This blueberry basil smoothie is bursting with nutritious ingredients that will help to banish bloat and keep you feeling your best!
It’s around this time of year when all the health and fitness mags start to publish articles with the best tips/foods/moves for flat abs.
Like many women, my stomach has always been an area that I want to work on so these stories grab my attention. Back in the day I used to buy magazine after magazine hoping to learn some new trick that I hadn’t already heard of before. Turns out, there’s rarely any new advice.
Here’s what it boils down to:
There are a few lucky folks out there that have great genetics, can eat whatever they want, workout whenever they want (or never) and still have a toned tummy, but for most people (myself included) the key is to eat healthfully and workout. And doing hundreds of crunches every day isn’t going to cut it.
Yes, exercise is important but the played out saying is true — “abs are made in the kitchen.”
Your physique = 80% nutrition, 10% exercise and 10% genetics. It’s a little different for everyone but I’m a firm believer that nutrition is the biggest component and I know for a fact that eating a diet with lots of fruits and veggies, lean protein sources, smart carbs and a blend of healthy fats is what what makes me (and my stomach) feel and look great.
We all know that there’s no specific food that is going to magically blast away belly fat. It all comes down to overall fat loss from eating a healthy diet and expending more energy than we take in. That said, there are quite a few healthy foods out there that are known for helping to reduce belly fat and/or banish bloat.
What I have done today is used a bunch of these filling and bloat banishing foods to make a smoothie that is not only good for you (and your belly) but also delicious. Perfect for bikini season. 🙂
Blueberry Basil Smoothie Ingredients
Blueberries — One of the most antioxidant rich foods, blueberries are also packed with fiber. Research studies have shown that blueberries may help reduce belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
Banana — Packed with potassium and dietary fiber. The potassium helps prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels and the specific fiber in bananas helps to restore and maintain regular bowel functions.
Greek Yogurt — Yogurt is packed with protein to keep you feeling satisfied but it also contain active cultures, which increase the “good” bacteria in your gut, helping you digest food more efficiently.
Basil – Basil is a member of the mint family and can help ease gas and bloating and improve digestion.
Flaxseed — Loaded with omega-3’s and monounsaturated fats — known for fighting abdominal fat and keeping you full. Flaxseeds also provide high levels of fiber and can help to keep the digestive system running smoothly, helping to banish bloat, constipation and other digestive problems.
Almond Butter & Almond Milk — Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, protein and Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant (great for your skin) and the fiber/protein combo in almonds help to keep cravings away and keep your blood sugar stable.
I used my favorite unsweetened vanilla almond milk from Almond Breeze for the liquid in this smoothie. I like it because it gives the smoothie a creamier taste than water would and adds a bit of sweetness from the vanilla but has no sugar and only 30 calories per cup.
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