Here are a few options of healthy food which are delicious, appetising and look yummy on your dinner table too.
Tip: To make your food tastier, you should pick rainbow colours in fruits and veggies to make your food more palatable and interesting.
Almonds, Pistachios Walnuts, Cashews, Raisins, Dates
These nuts are fibre-rich and full of protein which helps in reducing belly fat and is good for the heart as well. Though rich in calories, they are good fats and take a long time to digest - keeping your hunger in check for longer!
Beetroot and Mint Soup
Soups are again a very healthy option to keep your stomach full without the unwanted carbs. Soups are a source of fibre that are rich in vitamins too.
One simple recipe is: chopped beetroot and chopped mint mixed together and boiled in 250 ml water with a little salt. Later, squeeze some lemon when it cools off and serve it as soup. This soup increases haemoglobin levels in our body.
Mixed Fruit Salad - Watermelon, Muskmelon, Banana, Apple Cherries, Mango
All these fruits should be chopped into bite size pieces. Serve together in a bowl for a tasty yet healthy food option for maintaining weight and keeping belly fat low. All fruits are good sources of fibre, vitamins and minerals. They are low in calories and keep you full for hours.
Banana-Mango Smoothie with Yogurt
Combine all ingredients with yogurt and blend nicely until smooth. Top with nuts. This is a healthy alternative for weight control. Yogurt should be made of low fat milk and with less sugar. Mango banana and nuts will give enough fibre, protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals. This combination takes a long time to digest and will keep belly full for a long time.
Cereal and Low-fat Milk
Choosing low-fat milk along with fibre-rich cereal and a few banana slices is the perfect breakfast option to help cut down on that stubborn belly fat. Cereal will provide carbohydrates for energy, milk will provide calcium and protein in adequate amount and fruit slices will provide vitamins and fibre - all in all a complete meal!
Greek Yogurt with Berries and Nuts
Try Greek yogurt combined with cherries and honey. It can be eaten any time of the day and takes a long time to digest. Yogurt prepared from low fat milk is a good source of calcium and protein, while cherries have fibre and honey that contain complex carbohydrates - perfect for belly fat reduction.
When choosing granola bars / protein bars, choose one that has less sugar, low calories and high fibre. These days the markets are flooded with high calories bars. So make sure you choose the right one from those available.
Baked Tortilla Chips With Salsa
Tortilla chips with salsa are a very tasty option for reducing belly fat. Again, chips should be baked and not fried or greasy. Oil should not be used. Tortilla is rich in complex carbohydrates and salsa is the perfect combination of fibre, vitamins and minerals. As it has complex carbohydrates, it takes a long time to digest and thus keeps the stomach full and helps in tucking belly fat in.
Steamed/Sautéed Veggies (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Capsicum, Spinach, Carrot, Baby Corn)
Sautéed stir fried veggies prepared in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper is a tasty option when you're trying to keep your belly fat in check. It is packed with fibre and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Sautéed veggies keep your belly full for a long period of time and are good for belly fat reduction.
Grilled Cottage Cheese
Grilled Cottage Cheese made of low-fat milk is a complete meal by itself. Marinate it in curd to make it tastier and healthier. It is rich in protein and calcium and loaded with vitamin B, D as well as minerals. It is available in the market in different brands and qualities depending on the type and can be made at home as well!
Corn (roasted, boiled, steamed)
Corn is a whole grain food and a complete source of fibre. It has very low calorie content and takes a lot of time to digest. You can add flavours to make it rich. It can be eaten as fresh corn, boiled, roasted or in soups and veggies. For reducing belly fat plain corn is recommended which is free of trans fat and low in saturated fat.
Rich in nutrients like protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, eggs also contain vitamins B, D and minerals like magnesium and zinc. Eggs can be consumed in boiled form, fried, omelette, etc. They take time to be digested and hence keep the belly full and consequently help in belly reduction too.
Beans (boiled, pureed, steamed etc.)
Consuming beans once a day is a very good food option for reducing belly fat as they are a powerhouse of nutrients, full of complex carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals. And yes, they are high in fibre, which means they will reduce your appetite for a long time and keep your belly full. Beans can be eaten boiled, steamed, roasted and in pureed form. It is available in canned form as well.
Roasted potatoes/ Baked Potatoes
Roasted potatoes are very rich in Vitamin C, potassium, carbohydrates and protein. They are full of fibre. They are more beneficial if they are eaten with the skin on. They take a long time to digest and keep the belly full for a long time and are very good for reducing belly fat and for overall weight reduction. Roasted potatoes can be consumed during breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Enjoy your tasty and healthy food options to reduce belly fat. Go to the market and stock up your fridge with these food items now!
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