January 12, 2010

Fairytale Fantasy - "Sassy Water"

At long last, I have found something about a diet to love .. 

No, it's not a detox drink and it's NOT from the cayenne pepper and lemon diet. It's SO much better and it's actually healthy!!!  It's called "Sassy Water." 

Developed by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD,  former nutrition editor of Prevention, this refreshing beverage will definitely entice you to drink those 8 glasses of water per day. The water is said to get its "sass" because it absorbs the flavors of fresh lemons, cucumbers, mint leaves, and freshly grated ginger.  

This recipe for this magic water appears in the Flat Belly Diet, written by Liz Vaccariello and coauthored by Sass. It is a core component of the book's "Four Day Jumpstart" Diet and is intended to serve as a reminder to those attempting to lose weight on the jumpstart diet that "life is different now" and they should "focus on the days ahead."  The freshly grated ginger also supposedly soothes the GI tract. 

My "sassy" water bottle has become a daily fixture on my desk and while it hasn't made my life much different, it certainly has made it more refreshing! It also secretly makes me happy because the sight of the mint leaves floating around in the water remind me of drinking mojitos, which I often dream about during a stressful or long day at the office. I highly recommend trying this recipe!  Enjoy! :-) 

Sassy Water

2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups)
1 teaspoon 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 each day.

P.S. If you've never used ginger before, here is a helpful article that will explain how to grate ginger - and I'm promise, its SIMPLE and WORTH IT!

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