Belly fat is the most stubborn fat which needs dedicated efforts mainly targeting the stomach. Abdominal workouts are a great way to reduce belly fat. No exercise can be a success if your eating habits are unhealthy. A proper diet complemented with exercise is the path to reduce belly fat. Some foods which can help to lose belly fat are cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage; fiber rich foods like whole grains and green leafy vegetables; monounsaturated fats obtained from fish, nuts and seeds. By combining these ingredients, you can churn out very healthy and tasty recipes which satisfy both your taste buds as well as your aim to reduce belly fat.
Recipe #1: Chocolate and Cherry Smoothie
This smoothie can be had at anytime of the day. Dark chocolate and cherries are fat burning foods.
1 tbsp of cocoa powder
½ cup of tart cherry
1 cup of low fat milk
Blend the ingredients and serve chilled along with wholegrain toasted bread and peanut butter for breakfast
Recipe #2: Low Cal Spaghetti
The Shiritaki noodles used in this recipe instead of the regular pasta is very low in calories and fats, but has a very good taste.
1 packet of Shiritaki Noodles
Quarter pond of fat free ground beef or turkey.
¼ sliced green capsicum
¼ diced white onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp of black pepper
1 tsp of red pepper flakes
2 tsp of dried oregano
¾ cup of pasta sauce
Prepare the noodles as per the instructions given on the package. In a flat bottomed pan, sauté the onions and capsicum. Add the ground beef. Wait till it browns. Then add the minced garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes and oregano. Check if the beef is cooked, then add the mushrooms and cook till they become soft. In another saucepan, warm the pasta sauce and put in the noodles. Add this to the meat mix and allow them to simmer together to blend in the flavors. This low cal spaghetti is loaded with whole grains, protein and fiber.
Recipe #3: Granola Bar
1 cup of oatmeal
1 cup of whole wheat flakes
½ cup of rice crispies
1 cup of assorted nuts like almonds, pine nuts and peanuts
2 tbsp of raisins
2 tsp of flax seeds
1 ½ cups of castor sugar or brown sugar
Make syrup with the sugar such that it is sticky and forms strands. Combine all the other ingredients and microwave on high for 2 minutes. This is done to dehumidify and make the granola bar crunchy.
Add the sugar syrup to the grains and nut mixture. Mix well and spread on a flat tray with the help of a rolling pin. Allow it to cool and cut into bars. You can also add chocolate chips to make it tempting for kids.
Contrary to beliefs that foods which are low in calories and fats need to be bland and tasteless, you can try these innovative recipes which combine various healthy ingredients to make your diet meal tasty.
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