Some of our Best and Worst foods to eat for that Bikini body !
Right from Shape magazine to my J20 Workout friends!
Best Food: Leafy Greens
“Not only are leafy greens a great way to add volume to your meals without the calories, but they are chock full of nutrients (vitamins A, C, K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber) and easy to incorporate into your day,” says Mary Dinehart-Perry, a registered dietitian and clinical trials director for Zone Labs, Inc. She recommends swapping out iceberg for spinach in your salads, adding mustard greens or collards to your soups, or dishing up a side of sautéed kale to fill up, fight disease, and look fab in your bikini.
Best Food: Peppermint
“Peppermint works to reduce bloating and indigestion and soothe the GI tract all around,” says Rachel Berman, registered dietitian and director of nutrition for CalorieCount.com. Try mixing up some iced peppermint tea or add a few mint leaves to your water.
Best Food: Red Bell Peppers
“This beautifully colored vegetable is bursting with antioxidants (especially vitamin C and beta-carotene) to help your body fight off infections,” says Margaux J. Rathbun, a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and creator of nutrition website Authentic Self Wellness. “They are also stimulating for the digestive system and have been shown to be metabolism-boosters, helping you to lose unwanted pounds. They are perfect for dieters when eaten raw or prepared in a juice concoction.”
Best Food: Salmon
“Salmon is naturally low in calories, saturated fat, and sodium and a good source of protein; what really makes it stand out is its omega-3 fatty acid content,” Dinehart-Perry says. “Omega-3 fatty acids, especially EPA and DHA, are becoming increasingly popular for their anti-inflammatory benefits.”
Best Food: Greek Yogurt
Just one 6-ounce container of plain Greek yogurt has 0g fat and 18g protein, plus it contains probiotics and supplies 20 percent of your calcium needs, Dinehart-Perry says. Unlike other yogurt brands (which can be packed with sugar), Greek yogurt works for gluten-free, vegetarian, or diabetic dietary needs, and even those with lactose intolerance may be able tolerate yogurt better than milk. Can’t handle it plain? Add some fresh fruit or turn it into a healthy parfait.
Best Food: Quinoa
Looking for a healthier alternative to rice or pasta? Try Quinoa! “Quinoa is actually a seed, but the texture is very much like a grain,” says Lauren Kelly, staff nutritionist for The Bar Method in Montclair, New Jersey. “Unlike grains, this super food is a complete protein (it contains all nine essential amino acids), loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.”
Best Food: Raw Nuts
“Raw nuts are high in healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants,” Kelly says. “Eating raw nuts (like almonds, walnuts, and Brazil nuts) regularly has shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and possibly prevent breast cancer.” Kelly recommends steering clear of roasted and salted nuts and sticking with raw varieties for the best slimming (and health) benefits.
Best Food: Steel Cut Oats
Steel cut oats are the least processed type of oatmeal and are packed with fiber, protein, and whole grains, Kelly says. “Oats have shown to help reduce cholesterol and help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.” Prepare plain, steel cut oats and add honey and/or fresh fruit for a little sweetness.
Best Food: Eggs
Eggs are chock full of amino acids and the combo of protein and fat helps you feel full and avoid overeating. “The protein in the egg helps to build muscle and burn fat which tones your physique,” says Ilyse Schapiro, a registered dietitian and owner of a private nutrition practice specializing in weight loss in New York City. And you don’t have to save them for breakfast. Eggs are incredibly versatile and can be added to almost any meal or snack. Try any (or all) of these 20 quick and easy ways to cook eggs.
Worst Food: Brussels Sprouts
A nutritious, low-cal veggie, Brussels sprouts may not be the most bikini-friendly, Berman says. “While they contain fiber and nutrients, they can also cause gas and GI expansion, so incorporate them slowly into your diet to reap high fiber benefits.” They will help you stay healthy and bikini body ready, just don’t eat them right before you head to the beach for the best bikini belly.
Worst Food: Sushi
Sushi may seem like a good, low-cal meal option, but not all sushi is created equal. “When it comes to ordering sushi this summer, stay with simple rolls,” Rathbun says. Steer clear of deep fried rolls and those covered in sauce and choose slimmer sashimi and veggie rolls with brown rice instead.
Worst Food: Pretzels
Even though they’re low fat, Berman says this is a empty calorie snack you can skip. “Pretzels are high in sodium, which can result in water retention and bloating. Not to mention, pretzels are devoid of any wholesome nutrients and therefore will leave you hungry and wanting more.”
Worst Food: Margarine
Switching from butter to margarine isn’t going to be any better for your bikini body. “This once popular spread was thought to help us maintain a healthy weight, but it turns out margarine contains trans fat (the “bad fat”) which contributes to not only weight gain but cardiovascular disease,” Rathbun says. Stick with lower-cal toppings like Greek yogurt and all-fruit spreads instead of margarine and butter whenever possible.
Worst Food: Bacon
Forget what low-carb diets tell you. Kelly says bacon is one of the unhealthiest processed meats out there, thanks to its high sodium and nitrate contents.
“Nitrates are preservatives that are used in processed foods to maintain their color. When these nitrates are baked or fried at high temperatures, they become carcinogenic.”
Yikes! If you really love bacon, look for leaner, low-sodium options that are nitrate free, and enjoy it in an equally decadent recipe that won’t ruin your diet).
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