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A recipe for hydration: "Sassy Water"

Ingredients for Sassy Water - a cucumber, a lemon, some ginger, and fresh mint leaves
Ingredients for Sassy Water - a cucumber, a lemon, some ginger, and fresh mint leaves
A freshly made pitcher of Sassy Water
A freshly made pitcher of Sassy Water
Photo by Megan Silea, Copyright 2010

These days it's hard to avoid ads for diets that claim to rid you of belly fat. Every social network and sponsored page seems to have featured ads touting the miracles of "flat belly diets".  There are a whole host of reasons why fat accumulates in the belly and abdomen region; that discussion is outside the scope of this article. However, a key point that comes up in almost every blog and article about belly fat is the importance of hydration.

To stay healthy and hydrated, you should drink about 2 liters of water each day (more if you are exercising or live in a dry climate). One liter is approximately 33 ounces, so that's a little more than eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day (or 4 16.9-ounce bottles - sounds much more manageable that way, doesn't it?). Water, to many of us, seems plain and boring and we use that as an excuse for drinking less healthy alternatives, like soda, tea, and coffee. Here's a recipe that just might encourage you to drink those 2 liters of water every day. It's called Sassy Water, and this recipe was handed out by the lady who owns the gym I attend. Her name is Sharon and she owns the Anytime Fitness located at 1144 N. Houston Levee in Cordova (see the link for details about the facility and a map of the location).

Sassy Water

2 liters water

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. Let flavors blend overnight. Drink the entire pitcher of water (strained) over the course of the next day.

Going through the steps to make your pitcher of water for the next day will help you establish a routine of healthy habits. According to Prevention Magazine, the ginger will also help soothe your GI tract.

Thanks again to Sharon for kicking off the "I Lost it at the Club!" program last night and sharing this recipe with us.


  • Katie 5 years ago

    This sounds so yummy, thanks!

  • Cheese 5 years ago

    Or you can just suck it up and drink water. Oh, and that 8 cups of water also includes fluid from food and all other intake. So for most it's much much less.

  • Megan Silea 5 years ago

    Katie - it IS yummy! I'm on my second pitcher now. It's a refreshing change. An added plus is that my fridge smells like fresh lemon and ginger now, too!

    Cheese - I appreciate the time you took to read and comment on the article. Certainly not everyone will want to do this, but it's always nice to have options and new ideas. Many people don't drink water (at all) because they feel it's plain and "boring". This is just a suggestion for anyone who might be interested in trying it out.

    If anyone has suggestions for recipes they would like to see featured in the future, please feel free to comment on an article here or click the link above to email me!

  • Carmen 5 years ago

    I thought that Tea could help you lose weight. At least hot green tea is supposed to.

  • Megan Silea 5 years ago

    Carmen - I have also heard that green tea can be beneficial, but I'm not a doctor or health care professional so I can't comment too specifically on it. I do know that green tea tastes good! Thank you for your comment.

  • Megan Silea 5 years ago

    Just a follow-up comment:

    The main point of the article is to offer a variation for people who are bored with drinking "plain water". It's just as good if you only drink one glass of it, and it makes your kitchen and fridge smell fantastic. So please don't feel like this is a mandate for everyone to increase their fluid intake. It's simply a recipe; you decide the quantity that's appropriate for you.


  • Sharon 5 years ago

    Megan, thanks for sharing! This recipe IS yummy. So many times people share that they don't drink water because it has no "taste". Well, this gives plain water just enough flavor to make you want more! Fun, classy...and YUMMY!

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