Just because you’re looking for a flat belly, it doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself. In fact, there are many flat belly foods for women that can actually help your tummy look slimmer and your pants fit looser. We’ve come up with a list of flat belly summer foods that you should definitely make a part of your flat belly diet menu.
Here are the Top 10 Flat Belly Foods to Try This Summer:
Almonds (with skins) and Walnuts. In addition to being a quick and convenient on-the-go snack, almonds and walnuts pack a lot of belly-busting power. Munching almonds can give you the protein you need to get through your day and reduce the chance that you’ll dive for junk food. The Omega 3 fatty acids in walnuts can burn fat. Just make sure that you skip the salt, which will cause you to bloat. Click here to learn more about why we’re nuts about nuts.
Avocados. Avocados are full of fiber (about 15 grams per each), so they can also keep hunger and unnecessary eating at bay. Plus, avocados have monounsaturated fatty acids, which – like Omega 3’s – actually burn fat. Skip the guacamole and chips and opt instead for fresh. Learn more about the health benefits of avocados here.
Apples. An apple a day can help keep a flabby belly away. Apples also have hunger-satisfying fiber as well as pectin that helps you stay full by encouraging the food in your stomach to digest slowly. Crunchy apples also keep you chewing longer, which keeps your mouth busy and away from junk food. Read more reasons to add apples to your diet here.
Grapefruit. Have you had your grapefruit today? Researchers have found that people who ate just half a grapefruit three times a day lost weight without changing any other part of their diet. It’s possible that grapefruit’s acidity might slow digestion, which helps you feel full longer.
Nonfat Greek Yogurt. The extra protein in Greek yogurt helps you stay full, and the probiotics carry helpful bacteria that can reduce bloating. Eat it plain, flavored (see our Skinny Strawberry Yogurt), or in a variety of creamy dishes (like our Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad or Skinny Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip) – it’s your call!
owfat Chocolate Milk. It’s not just for kids. Low-fat chocolate milk offers an ideal carb to protein ratio, which helps build muscle and lose fat. It also helps satisfy your sweet tooth so that you’re not tempted to binge later.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes are a natural diuretic, which helps keep unnecessary water retention at bay. They also provide lots of vitamin C that boosts your energy so that you can burn calories. They shine in our Heirloom Tomato Salad with Herbs and Spicy Chili with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes. Read more about the health benefits of tomatoes here.
Berries. Berries are also chock-full of fiber that helps keep you feeling satisfied. Grab a handful, blend them into a smoothie, or use them to top off your favorite healthy cereal, yogurt or skinny ice cream. Bonus tip: berries can also help battle cellulite. Read about it here.
Broccoli. Bring on the broccoli! This dark-green delight is packed with goodness with its multiple vitamins and fiber. It’s also fat free and low in calories (as long as you skip the cheese sauce). Click here to learn about why you should eat more broccoli.
Soybeans. Soybeans are a super belly fat fighter. Soybeans help thwart the accumulation of fats and change fats into energy. Because soybeans are easy to digest they help flush pesky belly fat. Soybeans are a great alkaline food to add to your diet.
Dark Chocolate. Thanks to monounsaturated fats, eating dark chocolate can actually help get rid of that bothersome belly. Eating a piece of dark chocolate may also help fend off a major sweet binge, but don’t consume more than a ¼ cup per day. Try our Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters and Slow Cooker Fudge. Read more about the benefits of dark chocolate here!