Beach season is here, which means it'll soon be time to break out the bikinis and swim shorts. Ensure a flat tummy and glowing skin for a beautiful beach body by including these five foods in your daily meals:
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Pineapple is the perfect summer fruit. It’s loaded with fiber to keep you full, preventing you from eating other less healthy foods. It contains a large amount of vitamin C, which helps produce collagen to keep your skin firm, supports your immune system, and is a great anti-inflammatory. Plus, the enzymes in pineapple aid digestion and help reduce gas. Eat pineapple on its own, or add to smoothies.
The sun and sea can leave your skin dry and you hair brittle, so it’s extremely important to stay hydrated during the summer months. Cucumbers are a whopping 96% water and will keep you full without the calories. They're a natural diuretic and will prevent bloating due to water retention, so your tummy will look bikini-ready. Slice and eat alone or with dip, juice it, or add to a smoothie.
Dark Leafy Greens
Adding dark leafy greens is a smart idea, no matter what the season. They're the perfect way to help you get your daily dose vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, C, K, folate, calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few). They'll bulk up your plate and have you feeling full — without the calories. Skip the iceberg, and go for the dark stuff, like spinach, kale, broccoli, chard, or arugula. Eat raw in salads, or lightly cooked.
This cooling herb does more than just offer refreshment on a hot summer day: it also reduces bloating and indigestion while soothing the digestive tract, so you’ll feel comfortable showing off your flat stomach. Try adding to salads or lemonade and tea.
Like cucumbers, melons are water dense and super hydrating. They will quell your sweet cravings while delivering a hearty dose of vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Cantaloupe is a true skin food, loaded with vitamins A and C for clear and firm skin. Watermelon contains a large amount of lycopene, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Honeydew contains vitamin C, potassium, and B vitamins, including folate and niacin. Since each melon is unique in its benefits, eat a variety of them. Enjoy a mixed fruit salad of cubed cantaloupe, honey dew, and watermelon, or blend them into a refreshing smoothie.