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Sassy Water Recipe-Flat Belly Diet


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Does anyone know the recipe for this water and does it really work?  Thanks for any advise.
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I found the recipe as posted by a reply to your question elsewhere. Cannot vouch for the accuracy, but here is what I found:

8. 5 CUPS WATER
1 TSP/ GRATED GINGER
1 MED. CUCUMBER
1 MEDIUM LEMON
12 SPEARMINT LEAVES

COMBINE EVERYTHING AND LET IT STAND IN FRIDGE OVERNIGHT. DRINK ALL WATER THROUGHOUT NEXT DAY

With a little Google I found this:

8. 5 CUPS WATER
1 TSP/ GRATED GINGER
1 MED. CUCUMBER
1 MEDIUM LEMON
12 SPEARMINT LEAVES

COMBINE EVERYTHING AND LET IT STAND IN FRIDGE OVERNIGHT. DRINK ALL WATER THROUGHOUT NEXT DAY

I don't see how drinking this is going to work better than eating a normal, nutritious diet. 

Here's the one I found:

2 litres of water, 1 tbsp of fresh grated ginger, 1/2 lemon thinly sliced, 1/2 of a cucumber, thinly sliced, and fresh spearmint leaves. Mix and leave over night, strain and drink the next day...the whole 2 litres.

 

you peaked my curiousity about this diet. I have yet to find what the 4-day jump start entails, but here is the most accurate sassy water recipe I found and a sample jumpstart breakafst and snack:

Sassy Water
2 liters water (about 8 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber. peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon thinly sliced
12 small spearmint leaves

Combine ingredients and let it stand in fridge overnight. Drink all water the next day

Breakfast:one cup unsweetened corn flakes, one cup skim milk, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (which take forever to chew), and 2 tablespoons raisins. Smoothie:1 cup skim milk, 1 cup frozen fruit (blueberries, peaches, pineapple, etc.) Blend for one minute; then add 1 TB of flaxseed oil.

 

Most diets will say they want you to drink about 2 liters of water per day

 

maybe this one just puts a fancy name on it and adds flavor to the water to get you to drink it ? 

A 'flabby belly' is often a combination of fat and retained fluid.  Fluid is retained usually due to dehydration, so if you're better hydrated you can see an improvment in flabbiness and also a reduction in cellulite.  Drinking more water (flavoured with whatever you like, frankly) is a good move.  1 - 2 litres a day is the usual.  More if you exercise or live in a hot climate, of course.

At the same time, avoid sugar, sweeteners, alcohol, caffeine, salt and all processed/refined and starchy foods.  They also cause dehydration.
Original Post by dragonshadows00:

Most diets will say they want you to drink about 2 liters of water per day

 

maybe this one just puts a fancy name on it and adds flavor to the water to get you to drink it ?

 I think so!  The combination sounds delicious, but it's certainly no silver bullet.

what is the purpose of this water concoction, and why if it does work?
I have heard that cucumbers are good for releaving bloating as well as ginger, maybe that's got something to do with it
yup, I was about to say the same thing, cucumber and lemon are natural dirutetics and gingers and spearment help relieve bloating ... i'm definitely gonna make some just to drink not as a diet
Original Post by sorayazada:

yup, I was about to say the same thing, cucumber and lemon are natural dirutetics and gingers and spearment help relieve bloating ... i'm definitely gonna make some just to drink not as a diet

 

That is what I am thinking.  It actually sounds pretty good to me.

I found a very insightful site giving a more indepth explanation of the Flat Belly diet....

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/flat-belly -diet

At the end of the day, it's just a new label on an old mediterranean diet! lol

But the Prevention website wont tell you much about what the diet intells, they want you to buy the book, when all you have to do is do a little research and make you own 1600 calorie diet for free!!

 

I have the book for this diet.  Yes, I'm smacking myself on the forehead for wasting my money.

The Sassy Water is to encourage you to drink more water throughout your day. Some people don't like to drink plain water so, I guess, this jazzes things up a bit.  The ingredients are supposed to help reduce bloating (hence the name, anti-bloat diet).  The main focus of this diet are the MUFAs.  It advocates at least three servings of MUFAs per day.  The shake that is part of the 1200 cal. first week is atrocious even if you make it fresh.  I couldn't and had to make it the night before and then remix it in a shaker.  I think it has something to do with the flaxseed oil (which tastes terrible and gives you gas) separating from the other ingredients.  Gag me, literally.  I love nuts so that part was refreshing.

Mostly this is just eating more fresh fruits and veggies and monounsaturated fatty acids in the appropriate portions.  You don't need to spend the $$ on the book to do that. 

SASSY WATER RECIPE: Kiss Straight From The Flat Belly Diet Member Site ~ SERVES: 1; 1 Serving = 1  Glass

PREP TIME: 5 min; Chilling time: Overnight

TOTAL COOK TIME: none

Ingredients 2 liters water (about 8 and 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 small spearmint leaves.

