Long Tall Lemonade

Glucomannan powder provides the thickening power and hunger-busting action in this gluten-free, diabetic friendly, primal, Fast Day (FD) libation. Take a break from water with Susie T’s chemistry experiment made good!



Refreshing lemon with thickened water and a splash of unfiltered apple cider vinegar makes a great Fast Day (FD) change from the normal water.

Sometimes you’re craving something sweet to drink as a break from the usual–water-water-everywhere. One of the handy beverages we concocted features a hunger-busting tool: glucomannan powder. Glucomannan powder comes from the Japanese yam, aka konjac root or konyaku root. Konjac or glucomannan powder is the dried and powdered form and is a soluble fiber that rapidly and dramatically expands with fluid. Because it rapidly expands when reconstituted, you need to take care when using it. NEVER use glucomannan dry. It will choke you. End of debate. Some companies sell glucomannan in capsules. Many take these capsules daily as an appetite suppressant, but I think even that is risky–especially when you have any issue with swallowing or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). I play it  safe and believe in adding liquid to glucomannan, or mixing it in a recipe and cooking it, before consuming glucomannan powder. And glucomannan should never be given to children, the elderly, or pets in any form because of choking risks.

Konjac aka glucomannan powder is the same ingredient used to make shirataki noodles and all the shirataki variations. Glucomannan powder is very versatile and can be used to make dumplings in addition to pasta. It gives low calorie-low carb breads a bit of flexibility and adds moistness to gluten-free recipes. When used properly, glucomannan is a great way to add soluble fiber to your diet without adding calories.

One of Fast Days Healing Days favorite ways to use it is in beverages as a thickener. And a surprisingly refreshing drink is FDHD Long Tall Lemonade. LTL (Long Tall Lemonade) combines tart citrus with a bit of salt and potassium salt, along with a bit of unfiltered apple cider vinegar. We won’t make any health claims, because we don’t roll that way. It’s just a fun and unexpected way to quench thirst, fill you up for a couple of hours and provide a good source of soluble fiber. Hope you’ll try it and let us know how you like it!



Long Tall Lemonade

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Serving

Serving Size: 12 oz Beverage

Long Tall Lemonade

Glucomannan powder provides the thickening power and hunger-busting action in this gluten-free, diabetic friendly, primal, Fast Day (FD) libation. Take a break from water with Susie T's chemistry experiment made good!


3/4 teaspoon glucomannan powder
12 ounces cold filtered water--or unsweetened sparkling water
1/16 teaspoon True Lemon--or 1 wedge lemon
1/8 teaspoon [sea salt|


    Whisk glucomannan into cold water and stir like crazy to keep it from clumping. Add lemon or True Lemon, No Salt (potassium salt), and unfiltered apple cider vinegar to taste. Stir well. Add ice.
    Drink a full glass of water on the side! Glucomannan has a thickening power of over 10x it's volume and could pose a choking hazard to small children, animals, the elderly and anyone with problems swallowing.


Drink lots of water if you decide to use this tool for combatting hunger. Women in Japan have been drinking glucomannan water for years; taken 30 minutes before a meal, in order to help them eat smaller portions. We love the citrus, vinegar and salt combination. The potassium salt helps give you a big boost of potassium (650 mg/ 1/4 tsp).

The No Salt and sea salt help deliver a boost of minerals on a hot day!

Serving Ideas Serve with lots of ice.

Nutritional Information

0 Calories; 0g Fat (0.0% calories from fat); 0g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 235mg Sodium; 0g Net Carbohydrate

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Author: Susie T. Gibbs

SusieT is passionately committed to seeking studies and research detailing the most effective strategies for killing inflammation, boosting health, increasing energy and expanding longevity through nutrition. Seeking health through ancestral principles and making darn good food while traveling along life’s path to better health occupies a key place in her personal food philosophy. SusieT develops recipes and writes about cooking, food, health and nutrition news. Find her latest work in CarbSmart Magazine, a digital magazine from the leaders in low carbohydrate information. A two-year survivor from late stage, hormone-positive breast cancer, SusieT encourages everyone to meet their kitchen and begin a love affair with life and cooking good, clean, nourishing meals. The life you save could be your own. Email SusieT with questions and suggestions for new 5:2 and 4:3 ADF/EOD recipes.

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  1. I REALLY Like the idea of this. How long before yours started to turn to gel? I have tried this many ways and it always starts turning to gel within a matter of a few minutes.

  2. Thanks…I drink lots of cola…this will help in my withdrawal…

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