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Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie

What’s the number one question you’ve been asking us about smoothies?

You wanna know how to seamlessly get veggies into smoothies when you’ve been dabbling with fruits, seeds, almond milk, etc.

As registered dietitians, and authors of our most recent book, The Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure, you can imagine how excited we are that you’re ready to dive in to the good stuff! Yes, veggies! Greens, specifically, are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health. And we’ve got some easy breakfast-friendly ways to help you to start your day off right–on the green foot! 😉

 

Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie

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We’ve got some great news if you’re a bit fearful that your greens will overpower your smoothie… many greens become undetectable (like a chameleon!) when combined in a smoothie and they take just seconds to transform. Here are some tips for making the most of your smoothies and easy at-home ways to get your nutrients.
Create your green smoothie by following these green smoothie basics and then blend! 🙂 (If you simply want to try a green smoothie recipe that’s tried, true and delicious, try this Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie (recipe and how it does your-body-good below)!  You’ll also find many on our site, just search smoothie, or green drink, etc.  And we suggest some at the bottom of this blog!

 

Here’s the formula for making a delicious, green smoothie and how we created this Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie:

 

1.  Begin with your greens: In general, a few large fistfuls (about 2 cups) will do the trick. Spinach is one the mildest of the greens and is barely detectable, but all greens from kale, to romaine, and even parsley and mint are fabulous additions. Experiment and see what you like best. (In this smoothie, we started with 1 packed cup of spinach, which is similar to two fistfuls)

 

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2. Toss in some fruit: Hello natural sweetness, fiber and phytonutrients for even more of a beneficial boost to your morning. (We often go for frozen fruits because they make the smoothie more refreshing and “dessert-like”.  Plus, they don’t spoil!)

  • In this recipe we use POM 100% Pomegranate Juice which adds a polyphenol and potassium punch with no added sugars, no artificial colors or flavors and no cheap filler juices. There’s the juice of 4 whole-pressed pomegranates in 16 ounces and its flavor is a little sweet and a little tart, which makes this smoothie so insanely delicious!
  • We also added frozen pineapple chunks (not frozen is fine) –you get a lot of sweetness with just a few pieces and we added some green grapes.  Note:  If you’re watching your calorie intake, the key is to keep the fruit portions in check (about half the portion or less, compared to the green).

 

darlingdownsouth13. Add your protein/ “satiety factor” (If you skip this, you’ll need to eat a source of protein with your smoothie to keep you powered, satiated and to provide for longer lasting energy). This Pomegranate Green Goodness Smoothie is so good as is, simply have some scrambled eggs with veggies or a nonfat Greek yogurt on the side. Other great protein options? Nuts or nut butters, hemp seeds or a scoop of protein powder. One to two tablespoons of a nut or seed add nutrients and healthy fat—but stick to just that portion (about 6-8 nuts), as the calories from nuts add up quickly and could cause your smoothie to contain a lot more calories than you bargained for.

 

4. Pour in liquid: Add ½ to 1 cup of either water, unsweetened nut milk or coconut water to make your smoothie. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk adds a nice flavor perk. (In this smoothie we need less water and simply add some ice cubes as we get fluid from the delicious POM 100% Pomegranate Juice.)

 

5. Ready to get fancy? The sky is the limit! Try adding grated ginger (a personal favorite of ours!) or spices like cinnamon and turmeric (this one has quite a bitter kick that will give you a real charge to start your day!) We couldn’t resist the ginger in this recipe!

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Pomegranate Green Goodness Smoothie

This delicious recipe contains nothing but fruits and veggies. POM 100% Pomegranate Juice, spinach, pineapple, and green grapes are blended with fresh ginger to make a zesty morning smoothie that fills you up. Pair this delicious day starter with scrambled eggs with veggies or with a nonfat Greek yogurt for protein.

 

Makes 1 serving

Work time: 5 min

Total time: 5 min

Ingredients:

½ cup POM 100% Pomegranate Juice

½ cup green grapes

½ cup pineapple pieces

1 cup packed spinach

1 inch fresh ginger, peeled

4 ice cubes

 

Directions:

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

Nutrition Facts Per Smoothie: 167 calories, 40 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 2 g protein, 3 g fiber, 22 mg sodium

Bonuses:  162% Daily Value vitamin A, 111% DV Vitamin C, 11% DV calcium, 17% DV Iron

pom_green_goddess_smoothie_bottleThe Nutrition Twins work with POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate juice to help people to enjoy it’s delicious flavor, get more nutrients in their day without any added sugar or artificial flavors. 

 

And here are a few more smoothies to try:

 

 

Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup POM 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • ½ cup green grapes
  • ½ cup pineapple pieces
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  2. Nutrition Facts Per Smoothie: 167 calories, 40 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 2 g protein, 3 g fiber, 22 mg sodium
  3. Bonuses:  162% Daily Value vitamin A, 111% DV Vitamin C, 11% DV calcium, 17% DV Iron

 

Smoothie Photo and Recipe credit: POM Wonderful.

