Banana Pancakes with Walnut Honey
Honey and walnuts make the perfect sweet and crunchy topping for these sensational pancakes. Our Flat Belly Diet pancake mix can serve double-duty for waffles and fruit crêpe recipes
The vibrant tubers are called superfoods for good reason: They’re packed with nutrients and can help you burn fat. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index, which means they’re absorbed slowly and keep you feeling full longer. Minchen likes to use them to whip up a sweet potato hash. “I love any variation of this dish because it provides rich vitamins, minerals and fiber from all the veggies. It is very filling, which helps keep appetite and portions under control as the day goes on,” she says. For more weight loss hacks, click here for The 25 Best Nutrition Tips Ever!
Watermelon sometimes gets a bad rap for being high in sugar, but the fruit has some impressive health benefits. Research conducted at the University of Kentucky showed that eating watermelon may improve lipid profiles and lower fat accumulation. Better yet, a study among athletes by the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain found watermelon juice to help reduce the level of muscle soreness — that’s great news for any Eat This, Not That! warriors working on that six-pack!
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
This cool, refreshing smoothie will remind you of a Caribbean vacation at first taste, and it only takes a few minutes. Sip this mango-pineapple fruit fusion slowly and enjoy.
Berries are one the best fruits for breakfast, hands down. Not only are they “rich in heart-healthy antioxidants, they also provide a generous amount of satiating fiber and vitamins C and K,” says Torey Armul, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Berries are also packed with polyphenols, naturally occurring chemicals that aid weight loss and stop fat from forming. Add them to cereal, oatmeal, weight loss smoothies, shakes, mash them onto peanut butter toast, or nosh on them plain.