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Sassy Water

I drink a lot of water, about 1.5 – 2 litres a day.  It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, just plain water.  I really like it, simple as that!  Most of my friends think water is boring to drink on its own and like to go for the flavoured varieties and some don’t drink any at all.   Getting Miss ND to drink water is not that easy, but she is getting the hang of it and now refuses all spouted cups in favour of plain open cups, so water is good, she just gets wet sometimes!  We’re all “supposed” to be drinking 8 glasses a day but I never know how big the glass is supposed to be, so I’ll just stick with my intake.

So Sassy water.  I came across it several months ago but its been around for a while now.  I keep meaning to try it, I always have the ingredients in the fridge apart from the fresh mint leaves which are optional.
Sassy water is so named after Cynthia Sass, the co-author of The Flat Belly Diet.  It is said to help maintain a flat belly, helping to flush impurities out of your system and helping to shed the extra pounds around the tummy area (hallelujah to that!)

To make, take:

1 large glass jug
2 litres of water – we have a filter plumbed into our kitchen supply but I’m using mineral water.
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
1 medium sized cucumber – sliced thinly
1 medium sized lemon – sliced thinly
a few fresh mint leaves, if you have them

Ginger is to boost metabolism and helps calm your tummy (who can forget morning sickness, bleuch, I drank ginger tea then).

Cucumber is a natural diuretic and is said to help the body release excess stored water.

Lemon is a digestive aid and liver cleanser.

Put all the ingredients into the glass jug, refrigerate overnight to let the flavours infuse.  In the morning, strain the contents through a sieve and drink throughout the day.  

This was so very refreshing in the warmer summer days but I shall make up a jug 2-3 times a week and hopefully keep whittling down the tum.  Cheers!

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Refreshing Summer Berry Smoothie

It’s the hottest day of the year so far, summer is here!  Very often I don’t feel like eating too much, so a smoothie packed with summer berries for breakfast is a really delicious and nutritious start to the day.

I used blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, all of which are prolific in the shops right now.  Coconut water, avocado and a potassium rich banana. 

Coconut water has many essential vitamins, including vitamin C, B1, B2 and vitamin B6.  It also contains significant amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.  More on coconut water and coconut oil in future posts.

Recipe:

1 cup blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (or more or less to suit your own taste)

½ banana

1 small avocado – cubed

100 ml  coconut water

juice of  ½  small lemon or lime

few cubes of ice, to your own taste, blend 3 or 4 with the above, then add a couple of cubes to your glass for a lovely cool, refreshing drink, full of antioxidants, vitamins and good fats from the avocado.

Blend, sip slowly and enjoy!

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