Directions Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day.

Note: The ingredients in Sassy water aren’t just for flavor: the ginger helps calm and soothe your GI tract. Even more important, the simple act of making this Sassy Water every day will serve as a reminder during the Jumpstart that life is a little bit different and things are going to change.

Since I haven't been drinking enough water lately, I thought I would give the sassy water a try. I made some yesterday (minus the mint - 3 stores, no mint) and let it chill overnight. I've been drinking it all day - it is really good, even without the mint. I only used half a cucumber, but you can still taste it, in my opinion a whole one would be too strong.

I look at it as a great way to ensure the consumption of 2L/day.

1aprilfool - I've tried to use flaxseed oil several different ways.


I have found that it needs to be fully blended into the dish to prevent it from separating (which also makes me gag). I made a smoothie this morning with 1c nonfat plain yogurt, 1tsp honey, 1T flaxseed oil, 1T almond butter, and 1T peach preserves (with cinnamon) - I blended it with an immersion blender - it tasted amazing, like a peach cobbler.

I have also blended flaxseed oil into homemade hummus or black bean dip.

are you supposed to mash the mint, cucumber, lemon, and ginger into the water, or just let it sit there?


I use a little flax seed oil as my salad oil and it doesn't bother me at all. Flax seeds seem to be much easier for me to eat because you can sprinkle them on your cereal. I've even sprinkled them in salad and veggies wraps before with no problem.

I found a slightly different version of this recipe...

Sassy Water
2 liters water (about 8 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber. peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon thinly sliced      &nb sp;               &nb sp;               &nb sp;               &nb sp;               &nb sp;             12 small spearmint leaves      &nb sp;               &nb sp;               &nb sp;               &nb sp;               &nb sp;               &nb sp;  1 gullible person willing to believe this crap 

Okay that was a little mean...sorry.  But seriously guys, when will people start accepting there are no magic solutions?  Calories in vs. calories out...it's pretty simple...

Boy that didn't turn out did it?...lol

Ingredients 2 liters water (about 8 and 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 small spearmint leaves.

+1 gullible person to believe this crap...

Ground Flax seed is WAY better, no smell or gas...If you ingest flax seed you MUST drink 64oz same day or the gas is unsocial!

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Hi, with a little google I've found this.  I've been on for 3 days now and lost 5lbs already.  Hope this helps.

Ok, here are the Cliff Notes regarding the jump start for those of you without the book.

The four bad guys of bloat: stress, lack of fluid, lack of sleep, air travel.

Four Days, What to avoid:
1. The salt shaker, salt-based seasonings, and highly processed foods.
2. Excess carbs. Decrease your intake of high-carb foods such as:

Pasta, Bananas, Bagels & Pretzels.
3. Bulky Raw food (ie: eat cooked carrots, not raw)
4. Gassy foods:

Legumes, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Onion,

Peppers and Citrus fruits.
5. Chewing gum (you swallow air, causing bloat)
6. Sugar alcohols (Xyliyol & Maltitol)
7. Fried foods
8. Spicy foods
9. Carbonated drinks (soda!!!)
10. Alcohol, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and acidic fruit juices

Remember, these "rules" are just for the four day jump start period.

Four Days, What to do:
1. Follow the meal plan exactly ( I had to modify, as I am a vegetarian).
2. Eat four meals a day, for a total of 1,200 calories
3. Drink one full recipe of Sassy Water (recipe below).
4. Take a quick 5 minute after meal walk
5. Eat slowly
6. Work your mind (the book give you "mind tricks" to help keep you motivated).


 

 

 

Sassy Water
2 Liters water (8.5 cups)
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 small spearmint leaves

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. Drink the entire pitcher by the end of the each day.

The Meal Plan
Day 1
Breakfast:      1c. unsweetened cornflakes

1 c. skim milk

1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce

1/2c. raw unsalted sunflower seeds

Glass of Sassy Water

 

Lunch:        &nb sp;    4 oz. Applegate Farms antibiotic-free honey maple turkey rolled up 1 light string cheese

1 pink fresh grape tomatoes

Glass of sassy water

 

Smoothie:      Blueberry smoothie. Place 1 c. skim milk and 1 c. frozen unsweetened blueberries in blender and blend for 1 minute. Transfer to glass and stir in 1 Tbsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil

 

Dinner:        &nb sp;   1 c. fresh or frozen cooked green beans (steamed of microwaved)

 4oz. tilapia

1/2 c. roaster red potatoes drizzled with 1 tsp. olive oil

Glass of Sassy Water


 

Day 2
Breakfast:      1c. Rice Krispies

1 c. skim milk

1/4c. sunflower seeds

4oz. pineapple tidbits canned in juice

Glass of Sassy Water

 

Lunch:        &nb sp;    3oz. chunk light tuna in water

1 c. steamed or microwaved baby carrots

1 light string cheese

Glass of Sassy Water

 

Smoothie:      Pineapple smoothie. Place 1 c skim milk, 4 oz. canned pineapple tidbits in blender, add a handful of ice and whip for 1 minute. Transfer to glass, and stir in 1 Tbsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil.

