Five fat-blasting recipes you can actually feel good about enjoying, just in time for the weather to heat up.
By Noelle Chehab
Despite the temptation to hit snooze on your alarm, daylight saving means that spring is right around the corner. Warmer weather, longer days and a serious dose of sunshine have never seemed more exciting after an especially brutal weather. But, if you’re anything like us, the first thing that comes to mind as the sun starts shining is the imminent approach of bathing suit season, a time that can be equal parts terrific and terrifying.
This year, we’re determined to avoid the latter with fat-blasting recipes that will bring your bikini body back in no time. Yes, you heard us right! We sought out a series of mouth-watering meals made from ingredients that have been shown to reduce fat and even burn more calories. We know it sounds too good to be true, but looking svelte in your swimsuit has never been easier. Check out the healthy recipes below!
Roasted Habanero and Mango Salsa via Life’s Ambrosia
Let’s face it, warm weather basically screams creamy guacamole and fiery salsa, so why not combine the two to create the best of both worlds. That’s exactly what this mouthwatering dip does, all while boasting impressive fat-blasting abilities. That’s because hot peppers, particularly spicy habaneros, contain a compound called capsaicin, which is shown to speed up the metabolism while curbing the appetite.
Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken via Life of Meg
Forget about parfaits and smoothies because Greek Yogurt has so much more potential! The versatile ingredient can be substituted for a variety of unhealthy options like butter and mayo, and the health benefits it provides are seriously impressive. In fact, the high protein content in Greek Yogurt means you will feel full and satisfied longer, while the body burns extra calories during digestion.
Iced Green Tea Limeade via Kitchen Treaty
The health benefits of green tea have been touted for years, but new research shows that it’s particularly effective in burning belly fat. Therefore, it’s no surprise that green tea is a go-to ingredient during the pursuit of a toned tummy. Take advantage of the increasingly warm weather by indulging in this chilled version of green tea while you watch the pounds pour off.
Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries via The Pioneer Woman
This recipe is a triple threat when it comes to delicious and nutritious ingredients, but balsamic vinegar is the star of the show. Not only is it tart and tangy in all the right ways, but balsamic has also been shown to break down fat in the body. Impressed? Try this dish that can be served as a main course or a side, and finish feeling both slim and satisfied.
Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps via Foxes Love Lemons
Lentils are a great vegetarian options for meat lovers because they share a similar rich and hearty taste and texture. So before you indulge your craving for a double cheeseburger, try this take on a classic sloppy joe. Why? One reason is lentils contain 35% of your daily iron needs, providing a fix for the nearly 20% of Americans who are deficient in the vitamin. Because the body’s metabolism slows down when it lacks necessary nutrients, indulging on this savory ingredient may cause an extra fat-blasting boost.
Which fat-blasting recipes are you dying to try? Let us know in the comments below!
Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.