Wash away the effects of indulging with a debloating menu. This sample food plan highlights all of the best foods to debloat, with a few extra seasonal favorites. The best part about this menu is that it doesn't neglect any food groups while still helping you slim down.
Breakfast: Oatmeal. This whole-grain breakfast helps debloat, thanks to its fiber content, but why not top it with another debloating food — a banana! The potassium in this sweet fruit has the ability to flush out excess sodium.
Snack: Probiotic Yogurt. The live cultures in yogurt are great for helping reduce feelings of being bloated. You can enjoy this snack on its own or add seasonal fruits like grapefruit, kiwis, or tangerines. Fruits with a high water content will pair best with your debloating efforts.
Lunch: Parsley Quinoa Salad. Quinoa is rich in fiber so it helps to prevent constipation. Like bananas, quinoa also contains potassium, which helps aid in flushing out sodium. Try this quinoa power salad, which contains another debloating weapon, parsley. You can nix the feta in this recipe to avoid reversing all of your tummy-flattening work.
See the rest of the debloating menu after the break!
Snack: Root Juice. Since debloating pineapple isn't always easy to come by, make this juice recipe instead. It contains all of the right ingredients for water retention: celery root, fennel, and ginger. Plus a few others to sweeten it up, like carrots and beets. Don't have time or a juicer? This chia seed drink is easy and does the trick.
Dinner: Greens with a side of yum. Artichokes and asparagus are the most famous of the green veggie family for debloating. Make artichokes with lemon for a starter and have your entrée with asparagus on the side, which eases gas buildup and has probiotic properties. Lean protein like poultry and fish are the best protein options to eat to feel slimmer by the morning. Lean ground turkey is delicious to stir-fry with veggies; just skip the noodles and sauces that contain lots of sodium.
Dessert: Peppermint Tea. In addition to helping you feel full, decaffeinated tea like peppermint tea or fennel seed tea can aid in digestion. The tea helps act as a diuretic to make sure all of the nutrients are absorbed and your system runs smoothly. Chewing fennel seeds after a meal can have a similar effect as well.
Beverages: Throughout the day, make sure you stay hydrated. Water is your best friend because it will balance out any water retention and flush out the toxins in your body. Other beverages include coconut water and natural fruit juices that you're able to make at home. Steer clear of anything carbonated, as that will make you feel even more bloated, especially in the abdominal area.