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Lemon Ginger Turmeric “Detox” Tea

 

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

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

If you’ve tried them, you know it’s no secret that these bevvies help to prevent hunger and overeating, squash cravings, beat the bloat and flood the body with nutrients that  help combat the damage caused by a poor diet, alcohol, daily stress and from everyday living.  They’ve become so important in the success of our clients that we’ve even included them as an important part in our 21-Day Body RebootTM,  our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend!

They immediately help to get your mind and body back on the healthy track.  We call them Clean-ToxTM drinks because they work especially well in helping the body in its’ natural detox process as you eat, wholesome, “clean” (aka, unprocessed) food. And although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, like this one, can be monumental when it comes to assisting in its process.

 

Why are we obsessed with this flat-belly number?

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Lemon Ginger Turmeric “Detox” Tea

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

Start with this simple combo for 1 serving:

Ingredients:

8 ounces water

1 tbsp. grated ginger

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

Juice from fresh lemon

Directions:

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

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

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

Nutrition Facts per 8 ounce serving:  2 Calories

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

Roasted Tarragon Garlic Sweet Potato “Fries”

You probably know that we’re veggie loving twin sisters, registered dietitians and personal trainers who happen to a killer sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, so it’s pretty much a given that if it’s sweet, creamy comfort food—and it’s healthy, to boot, we’ll be all over it!  J  And if you read our latest book The Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure  you know that some of our favorite childhood memories include our family meal times centered around our Mom’s home cooking. Pssst…you may remember these meals were inspired by our mom’s weeknight dinners–

Lentil Vegetable Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Mac ‘n Cheese

Skinny Mash

Skinny Mac and Cheese

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

Sitting down to Mom’s food always made us happy– it was soothing and lifted our spirits if we were ever upset and we each have memories of sitting at the table and enjoying one of our favorite comfort foods: sweet potatoes.
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Great news if you think you can’t eat carbs:

Anti-carb? Not these registered dietitian nutritionists! Whew!  We’re all for quality, high fiber, wholesome carbs in moderate portions at your meals (about half a cup) for health and for weight loss!  The moment our clients hear that they can eat a sweet potato, they light up.  The carbohydrates in sweet potatoes come with fiber, loads of phytonutrients and in a virtually fat free package (as long as you avoid those high-calorie toppings!).

Eating sweet potatoes doesn’t cause your energy to come crashing down as many other carbohydrates do.  The fiber in the potato causes the glucose from the carbohydrates to enter your blood stream at a slower and more gradual rate, helping keep your energy level stable and aiding in the prevention of mood swings and cravings that come with energy highs and lows.  The fiber also allows for a longer, more sustained serotonin (i.e. happy) surge.  One small sweet potato contains nearly 4 grams of fiber, and the fiber in sweet potatoes keeps you regular, light and happy. Thank you fiber!

We’re so excited about these “fries”—if you’re a “lov-ah” of fries, these are a waistline-friendly, healthy version– so enjoy these! Simply sub a serving of these for the other carbs at your meal.

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Some more health bonuses in these bites? You bet!

 

Sweet potato:  You may see these called yams at the store, and if so, it’s likely a sweet potato as that’s what they typically sell at most markets in the US. Sweet potatoes with ‘gold’ or ‘red’ in their names typically have orange colored flesh.

 

Your face won’t be the only part of you smiling when you eat these pups!  Sweet potatoes:

  • contain two very potent antioxidants– carotenoids (including beta carotene) and sporamins which fight everything from the negative health consequences that come with aging to almost all types of disease.
  •  fight inflammation. Eat a sweet potato and research shows that inflammation in the body immediately decreases, especially in the brain and nerve tissues throughout the body.
  •   offer great promise when it comes to Type 2 Diabetes.

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Other super stars in this recipe:

Tarragon (Mexican Tarragon) has a somewhat licorice-like flavor (should’ve known Lyssie’d be a fan with her fennel love—that is often described as tasting like licorice!) and has a light flavor compared to French Tarragon, either can be used.

  • Great source of poly-phenolic compounds—plant nutrients that help to fight inflammation and that help to achieve optimal health
  • help lower blood sugar

 

Garlic. You’ve  probably heard that this great-smelling (when you’re cooking it!) show-stopper is beneficial for the cardiovascular system.  So it keeps your ticker healthy and your blood pressure, too.  And it helps to calm your body internally as its got powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

 

You’ll flip for these “fries”!

