While some people have enviously flat stomachs, not all are blessed with this boon. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to target problem areas by drinking enough smoothies to make them disappear, however there are certain ingredients that can help.
The Problem: Diets high in sodium, calcium, carbohydrates and gluten can all cause ever-dreaded belly bloat. Additionally, cortisol, activated by stress, can cause the body to hold onto fat in certain areas. One area highly sensitive to fluctuations in cortisol levels is the stomach.
The Solution: MUFAs or monounsaturated fatty acids are plant-based fats found in numerous foods and fruits including: avocados, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, and flax. Most importantly, these power ingredients help to target belly fat and aid in digestion. Belly bloat, be gone! They’ve also been shown to promote heart health. In addition to the benefits of MUFAs, calcium in milk (low fat, nonfat or flaxseed) helps aid in weight loss. Try this Belly Blaster smoothie recipe for just the solution you need!
Belly Blaster Smoothie
1 cup skim or flaxseed milk
1 cup frozen unsweetened organic blueberries
1 Tbsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil (in a pinch, 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds will do)
ice, to taste for consistency
Place in a powerful blender until desired consistency is reached. If using the flaxseed oil, blend all ingredients without the oil, and slowly stir in oil after transferring to glass.