The 7 Foods You Need For A Flat Stomach
With Spring here and Summer just around the corner, getting slim and staying healthy is definitely at the top of our seasonal to-do lists. Since diets are not our thing, we've come up with a few easy hacks to get you dropping pounds and clearing up pores – fast.
1. Burn fat with yogurt.
A daily dose of regular or Greek yogurt is a great way to banish that unwanted belly flab.
The probiotics in yogurt balance out the good bacteria in your gut, and this keeps things moving along your digestive tract. Plus one to three cups of low-fat or fat-free yogurt also counts toward your recommended calcium and protein servings for the day.
2. Make meals colorful with this Rainbow Yogurt Bowl.
If you’ve made a resolution to eat more plant-based foods, here’s an easy way to get in a whole day of fruit — and a whole rainbow, too!
Bright and simple, honeyed Greek yogurt is topped with an array of fresh fruits. Feel free to use whatever toppings you have in the house, but keep in mind One Green Planet’s advice that “consuming different color foods plays a role in insuring you are getting enough essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and more.”
Here’s how to make this delicious, nutritious fruit-topped yogurt bowl at home:
Rainbow Yogurt Bowl
Yield: 1 serving
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
• 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, vanilla
• 1-2 Tablespoons honey
• 2-3 strawberries
• 1/4 cup raspberries
• 1/4 cup mango and/or fresh pineapple
• 1/2 green apple, sliced
• 1/4 cup blueberries and/or blackberries
• 1-2 Tablespoons sliced almonds
• 1 Tablespoon chia or hemp seeds (optional)
• 1/2 lime or lemon (optional)
- Place yogurt in a bowl. Swirl in honey.
- Top with berries, mango, and/or pineapple, apple, almonds, and seeds. Drizzle with lime or lemon juice, if desired. Enjoy!
3. Up your metabolism with almonds.
Almonds contain monounsaturated fatty acids, and unlike other nuts, they're low on calories. The beneficial fatty acids keep you feeling full and satisfied, while at the same time increasing your metabolic rate so your body will burn fat faster.
Snack on one ounce, or about 23 almonds per day for the best benefits.
4. Use quinoa to fuel your day.
Quinoa is a whole grain and a complete protein. Whole grains are digested more slowly than refined grains, so the body uses them as fuel rather than storing them in fat cells. In fact, a group of whole-grain eaters lost significantly more belly fat than refined grain eaters in a 2008 study.
Ready to try it? Sub in quinoa for at least one of your other daily grains — up to one half-cup serving per day! Whole grains don’t have to be bland, either. This Coconut & Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers recipe is jam-packed with amazing flavors.
5. Tame your hunger with berries.
Berries are full of fiber, and fiber is great for speeding up digestion so your food doesn’t sit around in your digestive tract. Another bonus? Fiber keeps you fuller, longer! Aim for at least a half cup of berries like strawberries or blueberries each day and you’ll be getting lots of good-for-you antioxidants, too.
On your cheat day, satisfy your sweet tooth with: Chocolate Berry Cups recipe
6. Just add salmon.
Salmon is the rockstar of the omega-3 fatty acids which are known for helping us burn fat by speeding up our metabolisms. Make sure to choose wild salmon and aim for two four-ounce. servings per week.
7. Stay hydrated with flavored detox water.
If you're not a fan of plain water, try adding some fresh ingredients such as: grapefruit, cucumber, berries, or mint leaves. Not only will it add incredible flavor to your icy H2O, it'll also boost you natural nutrient intake and keep you looking slim and fresh!
For those busy work weeks, be sure to try out Detox Water's aloe-infused and electrolyte-filled mixes. Helping your body eliminate toxins, regulate blood pressure and improve circulation, these super tasty waters are perfect for staying hydrated and energized throughout the day. Then, on the weekend, sip on these amazing flavored water combinations and watch those pounds drop!