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Roasted Tarragon Garlic Sweet Potato “Fries”

 You can make these pups into fries or if you prefer them as a side dish you can make ‘em into nips (aka cubes, see directions below).  Serve with lean protein like grilled chicken breast, with other roasted non-starchy veggies (or with steamed ones, or veggies in a salad if you prefer.)

 

Serves 2

Ingredients

 

1 large sweet potato

1 ¾ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon minced garlic

Pinch dried tarragon

Sea salt to taste, optional

Sprig of fresh tarragon, leaves for garnish (optional)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place parchment paper on baking sheet.
  1. Combine olive oil, garlic and tarragon. Set aside while preparing sweet potato.
  1. Cut sweet potato into French fry shaped spears, about 3 inches long by ¼ inch wide or evenly sized cubes—we call these golden nuggets, nips (if serving as a side dish).
  1. Toss cut sweet potato with olive oil, garlic and tarragon mixture.
  1. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes, turning potatoes, at 10 minute intervals to prevent burning. Roast until golden brown on all sides.
  1. Remove from oven, sprinkle with dash of salt, if using and fresh tarragon leaves (optional).

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Nutrition Facts Per 2 Serving: 92 Calories, 4 g Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 36 mg Sodium, 13 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 3 g Sugar, 1 g Protein

Roasted Tarragon Garlic Sweet Potato “Fries”
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic
  • Pinch dried tarragon
  • Sea salt to taste, optional
  • Sprig of fresh tarragon, leaves for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place parchment paper on baking sheet.
  2. Combine olive oil, garlic and tarragon. Set aside while preparing sweet potato.
  3. Cut sweet potato into French fry shaped spears, about 3 inches long by ¼ inch wide or evenly sized cubes—we call these golden nuggets, nips (if serving as a side dish).
  4. Toss cut sweet potato with olive oil, garlic and tarragon mixture.
  5. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes, turning potatoes, at 10 minute intervals to prevent burning. Roast until golden brown on all sides.
  6. Remove from oven, sprinkle with dash of salt, if using and fresh tarragon leaves (optional).
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 potato/ 2 servings Calories: 92 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 13 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 36 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

Parmesan Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring

We’re creatures of habit in every sense of the word.  We’d be happy as clams eating our favorite foods every day of the week.  However, the registered dietitians in us know that in order to benefit health the most, it’s important to vary the diet (and the foodies in us are thankful for this too!) to get the most nutrients.  Despite this, we can’t resist but to eat a couple of foods that we love so much every day.  For example, Tammy is so obsessed with bell peppers that she preps them every night so she can have them ready-to-go the next day—and she even carries bags of them with her when she travels (yep, she’s one sick bird 😉 ).  And then there are eggs, sardines, yogurt and apples, that between the two of us, we eat them daily–and any excuse to marry any combination of these foods, count us in!  So with our latest easy-to-make egg breakfast/ brunch/ lunch creation, we couldn’t help but include our two of our besties –peppers and eggs!

Looking for more healthy recipes?  Please feel free to search this site!  Here are a few to try:

This take on  “eggs in a basket” is one of our faves because it adds a variety of colors to our plate and a punch of flavor. If you’ve read our other blogs, it’s not a shocker that we’re gonna try to pack in veggies where we can, so this is no exception!

Here are a few of the stars of the dish:

Bell peppers pack a punch in the vitamin C department, so hello supple skin (vitamin C is needed for collagen formation) and boosted immunity.  They also are rich in phytonutrients that help to mop up free radicals and prevent them from harming the body.

Eggs are rich in protein and are great for your eyes, thanks to their lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to protect the retina.  We used Eggland’s Best eggs because they have 38% more lutein than ordinary eggs– as well as double the omegas and 5 times more vitamin D.  Plus, we love the company and work with them :).

This simple dish takes just a few moments to whip up and can even be prepped ahead of time by chopping the kale and bell pepper rings and keeping them in the fridge so you can just grab on busy days!

