FOOD tastes better when paired with other good food.
If you do not want to gain weight, here are some to try:
* Spinach + Avocado Oil. Avocadoes are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that may help improve cholesterol and ward off hunger. It also contains vitamins B and E and bloat-banishing potassium. Meanwhile, the high-volume, low-calorie spinach will fill you up without filling you out. And studies show that women who eat foods with high water content, such as leafy greens, have lower BMIs and smaller waistlines than those who don’t. Go green to get lean.
Here’s how to prepare: Sauté a cup of spinach in a tablespoon of olive oil for a quick, easy and filling side dish. Avocado oil also works well drizzled over whole-wheat breads, fish and homemade pizzas. To make your avocadoes tastier, add walnuts.
* Tuna + Ginger. Pairing a tuna roll, or a few pieces of tuna sashimi, with ginger can help your belly look smaller immediately. The ginger accelerates gastric emptying, which helps diminish that “food baby” look rapidly, and it also blocks several genes and enzymes in the body that promote bloat-causing inflammation. Tuna is a prime source of docosahexaenoic acid, a type of omega-3 fat that can ward off stress chemicals that promote flab storage and down-regulate fat genes in the stomach, stopping belly fat cells from growing larger.
Here’s how: Place the ginger atop your brown rice sushi but lay off the soy sauce. A single tablespoon has over 1,000 mg of belly-bloating sodium.
* Cayenne + Chicken. You feel like eating chicken tonight? Good for you: Protein-rich foods like poultry not only boost satiety, but also help people eat less at subsequent meals, according to research. And adding cayenne pepper fires up your fat burn. A compound in the pepper, called capsaicin, has proven to suppress appetite and boost the body’s ability to convert food to energy. Daily consumption of capsaicin speeds up abdominal fat loss, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Here’s how: Just one gram of red pepper (about ½ a teaspoon) can help manage appetite and increase calorie burn after a meal. You don’t like chicken, garnish your grilled fish, meats and eggs with a pinch of red chili pepper.