Tuesday, June 8, 2010

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's Superfoods!!!

That was way cornier than I hoped it would be...hahaha. Now that bathing suit season is coming up,  flattening my tummy is at the top of my things to do list. Sit-ups and crunches are great, but adding these belly flattening foods into your eating routine can get you on your way to a sleek, sexy stomach. Here's a list of foods from Self Magazine and how they help.

Avocado - fights fat

Blood sugar peaks can signal your body to store fat around your midsection but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes, thwarting fat accumulation. Half of an avocado contains 10 grams of the healthy fats. Dip veggies in guacamole for a flat-ab snack. Try this recipe I found on Goodhousekeeping.com.

1 can of (15 to 19 ounces) white kidney beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon of (or to taste) lime juice
1 jalapeño, seeded
1/2 cup of loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup of coarsely chopped sweet onion 
1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
2 plum tomatoes
1. In food processor with knife blade attached, puree beans and 1 tablespoon lime juice until smooth. Transfer to medium bowl.

2.In same processor, place jalapeño, cilantro, onion, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; pulse until juicy and thick.

3.With spoon, scoop avocado from peel into bowl with beans; mash with fork until mixture is blended, with some chunks remaining.

4.Cut each tomato crosswise in half. Squeeze halves to remove seeds and juice. Coarsely chop tomatoes. Stir tomato-and-onion mixture into avocado mixture until blended. If you prefer a little more zip, stir in additional lime juice to taste.

Green Tea - revs metabolism

The compound ECGC in green tea makes it easier for your body to fry fat. Drinking 3 cups a day may kick up your metabolism and erase 30 calories daily.

Yogurt - flattens fast

Treat puffiness with probiotic-rich yogurt. One cup encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gut which crowds out other bugs that can cause bloating. Make sure the yogurt you choose has a Live & Active Cultures seal.

Blueberries - fuel fitness

Antioxidants in berries enable you to step up crucial conditioning. Antioxidants help improve blood flow which delivers more oxygen to your muscles. Giving your muscles the oxygen they needs makes exercise feel easier so you may work out harder, longer and more often. I found a recipe for Blueberry-Beef Burgers on EatingWell.com. Sounds interesting huh??

2 slices of whole-wheat bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces
1/3 cup of fresh or frozen and thawed blueberries
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
12 ounces of 90%-lean ground beef

1.Place bread in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl. (No need to wash the workbowl.)

2.Add blueberries, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic, salt and pepper to the food processor; process until pureed. Scrape into the bowl with the breadcrumbs. Add ground beef and mix well with a potato masher. Divide the mixture into four equal portions; form into 1/2-inch-thick patties, about 4 inches in diameter.

3.Meanwhile, preheat broiler or heat an indoor or outdoor grill to medium-high. If using the broiler, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. If using a grill, oil the grill rack by rubbing it with an oil-soaked paper towel. Cook patties until browned and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 160°F. Serve immediately, with or without rolls and toppings.

What are some of your favorite meals including these ingredients?

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  1. A short term fix from a former cheerleader - we never ate carbs the day before a game: they make your stomach bloat. (Useless bit of information there for you!!)

  2. Love it all! Great post! I need that guac asap. YUM! :)

  3. Awesome post! I really need to get a flat stomach however mine has never been flat, so all hope may be lost...blah :/ lol


  4. I love healthy eating, it's so hard sometimes though! That dip sounds amazing! And I have been meaning to try green tea... what kind is your favorite. I can't give up sweet tea though! I won't even try =)

  5. Very interesting! I need to try the blueberry burgers.

  6. Yum! Avocados are one of my favorite foods and that looks like a great recipe. And blueberry burgers?!?!! Gotta try it!
    I'm new to your blog and have really enjoyed scrolling through ...
    Have a great day.

  7. Hi! Returning the follow ... :) Gotta love a girl who loves cupcakes!


  8. I love avacado's in my salad! AND I just bought some blueberry Fig Newton's wonder if that counts as a antioxidant even though it's inside a cookie! haha

  9. Blueberries in your burger? I've heard and tried some crazy concoctions but never this one. I like them both though so I'm sure I'd like it and probably not even know they were in there.

  10. I'm headed to the beach this Friday and I've been eating yogurt all week in an attempt to debloat my tummy. Great suggestions!

  11. oooh thanks for sharing! the avocado white bean dip and the blueberry burgers look super intriguing...

  12. I love green tea!!!!!!!!!!and that burger looks interesting:)???!!!

  13. thanks for the tips! Although after four babies, I don't think it will ever be flat again! I found you on twee poppets. Hope you visit me too!

  14. That avocado dip sounds fantastic...is it almots lunch time? xx

  15. Great post! I am alwasy looking for new and healthy foods. I just love avacados!

    :) Marcie

  16. The blueberry burger sounds amazing! What a great list! I'm always looking for new ways to use avacados. I usually just stick with guacamole, but I need to branch out.


  17. Great tips! I need to incorporate more of these into my diet. Perfect foods for summer as well!
    P.S. Thanks for the award!!

  18. I have made a very tasty white bean dip with rosemary and walnuts. I am going to have to try out that first recipe ASAP!!

  19. I'm definitely going to try the avocado dip. That looks delish!

  20. Mmm, grocery shopping tomorrow and buying ALL of those things! Well, except green tea, because I already have that ;) Can't wait to try the avocado recipe.

  21. Ha! What a timely post! I was just commenting to hubs the other day that I need to get down to business with some sit-ups :) Hello swimsuit! This list of food will certainly help plus some of them sound quite delish (I love green tea and avacado !:))

  22. Just saw that you're reading Savannah Blues! I just finished reading it and looovvveeedddd it! And I'll have to try the avocado dip. It looks delicious!

    P.S. Thanks for the well wishes on my surgery. :) Means a lot!

  23. Great list! I love avocados and blueberries :)

    Congrats on your award!

  24. I'm a brand new follower via TTA! I'm loving your blog!



  25. Love avocados. I would have to say "guacamole" and chips. Can I throw in the margarita? LOL!

    That dip sounds delicious and so healthy.

  26. Thanks for this post! Love avocados...

    Who doesn't need a little tummy flattening this time of year. Love how you posted good for you foods today and I posted a ridiculously sinful dessert, too funny!

    Oh and to answer your email from a few days ago, yes I did find some makeup. I finally gave in and went to the makeup counter and got a much overdue up date...Thanks for all your help, I really do appreciate it! I printed your email and took it with me just as a reference.

    Have a great one, Amy!

  27. That is really good to know about avocados, because I love guacamole. Give me that and a skinny girl margarita and I’ll be set ;) I used to drink a cup of green tea every afternoon. I need to get back in the habit of doing that.

    I would definitely be interested to try the recipe for those blueberry burgers!

  28. Great post!! Luckily I love all these foods and these recipes sound delicious, I will definitely try them out!