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Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea

Helloooo yummy flat-belly number! Well, what were you waiting for? That’s exactly what we asked ourselves—what took us so long to create this powerful and delicious number?! After all, we’ve created so many bloat-fighting “detox” drinks (hiya Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush, Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”Lemon Ginger Detox drink and  Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water) that help your body and your mind quickly get on the healthy track while neutralizing toxins, flushing damaging free radicals and puffiness, to boot! How could we have waited so long to include orange, mint and green tea in the same bevvie?

 

After all, citrus is known for being a potent immune-system booster and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory power-house to boost your body back to being its’ best– and we love it so much that we either use lemon or lime to flavor most of our dinners—and  growing up we loved oranges and grapefruits so much that we couldn’t choose one over the other so we’d go half-sies –each twin having half an orange and half a grapefruit, score! 🙂

And the ultimate SCORE? This flat-belly sipster!

Here’s why this is a great way to start your day!

What makes this tea so good for getting a flat-belly?

It flushes bloat–puffiness (from salt) and gut bulges (from constipation)

Do you drink enough water? Most people don’t, but guess what? Get your hands on this, and it tastes so good, you’ll wanna keep sipping—and this is one key to your flat-belly! If you’re not drinking enough water to balance out the salt in your diet, especially if you eat salty snacks, restaurant meals, aren’t eating as well as you’d like, etc., then you feel especially puffy!  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, that’s when all holy heck 😉 breaks lose!– You feel BLOATED & puffy!  ICK!

  • Drinking plenty of water helps keep you hydrated so your body can flush excess sodium and waste, making you feel light and energized. Water also helps  push waste out of your colon (i.e., helps prevent constipation, keeping you regular and flushing out any gut bulges that come with the waste!)- hello flat-tummy!

 

The Green tea:

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

The fluid in tea helps to flush excess water weight, minimizing your middle—offering all the flat-belly perks, including the gut-bulging constipation.

  • 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). It’s just enough caffeine to increase the amount of urine your body releases as it also gives you a slight energy boost.  This tender boost from green tea is invigorating.

The Orange:

it’s chock full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and rid your body of toxins, keeping inflammation at bay.

When your body is bombarded with constant inflammation not only from things like alcohol, refined sugars, and chemicals in processed foods—also from stress, pollution, etc., your body’s inflammatory response works harder 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. Soo…

the moment you get run down, if you’re human 😉 your flat-belly intentions fall by the wayside—you likely don’t eat as well or focus on exercise, either.  Plus, your body can’t operate in tip-top shape when its’ immune system is constantly being challenged. Eating and drinking foods with anti-inflammatory ingredients help fight that constant inflammation so your body can work efficiently to flush toxins and recharge your system.

Plus, oranges are a great source of potassium, which helps to prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels in your body (i.e.–minimize salt-induced bloating so that you can de-puff!).

 

The Mint:

(Fun fact: which twin is guilty of buying four mint plants in three weeks just to support her habit when the leaves couldn’t grow back fast enough to keep up with her use? Answer: Lyssie)

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

 

Get ready to feel some flat-belly love in your tummy! 🙂

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea

Makes 1 serving (8 ounces)

Ingredients

1 bag green tea

8 ounces of water

1/2 small orange or tangerine

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

If you make a large batch garnish with extra orange slices, fresh mint, and store in fridge- that way you can sip on this yumster all day long! Adding ice is perfectly OK, just know that it will dilute the flavor.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 19 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 8 ounces of water
  • ½ small orange or tangerine
  • 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 it steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  2. While tea is steeping, squeeze juice of the half of the small orange into a small dish. Add the mint leaves to orange juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils).
  3. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in orange/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.
  4. If you make a large batch garnish with extra orange slices, fresh mint, and store in fridge- that way you can sip on this yumster all day long! Adding ice is perfectly OK, just know that it will dilute the flavor.
  5. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 19 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounces Calories: 19 calories Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 5 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 1 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 0 g

 

Ginger Mint Turmeric Green Tea Flat-Belly “Detox” & the Turmeric 411

Yaaassss!!!!!!! We needed this! This beauty was born right after a week of holiday parties away from our anti-inflammatory ingredient-packed kitchens and when we were feeling not as great as we like (aka, a bit more puffy and less energetic than the norm) and we were itching to get back on track. If you’ve spent time on our blog, you know that we’ve become quite obsessed with these “detox” drinks, thanks to YOU and our clients who have been loving our antioxidant-packed creations and have been requesting them after seeing how amazing and light they help them to feel.

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

Remember these awesome numbers?

Lemon Ginger Turmeric “Detox” Tea

Vitamin C Infused Detox Water

 Slimming Raspberry Mint Detox Spritzer

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink

 

And these drinks have become so important in the success of our clients that we’ve even included them as an important part in our 21-Day Body RebootTM,  our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds and more (& keep it off!)—while going wild on the weekend!

 

How do these drinks work their magic?

They immediately help to get your mind and body back on the healthy track.  We call them Clean-ToxTM drinks because they work especially well in helping the body in its’ natural detox process as you eat, wholesome, “clean” (aka, unprocessed) food.

 

And while your body does a great job of cleansing and detoxifying itself on its’ own, certain ingredients (like the major inflammation-fighters in this drink, help it in its’ process! And special ingredients in this hot number offer anti-bloat benefits too!

 

This drink is almost too much for Lyssie to take, because as you likely know, besides being a bit overly excited by sardines, she’s also got the hots 😉 for ginger, turmeric and mint—and  combining them in one delicious, bloat-busting green tea bevvie is INSANELY awesome!!  Here’s the low-down and why this drink works wonders!!

