If you are thinking of starting the year clean and healthy… You better detox your body from all the sins that you’ve committed at Christmas! Especially if you’ve overindulged with no restrains and now in the new year you have committed yourself to a healthier lifestyle, we recommend to cleanse your body before dieting, consider changing your nutrition and lifestyle to encourage the elimination of toxins from your body. This can help jump-start a healthy diet, because the build-up of toxins in the body can actually slow down or inhibit fat burning and the absorption of good nutrients and vitamins. Follow a few simple steps to detoxify and cleanse your body before starting a new diet. You better be good with your eating habits while detoxing with these super cocktails as your body will let you know if you’ve being naughty eating too many of the wrong foods.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you simply want to look and feel healthier, one of the best ways to rid your body of harmful toxins is to drink water. Just 6 to 8 glasses every day will help to keep you hydrated and keep your vital organs in their best possible health.
You don’t have to drink plain water, in fact, there are a number of things that you can add to your water that will not only boost the taste, they will help to flush those harmful toxins out of your body. Detox waters have become very popular and there are many different recipes that you can make. We’ve collected many recipes that are best for taste and health benefits, here we share a few to inspire you. These healthy cocktails contain ingredients like lemon which helps to flush harmful toxins from your body, mint which aids in digestion, cucumber which contains anti-inflammatory properties and ginger which is a natural pain reliever and aids in digestion.
Some of our cocktails contain other ingredients that are equally as healthy and beneficial. If you have been thinking about adding detox waters to your healthy routine, we have the recipes for you. They are all very simple to make, require very few ingredients and the best part is you can mix and match ingredients to adapt the recipes to your personal taste.
We all know the benefits of drinking water, but we’ll be the first to admit we start craving something with a little more flavour. However, being the busy bees we are (we know you are too!), we don’t always have time to whip up something extravagant. To boost our water with some flavourful and healthy kicks, we experimented with different foods and enhancements that can freshen up the water and provide a powerful boost throughout the day. The best part about these DIY “Detox Cocktails” recipes is that they have fabulous cleansing and detoxing properties, and what’s a better time of year to purge your body of toxins than post-Christmas. We hope we can keep you motivated and inspired through the whole year to do small changes that will have a big impact in your health and lifestyle. START YOUR YEAR CLEAN, HEALTHY, ENERGISED AND RADIANT!
MOJITO SUPER DETOX COCKTAIL
1. In a deep jug, add mint, honey, lime juice and then add 2 whole limes with skin (after juicing).
2. Blitz a little with a food blender and add a little water (or pound), then add honey, rest of the water and plenty of ice. Add a few lime slices and fresh mint leaves and adjust to your own taste. Keep in the fridge. (Don’t blend or blitz if you are planning to keep it in the fridge for a few days, just add some slices of lime, as it can get very bitter.)
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MOJITOS DETOX DRINK: Great detoxifying drink. Mint contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B3, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin A. Limes with great benefits for skin care, improves digestion, gout, gums, urinary disorders, constipation, weight loss, natural antibiotic effects. Honey helps to clean out your digestive system and cleanse the blood.
WATERMELON, STRAWBERRIES AND ROSEMARY DETOX VITAMIN JUICE
1.Put some of the watermelon into a freezer bag to make some watermelon ice cubes (optional).
2. Put The remaining watermelon, strawberries and water into a blender.
3.Transfer into a glass jug and add the 3 sprigs of rosemary, twisting the sprigs before adding it, to release their oils. Serve with watermelon ice cubes, plenty of ice and honey if desired. Keep in the fridge for 3 days.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATERMELON, STRAWBERRIES, AND ROSEMARY: Hydrating and antioxidant infused water, boast with flavour and skin enhancing nutrients, amazing detox, refreshing drink with anti-inflammatory effects. Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Helps to boost your immune system and improve blood circulation.
DETOX FAT FLUSH
1. Thinly slice half of all the citrus fruits and cucumber and put in a large glass jug. Juice the other half of fruits, add water and herbs and cool in the fridge for a few hours. Drink the infused water during the day to detox your body. Add more fresh water every time you drink, will last in the fridge for 3-5 days.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CUCUMBER, LIME, LEMON, GRAPEFRUIT, ORANGE: The cleansing effects of citric acid, helps to clear out the digestive system. Vitamin C turns fat into fuel while exercising. This is a very famous “Fat Flush Drink” for generations in South America. Limes and Lemons with great benefits for skin care, improves digestion, gout, gums, urinary disorders, constipation, weight loss, natural antibiotic effects. Cucumber rehydrates the body and replenishes daily vitamins, helping with water retention, puffiness, skin and hair care, aids in weight loss and digestion, reduces cholesterol and helps to control blood pressure.
BERRIES, COCONUT WATER & MINT
• A handful of Raspberries
• A handful of Strawberries
• A handful of blueberries
• 1 L Coconut water or regular water
• Fresh mint
1.- Just slice your berries in ½ and add to your water together with the mint leaves. Place in a glass jug or individual portable bottles to bring with you. It is always best to leave your detox drinks overnight in the fridge to enjoy better its benefits and flavour. Make sure to always wash your fruit and herbs very well in cold water, before using. You can always add citrus fruits to any detox drink.
They may be little but raspberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and cranberries are big on antioxidants. The antioxidants in berries can help your body fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals that can lead to illness. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help protect your skin and hair, reduce inflammation and prevent certain diseases.
Vitamin C is another strong antioxidant found in berries. It is largely responsible for the health of collagen, which helps maintain cartilage stores and aids in joint flexibility. Eating vitamin C–rich berries in addition to antioxidants, berries are “juicy foods,” which means they contain mostly water. Juicy foods are great for losing weight because they fill you up quickly, since their high water content bumps up the volume while driving down the calories. Berries also contain fibre and folate. Fibre aids in weight loss and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Folate may protect against cardiovascular disease and age-related memory loss, and since folate contributes to the production of serotonin, it may also help ward off depression and improve your mood.
We hope you can find plenty of inspiration in our recipes and that you will share your new healthy lifestyle with all your friends and loved ones.
My Nutrition Ireland is a Nutritional & Health Consultancy which was set up by Thomas Coleman and his wife Jeeny Maltese in 2013. They understand the importance of Health and how it impacts on people, their well-being and performance both in the workplace, at home and in Sports Performance. It’s a marriage made in Heaven many would say.
Jeeny Maltese is a romantic, energetic girl from Venezuela and has a passion for Food, Health & Beauty without sacrificing taste; an extremely talented cook described as a “Latin Nigella Lawson” by many. Tom Coleman – her husband is a Nutritionist with a background in Science and Health Promotion, with a life time passion in Health, Sports & Science.
Together they have combined their passion into an exciting business with a growing following. Our aim is to spread the word that Healthy Eating with us is easy, quick, inexpensive, practical and sexy! Gorgeous food doesn’t have to be complicated and hard to reach.