Okay, well – it’s officially here! Summer, swimsuits, sundresses, and well you know the rest.. we know how hard you’ve been working to get that killer summer-ready body! And what about those six-packs?
Our eating habits are a HUGE indicator of how sexy those abs will really look so don’t think you can get away with eating a carton of ice cream and having a six pack – wouldn’t it be nice though? Here are the top 10 foods you should be eating right now for FAB ABS, not flabby abs!
10 Must Eat Foods For Fab Abs!
1. Eggs – Eggs are a great way to start your day because they lead to greater feelings of satiation meaning you won’t be craving that Snickers bar in the vending machine an hour into your workday. Eggs are extremely versatile in the many different methods you can cook them and also the abundance of recipe choices you have such as omelets, breakfast wraps, frittatas, and a healthy eggs benedict. Feel free to throw some Mrs. Dash original blend into your scrambled eggs or some fresh herbs into your fried eggs and omelets for a little kick!
2. Almonds – These delicious nuts contain filling protein, fiber, magnesium for energy, and Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Almonds help to stabilize your blood sugar and therefore prevent cravings that could lead to weight gain. For your daily consumption, Fitness Magazine suggests refers to the amount of almonds that could fill an empty Altoids tin. Eat them plain, sprinkle them onto your salads, or make a homemade trail mix. Just remember nuts are high in calories!
3. Soy – Genistein helps boost fat burning and reduces appetite and lucky for us, soy contains a considerable amount of genistein. Before you shun soy products, try to switch out regular meat with soy just once a week and see what happens. Make a stir-fry with tofu, quinoa, red and green bell peppers, and some avocado (and maybe a dash of hot sauce!). Soymilk, shelled edamame, and silken tofu (for smoothies) are all easy ways to sneak soy products into your diet. .
4. Apples – Who doesn’t love apples?! What body doesn’t love fiber? In a research study of overweight women, half ate two to three apples or pears a day and lost more weight than their non-apple-eating counterparts. So there IS some semblance to the good old saying “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!”
5. Berries – Berries are so delicious, they’re practically addicting. They’re loaded with fiber and antioxidants and can increase digestion and potentially aid in cancer prevention all in one bite. Try the usual raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries and also the not so usual boysenberries, gooseberries, and black currants.
6. Leafy Greens – One cup of spinach contains only 40 calories and a cup of broccoli has only 55 calories while also fulfilling 20% of your daily fiber requirement. Most leafy greens also provide you with bone-strengthening calcium, which also helps to fuel your workout. There is a plethora of things to do with leafy greens from salads to soups, sandwiches, and even just sautéing the greens up and eating them with some sea salt.
7. Plain or Greek Yogurt – Dieters who include dairy in their daily regimen have been known to lose more belly. Yogurts also help to keep your digestion system healthy with probiotics. Try to avoid pre-sweetened yogurts or the kinds with fruit in them. Buy unsweetened with live cultures and add your own fruit instead!
8. Veggie Soups – Shoot for broth based (over cream) and enjoy this extremely easy way to get your dialing recommended vegetable servings. Make a batch of soup and freeze it if you have to! This way, you’ll always have some on store for dinners on busy nights or lunches to bring to work when you don’t have time to pack one.
9. Salmon – You’ve heard it before but we’re going to say it again: Salmon is an amazing way to get protein and omega 3s. It helps promote fat burning and slows to digestion to prolong fullness. All this translates to extremely ab friendly!
10. Quinoa – Quinoa kills it with fiber and protein all in one. It has a unique nutty flavor that can be mixed into salads, with dried fruits, or as a side dish. Rinse, cook, enjoy!
And just so you have an idea, some of the worst foods and drinks – soda (carbonated, gassy, empty calories), refined carbs such as white flours and white rice, salty foods that lead to water retention, and processed snacks and sweets. There you have it – hop on down to the grocery store and pick up these ab-healthy foods, do some planks, and burn those calories! No excuses!