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Healthy Morning Cocktail

Alyssa Coleman is a holistic nutritionist and has been writing about how to love your body using nutrition. Below, she shares her insight, plus a recipe for a healthy morning cocktail. Bottom’s up!

Some mornings call for a mimosa or two, but the conventional cocktail can be full of liquid calories, acne-causing sugar, and liver congesting alcohol. This morning cocktail is for the days when you want to unleash your inner fit girl, enjoy a mini detox, create glowing skin, burn calories, and improve your energy.

This recipe was inspired by the “Detox Elixir” in my “Free-spirited Babe’s Detox”, the ingredients in the cocktail are specifically combined to work on a few key organ systems.

Liver

The liver plays the largest role in detoxification by filtering through everything you eat, drink, put on your skin and breath in. The liver is usually working over time so it’s nice to support it by consuming some liver loving foods. Lemon and apple cider vinegar will help boost your bile production and help your liver to function optimally.

Skin

We all want glowing skin right? I’ve tried just about every cream and serum promising a Jlo glow. But the best solution I’ve found for clearing up any skin issues is to feed your skin the nutrients it needs to flourish. Apple cider vinegar is full of beneficial bacteria that will improve your intestinal flora, and prevent the overgrowth of sugar eating bacterial issues such as candida. Apple cider vinegar can also balance the skin’s pH level resulting in that coveted glow.

Digestion

It is really important to kick start your digestion first thing in the morning to help you feel more energized and avoid bloating. The lemon and cayenne pepper with get your digestive juices flowing.

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients we’re combining:

Lemon is a natural detoxifier because the vitamin C in it helps turn toxins into a digestible material for your body to eliminate. Lemon also stimulates the liver and bile production which helps to oxygenate and detoxify the body.

Apple cider vinegar Studies show that apple cider vinegar prevents the body from accumulating fat. It also improves digestion and absorption of vital nutrients which allow your body to function optimally. Make sure to use apple cider vinegar “with the mother” to get the most acetic acid benefits.

Cayenne pepper increases your internal body temperature and kick starts your metabolism and reduces bloating.

Raw honey is full of beneficial enzymes and gut improving minerals. Having suboptimal gut function allows bacteria to grow into the small intestines causing skin issues.

HEALTHY MORNING COCKTAIL

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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 cups filtered water
  2. juice of one lemon
  3. 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  4. ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
  5. 1 tbsp of raw honey
  6. Optional add ins: berries, mint, oranges etc
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add all ingredients into a jar, shake up and serve! Easy- peasy. The remaining cocktail can be refrigerated and served at happy-hours for 2 weeks.
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13 Healthy Items To Add To Your Grocery List

Grocery shopping is hard – there’s always the temptation of unhealthy junk foods! For starters, never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. [That never ends well!] Second, go into your shopping trip with a set to-buy list. Come up with a permanent list of your healthy eating staples. I’ve put together a list of 13 healthy items to add to your grocery list.

  1. Eggs

    Both egg whites and egg yolks are not only a great way to start your day, but a great way to load up on vitamins. Egg yolks are packed full of (healthy!) fats, as well as plenty of protein. Hard boiled eggs are my favorite. You can simply make those in the beginning of the week and snack on them or cut them up and use on a salad.

  2. Edamame

    Edamame beans are not only a tasty appetizer when out for sushi, but they’re a powerful legume! Just half a cup of soybeans have as much fibre as four slices of whole wheat bread. Edamame is easy to make at home – just push your cart to the vegetable aisle, purchase some soybeans, boil, toss in salt, and enjoy! [Source]

  3. Brown Rice Cakes

    Rice cakes are a great snack. They’re low in sugar and calories, so they’re absolutely perfect for the person on the go. And they’re gluten free for those of you who are considerate of that!

  4. Greens

    Greens are a bit of an obvious one, but I cannot stress how great they are for you! Leafy greens are full of Vitamin K, a vitamin that loads you with healthy energy and boosts bone health. Greens are easy to incorporate into your diet too. Throw your favorite greens in a smoothie, make a salad, or sauté the greens in olive oil and garlic and serve them as a side.

  5. Sparkling Water

    Are you addicted to sugary sodas like Coca Cola, Fanta, or Mountain Dew? Cut back on that artificial sugar and caffeine by substituting those sodas for sparkling water. Sparkling water has the same bubbles as soda, but without the sugar, calories, caffeine or sodium. [Source]

  6. Canned Tuna

    Even though this yummy treat comes in a can, it’s still an inexpensive way to get in your daily Omega 3! Canned tuna is also a great source of unsaturated fats.

  7. Salmon

    Like tuna, salmon is a delicious source of Omega 3 and unsaturated fats. The health benefits of salmon are endless – the nutrients in salmon help decrease inflammation, avoid cardiovascular problems, and improve brain function. Salmon is a great ingredient because it’s so versatile. Baked salmon is a great main course, while smoked salmon is the perfect addition to any breakfast. [Source]

  8. Avocados

    Avocados are full of fibre, which helps you feel fuller while getting your digestive system working double time. They’re also full of a host of nutrients, including more potassium then a banana! There are so many things you can make with an avocado! You can add it to sandwiches, smoothies, or to an old fashioned guacamole recipe. Avocados are very versatile. [Source]

  9. Celery

    Celery is mainly water, making it the perfect snack for those hoping to slim down. Celery is also loaded with dietary fibres to help your digestive system stay at peak performance.

  10. Peanut Butter

    As much as it was a childhood treat, peanut butter is full of uber-healthy benefits. Did you know peanut butter is a key source of protein and potassium, which lowers your risk of heart disease. It’s also loaded with fibre, magnesium, and Vitamin E, boosting your bowel health and fortifying your bones and muscles [Source]

  11. Granola

    Granola is a quick and easy way to have a healthy breakfast with minimal prep time and effort. Even better – granola helps lower your cholesterol, maintain a healthy heart, prevent anemia and keep you energized! [Source]

  12. Lemons

    Lemons are the key to detox! Lemons help detox your system while boosting up your metabolism. Squeeze lemons over your protein or add sliced lemon to your water.

  13. Green Tea

    Green tea is such a power drink! It does contain caffeine, but the caffeine in green tea doesn’t make you jittery like coffee may, it increases brain function. The warm (or cold) drink boosts metabolism, which aids in food digestion and weight loss. [Source]

By adding these items to your cart on your weekly shopping expedition, you’re automatically making healthier eating choices! All these items are easy to incorporate into your daily meals. What are some of your favorite healthy options?