7 Recipes for a Slimmer Belly


As January comes to a close, the majority of Americans have already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t let yourself get discouraged! If weight loss was among your resolutions, now is the time to reevaluate and resolve to keep your goals.  Achieving your ideal body doesn’t have to be all discipline and self-restraint.  Superfoods are recognized by nutritionists to have extremely potent health benefits, including weight loss! Check out some of these top Superfoods, along with 7 recipes designed to fill you up and trim you down, while boosting your body with the nutrition necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Keep your resolution and be ready for swimsuit season, one tasty bite at a time.

Black Beans – A cup of black beans contains 15 grams of protein and doesn’t contain any saturated fat!blackbeans

Ingredients

1 (16oz) Can of Black Beans

1 Small Onion

1 Clove of Garlic

1 Tbsp. Cilantro

1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper

Salt

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, combine beans, onion, and garlic, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Season with cilantro, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve.

Salmon – Salmon is a fantastic source of Omega 3s, which has been proven to help shed pounds by shifting your body’s metabolism to burn fat rather than store it.

Ingredients

1 Cup Chopped Fresh Mango

1 Clove of Garlic

2 Tbsp. Chopped Red Onion

2 Tbsp. Cilantro

1 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar

1/8 tsp. Red Pepper

2 Salmon Filets

Cooking Oil

Salt to Taste

Directions:

Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl, set aside. Heat a nonstick grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish with salt. Cook fish 4 minutes on each side, until it flakes easily with a fork. Top with salsa. Serve.

Broccoli – Broccoli can help you fill your tummy fast! Just two spears contains a tenth of your daily fiber requirements.broccoli

Ingredients

2 Cups Fresh Broccoli Florets

3 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. Poppy seeds

½ Tbsp. Paprika

1/3 Cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

Place broccoli in a steamer, cover. Steam until tender but firm, about 6 minutes, drain. Stir together oil, poppy seeds, paprika, salt and pepper. Toss the broccoli with the oil sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve.

Steak – Jam packed with important nutrients like protein, iron and zinc, a lean cut is definitely a healthy choice.slicing-the-flank-steak

Ingredients:

2 Flank or Sirloin Steaks

3 Limes, juice

3 Garlic Cloves, smashed

1 Orange, juiced

1/4 cup olive oil

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

Place the lime juice, orange juice, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper in a large plastic bag over a shallow baking dish. Add the steak, coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove from fridge, let sit about 10 minutes. Place steaks on grill, brushed with olive oil. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Remove from grill. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Bananas, Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolate slows digestion, so you feel full longer. It also speeds up your metabolism, helping Chocolate-Covered-Banana-Bitesburn fat and calories. The average banana contains 3gs of fiber, which also helps keep you full.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. of Dark Chocolate

1 Banana, cut into 1-inch chunks

Directions:

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until chocolate melts. Dip banana pieces in chocolate. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Eggs, Spinach – Eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids and are filled with vitamins and minerals. Recent studies have proven that eggs do not adversely affect cholesterol levels.eggsspinach

Spinach is full of Vitamins C, A, B and K, folic acid, iron, potassium and fiber.

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Cup Baby Spinach

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

In a bowl, beat eggs, salt and pepper until blended. In a pan over medium heat, add oil. When the oil heats, reduce the heat to low. Add the eggs and cook while stirring, 2 minutes. Add the spinach, cook until spinach wilts, 2-3 minutes. Serve Immediately.

Quinoa – One of the best sources of fiber and protein in a whole grain! The fiber binds to fat and cholesterol, which causes your body to absorb less fat and cholesterol and stay full longer.Quinoa

Ingredients:

1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa

1 tsp. Ground Cumin

1 (14-ounce) Can Fat-Free, Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth

1 Cup Corn

1/3 Cup Jalapeno Peppers, chopped

1/4 Cup Sliced Scallions

2 Tbsp. Lime Juice

Salt to Taste

Directions:

Add quinoa to saucepan. Place pan over high heat, cover. Swirl the quinoa in the pan to toast evenly. When the grains are fragrant and crackle, remove from heat. Add cumin, salt, slowly add broth. Put over high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cook covered for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in corn and jalapenos. Cover, cook for 2 minutes. Stir in scallions and lime juice. Serve warm.

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