Now that we are coming out of the winter blues around these parts, I having been feeling the need to start exercising and getting my weight in check again. I did very well last summer, but as soon as the weather turned cold and rainy, the last thing I wanted to to was exercise, and my diet went out the window too. Hello comfort food!
Anyway, to go along with my new found desire to slim down, I have been busy concocting a smoothie with a ton of belly fat busting ingredients. I have had this the past week for breakfast and it is amazing and keeps me full for quite a while. Just thought I would share in case anyone else out there needs a little help in the tummy area as well. Enjoy!
The smoothie recipe:
1 cup Frozen Blueberries
1 whole banana peeled and broken into chunks
1/2 cup frozen or fresh spinach
enough juice of your choice (I use orange for the Vitamin C boost) to make the blender go (start with a 1/4 cup) and go up from there. I like my smoothies very thick and frozen.
For the topping:
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup crushed walnuts (or combo of almonds and walnuts)
2 tbsp. ground flax seed
Combine in a pan on the stove and cook over medium low heat until they just start to get toasty and you can smell the deliciousness. Remove from the heat and let cool and then sprinkle over your smoothie.
Below are the ingredients that are super belly fat busting, and the reasoning behind it.
1. Blueberries –
2. Spinach – (or dark leafy greens)
3. Oatmeal –
4. Flax Seed and Walnuts – High in Omega -3’s –
While banana’s are not on the list of helping to burn belly fat, the potassium in them does help with bloating in the midsection. Foods high in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes help your body get rid of excess water weight, minimizing your middle. The extra fluid is usually a result of imbalance between potassium and sodium. When sodium gets too high, your tissues hold on to fluid. An optimum amount of potassium is 4,700 mg a day. One banana contains a whopping 450mg! But you can also get a lot of potassium from beans, potatoes and halibut.
So there you have it, one powerful smoothie breakfast for your midsection!