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

If you knew us as kids, you’d never guess that those picky, shy little girls would one day be just the opposite of both of those things.  That’s right, these veggie-loving registered dietitians and personal trainers, who have no trouble speaking in front of large crowds, once upon a time only had a few foods we’d eat (and most weren’t veggies!) and we were so shy that we almost pulled our mom’s skirt down in the grocery store as we hid behind her and clung to it so tightly. In fact, when asked how one could tell us apart, Lyssie (she was a tad less shy than Tammy) would say “I like cabbage.” This cracks us up for so many reasons! 🙂

First, Tammy liked cabbage, too.

Second, trying to tell identical twins apart by trying to identify the one that likes cabbage, doesn’t help so much when you look at them. 😉

And third, the fact that we liked cabbage when we pretty much only liked PB & J is a bit amusing!

After all, cabbage isn’t so high on many kid’s lists. Nor is Brussels sprouts—yet since these looked like baby cabbages, it’s not really a surprise that we liked these too.  And since our early days, our love affair has only grown with cabbages and Brussels sprouts, which are both proud members of the cruciferous family (home of the nutrient-packed, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, turnips, etc.), that are great for the waistline and for fighting cancer.

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So, we’ve been whipping up sweet, flavorful recipes to help our clients to see what we do in these veggies. And they too, have become hooked!  We’re certain that  if you need a little convincing that these can be absolutely delish, this recipe will hook you up!

Pssst…for a few other scrumptious veggie recipes, you’ve gotta try our Easy Crunchy Braised Cabbage, Colorful Detox Salad, Caramelized Cauliflower with Olive Oil and Lemon Juice, Easy Peasy Seasoned Brussels Sprouts, Roasted detoxifying Veggies.

This delicious dish is a perfect compliment to any meal, and is so yummy that it shatters of any misconception you may have of of Brussels sprouts not being tasty and delicious.

This recipe will be your go-to—it’s simple preparation will and deliciousness will make getting your veggies so easy!

 

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. low-fat butter or trans-fat free plant-oil based low-fat margarine
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, stems cut and sliced in half
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place butter or margarine in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Mix in the chopped garlic to the pan as the butter begins to melt.
  • As the garlic begins to sauté and gets fragrant, place the Brussels sprout halves flat side down on the pan.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then evenly drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the Brussels sprouts, stirring to evenly distribute.
  • Allow the Brussels sprouts to cook face-down for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.
  • After 10 minutes, stir, flipping the Brussels sprouts to evenly distribute flavor on the back side.
  • Remove from pan—serve alongside any meal!

Nutrition facts (per serving 3/4 cup):  73 Calories, 2 g Fat, 1 g Protein, 4 g Carbohydrates, 57 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. low-fat butter or trans-fat free plant-oil based low-fat margarine
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, stems cut and sliced in half
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Place butter or margarine in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Mix in the chopped garlic to the pan as the butter begins to melt.
  3. As the garlic begins to sauté and gets fragrant, place the Brussels sprout halves flat side down on the pan.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then evenly drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the Brussels sprouts, stirring to evenly distribute.
  5. Allow the Brussels sprouts to cook face-down for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.
  6. After 10 minutes, stir, flipping the Brussels sprouts to evenly distribute flavor on the back side.
  7. Remove from pan—serve alongside any meal!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¾ cup Calories: 73 Fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 4 g Sodium: 57 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 1 g

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Gluten-Free Tilapia Tacos with Zucchini Tortillas

In college we went on a zucchini kick.  It wasn’t necessarily intentional—we just liked zucchini and it turned up in nearly every dinner dish we made, adding a deliciously slightly sweet flavor and a bit of a meaty texture.  Burritos, pasta, wraps, sandwiches, it was there.  Now, as registered dietitians, we appreciate zucchini even more, knowing it is a nutrient-powerhouse, thanks to its’ fiber, phytonutrients, vitamin C and eye protective nutrients (lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin).   So the other night when we made a new gluten free taco dish, old reliable happened to be in the house and we just had to add it- -putting a new twist on tacos.

And although we’re registered dietitian nutritionist who appreciate wholesome carbs (you better believe you read that right 😉 !), we don’t mind that this scrumptious taco swaps them for a just as satisfying, lower calorie surprise!  Instead of the traditional white or wheat tortilla say hello to this gluten-free zucchini taco shell that is stuffed with yummy, kickin’ flavors like cayenne-seasoned tilapia, red cabbage, tomatoes, and cilantro! Packed with protein, this dish is super satisfying!

