revving whole grain carbohydrates to keep you fueled. Plus, their soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and fight heart disease.

 

 

 

Packed with oranges which are a great source of vitamin C, this breakfast will help to bolster your immune system, and as an added bonus it helps with the formation of collagen – so you can look forward to healthy and younger-looking skin! And oats combined with oranges are the perfect match, since the iron in the oats is more easily absorbed with the help of vitamin C!

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

Preparation Tip: When preparing this delicious breakfast make sure to use a container/jar that allows room for the ingredients to be shaken – a mason jar works perfectly! And for added flavor and nutrients feel free to toss in a few more of your favorite fruits. Blueberries, raspberries or strawberries are the perfect addition!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 orange, peeled and sectioned

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground flax

1/4 cup nonfat milk

 

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with life. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!

Nutrition facts per serving:

315 calories, 5 grams fat, 0 grams Saturated fat, 47 grams Carbohydrates, 69 grams Sodium, 8 grams Fiber, 22 grams Protein

 

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 orange, peeled and sectioned
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • ¼ cup nonfat milk
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with lid. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 315 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 47g Sodium: 69g Fiber: 8g Protein: 22g

 

 

Super Berry Weight Loss Smoothie

If we had a dime for every time we heard… (oh my gosh, clearly, we’re turning into our parents who loved this cliché—a bit unsettling!) But honestly, do you know how many times we’ve heard someone say that there just aren’t good ways to get satisfying amounts of protein in smoothies unless you can tolerate dairy?

 

Here are a few of our smoothies, in case you’re lookin’

Apple Flax & Pomegranate “Detox” Smoothie

Green Grape & Matcha “Detox” Smoothie

Blueberry Lemon Morning “Detox” Smoothie

Truly, we get it, when you’re looking for at least 15-20 grams of protein in a meal to help you to stay satisfied so you don’t end up looking for something else to eat a few hours later, Greek yogurt is a great way to help you to achieve that protein. But if you’re looking for a dairy-free or vegan option, it can be a bit more challenging.

(Psst… while they do make lactose-free whey protein powders, some of our more sensitive lactose intolerant clients have noticed that even these affect their stomachs.)

Over the years we’ve felt the pain our lactose intolerant, vegan and dairy-free clients when they want to enjoy a smoothie that would actually promote a healthy weight loss, rather than promoting weight gain…

That’s why we’ve been so thrilled to see pea protein burst into the market and become mainstream! It’s one of the easiest, healthiest and one of the best ways to get protein into your weight loss smoothie—whether you’re lactose intolerant or not!

We love that you don’t have to worry about it spoiling—and it can help you to make a smoothie into a healthy protein-packed meal!

Here’s why pea protein rocks—and why it’s so great in your weight loss smoothie!

It contains both fiber & protein: If you’ve spent any time on our blog, you know that the magical combination for weight loss is a meal that contains both protein and fiber, to keep you satisfied, your energy on an even keel and keep your blood sugar level stable.

o Power to Pulses! Not many foods contain both protein and fiber, and peas, like all pulses (the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods you know as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas) contain this weight loss friendly combo!

• Pssst….fun fact: In 2016 Pulses were named International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations.

• Research show that pulses (like pea protein), aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted. Check out this 2016 study1, that found that it was just 3/4 cup of pulses per day that worked!

Super Berry Protein Smoothie

The combination of the antioxidant-rich strawberries and blackberries pack a fiber-punch while making this smoothie delightfully sweet and refreshing.  The unexpected superstar weight loss ingredient is the protein-packed pea protein, as like all pulses, can aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted and it was also found to be more effective than whey protein at fighting against hunger

Servings: 1 serving = 16 ounces

Ingredients
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1/2 frozen banana
• 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
• 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
• 1 scoop (27 grams) pea protein (We used Garden of Life’s Organic Raw Protein & Greens)

Directions
1. Blend Ingredients

Nutrition facts per 16 ounce smoothie: 256 Calories, 35 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 23 g protein, 0 g saturated fat, 10 g fiber

As you happily sip this Pea Protein Weight Loss smoothie, sip on this…
o A study published in Nutrition Journal found that pea protein was more effective at starving off hunger than whey protein; improved satiety can potentially lead to weight loss. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3295702/

1 Kim SJ, de Souza RJ, Choo VL et al. Effects of dietary pulse consumption on body weight: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27030531 

Photo courtesy of pulses.org 

Super Berry Weight Loss Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • • 1 cup almond milk
  • • ½ frozen banana
  • • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • • ½ cup frozen blackberries
  • • 1 tbsp pea protein
Instructions
  1. Blend Ingredients

Watermelon Cucumber ACV “Detox” Infusion

We’re so excited about this one! 🙂

 

As registered dietitian nutritionists, we didn’t need the new study out in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics that showed that people who increased their water by one, two or three cups a day ate up to 205 calories fewer daily and ingested 200 fewer milligrams of sodium daily, to tell us that water helps you get lean and bloat free. And since you’ve been writing us and asking us to share more “detox” drinks, you may have even witnessed first-hand what drinking more water (especially when it tastes great and just happens to have some added bonuses!) does for your energy level and your quest to lose fat too, if that’s your goal.

