Get Rid of Puffy Eye Bags & Water Weight Naturally

When I eat too much salt, my face looks like the marshmallow man, I get puffy eye bags and my abs look and feel pudgy. Do you ever feel the same way after eating something too salty or eating out at a restaurant? (Restaurants almost always put too much salt in their food!) Well if you haven’t felt that way before, you are either super lucky or may be just eating too much salt to actually notice how you feel or look. In either case, there is one surefire way to get you feeling and looking your best – and that’s to eat vegetables that have magical powers. Magic that is loaded with potassium and very low in sodium which creates the perfect electrolyte balance in your body… helping you shed the extra water weight and de-puffing your body from the inside out. There’s nothing worse in the world than a meal leaving you with a bubble gut.


Along with dandelion greens, asparagus is one of the best bloat fighters out there, but I have to admit it is a really boring vegetable. I’ve always just eaten asparagus raw or grilled asparagus with coconut oil and a little sea salt and pepper. Of course that’s a delicious way to eat it but it is really kind of plain. And I hate hollandaise sauce – don’t even get me started on that.

My preconceptions about asparagus changed dramatically when I was ironically dining out in New York City at ABC Cocina (now one of my new favorite restaurants). I had the most fabulous asparagus EVER. So good that I took each bite of it slowly so I could remember the flavors. After tasting the dish, I said to myself and my dinner companion “I am recreating this when I get home!” – so that’s what I did and boy did I turn boring old asparagus into something dynamite!

Now I have no idea if I made this exactly like the restaurant (I’m guessing not), but I do know that I made something delicious – so delicious that is it was worth eating a whole salad made out of asparagus as a main course. This recipe can also be used as a side dish – but you might not want to share any after you take a bite, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Food Babe's Asparagus Hazelnut Salad
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Serves: 2
  • 2 bunches asparagus (steamed or grilled, your choice)
  • ¼ cup manchego (hard sheep's milk cheese) shredded finely
  • ⅓ cup raw hazelnuts
  • For Dressing:
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • ½ lemon zested
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  1. While steaming or grilling asparagus, toast hazelnuts in dry pan on medium low for 10 mins, remove from heat and chop toasted hazelnuts
  2. Chop steamed or grilled asparagus into 2 inch pieces
  3. Make dressing by whisking together lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, honey, sea salt and black pepper
  4. Combine all dressing with asparagus and mix well
  5. Top dressed asparagus with shredded manchego and chopped hazelnuts.
***Of the options to cook asparagus, grilling tastes the best, choose all organic products if possible***

FYI – I got my raw organic hazelnuts from Green Polka Dot Box – which has an excellent selection of raw organic nuts (including unpasturized almonds!) at amazing prices. (Food Babe Readers get 10% off first order with an annual membership with code “FOODBABE”)


What’s your favorite way to debloat? Please share your tips with me and others in the comments below – we all can use a little less bubble gut in our lives. :)

Bon Appétit!

Food Babe

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17 Responses to “Hanging Out With The Oldie Goldies…”

  1. Veena

    I am thrilled that you were able to spend some time with ‘old folks’.


  2. Dimple

    First of all, how great of you and Elle to spend your time educating the elderly! That menu could definitely be improved…sticky buns/muffins/coffecake for breakfast?! How hard is it to provide good ‘ol fashioned oatmeal and some fruit? Hope the experience brings some change to their kitchen. Also, the vegetarian challenge sounds like a great idea! Lastly- um, where is the recipe to those yummy brownies???

    • Food Babe (to Dimple)

      Thank you Dimple! I will post the recipe soon! I’ve already gone into the freezer for another bite! Ahhhh!

  3. Shaughn

    Tonight we made a wrap with grilled portabellos, roasted red peppers, sautéed onions roasted asparagus and roasted tomatoes. Also made a balsamic glaze. Yum. My hubby wants the leftovers for his lunch tomorrow.

    • Food Babe (to Shaughn)

      Oh how I wish I wasn’t allergic to mushrooms! That wrap sounds delicious! What kind of wrap did you use?

  4. Gillian

    So glad you’re brainstorming on getting some better food! I always wish I could cater for my grandparents 24/7. My grandfather doesn’t always have the best diet, but if I make a green smoothie he’ll drink it!

    • Food Babe (to Gillian)

      Awe…that’s so cute, grandpa drinking green drinks ;) You rock!

  5. Jen

    Ick, the food they serve to kids in school and people in homes who don’t have any choice is awful! Those breakfast items are completely horrible. I have no idea how to make it better, because so many people seem to enjoy eating that way, or don’t know anything different.

    I so feel you on the Googling your symptoms and seeing a list of horrible, scary things that could be wrong with you! I think I do this about every other week :)

    Keep up the good work!

    • Jiajia (to Jen)

      Can’t agree more. My kid is going to go to the daycare since this Thursday. That daycare is supposed to be good because of the highest tuition in Charlotte uptown area. But after I read the lunch and snack menu. I totally freak out! Non organic milk, GMO products, package juice and even has chicken nuggets once a month!!! I really feel sad but what can I do… I talked to the prime teacher and was told that’s the only menu and I may not be encouraged to bring our own food to daycare.

      • Food Babe (to Jiajia)

        I must help you! This is horrible! I feel so bad you can’t send food with your daughter! Maybe I can help you write a letter to the school?

    • Food Babe (to Jen)

      Thanks Jen! I appreciate the encouragement! I don’t know what will happen when I have kids… it’s going be crazy!

  6. Jiajia

    It is so nice of you to spend time to educate the old people!!! They are closest to metabolic diseases and farest to nutrition education oppotunity:)
    BTW, the brownies make me feel hungry….

    • Food Babe (to Jiajia)

      I will post the recipe to the brownies soon – they are too good not to share!

  7. Amber

    Another request for that delicious looking brownie recipe! Yum!

  8. Julia

    Please go to Mars Hill Retirement Community in Mars Hill, NC (20 minutes north of Asheville) and get them to do a 21 day vegetarian challenge. My mother lives there and this would be wonderful!


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