 

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

 Turkey Stir-fry Fiesta

Lentil Vegetable Soup

One-Pot Black Bean Quinoa Chili with Avocados 

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Gluten-Free Tilapia Tacos with Zucchini Tortillas

Makes two tacos

Ingredients

For the zucchini tortillas:

1 cup zucchini, shredded

1 egg (we use Eggland’s Best because they use an all vegetarian hen feed and their eggs have 25% less saturated fat and 5X the vitamin D of other eggs)

1 tsp. oregano, fresh, chopped

1 tsp. fresh, chopped basil

6 Tbsp. gluten free flour

 

For the filling:

3 ounces tilapia (approx. 1 medium filet)

Dash red cayenne pepper (adjust for personal preference of spiciness)

1/4 cup cabbage, shredded

1/4cup tomato, diced

4 heaping spoonfuls plain Greek yogurt (about ½ cup)

Sprinkle cilantro

1 lime, squeezed for juice

 

Directions

For tortillas

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and set aside a baking sheet covered in wax paper.
  2. Squeeze out excess juice from the shredded zucchini with your hands and discard juice.
  3. Mix zucchini, egg, oregano and basil in a bowl.
  4. Using a spoon, mix in flour, adding a few tablespoons at a time until all mixed in.
  5. On a cutting board, sprinkle flour and divide the zucchini mixture in half.
  6. Flatten each part of zucchini mixture to a thin, round tortilla shape that is no thicker than 0.2mm thick.
  7. Place the two tortillas on covered baking sheet and place in oven.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  9. Set aside on a baking rack after they are done.

 

For the filling:

  1. Thaw out fish if frozen.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and turn on stove to medium heat.
  3. Cook the fish in the skillet. Add a dash of cayenne pepper while the fish is cooking (careful, it may make you sneeze/cough if you get too close!)
  4. After the fish is done cooking, cut the lime in half and squeeze juice over the meat.
  5. Add approximate measurements of toppings such as the fish, cabbage, tomatoes, Greek yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro. (the nutrition facts are for those measurements but you can add more or less to account for your own personal tastes/cravings!!).
  6. Dig in and enjoy!

Nutrition facts (for one taco)

Calories: 198, carbs: 23g, fat: 6g, saturated fat: 1g, protein: 21g, sodium: 100mg, fiber: 2g

Nutrition facts (for two tacos)

396 Calories, 45 g carbs, 12g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 42 g protein, 200 mg sodium, 4 g fiber

 

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The Nutrition Twins work with Eggland’s Best to help people get more nutrients from their food.

Gluten-Free Tilapia Tacos with Zucchini Tortillas
 
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Serves: 2 tacos
Ingredients
  • For the zucchini tortillas:
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 1 egg (we use Eggland's Best because they use an all vegetarian hen feed and their eggs have 25% less saturated fat and 5X the vitamin D of other eggs)
  • 1 tsp. oregano, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh, chopped basil
  • 6 Tbsp. gluten free flour
  • For the filling:
  • 3 ounces tilapia (approx. 1 medium filet)
  • Dash red cayenne pepper (adjust for personal preference of spiciness)
  • ¼ cup cabbage, shredded
  • ¼cup tomato, diced
  • 4 heaping spoonfuls plain Greek yogurt (about ½ cup)
  • Sprinkle cilantro
  • 1 lime, squeezed for juice
Instructions
  1. Thaw out fish if frozen.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and turn on stove to medium heat.
  3. Cook the fish in the skillet. Add a dash of cayenne pepper while the fish is cooking (careful, it may make you sneeze/cough if you get too close!)
  4. After the fish is done cooking, cut the lime in half and squeeze juice over the meat.
  5. Add approximate measurements of toppings such as the fish, cabbage, tomatoes, Greek yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro. (the nutrition facts are for those measurements but you can add more or less to account for your own personal tastes/cravings!!).
  6. Dig in and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 tacos Calories: 396 Fat: 12 g Saturated fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 45 g Sodium: 200 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 42 g

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Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie

As registered dietitians, personal trainers and girls who love experimenting with healthy and delish recipes, we get super excited when new, healthy products come out, especially when they are items that help people to eat the delicious foods that they crave.   And since we get loads of requests from friends and clients for gluten-free recipes, we were so excited when Quaker sent us a sample of their new gluten free oats–and we got to town experimenting!  If you read our post the other day you know, first we tried this new recipe we found, Gluten-free Homemade Energy Breakfast Bars, and loved it! YUM–and it set us off to test more and more! 🙂

One of the reasons we were so excited about these new Quaker gluten-free oats is that gluten-free oats have been a bit challenging to find, especially for our long-distance clients who don’t live in a major city. Oats don’t contain gluten but are often contaminated by gluten-containing grains (wheat, rye or barley) in processing plants. When brands can guarantee a lack of contamination with gluten, oats can be considered gluten-free.

