Benefits of Lemon Water

It’s no secret, I think lemons are great, beyond great. Lemons are amazing! The smell, the sweetness, and tartness they are a prefect little food packed with nutrients that cleanse, detox, and aid weight loss. The benefits of lemons are no secret either. Hello, there is actually a lemonade diet and the popular 17 Day Diet suggests drinking juice from half a squeezed lemon every morning before your first meal. But why? Read on to find out. . .
Benefits of Lemon Water
Detoxification
Drinking lemon juice in the morning detoxifies your liver and cleanses the kidneys by helping the body remove unwanted toxins.

Digestion
Lemons improve digestion by keeping bacteria away. You can add freshly squeezed lemon juice to food or drink a glass of lemon water after each meal to stimulate the creation of stomach acid. They are also proven to give your regular bowel [...]

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Taco Salad in a Jar

Looking to save time in the kitchen? Preparing meals in advance is one of the best ways to spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing, well, whatever else you want. If you are new to pre-planning meals, start with salads-in-a-jar. These salads are simple to make and can last 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
Taco Salad in a Jar!
 

The best part of a salad in a jar you can add anything you would like. Follow these steps for a delicious 17 day diet approved taco salad-in-a-jar or substitute any ingredients to create the salad of your dreams. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. 

Start with a clean 32oz glass jar or a couple.
Layer 1: Salsa or any other 17 Day Diet approved dressing you prefer
Layer 2: Ground Turkey or ground chicken
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Welcome Back Pumpkins!

It’s just about that time of year again…. we start to see signs of fall: spicy smell of cinnamon, halloween decorations and candy at the store, autumn veggies, and that includes Pumpkins! A lot of friends on Facebook have been talking about their Pumpkin Latte’s at Starbuck’s and this excites me. I love this season! But, don’t we all?!

Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe + benefits of adding pumpkin to your diet!

Speaking of pumpkins… Have you ever wondered what the health benefits of eating pumpkin is? Here are 10 health benefits just for you:

Orange vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots and butternut squash carry the antioxidant Beta-Carotene. This has been known to possibly play a role in cancer prevention. PLUS, the seeds of the pumpkin have sterols in them that have been linked to fight off some cancers, too! So save the seeds and roast [...]

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The Natural Low-Carb Pasta

Sneak more vegetables into your diet with this unique low-carb food, spaghetti squash. A one-cup serving of spaghetti squash has only 42 calories which is 130 calories less than one serving of pasta. Never cooked with spaghetti squash before? Follow things steps for easy, quick cooking. Spaghetti squash is the perfect accompaniment to the Paleo lifestyle.
1. Cut the squash in half lengthwise.
1Squash

2. Scoop out the seeds and place the cut side down on a greased baking sheet.
2Squash

3. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
4Squash

4. Remove from the oven and let the squash cool until it can be handled.
5. Scrape the flesh out of the squash with a fork. The flesh will turn into strands resembling, you guessed it, spaghetti.
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Key Lime Pie Protein Shake

When a craving hits, they are difficult to ignore. For the past few days, I have been craving key lime pie but instead of wandering to the grocery store late one night to devour a pie that would rightfully earn me unwanted pounds. I put my creative side to use and made a clean key lime pie. Okay it isn’t really pie; it is a protein shake but oh man it is delicious and healthy all wrapped into one.
key lime

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I love BSN Vanilla Ice Cream)
Zest from 1 key lime
1 tablespoon key lime juice (about 3 key limes)
 5-10 ice cubes
1 cup almond milk, water, or coconut milk, unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon stevia
1 teaspoon sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
1 cup spinach (to make it green)

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into [...]

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Introducing our Newest App: Meal Plan for 17 Day Diet!

17 Day Diet Meal Plan appThe 17 Day Diet’s never been easier to follow! Normally this diet requires significant meal planning and tracking, but most of us just don’t have much time for that. With work, school, kids activities, and a social life to focus on, who’s got time for planning, calculating and tracking meals? Well now we’ve done it ALL for you!

We’ve taken 17 Day Diet compliant recipes and put them into meal plans just for you. The servings have been calculated and the meals have been balanced. This app is all you need to succeed on this diet.

17 Day Diet Meal Plan appYou just tell us which cycle you’re on and every week you’ll get a new meal plan that’s been hand-picked by us, just for you. There’s even a shopping list for [...]

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Cauliflower Breadsticks!

 
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Cauliflower Crust Garlic Breadsticks
Ingredients:

1/4-1/2 a head of cauliflower (about 2 cups) (Beneficial)
1 teaspoon olive oil (Beneficial)
1 clove garlic, minced (Beneficial)
1 large egg (Beneficial)
4 oz low fat mozzarella cheese, grated (Beneficial)
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
1 pinch each salt and pepper
Cooking spray
Optional for dipping:Marinara sauce (Neutral)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper so that paper hangs over the sides.
Lightly spray parchment paper with cooking spray.
Rice the cauliflower. To “rice,” grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater.
Cook “rice” in the microwave until soft, about 6-7 minutes, stirring every two minutes.
While the cauliflower cooks, beat the egg, garlic, 3 ounces of the cheese, 1/4 teaspoon dried italian herb seasoning, and salt and pepper.
Add cooked cauliflower to cheese mixture and combine.
Spread “dough” into your loaf pan.
Bake 30 minutes, remove from oven, flip over and bake an additional ten minutes on the other side. The bread sticks [...]

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17 Day Diet Fruit Chart

Find out what is in the allowed fruits for cycle one of the 17 Day Diet. Don’t be alarmed by the sugars as they all come from natural sources. Focus on the fiber, if you are lacking fiber in your diet reach for some blueberries. 
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* Fruit is measured as 1 medium piece of fruit or 1 cup fruit.

For more information on the 17 Day Diet, get the book written by Dr. Moreno!

For guidance while on the 17 Day Diet including personal support (we’ll answer your questions directly) see our app available on iPhone, Android phones and Kindle:
17 Day Diet Complete
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Oatmeal Muffins

This is the perfect recipe to accompany the 17 Day Diet (cycle two). If you are looking for a breakfast/snack for cycle one, check out our Egg Muffins. These oatmeal muffins are packed with fiber, whole grains, and protein. Eat them for a satisfying breakfast or as a pre-workout snack.

oatmeal cups

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup Agave sweetener
1 tablespoon stevia
1 1/4 cups water
1 large egg
1/2 cup egg white subsistute or 3 egg whites
1 ½ Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Toppings: fresh berries, Maple Bananas, or apples

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Spray liners with coking spray to prevent any sticking.
Combine oats, cinnamon, stevia, and baking powder in a bowl and mix together.
In a separate bowl, whisk together Agave, egg, egg whites, water, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
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Eat Right for Your Type: Maple Bananas

Need a delicious and healthy treat to fit into a Blood Type B Diet or any diet for a matter of fact. Blood type B’s digestive system is tolerant to most food types including fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy. This banana dessert is an easy and versatile treat to add to your diet list.

Maple Bananas Treat

All you will need is bananas and maple syrup.
**I used an agave and maple mixture but you can use any liquid sweetener that you like or have on hand mincluding honey.

Maple Bananas Treat

 

1. Slice Bananas about 1/2 inch thick
2. Coat the bananas in the sweetener
3. Heat a small frying pan to medium-high heat.
4. Spray the pan with cooking spray
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