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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. asp 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.

Food Babe's Asparagus Hazelnut Salad

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Serves:  2


  • 2 bunches asparagus, grilled
  • ¼ cup manchego - hard sheep's milk cheese, shredded
  • ⅓ cup raw hazelnuts


  • 2 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey (get local if possible)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper


  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.


  • You can grill or steam the asparagus. Grilling tastes the best.
  • Choose all organic products if possible.

asp2 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!

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115 responses to “Get Rid of Puffy Eye Bags & Water Weight Naturally

  1. food babe……try organic apple cider vinegar on your asparagus…….very good and the vinegar is very good for you as well!

  2. Avoiding salt is an awesome way to get rid of and prevent the dreaded bloat! I’ve never been much for salt myself, but definitely notice a difference when lots of salt is used in a recipe, or if I go out to eat.

    I’d also recommend avoiding all dairy. Most humans are lactose intolerant and don’t even know it. Just think about it, we’re the only “animals” that consume the breast milk of another animal that’s actually meant for that animal’s offspring. Gross!

    I’ve cut dairy out of my diet for a couple weeks now and have noticed a major difference in how I feel! My allergies are all gone and my migraines are almost zilch. Plus, my tummy bloat? Gone! I tried cheese once after having cut dairy for a few days and boy did I bloat up after a few slices …

    Avoid salt and avoid dairy! 😛

    1. We’re the only “animals” that do a lot of things……no other animal cooks their food, no other animal plants a garden, no other animal drives a car, etc. What does that have to do with whether milk is a healthy food?

      1. I’m not sure why you got so defensive. It was just a suggestion with personal experience to back it’s validity. Sheesh!

        If you really want to know more about why avoiding dairy is best, then simply Google it. There is tons of information out there that provides scientific information on why dairy isn’t the best for humans, or why simply reducing dairy can be very helpful/beneficial. I’d share more of the information I’ve found through research with you, but I don’t think you’d take my word for it.

    2. When I hit 18, I could no longer eat ice cream without, well, some very undesirable effects. Something about the cold and dairy, so no more ice cream for me. Stopped drinking animal milk long ago–I rotate between coconut and almond milks now. Dairy actually weighs heavily in my stomach. I do indulge in cheese, though I feel better when I don’t. Kefir and moderate intake of Greek yogurt don’t seem to bother me.

      A few of my relatives had similar symptoms in reaction to dairy consumption when they hit 18, 19, and 20….

    3. My family and I avoided dairy for about 8-10months. I’ve never felt better. Need to get back to that. I always feel sluggish and tired now!
      Will be doing this recipe sans cheese!

  3. My 2 favorite ways to de bloat are:
    1. Teach a killer 90 minute Spinning class
    2. Ride 50-75 hard miles with my road cycling team

  4. Organic asparagus from California only seems to be available in the Spring. I won’t buy the stuff from Chile. Scary!!

    1. We just got some from our farmer’s market. We’re in the Mojave Desert’s VIctor Valley, though some farmers come from elsewhere in SoCal. I don’t know where this one was from.

    2. I just ate some farmers’ market asparagus. So much tastier and sweeter than the grocery stuff. Though I live in Chicago, so I don’t know where it’s from–do they grow asparagus in Michigan or Wisconsin (that’s where most of our “local” farmers’ market items come from here)? You’re lucky in California–the farmers’ market options out there are amazing.

  5. I substituted pine nuts for hazelnuts (because I could not find them in 2 grocery stores and didn’t feel like driving to a 3rd lol) and it was awesome !

  6. Just made this for my dinner tonight and it was fabulous!! Didn’t have hazelnuts so I used sliced almonds…fantastic!!

  7. Vani, thank you for the great work that you do. 🙂

    My comment is directed toward my fellow commenters. There is a way to state your point of view without sounding insulting or condescending, isn’t there? “Why would anyone eat meat? So gross, so dumb.” “If you’re still eating dairy you need to have your head examined.” “I would never feed my children hot dogs, organic or not. Anyone who does is a terrible parent.” Yikes, people. Rude much?

    Yes, we buy mostly organic/non-GMO at our house. Most of our meals are eaten at home, and I cook the vast majority of it from scratch. I don’t raise my own chickens, keep hens for eggs or grow my own veggies (would love to do all of those!), but we eat pretty well and get our share of moderate exercise. We’re a pretty healthy bunch. My husband can’t eat gluten as it is the only thing that wreaks havoc with his digestive system so my son and I eat mostly gluten-free by default as well. Do I go to a dinner party at a friend’s house and declare that anyone who still ingests gluten (while the bread basket is being offered) is an idiot and is killing his/her body if they eat bread or pasta? Do I demand a grass-fed, non-GMO, organic burger at a family cookout because that’s how we do it at home? Do I sit across from a friend at Sunday brunch and laugh at her when she orders Eggs Benedict and tell her how bad it is for her? (Well, definitely no on the last one, as I probably ordered the same thing, but with crab cakes thrown in as well. And a mimosa. Or two.) Why would I ruin someone’s good time just for the sake of trying to “inform” him/her?” Rude, right?

    I love food. Food to me means family, conversation. A well-executed dish is to me a feast for the senses, especially when paired with an excellent wine. I love to cook. I eat cheese, small amounts of red meat, and use butter, cream and a reasonable amount of salt in my dishes. I also eat a ton of veggies, fruit and whole grains. Is it going to make a difference if you sit (anonymously) in front of a computer screen and basically tell me that I’m a completely stupid individual for eating the way that I do? Not one iota, sorry. Mind your own plate, please… and bon appetit!

    1. Thanks for the reality check Lisa. Rudeness on line is far too common and totally unnecessary. Remember the recent terrible treatment Vani experienced that was rude and downright scary? So inappropriate. I have seen anonymous posters respectfully agree to disagree, sans degrading sarcasm, it can be done

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