After making the awesome Gluten-free Homemade Energy Breakfast Bars, we found yet another awesome recipe on QuakerOats.com and we felt compelled to share it!  Many of you frequently request gluten free recipes and smoothies with veggies, and this recipe marries them both– woot, woot!

 

And if you’re hesitant about trying gluten-free oats, don’t worry–the gluten-free Quaker oats have the same great flavor and nutrients as traditional oats and they’re packed with heart healthy 100% whole grain oats, fiber and vitamins and minerals.

 

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Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:
½ cup Quaker Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats
10-12 ice cubes
1 ¼ cup frozen pineapple
1 ¼ cup frozen mango
2 cups packed fresh spinach
25 fresh mint leaves
3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
2 tbsps coarsely chopped fresh ginger

Directions:
Layer all of the ingredients in order in a high-powered blender. Purée until completely smooth, adding more orange juice it needed. Divide between two large glasses and serve immediately (or keep it overnight in the fridge to thicken up even more).

The Nutrition Twins work with Quaker to help people who have to avoid gluten find more gluten-free options.

 

Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • :
  • ½ cup Quaker Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats
  • 10-12 ice cubes
  • 1 ¼ cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 ¼ cup frozen mango
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach
  • 25 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsps coarsely chopped fresh ginger
Instructions
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  2. Layer all of the ingredients in order in a high-powered blender. Purée until completely smooth, adding more orange juice it needed. Divide between two large glasses and serve immediately (or keep it overnight in the fridge to thicken up even more).

Skinny Guacamole

We’re huge avocado fans—we love it for its flavor, creamy texture and because of the insane amount of nutrients that this one little fruit packs in! And they tend to make most other meals taste incredible.  In fact, whenever Lyssie tells her boyfriend that a concoction 😉 she’s whipped up for dinner doesn’t taste so amazing, he always says, “Just throw an avocado in there, it will be fine!” 🙂 And we think avos are so yummy in our One-Pot Black Bean Quinoa Chili with AvocadoTomato, Cucumber, Avocado, & Chickpea Salad, Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing and we even made Skinny Avocado “Fries” and Chocolate Avocado Mousse! And when it comes to what we’ve created with avos, that’s just the tip of the avocado! 😉 So it’s no surprise that when an avocado is made into guacamole, it’s just one of those condiments we, like many of our clients, find that we like so much, that we don’t really think of it as a condiment—probably because we could eat it straight, simply with a spoon, as the main course ;)!

Skinny_Guacamole_logoAlthough avocados are superfoods (packed with over 21 nutrients and good-for-you, monounsaturated fats), you still do want to watch your portion, simply because the calories can add up quickly—an avocado has about 250 calories because of the high fat content. And if you’re eating guacamole as an appetizer, this can add up quickly. We have a delicious guacamole recipe for you below, that’s a bit lower in calories than your traditional guacamole because it’s blended with some lower calorie yummy ingredients. Scoop on in! 🙂

Skinny Guacamole

Serves: 8, makes about 2-1/4 cups

Ingredients

2 avocados

1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 small tomato, diced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

¼ cup Onion, minced

1 Clove garlic

1 Tbsp. lemon or Lime Juice, optional

salt to taste, optional

Directions

Cut open avocados and scoop the insides out discarding the skin and pits. Use a fork or mixer to blend the avocados until smooth and there is no longer a lot of lumps.
Add the red pepper, tomato, cayenne, onion and garlic and mix well until all ingredients are combined evenly. Add the lemon juice and mix again.
Spread this on your sandwiches as a condiments, top your salads, or treat yourself with a scoop—right with spoon ;)!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (about 1/2 cup): 59 calories, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 3 mg sodium, 4 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 1 g protein

Skinny Guacamole
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Serves: 8, makes about 2-1/4 cups
  • Ingredients
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ cup Onion, minced
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon or Lime Juice, optional
  • salt to taste, optional
Instructions
  1. Cut open avocados and scoop the insides out discarding the skin and pits. Use a fork or mixer to blend the avocados until smooth and there is no longer a lot of lumps.
  2. Add the red pepper, tomato, cayenne, onion and garlic and mix well until all ingredients are combined evenly. Add the lemon juice and mix again.
  3. Spread this on your sandwiches as a condiments, top your salads, or treat yourself with a scoop—right with spoon ;)!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 59 Fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 3 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 1 g

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

o Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream  (140 Calories)

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o Comfort Food Reinvented Inside Apple Pie (80 Calories)

o Skinny Homemade Strawberry Mint Ice Cream   (40 Calories)

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Mint “Detox” Drink: Among many great ingredients that help to flush bloat, it’s got mint–we like to think of it as a peace maker in the body 😉 It eases indigestion and calms the stomach, likely by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion. Thanks in part to it’s anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to ease the havoc inside your body!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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