It’s all thanks to you! We too, just like you, have become a bit obsessed with these flat tummy helpers! So thank you for your requests for more! You keep us drumming up some new concoctions and falling taste bud over flat belly for ‘em! As registered dietitians and personal trainers, we’re lucky that we love our veggies, but our strong sweet tooth? We’re each not so lucky to have to keep ours down! But this, not only satisfies the sweet tooth, squashes hungers and fights cravings, it fights bloat too!
Psst… looking for more great drinks to save calories and flush bloat? Please feel free to search this site! And here are a couple to try:
Lemon Ginger Detox drink
If you want to immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track, this water infusion is your ticket. It helps to flush bloat, restore your body and mop up the toxins and damage. 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. This refreshing “detox” drink packs in some great nutrients that are especially helpful when you want to look and feel your best and quickly get your body feeling lighter. Plus, as you sip this, you’ll set the tone for a healthy day, knowing that you’re doing something great for yourself. And this “flusher” will fill your stomach and help to prevent you from feeling hungry and from overeating and from diving in to junk food or the first unhealthy food you see simply because you’re ravenous.
Here’s how this drink works it magic (and we all certainly can use a little magic every now and then):
The water: Water flushes bloating sodium and waste from of your body and keeps your kidneys and intestines in tip top shape. And water helps the body to run optimally as every process in the body relies on water.
The pineapple: For starters, for us, it adds that delicious sweetness to the 13 calorie drink (Yes, you read that right! ) so that we get the sweet flavor our sugar tooth is after but without the calories and sugar bloat! Plus, having something sweet helps to dodge sugar cravings, woohoo! Pineapple is an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme that aids in digestion and can help prevent indigestion and bloating. Plus, pineapples provide antioxidants and vitamin C, which both help repair muscles and tissues and aid in recovery. They help your cells to heal themselves and fend off damage from toxins or irritants. By protecting your cells, they keep your body in better working order and help to fight some of the damage done from overindulging in unhealthy foods and drinks so that your insides can settle, avoiding inflammation and added puffiness.
The lemon: 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.). Lemon, like the pineapple is packed with vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant which mops up free radicals from environmental toxins, stress, alcohol, fatty foods and other toxins and helps to prevent them from damaging your body. Vitamin C also keeps the skin radiant and youthful by helping to boost levels of collagen, which helps to keep the skin elastic. And lemons add a refreshing perk to any drink! 😉
The ginger: (Yes, I, Lyssie, admittedly am obsessed with ginger and add it to most of my home-cooked dinners—buh bye bloat, buh bye damage from toxins!). Ginger contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components. As an antioxidant it is able to neutralize free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause damage to healthy cells. 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! You simply need to settle 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. 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! Ginger also fights bloat by helping to ease stomach and intestinal discomfort and it is even used in anti-gas medications.
Pineapple Lemon Ginger “Detox” Drink
You can keep this refreshing elixir chilled in the refrigerator for up to 2 days with the fruit left in the water. Just be sure to remove the citrus rinds to avoid bitterness, (if this included melons or berries, you’d remove them too, since they don’t hold up well when left in the water) after the initial overnight infusion. After removing all of the fruit in the morning, the water can be kept chilled and enjoyed for up to 3 days. .(Note: If you take this awesome “de-bloater” on- the- go with the fruit in it, and it’s unrefrigerated, discard the fruit at the end of the day.
Psst…If you have a fruit infuser water bottle, now is an ideal time to whip it out! 😉
Makes 8 cups
2 cups pineapple, fresh or frozen, cubed, (outer rind removed, if fresh)
8 cups water (64oz)
1 lemon, sliced (rinds removed for overnight infusion)
2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled then chopped or shaved
Muddle the pineapple in a large pitcher. Add remaining ingredients and let sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. If leaving overnight, remove rinds of lemons to avoid bitter taste. When ready to drink strain to remove the ginger, pineapple and leave the lemons in the water.
*Although we recommend muddling, especially if you are drinking without letting it sit overnight, when we used frozen pineapple tidbits and allowed it to sit overnight, no muddling was necessary!
One Serving Option
6 cubes pineapple, fresh or frozen, cubed, (outer rind removed, if fresh)
1 cup water (8oz)
2 slices lemon
1/4 teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled then chopped or shaved
Ice to chill
Muddle pineapple in a large glass, add water, ice, , lemon slices and ginger. No waiting, you can drink right away.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 serving is 1 cup): 13 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 5 mg Sodium, 4 g Carbohydrate, 0 g Fiber, 2 g Sugar, 0 g Protein
- 6 cubes pineapple, fresh or frozen, cubed, (outer rind removed, if fresh)
- 1 cup water (8oz)
- 2 slices lemon
- ¼ teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled then chopped or shaved
- Ice to chill
- Muddle pineapple in a large glass, add water, ice, lemon slices and ginger.
- No waiting, you can drink right away.