Parmesan Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring

Serves 1

Ingredients

2 eggs (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to ordinary eggs)

1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)

1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, we used shaved

1 green onion (green part only)

1 slice whole grain bread

Olive oil (in a spray bottle; spritzed)

1 cup shredded kale

Salt  to taste

Pepper to taste

 

Direction

  1. Slice the bell pepper to make ½” rings or larger. The larger the better because there’s less of a chance the egg will run over (if it runs over, no biggie—it’s just as delicious!)
  2. Spritz a little olive oil in your skillet and place one of the bell pepper rings in the pan for a minute.
  1. Crack the two eggs into the center of the bell pepper ring. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper, to your taste.
  1. Cook the eggs and bell pepper ring on one side until the eggs begin to firm up.
  1. How you proceed is up to how you like your eggs: If you like your eggs over easy/medium or fried, gently flip the egg and bell pepper ring and continue to cook until the egg is to your liking.
  1. Once you remove the bell pepper and egg, toast your bread. While it’s toasting, toss your kale into your already warmed pan with a spritz of olive oil, some salt and pepper to taste, and sauté.
  1. Place eggs and bell pepper on top of toast, sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese & green onion.
  2. Serve with a side of sautéed kale.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:  302 Calories; 20 g carbs; 16 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 20 g protein; 310 mg sodium; 5 g fiber

The Nutrition Twins are spokespeople for Eggland’s Best.

Parmesan Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 eggs (we use Eggland’s Best (www.EgglandsBest.com) because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to ordinary eggs)
  • 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)
  • 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, we used shaved
  • 1 green onion (green part only)
  • 1 slice whole grain bread
  • Olive oil (in a spray bottle; spritzed)
  • 1 cup shredded kale
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice the bell pepper to make ½” rings or larger. The larger the better because there’s less of a chance the egg will run over (if it runs over, no biggie—it’s just as delicious!)
  2. Spritz a little olive oil in your skillet and place one of the bell pepper rings in the pan for a minute.
  3. Crack the two eggs into the center of the bell pepper ring. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper, to your taste.
  4. Cook the eggs and bell pepper ring on one side until the eggs begin to firm up.
  5. How you proceed is up to how you like your eggs: If you like your eggs over easy/medium or fried, gently flip the egg and bell pepper ring and continue to cook until the egg is to your liking.
  6. Once you remove the bell pepper and egg, toast your bread. While it’s toasting, toss your kale into your already warmed pan with a spritz of olive oil, some salt and pepper to taste, and sauté.
  7. Place eggs and bell pepper on top of toast, sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese & green onion.
  8. Serve with a side of sautéed kale.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 302 Fat: 16g Saturated fat: 5g Sodium: 310mg Fiber: 5g Protein: 20g

Apple Cider Vinegar Mint “Detox” Drink

Ah!  The day after a night on the town, Thanksgiving dinner, a party, or whatever occasion that leaves you feeling like you need to flush the bloat and reboot your body is never fun.  The great news (for you, not so much for us 😉 ) is that we’ve been there too so we are constantly coming up with great ways to help to immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track.  Some of our client’s favorite ways to get back on track is by drinking our “detox” drinks, so we just created this one! Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process.  And this drink does just that!  Among other ingredients, it contains apple cider vinegar (ACV). After adding some ACV to our “detox” smoothies, we got hooked.  And thus, another love affair (to add to our list–oy!) has begun! 🙂  In addition to starting our day by drinking a large glass of water, on days when we want an extra lift, we also have one of our refreshers like our Kale Recharge Smoothie, Sparkling Cucumber and Refresh Detoxer, or we go for one of our smoothies that use the Easiest Way To Get our Greens — or when we feel like we want a fresh start after eating foods that we don’t typically eat, we go for this Apple Cider Vinegar Mint “Detox” Drink, that we just added to our list!

 

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Here’s how this drink works it’s magic (it assists your body in its natural detoxification process):

Flushes bloat: When either of us feel bloated, we must sound like 80 year old ladies complaining to each other 😉 . To put ourselves out of the misery of having to hear each other complain we made this bloat-busting drink. Water, in combination with potassium from the grapefruit, mint and lemon help restore normal fluid balance and flush salt-and the bloat that comes with it. And the water/fluid that you get as you drink this throughout the day keeps flushing your intestines to keep you regular and prevent unsightly gut bulges from constipation. Buh bye bloat!

Helps 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!

Another bonus? As is the case with most of our drinks, you’ll boost your immunity and help to prevent free radicals from damaging your cells and from causing inflammation thanks to vitamin C from the grapefruit, lemon and mint. As you stop damage and inflammation on the inside, your body can restore and recharge –you’ll be more peaceful on the inside for a healthier body!

