MINT To Be! A Lemon, Cucumber, Mint Water Detox!

Mint is refreshing. It is minty. It smells pretty.  But did you know that mint can help settle an upset belly and aide in digestion?

Lemons are great for making lemonade and for adding a citrus note to a beautiful piece of fish or a little squeeze in your cocktail.  Did you know lemons are great for boosting your immune system and even for helping to curb your appetite?

What about cukes? CUKES ARE MAGICAL! There is so much information out there about cucumbers and their health benefits, but here are a few of the reasons I make them a part of my diet! They have anti inflammatory properties and they are great for re hydrating!  That is why you put them over your eyes to reduce puffiness and rehydrate!  Cucumbers also have a very high water and fiber content which is a great addition to any diet and especially to those who are trying to get beach body ready!  That water will help flush the fat and the fiber helps you to feel satisfied! WIN WIN! They also a great source of silica, which is known to help promote joint health. It’s always a good idea to take care of your joints!

And then we have water. Water is one of the most important things we can put in to our bodies.  Water keeps us alive. We have all heard that our bodies are made up of around 70% water. Have you ever thought about what that means and what that translates into for your muscles and organs?  If you have ever forgotten to water a plant, you know what they look like.  Imagine that happening inside your body. Drinking enough water isn’t just the “in thing”, it is necessary for LIFE!!! It is necessary for healthy cell production, healthy muscle tone, detoxifying your body, and for helping you feel your very best! Have you ever noticed that the people who drink a lot of water seem to always be happy? Just an observation I have made in my years as a water drinker. 🙂

 

So what happens when we combine all of these things together and leave over night in the fridge?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  After spending the night getting to know each other, they become a kick ass detoxifying monster that not only tastes AMAZING, but helps to flush your body of daily toxins and help curb your hunger pangs. It will also hydrate you while helping you shed some extra pounds! There really is no reason not to drink this water!

What You Will Need:

12 cups filtered or distilled water

1 medium organic cucumber

2-3 organic lemons

10-12 organic mint leaves

Combine all ingredients and let sit over night and then drink throughout the day.  Do this daily and watch what happens.  It makes you feel amazing!

 

Enjoy this health tonic! Love yourself and do something great for you!

You deserve it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep On Moroccan Me, BabY! – Sam Rispoli

KEEP ON MOROCCAN ME, BABY!

 

Moroccan Me

DETOX

Do you get kind of excited and nervous when this word is in front of a recipe claiming to “rid the body” of toxins?

“Feel more energized!”
“Clean up your system!”
“Jump start your metabolism!”

I won’t lie. I almost called this a recipe a Detox Salad. I know the word ”detox” is a buzz word often employed as a means of grabbing your attention and implying quick results.

Detox wants you to think she is a magical word that when placed in front of a seemingly healthy meal or drink, it melts weight magically and cleanses your body of last night’s pint of ice cream and this morning’s breakfast sandwich. Oh sister detox, forgive us now and at the hour of our mozzarella sticks. Amen.

Detox is a lying tramp.

Want the truth? The truth is that your body will naturally filter out toxins through your liver, kidneys and skin. They are always doing this job because your body wants to be balanced, and in order to be balanced, all these organs function simultaneously. You don’t even have to THINK about it!

Now… don’t be confused. Just because your body will detox itself naturally does NOT mean you should still make poor diet choices. A great many food products are made with toxic chemicals and preservatives that can make your precious organs work OVERTIME to filter out the junk.

This can confuse your body. It’s like “Oh cool, thanks for feeding me this food! Oh…wait…is this food? What is this? Can I use any of this for energy? No? WTF is this? WTF IS A SLURPEE? What am I supposed to do with this?”

 

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Copyright Bill Watterson, 1989

 

 

And if you are stressed and time crunched and keep ingesting weird non-nourishing food items then your body is forced to try and convert them to energy. The problem is these products can be more toxic than energizing. So it backs up the system when trying to get filtered.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?!

Well….you can start by eating more vegetables on a daily basis. Starting with this Moroccan spiced Carrot Salad! I was going to call it a Detox Salad was because I used Casco Bay Organics’ carrots, which contain Vitamin A, known for assisting the liver in flushing out toxins. I also used some Chioggia beets, which are also popular for their cleansing properties. This duo can help un-gunk your pipes naturally on the inside and support healthy, glowing skin on the outside. I fancied these fabulous organic veggies up with some garam masala spice, cumin and cinnamon for an interesting spicy-but-not-hot-spicy/sweet mix.

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad

1 lb organic carrots, shredded
1 organic Chioggia beet, shredded
¼ cup olive oil
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 package Eden’s Organics apple juice infused dried cranberries
½ Tablespoon cumin powder
3 teaspoons garam masala spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

moroccan spiced carrot salad

 

Shred carrots and beets in food processor or grate over box grater. Pour on olive oil and lemon juice and toss with spices and cranberries.

 

 

 

 

Sam is a Holistic Health Coach with a passion for feeding the masses with nourishing, delicious meals using REAL FOOD. She enjoys spending time in her laboratory/kitchen and delighting people with her inventive fare and witty commentary. She believes in inspiring others to find their own personal path to health and wellness. You can find her on instagram @NourishingNomsWithSam

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