Keep Your Belly Flat With These 10 Bloat-Fighting Foods
If you're gearing up to spend a day in a bikini or just want to have a flatter stomach, the foods you eat can have a big impact on your stomach. Some foods, such as carbonated beverages, cruciferous veggies, and artificial sweeteners, are known to make your belly bloat.
Luckily, there are some foods that will keep your tummy flat all day. Bonus: these foods are also packed with fiber to help you feel full and can aid in digestion: win-win! Load up on these slimming foods for Summer and keep snacking on them all day — your waistline will thank you!
Avocados are a good source of fiber as well as MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acid), which studies have shown may target belly fat.
Try it: These creative ways to use avocado will help you get over avocado fatigue.
It's said that MUFA (monounsaturated fats) are a secret ingredient that help burn away belly fat. Almonds are a good source of monounsaturated fats and help curb cravings since they are a good source of vegetable protein and fiber.
Try it: For a fun twist on regular almonds, try this healthy and hearty apple almond yogurt smoothie from celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.
Lemons and limes are great additions to your diet to help cleanse your system.
Try it: Start the day with a mug of hot water and lemon, or add lemon or lime to your water.
Beets are a good source of fiber and protein, but to watch sugar intake, it's best not to overdo it on these.
Try it: This easy roasted beet salad is sure to become a favorite.
Dandelion greens help stimulate the digestive tract and have diuretic properties.
Try it: Make this detoxifying berry and dandelion greens smoothie.
Cabbage can help release excess fluid and water retention, but be careful — for some people, it can have the opposite effect and make them feel gassier.
Try it: These healthy cabbage recipes are a great place to start.
Artichokes have a high fiber content to help keep your digestive tract moving, as well as potassium, which helps flush out sodium from your system and debloat your belly.
Try it: Here's how to prepare an artichoke so you can enjoy it in different dishes.
Fiber-rich oatmeal is a great option for breakfast because it's filling, so you won't indulge in a muffin or bagel by midmorning. It's also full of fiber, which can help regulate your digestion. Opt for plain oatmeal since the flavored brands can be full of sugar; jazz it up yourself with fresh berries and nuts.
When choosing a fish, try salmon or tuna since they are both high in omega-3s, which reduce inflammation in the body and can help regulate your hormones. Plus, salmon is packed with protein, which, combined with the healthy fats, will leave you feeling full.
Try it: This easy salmon recipe is a one-pot meal that comes with its own side of tasty veggies.