 

Our clients who drink these beverages do seem to have some of the best results, which inspires us to keep creating more! They’ve become so important in the success of our clients that we’ve even included them as an important part in our 21-Day Body RebootTM,  our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend You may remember some of our other faves!

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”

Lemon Ginger Detox drink

Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water  And now we’ve got this dreamy number!

One of the best things about these bloat flushing numbers is that when you drink them, they immediately get your mind back on the healthy track as you know you’re doing something good for your body. Plus, they flood your body with nutrients that help to mop up damage from pollution, stress, environmental toxins and from foods that increase inflammation in the body.

 

Lessening all of this damage makes your body more resilient and calmer on the inside to help your body repair and rejuvenate—both on the inside and outside. And although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, like this one, assist it in its process.

 

These drinks help to prevent you from feeling hungry and overdoing it on unhealthy foods as it fills your stomach.  Plus, this drink floods your body with  anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and ingredients that help the body in its natural detoxification process.  This is especially important when it comes to weight loss as these special nutrients are essential for flushing the toxins that are released from your fat cells as a normal part of fat breakdown. If you overindulge, these same nutrients are key to get rid of those toxins!

 

 

For you science nerds like us, who like to know why everything is happening in your body, read below to see why this yummy drink works it’s magic:

 

The water: To fight bloat, water flushes waste from of our system and keeps our 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 Watermelon:

Goodbye bloat! Along with the water in this drink itself, watermelon supplies a hefty dose of water–92%– while also providing ample potassium; the two help to flush bloating sodium and restore normal hydration status so you can kiss puffy hands and feet and a bloated belly goodbye!

 

  • Contains lycopene

Watermelons’ red color comes from the phytonutrient lycopene which not only fights cancer, but it acts a natural sunblock, to help keep your skin young and healthy.  Lycopene also has potent anti-inflammatory properties to calm damage inside your body and fight disease (it’s chronic inflammation that’s associated with heart disease, diabetes and cancer!).

 

Lemons

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.). 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! ;)A fantastic source of vitamin C, lemons not only keep your immune system strong, but vitamin C plays a role in collagen production, so it helps to keep your skin soft and supple.  Plus, if you drink this with a food that contains iron, like chicken, fish, spinach or beans, the vitamin C helps you to better absorb the iron!

 

Cucumber

Cucumbers are packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are especially helpful if you have had too much salt the night before and woke up feeling swollen. Cucumbers are high in both water and potassium, which work their magic because they flush bloat by restoring normal fluid balance; you can kiss puffiness goodbye.

Watermelon Cucumber ACV “Detox” Infusion

 

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, as well as any melons or berries (which 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 fruit an infuser water bottle, now is an ideal time to whip it out! 😉

 

Makes 8 cups (If you’re looking to make a smaller serving and to replenish the water several times, see the recipe below that makes 1 cup serving)

Ingredients

 

8 cups water (64oz)

1 cup watermelon, cubed and seeds removed

1 medium cucumber, cut into rounds

1 lemon, sliced (remove rinds for overnight infusion)

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a glass pitcher and let sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. If leaving overnight, remember to remove lemon rinds to avoid bitter taste. When ready to drink, remove watermelon cubes, leave the lemon and cucumber slices.

 

Want to prepare a smaller portion and refill with water? Use this recipe.  Remember, the fruit will get less flavorful after each refill and you’ll want to add a dash of the apple cider vinegar that you’ll drink out each round.

 

Ingredients

 

1 cup water (8oz)

4 cubes watermelon

2 slices cucumber

2 slices lemon

1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar

Ice to chill

 

 

Directions

Combine water, ice, cucumber slices, lemon slices and apple cider vinegar. In a separate dish, mash the watermelon cubes with a fork to release the juice. Pour juice in to water. No waiting, you can drink right away.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 serving = 8 ounces):  13 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g protein, 4 g carbohydrate, 6 mg sodium, 0 g fiber

Watermelon Cucumber ACV “Detox” Infusion
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Makes 8 cups (If you’re looking to make a smaller serving and to replenish the water several times, see the recipe below that makes 1 cup serving)
  • Ingredients
  • 8 cups water (64oz)
  • 1 cup watermelon, cubed and seeds removed
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut into rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced (remove rinds for overnight infusion)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • _____________________________________________________________
  • Want to prepare a smaller portion and refill with water? Use this recipe. Remember, the fruit will get less flavorful after each refill and you’ll want to add a dash of the apple cider vinegar that you’ll drink out each round.
  • 1 cup water (8oz)
  • 4 cubes watermelon
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 2 slices lemon
  • ¼ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Ice to chill
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass pitcher and let sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. If leaving overnight, remember to remove lemon rinds to avoid bitter taste. When ready to drink, remove watermelon cubes, leave the lemon and cucumber slices.
  2. Want to prepare a smaller portion and refill with water? Use the second recipe above. Remember, the fruit will get less flavorful after each refill and you’ll want to add a dash of the apple cider vinegar that you’ll drink out each round.
  3. Directions
  4. Combine water, ice, cucumber slices, lemon slices and apple cider vinegar. In a separate dish, mash the watermelon cubes with a fork to release the juice. Pour juice in to water. No waiting, you can drink right away.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1, 8 ounce glass Calories: 13 Fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 4 g Sodium: 6 mg Fiber: 0 g Protein: 0 g