7 DIY Healthy Drinks That Keep Your Waist Slim and Trim
Some people are blessed with a great metabolism, while some are unfortunately not that lucky. However, even though exercise is important, 80% of a healthy lifestyle constitutes your diet, and 20% exercise. What you consume can help kick-start your metabolism and also keep your waist slim and trim.
However, for losing the unwanted flab and getting those abs, you will have to make certain lifestyle changes as well. Balanced eating of food that is made with clean and healthy ingredients, and exercising regularly will help you pave your way towards the path of a toned and fit body.
Luckily, just a few refreshing and tasty drinks will take you closer to your weight loss journey and require only a few minutes to be prepared. The best part is that these drinks have a low-calorie density, work effectively for cleansing and detoxing the body, and are terrific for your digestion and metabolism.
Mentioned ahead are recipes of seven DIY healthy drinks that can help keep your waist slim and trim:
#1. Lemon-ginger drink
It only takes a few ingredients to set you on a healthy path. Warm water is essential because it helps the digestion process. You’re enabling your digestive system off to a great start if you drink it first thing in the morning. And adding in lemons, which are rich in vitamins and function as a digestive and liver cleanser, can aid you further in the weight loss process. Add in ginger and you’ve got a head start to increase your metabolic rate and have a natural detoxifier at your disposal.
· 1 cup of warm water
· Freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon
· 1 knob of ginger, grated
Combine all the ingredients, but make sure that the water is warm and not boiling hot.
#2. Grapefruit and rosemary drink
This combination of nutrients is great for your health. We all know that everything fresh is the way to go. And freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice contains vitamin C that also aids in detoxifying the body and lowering the bad cholesterol. On the other hand, rosemary improves your blood circulation and digestion.
· 1 cup of water
· Freshly-squeezed juice of 1/2 grapefruit
· 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary needles
· 1 tablespoon honey
Boil water with chopped fresh rosemary needles and honey; it would be even better if you could place in a tea infuser before boiling. Reduce the heat and let simmer for five minutes. After removing the rosemary needles, allow the liquid to cool a little. Lastly, combine the infused rosemary water with the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
#3. Cucumber-ginger drink
Ginger is an ancient ingredient that is great for easing gastrointestinal problems, boosts the immune system, and acts as a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent. Cucumbers also have anti-inflammatory compounds, are great antioxidants, and have anti-cancer benefits.
· 1 cup of water
· 1 (1-inch) knob of peeled ginger
· 1 teaspoon honey
· A few slices of cucumber
Boil water with ginger for five minutes. Once boiled, you can remove the ginger if you like and add the honey, and let it cool. After it has cooled you can add the cucumber slices.
#4. Blueberry-carrot smoothie
A great way to start your day is with a healthy breakfast, and the best way to do that is have something that contains all the vitamins and minerals that our body requires. Fresh fruit and vegetables, combined with non-fat milk or yogurt is the way to go.
· 1 cup of non-fat milk or yogurt
· 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
· 2 tablespoons whole oats
· 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Add honey to enhance the taste. Blend until everything is combined well.
#5. Green tea with ginger
With our strenuous lifestyles, it’s important that we take out time to reap green tea or milk thistle tea benefits. We all know green tea is amazing! It is filled with rich nutrients that lower the risk of cancer, aids in cutting the fat from the food we consume, and helps our brain become more active. It can even help ease your left side pain in the abdomen. Now combine that with the heroic detox benefits of ginger, and you’ve got at your disposal a wonder woman drink!
· 1 cup water
· 1-inch ginger root, peeled and grated
· 1 teabag green tea
· 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Combine water and ginger in a saucepan, and bring to boil over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, and then infuse the green tea teabag in the mixture for three minutes. Remove the tea bag and add honey to enhance the taste. Drink while still warm.
#6. Blueberry orange water
Who doesn’t love blueberries? They’re flavorful, rich in antioxidants, and when you combine them with the healing properties of mandarin oranges, you have a power packed detox drink. Both of these fantastic foods are bursting with Vitamin C and fiber. These miraculous berries are great preventives for ulcers too.
· 6 cups water
· 2 mandarin oranges, cut into wedges
· a handful of blueberries
· Ice as desired
Combine all of the ingredients into a pitcher and let it rest in the fridge for minimum two hours or maximum twenty-four hours. Serve chilled.
#7. Fat burning detox drink
We all know the golden boy of fat burning detox drinks, the fantastic four combination of apples cider vinegar, cinnamon, lemon, and apples. Apple cider vinegar is the focal ingredient, which helps treat problematic acne, and also aids in keeping people fuller for longer periods of time. Cinnamon helps increase the metabolic rate, decrease food cravings, burn excess sugar, and takes preventive measures for fat storage. As discussed earlier, lemon juice is packed with vitamin C and so many other things. Apples are packed with rich fiber.
· 1.5 cups of water
· 1-2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
· 1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
· 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
· 1/2 teaspoon sweetener
· Half of an apple (sliced)
Blend all the ingredients in a blender for almost ten seconds except for the sliced apples. Add the apple slices. It’s up to you to drink or eat the apple slices.
Have a happy journey towards a fit and healthy waistline! Bottoms up!
Note: Please consult with your physician, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before making any dietary changes.
About Ashley Rosa: Ashley Rosa is a freelance writer and blogger. As writing is her passion that why she loves to write articles related to the latest trends in technology and sometimes on health-tech as well. She is crazy about chocolates. You can find her on twitter: @ashrosa2.