The secret to jump starting a flat belly are monounsaturated fatty acids–MUFAs. These are plant-based fats that are found in food. Studies show that these fats are not only good for you, but they protect against some diseases. These fats also target weight loss in the hardest place—your tummy. These are the top 10 foods that are full of MUFAs to help you on your way to the flat belly of your dreams.
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids. It not only protects your heart and will help also help flatten that belly. Try adding 2 tbsps. of walnuts to your salad to jazz it up. Or just throw some in a plastic bag and keep this flat belly superstar with you at all times.
Almonds are a good source of vegetable protein and fiber. The MUFAs will help cut belly fat and cholesterol, and the fiber will help keep you regular so that your flat belly is bloated. Sprinkle 2 tbsps. over unsweetened fat-free yogurt and berries.
This is full of MUFAs. It is linked to lower cholesterol and weight loss. Add it to your favorite salad for a delicious treat.
As long as you use moderation, dark chocolate can help with your tummy. Cocoa powder that is made from ground, defatted cocoa beans is full of MUFAs.
Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseeds help keep you regular, which is great because it keeps your stomach from being bloated. Flaxseed oil is the number one plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is full of MUFAs. Try stirring 1 tbsp. of flaxseed oil into your smoothie or mixing 1 tbsp. of flaxseeds into your breakfast cereal.
Natural Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is full of antioxidants, magnesium and potassium. It will help you flatten your belly, while building bones. But it must be all natural; otherwise it is full of processed sugar. Try mixing a tbsp. into your morning smoothie, or just eat a spoonful right out the jar for a midday snack.
These are great not only for the MUFAs but also because they help curb hunger. This will help you avoid that fattening box of donuts because this tells your tummy you are full. Try sprinkling 2 tbsps. in your favorite salad, or just eat them right out the bag.
These nuts also contain fiber that will help with staying regular and digestion. Keep a bag of these nuts in your purse or briefcase for a fun snack. Or jazz up baked chicken with crushed nuts.
This contains mostly MUFAs. Look for greener oil, because that means it has more antioxidants. Olive oil is a superstar. Not only is it great for salads, but it’s also great for cooking. Drizzle it on your salad or sauté your favorite meat and vegetables in this oil.
These green nuts are tasty and full of MUFAs and they are great for your heart. Try chopping them up and coating chicken in them. Then cook the chicken in olive oil (more MUFAs) for a super flat belly meal.
References and ResourcesPrevention: Flat Belly Foods
Glam: Flat Belly Foods
Yahoo Health: 6 Essential Flat Belly Foods