Will you be rocking a skimpy costume come Halloween night? Eat right the day before (and day of!) with this satisfying meal plan. This full-day menu highlights all of the best foods to debloat, with a few extra seasonal favorites. It doesn't neglect any major food groups, and it will help you feel a little more confident when you're celebrating.
Breakfast: Oatmeal With Sliced Banana
This whole-grain breakfast helps debloat, thanks to its fiber content, but why not top it with another debloating food — a banana! The potassium in this sweet fruit has the ability to flush out excess sodium. Just be sure to opt for all-natural old-fashioned oats instead of the sugary prepackaged stuff.
Snack: Yogurt With Fresh Fruit
The live probiotic cultures in yogurt are great for helping reduce feelings of being bloated. You can enjoy this snack on its own or add seasonal fruits like grapefruit, kiwis, or tangerines. Fruits with a high water content will pair best with your debloating efforts.
Lunch: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is rich in fiber so it helps to prevent constipation. Like bananas, quinoa also contains potassium, which helps aid in flushing out sodium. Try this quinoa power salad, which contains another debloating weapon, parsley. You can nix the feta in this recipe to avoid reversing all of your tummy-flattening work.
See the rest of the debloating menu after the break!
Afternoon Snack: Root Juice
Since debloating pineapple isn't always easy to come by, make this juice recipe instead. It contains all of the right ingredients for water retention: celery root, fennel, and ginger. Plus a few others to sweeten it up, like carrots and beets. Don't have time or a juicer? This chia seed drink is easy and does the trick.
Dinner: Rainbow Veggie Salad
This rainbow veggie salad should be a staple in your diet all Fall and Winter long. The water content in romaine works to hydrate your body while the high fiber content in the red cabbage and carrots aid in healthy digestion. Add three to four ounces of grilled chicken or half an avocado on top for the necessary protein your body needs.
Dessert: Peppermint Tea
In addition to helping you feel full, decaffeinated tea like peppermint tea or fennel seed tea can aid in digestion. The tea helps act as a diuretic to make sure all of the nutrients are absorbed and your system runs smoothly, and it doesn't hurt that it's a delicious way to end your day.
Throughout the day, make sure you stay hydrated. Water is your best friend because it will balance out any water retention and flush out the toxins in your body. Other beverages include coconut water and natural fruit juices that you're able to make at home. Steer clear of anything carbonated, as that will make you feel even more bloated, especially in the abdominal area.