Are you ready for a little time off? Spring break is right around the corner! You have put in tons of time at the gym and during #FabAbFebruary to see results, so don’t let a little bit of belly bloat dim your shine. It’s natural and you should try not to feel self-conscious - it happens to everyone every now and then. It is commonly believed that excess water or fluids in your body cause belly bloat; however, it is actually a buildup of abdominal gas. Even swallowing too much air or carbonated drinks can contribute to excess gas. In the long run, adding more fiber to your diet will help reduce belly bloat, along with so many other benefits. Deciding what to eat before a major vacation can be a challenge, but it does not have to create a major strain on your regular diet. Let’s play a game of “This or That” for simple recipe ideas to say bye to belly bloat:
Breakfast: Green Juice vs. Yogurt Parfait
Green juices that include anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables will help reduce any toxins in your body. Major bloat-reducing ingredients you should incorporate include ginger, pineapple, and celery. Inspired Taste breaks down how to prepare a naturally sweet green juice. Parfaits are another great option for breakfast because the probiotics in yogurt aid in digestion. In need of a recipe for a yogurt parfait? Look no further, we have you covered with a super easy Chia Seed Parfait recipe shared in a previous article.
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Greek Salad vs. Honey Lime Salmon Tacos
As your first option, the Greek Avocado and Grilled Chicken Salad contains lean protein and fiber-rich greens that will reduce the chances of bloating. Next, is the Honey Lime Salmon Tacos which will only take 30 minutes to prepare, but will also leave you feeling satisfied. Avocado is a great source of potassium, which reduces bloating by counteracting the sodium levels in our bodies.
Belly bloat is temporary and can be controlled through diet and the help of these recipes. Have any other meal suggestions or tips to keep bloating at bay? Comment below and share!