 

Dinner:        &nb sp;   1c. fresh crimini mushrooms sauteed with 1 tsp olive oil

3 oz. grilled chicken breast

1/2 c. steamed brown rice

Glass of Sassy Water


 

Day 3
Breakfast:      1 c. unsweetened cornflakes

1 c. skim milk

1/4 c. sunflower seeks

2 Tbsp. raisins

Glass of Sassy Water

 

Lunch:        &nb sp;    4 oz. Applegate Farms antibiotic-free honey maple turkey rolled up 1 light string cheese

1 pink fresh grape tomatoes

Glass of sassy water

 

Smoothie:      Peach- Place 1 c. skim milk and 1 c. frozen, unsweetened peaches in blender and blend for 1 minute. Transfer to glass and stir in 2 tsp flaxseed oil.

 

Dinner:        &nb sp;   1 c. fresh or frozen cooked green beans (steamed or microwaved) 3 oz. grilled or baked turkey breast cutlet

1/2 c. roasted red potatoes drizzled with 1 tsp. olive oil

Glass of Sassy Water

 

 

 

Day 4
Breakfast:      1 packet instant Cream of Wheat

1c. skim milk

1/4c. sunflower seeds

2 Sunsweet Ones Dried Plums

Glass of Sassy Water

 

Lunch:        &nb sp;    3oz. chunk light tuna in water

1 c. grape tomatoes

1 light string cheese

Glass of Sassy Water

 

Smoothie:      Strawberry - Combine 1 c. skim milk and 1 c. frozen, un-sweetened strawberries in blender. Blend, transfer to glass and stir in 2 tsp flaxseed oil.

 

Dinner:        &nb sp;   1c. fresh or frozen yellow squash sauteed with 1 tsp olive oil

3 oz. chicken breast

1/2c. steamed brown rice

Glass of Sassy Water

 

After the 4 day jump start, you can transfer to the regular Flat Belly Diet.
I highly recommend that you purchase the book. It explains the science behind the diet, provided motivational tips, and numerous recipes and meal plans.

This is what I found for AFTER the jump start: ( It's only 3 days, but it will get you started)

Day 1

 

Breakfast
1/2 c oats simmered or microwaved with water; nonfat milk added to taste

Mid-morning
6 oz live and active cultures yogurt
Water

Lunch
Herb, spinach, or tomato omelette (2 yolks, 3 whites)
Plain-dressed leaf salad (with vinaigrette

Mid-afternoon
10 oz nonfat milk with 1/2 tsp honey

Dinner
Plain flattened chicken breast rolled in crushed pine nuts and pan-fried (make one extra, and refrigerate)
Spinach with carrot puree (no butter)

Dessert
6 plums with rice pudding
OR
3 rings pineapple, roasted, with low-fat sour cream

Two hours before bed
1 apple
1 banana
6 almonds
Small cup nonfat milk, warmed, with 1/2 tsp honey

 

 

 

Day 2
Breakfast
2 egg yolks and 3 whites whisked and scrambled
10 oz freshly squeezed orange juice

Mid-morning
6 oz live and active cultures yogurt

Lunch
Cold chicken from yesterday, sliced, with 2 tsp mayonnaise Leaf salad, including watercress (with vinaigrette)


Mid-afternoon
6 oz live and active cultures yogurt

Dinner
Grilled, poached, or pan-fried salmon fillet
OR
Cannelloni stuffed with spinach and almonds
Sliced tomato and cucumber salad
3 Tbsp peas
3 Tbsp corn
Med baked potato with 1 Tbsp sour cream

Dessert
Bowl of mixed strawberries and raspberries (1/2 cup)
1 Tbsp light cream
6 Brazil nuts

Two hours before bed
Cup of warm nonfat milk with 1/2 tsp honey
1 apple

 

 

 

Day 3
Breakfast
Oatmeal, as day one

Mid-morning
6 oz live and active cultures yogurt

Lunch
4 oz tuna packed in spring water, served with salad, capers, and olives

Mid-afternoon
6 oz live and active cultures yogurt

Dinner
6 oz fillet steak, grilled
OR
2 "skinny" burgers (minced beef, nothing else)
Served with 1 Tbsp tangy tomato salsa
4 oz baked potato with 1 tsp sour cream

Dessert
Grapes with sour cream and brown sugar, grilled
1 Tbsp light cream

Two hours before bed
Warmed milk as before
1 apple
1 peach

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

 

 

 

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