Mean Green Fat Belly Fighting Machine Salad
Ab workouts aren’t the only thing that will help you get a toned stomach – diet plays a huge part, as well. After all, you need the proper fuel to feed your body to compliment your exercises. I believe that 70 % healthy diet and 30 % physical activity are the key elements to optimal health.
Unless you’re a sumo wrestler….
This salad is great to have as a meal after a workout or for lunch or dinner. It’s filling and packed with lots of nutrients, essential vitamins and plant based protein. Did you know that one of the main components to weight loss and maintenance is fiber? A fiber is only found in plant based foods. 🙂 So the almonds in this salad not only add bloat reducing fiber, but since it’s also considered a monounsaturated fat (the good fat), they also help to keep belly bloat and fat at bay. Made with fiber rich spinach, peas and broccoli, this salad gets an extra boost from hydrating cucumbers that help to ease digestion and flush out the digestive system.
I’m not a fan of avocado (Gasp – I know, it’s weird) but it’s definitely an excellent addition to the salad for those of you who do love it. (I wish I did!) For some light sweetness, I’ll usually add organic blueberries, which are known to help diminish belly fat with its powerful antioxidants, but I didn’t have any on me today. 🙁 I think it’s time to make a trip to the market….
Stay healthy, my friends! x
Low carb, vegan, wheat free, gluten free and plant strong!
What you’ll need:
Lots of baby spinach (I never measure it because I generally like A LOT of it!)
Broccoli florets, steamed
1/3 of a cucumber, diced
A handful of almonds (1/4 cup or so)
1/4 cup of green peas, steamed
1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
Juice from half a lemon
1/4 tsp of organic chia seeds
Black pepper to taste
1/2 tbsp of raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar
A pinch of stevia (optional)
Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk thoroughly. Pour over salad and add black pepper to taste.