 

We recommend you starting your day off right by drinking this and eating The Most Satisfying Weight Loss Breakfast. 🙂

 

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The great ingredients in this drink (you’ve likely seen these before from our other “detox” drinks):

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has so many benefits—and you may remember it from our Rise & Shine Smoothie. Research shows that ACV may be the small edge you’re looking for to help to control your weight.

You’ve probably heard that apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. Small amounts before a meal may help lower your blood sugar. It seems that acetic acid, the main component in vinegar, may interfere with the body’s ability to digest starch; less starch being broken down into calories in the bloodstream could mean a little less fat on your body over time.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to drink gallons of the stuff—there’s great news! It doesn’t take much vinegar—just about two teaspoons.

Although more research is needed, as long as you don’t have trouble digesting foods that are high in acid, you have nothing to lose by giving it a try!

More good news? It’s not only ACV that’s helpful since all vinegars contain acetic acid. Wine vinegars have a smoother taste (like in our Green Goddess Edamame Salad and Dressing), but even white distilled vinegar will do the trick. Just look for those with 5% acidity, which is what you’ll find in most cooking and salad vinegars. (Avoid pickling vinegars, which have a higher acid content.)

NOTE: Keep in mind that consuming too much acetic acid can hurt your throat. A tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water and taken before a meal is a safe dose. Go for this delish g’mornin smoothie to get a dose of ACV (and some delicious and wholesome nutrient-packed foods!)!

A few other bonuses (we included this info for you science geeks like us, who love knowing what everything is doing for your bod! ) 🙂

Apples are a great way to get fiber, which helps to keep you feeling full and keeps your body regular.

Lemons are rich in vitamin C to help skin look its’ best– not only is vitamin C a potent antioxidant to help fight free radical damage, but it also assists in collagen formation. We love lemons and limes and really spritz them over everything! They are a great flavor sub for salt too. Pssst…careful when you open Lyssie’s fridge–a lemon (or lime) from the packed cold-zone may drop out on your toe!

• The ideal flushing food–packed with potassium and water to restore normal fluid balance and flush out any bloating salt that may be causing you to store water and puffiness.

• Great source of vitamin C

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 Mint “Detox” Drink

This “detox” drink has the perfect combination of  “de-puffing” ingredients to keep off the bloat and make you feel svelte, light and refreshed 😉.

Makes 3 servings

Ingredients:

24 oz. water

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 apple, (we used fuji)

1/2 lemon, preferably organic as the peel is included

½ large pink grapefruit

5-6 Mint leaves

 

Directions:

1. Slice the apple, lemon, and cut the grapefruit into quarters.

2. Fill a large pitcher or jar with 24 ounces (3 cups) of water.

4. Add the apple cider vinegar to the water and stir.

5. Then add the apple, lemon, grapefruit, and mint leaves to the water. Lightly stir the entire mixture.

6. Put the detox water in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or even let it sit over night. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information: 

With fruit:  25 Calories, 0 g fat,  6 g carbohydrate, 0 g protein, 2 g fiber, 0 mg sodium

Without fruit: 2 Calories: 0 g fat,  0 g carbohydrate, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 0 mg sodium

Apple Cider Vinegar Mint "Detox" Drink
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 24 oz. water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ apple, (we used fuji)
  • ½ lemon, preferably organic as the peel is included
  • ½ large pink grapefruit
  • 5-6 Mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Slice the apple, lemon, and cut the grapefruit into quarters.
  2. Fill a large pitcher or jar with 24 ounces (3 cups) of water.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar to the water and stir.
  4. Then add the apple, lemon, grapefruit, and mint leaves to the water. Lightly stir the entire mixture.
  5. Put the detox water in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or even let it sit over night. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving without fruit Calories: 2 Fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 0 g Sugar: 0 g Fiber: 0 g Protein: 0 g

 

Tex Mex Bean Salsa

At this time last year we were in Texas, soaking up the warmer climate and teaching at the Lake Austin Spa resort where we were teaching nutrition classes around the premise of our latest book, The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure.  So in honor of Texas, we’ve whipped up a delish Tex-Mex recipe just for you!

