Morning Ritual for a Healthier & Slimmer 2018

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Happy 2018! It’s a brand new year—a perfect time to re-assess your priorities and set your intentions for a healthier and happier year ahead. Did you know that there is a simple and delicious way to tweak your daily routine without having to completely re-invent your lifestyle?

Starting off each morning on a healthier note matters the most. Begin each day with a simple homemade detox drink and a nutritious breakfast within the first hour of waking up. Why a morning detox drink? How you end an all-night fast first thing in the morning is critical for your health and other food decisions you make throughout the day.

As for the ingredients, nothing supports the body’s cleansing and elimination ability like water! The water and lemon combination helps your body flush out toxins, aids in digestion, supports metabolism and may make your weight loss efforts easier.

Making your own detox drink can be easy and inexpensive. Here are a few recipes to try:

Morning Detox Recipe

Recipe and image by Jennifer Caroff, Natural Chef & Health Coach foodsoulutions.com

Ingredients

  • 1 glass Warm filtered water (12–16 oz.)
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. Organic honey (optional)

Directions

  1. Stir well and enjoy!

Tips!

  • Use a straw so your teeth are not exposed to the acid in lemon and ACV.
  • Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Within 10–15 minutes of drinking your detox blend, make sure to consume a full, balanced breakfast rich in fiber and yes, free of refined sugar and carbs. You probably have heard of the old adage, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”. Well, this couldn’t be truer! Skipping any meals, especially breakfast, can actually sabotage weight loss efforts because your metabolism slows down while you sleep and doesn’t rev back up until you eat again.

Try out this surprisingly refreshing winter smoothie as part of a balanced breakfast or ready-to-go pre- or post-workout snack. Using raw ginger and turmeric is the perfect way to aid digestion, as well as zing and boost your immunity during colder winter months.

Turmeric Ginger Mango Immunity SmoothieTurmeric Ginger Mango Immunity Smoothie

Recipe and image by Jennifer Caroff, Natural Chef & Health Coach foodsoulutions.com

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe banana, peeled
  • 1/2 Mango, flesh ony (use frozen if you do not have fresh)
  • 1 cup Full-fat coconut milk (Full fat is where it’s at! It feeds your brain!)
  • 2 Tbsp. Whole flax seeds
  • 24 leaves Dino kale (remove tough stems)
  • 1 handful Parsley (ok to include stems)
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh turmeric root, peeled
  • 2 Medjool dates (or any kind you like)
  • 1 1/2–2 cups filtered water, vary amount for desired consistency

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into a mason jar, grab a pretty straw and enjoy!

Tips!

  • Store smoothie in an airtight mason jar to keep cool for later use. Will stay fresh in refrigerator 12 days.

About Tigisti Weldeab

Tigisti Weldeab is a healthy living expert, lifestyle strategist and founder of Bella Diva Lifestyle. Through her coaching programs and blogging, she is on a mission to show busy men and women that healthy and beautiful can be simple, fun and delicious. Ms. Weldeab holds an MBA in management and wellness coaching certifications from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram under @Belladivalife.