 

Note: To get the most from this “detox”, we also recommend following our red, orange and green rule. Simply, include one serving of red, orange or green produce with every meal. Doing so will flood your body with antioxidants and plant nutrients that will begin to denature damaging particles and toxins. Plus, if you fill up on veggies, you’ll be less likely to reach for starchy sides. Pssst… this drink helps you to meet our rule- mint (green) and turmeric (fall under the orange).

 

 

The Ginger:

 

If you ever need any, head over to Lyssie’s kitchen, she uses it daily and she’s got plenty of it on-hand, in case the store runs out! 😉

 

  • As an antioxidant it neutralizes free radicals—it mops them up and drags them out of the body, so they can’t do as much damage to healthy cells.

 

  • It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory. 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!
    • 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! Use it to pacify your insides so they can start calming down, repairing, de-puffing, rebooting and rinsing the bloat.
  • Ginger also fights bloat by helping to ease stomach and intestinal discomfort and it is even used in anti-gas medication.

 

The Turmeric:  When Lyssie found out who’s closely related to turmeric, it made sense why she loves it so much. Here’s looking at you ginger! 🙂

 

If you’ve been wanting to give this a try, here’s your chance!  If you’ve been a little gun-shy to try turmeric, our 5-Minute Turmeric Golden Milk is the perfect gateway since it’s an easy way to ease into it by enjoying this warm, comforting drink before bed.

 

  • Turmeric, the bright yellow spice (you’ve likely tried it in curries, mustards and golden milk lattes) has gained quite a reputation as a superfood and for being one of the most potent healers.

 

  • Its’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties protect cells from harmful free radicals.

If you’ve overdone with not-so-healthy foods, this is one way to help nurse your body back to health!

 

  • Helps fight cancer and Alzheimer’s disease—this disease has been cruel to our family L so it’s another reason we load up on it.

 

 

The Mint:

Mint eases digestion and helps settles the stomach. Less havoc in the belly allows it to calm, helping to prevent bloat. We add mint to everything! Hello Lemon Mint Detox Drink !

 

  • Mint’s antioxidant rosmarinic acid, has anti-inflammatory properties to ease damage inside your body!

 

 

The Black pepper:

 

So great!– this hot and pungent spice contains piperine, which enhances the absorption and the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric (see below!). And black pepper helps to ease digestion—calmer insides = less belly bloat.

 

The green tea:

Hello Green tea, see ya later toxins!  Green tea, (and all veggies and fruits) contain powerful phytonutrients to stave off damage from invading particles.

 

Ginger Mint Turmeric Green Tea Flat-Belly “Detox”

You can reserve the “tea” in the strainer for several uses.  Feel free to add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cayenne for an additional boost.  The spicy black pepper kick adds an additional benefit and plays an important role in this “detox” drink because it helps boost turmeric’s absorption from the digestive system into the bloodstream—otherwise turmeric is hard to absorb, making it difficult to reap the benefits.

Start with this simple combo for 1 serving:

Ingredients:

8 ounces water

1 green tea bag

1 tbsp. grated ginger

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

1 tbsp fresh mint leaves, plus extra for garnish

Juice from fresh lemon, optional

Dash of black pepper

 

Note: if you prefer sweeter drinks, add a drop of liquid organic stevia.

Directions:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Meanwhile, place grated ginger and mint leaves in tea strainer**
  3. Place turmeric in mug and pour boiling water in. Stir quickly for several seconds until lumps are dissolved.
  4. Place tea bag in the mug with the turmeric.
  5. Place the strainer with the grated ginger and mint inside the mug with the green tea and turmeric. Pour boiling water in and let steep for several minutes.
  6. Remove strainer and reserve for second cup of tea. Add remaining mint leaves in the tea cup and gently muddle against the side of the cup, remove leaves with spoon, if desired. Squeeze several squirts of lemon (optional) in mug and enjoy! Note: You can reserve the tea in the strainer for several uses.

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

**If you don’t have a tea strainer, you can place the grated ginger and mint leaves in the cup loosely with the tea bag in step 4 and strain before drinking.

Nutrition Facts per 8 ounce serving:  3 Calories

Ginger Mint Turmeric Green Tea Flat-Belly “Detox” & the Turmeric 411
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric (*alternatively 1 tbsp. grated turmeric)
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • Juice from fresh lemon, optional
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Note: if you prefer sweeter drinks, add a drop of liquid organic stevia.
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Boil water.
  3. Meanwhile, place grated ginger and mint leaves in tea strainer**
  4. Place turmeric in mug and pour boiling water in. Stir quickly for several seconds until lumps are dissolved.
  5. Place tea bag in the mug with the turmeric.
  6. Place the strainer with the grated ginger and mint inside the mug with the green tea and turmeric. Pour boiling water in and let steep for several minutes.
  7. Remove strainer and reserve for second cup of tea. Add remaining mint leaves in the tea cup and gently muddle against the side of the cup, remove leaves with spoon, if desired. Squeeze several squirts of lemon (optional) in mug and enjoy! Note: You can reserve the tea in the strainer for several uses.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 3

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

It flushes bloat

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

It reduces inflammation

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

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

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

It crushes sweet cravings

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

It keeps your skin healthy

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

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

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

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

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

Grapefruit Ginger Mint Concentrate

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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.

0004_NutritionTwins-cucumber-melon-cantaloupe-lime-mint-serrano-pepper-salad-summer_logoCrunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

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
 
Author:
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

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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