(Pssst…looking for an easy, healthy, way to squash a sweet craving? Try our healthy Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, which snow balled and led to creations like our Wild Blueberry Cookies, White Chocolate Drizzled wild Blueberry Granola Balls and our Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookies)

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This dish is packed with fiber from the beans and loaded with phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds from the beans, corn, onions, cilantro and bell peppers—so it’s the perfect addition to veggies (or anything else you’d like to scoop it up with) to help to keep you feel satisfied and pack in the disease fighting nutrients!

 

Tex Mex Bean Salsa

Serves: 25 Serving Size: 1/4 cup

 

Ingredients

1, 16-oz. can black beans

1, 16-oz. can light red kidney beans

1, 16-oz. can pinto beans

1/3 cup chopped green or red onions

1 chopped green pepper

1 chopped red pepper

1 bag frozen corn

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 lime, squeezed

 

For Dressing

4 tbsp. sugar (can be more or less depending on taste preference)

1 package taco seasoning (optional)

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil (don’t use olive oil)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

 

Directions

Rinse and drain all beans. Stir in chopped veggies and lime juice. Then combine the dressing ingredients: sugar, taco seasoning, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper, mixing well. Serve as a salad or as a bean dip with vegetables or baked chips. Make a day or so ahead and it will taste even better!

 

Nutrition Facts: 93 calories, 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 186 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 4 g protein

 

Tex Mex Bean Salsa
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 1, 16- oz. can black beans
  • 1, 16-oz. can light red kidney beans
  • 1, 16- oz. can pinto beans
  • ⅓ cup chopped green or red onions
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, squeezed
  • For Dressing
  • 4 tbsp. sugar (can be more or less depending on taste preference)
  • 1 package taco seasoning (optional)
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil (don’t use olive oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain all beans. Stir in chopped veggies and lime juice. Then combine the dressing ingredients: sugar, taco seasoning, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper, mixing well. Serve as a salad or as a bean dip with vegetables or baked chips. Make a day or so ahead and it will taste even better!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 93 Fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 15 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 186 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

Melon Mint Slimming Tea

While technically Spring is just days away, and although the weather has been anything except Spring-like, we’ve got the perfect drink to warm you up while helping to get you feeling slim for spring– Melon Mint Slimming Tea!

 

Melont Mint Hot Tea

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If you’ve been hibernating and feeling a little bit heavy and bloated, this tea is for you.  It’s packed with potassium (thanks cantaloupe and mint!) to help restore normal fluid balance and flush out bloat and it tastes great!  Drink it between meals and with your snacks for a sweet treat that will help to keep you pacified and stave off hunger and more sweet tooth cravings!  For just 21  calories a serving, you can’t go wrong! Goodbye puffiness, extra weight and bloat! Hello Skinny Jeans, short-shorts—or whatever lighter clothes you like to sport in warm weather! 🙂  Enjoy!

 

Melon Mint Slimming Tea

Serves: 8, 1 cup servings

 

Ingredients

5 bags green tea

3 cups cubed peeled cantaloupe, about half melon

2 tablespoons granulated sugar, optional

3/4  cup mint leaves

 

Directions

  1. In large pot, steep tea in 8 cups of boiling water for 4 minutes. Discard bags.
  2. While the tea is steeping, in a large saucepan, bring melon, sugar, 1 cup water and mint leaves to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until melon is broken down, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add melon and mint mixture to tea; let it cool for about 15 minutes.
  4. Strain through a cheesecloth lined sieve pressing solids so that the tea that comes through is clear.  Serve with ice or heat and serve hot!

 

Nutrition Facts: 21 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 10 mg sodium, 5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 1 g protein

 

 

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Melon Mint Slimming Tea
 
Nutrition Facts: 21 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 10 mg sodium, 5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 1 g protein
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 5 bags green tea
  • 3 cups cubed peeled cantaloupe, about half melon
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, optional
  • ¾  cup mint leaves
Instructions
  1. In large pot, steep tea in 8 cups of boiling water for 4 minutes. Discard bags.
  2. While the tea is steeping, in a large saucepan, bring melon, sugar, 1 cup water and mint leaves to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until melon is broken down, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add melon and mint mixture to tea; let it cool for about 15 minutes.
  4. Strain through a cheesecloth lined sieve pressing solids so that the tea that comes through is clear.  Serve with ice or heat and serve hot!