If there were foods that you could eat to get a flatter stomach, would you eat them? We would (and we do!)! Here are five foods that you should consider adding to your diet (if you don’t eat them already).
Yogurt contains probiotics, which are good-for-you bacteria that aid in digestion and fight against bloating and constipation. It also contains protein, which keeps you feeling satisfied so that you don’t end up diving into a bag of chips (or other foods that would lead to overstuffing and bloating your belly, as well as cause weight gain) soon after eating it.
Look for yogurt without a lot of added sugar; yogurt often is high in calories, which will backfire because excess sugar causes your body to retain water and look bloated and puffy.
To boost protein even more, go for Greek yogurt, which can contain as much as 17 grams of protein per 6-ounce serving, making it the perfect satisfying snack or accompaniment to oatmeal and berries at breakfast. Try Creamy Oats and Fruit Pudding or a Pomegranate Banana Protein Smoothie.
Aim for one serving of yogurt per day.
Tomatoes contain the magical combination of water and potassium, which brings on an instant flat stomach by flushing excess sodium, water and bloat from your body and belly. Plus, they’re fiber-packed (goodbye constipation and the puffiness that comes with it!) and super-low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them without gaining weight.
Snack on grape tomatoes. You can have two cups for less than 60 calories! They’ll fill you up with their fiber and water content and keep you lean.
Add tomatoes to your sandwiches, salads, omelets, soups and wraps.
Added bonus: Eat some tomatoes before you head to the beach; the lycopene in tomatoes acts as a natural sunblock.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats and research shows that dieters who ate foods containing monounsaturated fats lost more belly fat than those who ate less monounsaturated fat (even though they all ate the same number of calories). Monounsaturated fats stop blood-sugar spikes that lead to an accumulation of fat around the midsection.
One ounce (3 slices) of avocado is 50 calories.
Dip veggie slices into 1/4 cup of guacamole or mashed avocado.
Swap mayonnaise and other fatty condiments for avocado on sandwiches and in salads like potato and macaroni salads.
Quinoa is a whole grain that contains 11 grams of satisfying protein per half cup. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that dieters who ate whole grains lost more belly fat than those who ate refined grains. That means eating quinoa can help keep you from crashing and binging.
It’s fiber-rich, which helps flush wastes and toxins from the colon and flatten the belly.
Try this dinner: 4 ounces salmon, 1/2 cup quinoa and two to three cups of steamed vegetables.
Try Quinoa Quiche Tots or Creamy Spinach and Black Bean Quinoa.
Eggs are not only high in protein, but they’re one of the most satisfying foods out there. They’re great for preventing hunger and the subsequent overeating that often accompanies it. Our clients who eat eggs for breakfast tend to feel satisfied through lunchtime and are able to avoid munching on unplanned office snacks that often are high calories, fat and salt and that cause stomach distress and pouching. Plus, eggs are a good source of vitamin D—insufficient levels of vitamin D have been linked to higher levels of belly fat.
Hard cook your eggs over the weekend so you can have them ready to grab-and-go on busy mornings. Pair with fruit for a light, fast breakfast on the run.
Scramble eggs, toss in your favorite veggies and serve on top of toast, or go for our Sunny Side Avocado Breakfast for belly flattening avocado and eggs combined!
To boost vitamin D even more, try Eggland’s Best* eggs, which have four times the vitamin D compared to other eggs.
*The Nutrition Twins work with Eggland’s Best, but were not compensated for this blog.