8. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are all the rage right now, and with good reason! I especially love chia seeds for their incredible power to beat belly bloat and give me energy! Chia seeds gel up when added to liquids, about 10 times their original size. This creates a powerful effect to whisk away water weight and toxins, once they are ingested. Chia seeds are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, so they are a great substitute for salmon if you’re vegan, or a great addition to your diet overall. Chia seeds can be added to anything, are low in calories, and extremely high in fiber. They contain potassium, which is a powerful electrolyte that beats bloating, and keeps your body hydrated. Chia seeds are perfect to eat before a workout, or afterwards to replenish energy levels and electrolytes. They create a sense of fullness, which also makes them a great dieting food. I like to use about 2 tablespoons and add them to smoothies, homemade grain-free porridge, homemade healthy puddings, or just add them to a little almond milk to drink before a workout. To thicken chia seeds up to a pudding like consistency, be sure to soak about 2 tablespoons with 1 cup liquid about 10 minutes before consuming them. You can also just add them to blended beverages or salads if you like.

Flat belly foods are nature’s gift to us girls who want to beat away the bloat and have successful digestion. Nothing puts a damper on your mood or a day at the beach worse than bad digestion and bloating. Be sure to stay away from foods that can create gas and bloating such as raw broccoli, raw cauliflower, onions, fried foods, salty foods, high sugar foods, or worst of all, beans! Also stay away from carbonated beverages, sugary alcohol drinks, beer and foods like popcorn, peanuts and bran, which can cause digestion issues. You can save those foods when you’re not sporting your swimsuit or that little black dress! Eat these flat belly foods the day of and day before a big event, a day on the beach, or just when you want to fit in your skinny jeans! A few other favorite foods I like to beat the bloat are pineapple, raspberries and green tea. Do you have any flat belly foods you like to eat? Be sure to share them with me!

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