There’s nothing like a refreshing cold beverage on a hot day. Your beverage can double as a fat-burner with our flush the fat away water recipes. We’ve designed these recipes not only to prep your body to break down fats and burn calories efficiently, but to taste great in the process. Each of the following seven flush the fat away drink recipes contains unique health properties to help you stay hydrated and fit this summer. Have a glass before each meal to optimize the benefits.
1. Red, White, and Blueberry Lemonade
This refreshing and colorful lemonade recipe contains strawberries and blueberries, both of which are low on the glycemic index foods which are high in fiber. An excess of insulin in the blood stream can lead to weight gain, and foods which are low on the glycemic index don’t cause a spike in insulin release. Fiber helps flush the fats from the blood, keeps you regular, and also helps to stabilize blood sugar. This recipe also calls for lemon juice, the vitamin C content of which helps your body to break down fats and flush them from the body.
2. Strawberry-Basil Water
This is another drink option combining high-fiber strawberries which are low on the glycemic index with vitamin C-rich lemon juice. This recipe also calls for basil, which adds a fresh, herbaceous pop to the water. Basil has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants to protect your cells.
3. The New Southern Style Sweet Tea
Combining lime or lemon juice with fiber-rich raspberries or blueberries, this healthy version of sweet tea gives you options. It also calls for green tea, which stimulates the nervous system to burn more calories (along with delivering a hearty dose of antioxidants), and mint, which is both immensely refreshing and high in vitamin C.
4. Lemon Ginger Detox Drink
Ginger opens blood vessels, reduces inflammation, relieves nausea, and increases metabolism. It can help not only with burning fat, but with combatting the symptoms of spring and summer allergies. This spicy drink will keep you feeling lively all day.
5. Orange-Pomegranate Green Tea
You’d be hard-pressed to find a drink recipe that packs in more fat-melting vitamin C than this recipe, which combines orange juice and pomegranate juice. Pomegranate is also a low-glycemic fruit. Add in green tea, and you’ve got a mean fat-burning beverage with a very nice taste.
6. Strawberry Lemonade
Want to keep it simple? Strawberry, lemon, water, and a natural sweetener. That’s it! (Note: This recipe calls for agave, a sweetener that, like all sweeteners, should be used in moderation. Though it may have a low glycemic index, the syrup is high in fructose, which may be associated with weight gain. Also, it’s higher in calories than table sugar. Use lightly, or consider using honey instead, which has greater nutritional value.)
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7. Mean Green Juice
If you’re in the mood for something a little less sweet, try out this juice version of a green smoothie. Harnessing the fiber, vitamin and mineral content of kale and apples, the metabolism-boosting capacity of ginger, and celery, which takes more calories to chew than it provides, this green juice is great for weight management.
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