Belly fat is like a mouse. It’s the house guest you never willfully invited that just won’t get the hell on. And while there are all kinds of exercises you can do to work on that area and foods you can pull out of your diet, I think we can all agree that it takes a lot to get rid of fat in the abdominal area.
While reading the most recent issue of Shape, they ran down a list of the latest superfoods that are having an impact on that pesky belly fat. Most of them sounded like the norm. You know, whole grains, coconut oil, dark chocolate. But one that definitely stood out to me was chia seeds.
“Like, the plant pet?” I thought to myself. Yep, the same terracotta plants that use chia seeds to sprout ornate figures. As it turns out, folks have been consuming chia seeds in their meals for years now. And I can now understand why. According to experts, not only do they increase your energy and are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that help raise HDL, the good cholesterol, but chia seeds are great for burning belly fat.
According to Muscle & Fitness, they do your body good “by sucking up to 10-12 times their weight, forming a gel in your stomach that can curb your calorie intake by making you feel full longer.” Also, they “slow the digestive process that breaks down carbs and converts them to sugar, which means fewer carbs feeding the fat cells around your midsection.”
Yes, you can eat these protein-packed, fiberlicious seeds raw. But that’s no fun. Many people throw them into smoothies, ground them into yogurts, bake with them, add them to salads, or put them in whatever liquids you like, as they go gelatinous in water. But for those of us who, in the words of Sweet Brown, ain’t got time for that, and are worried that our concoctions will taste terrible, there are plenty of yummy snacks out on shelves rich in chia seeds. Here are five you may want to consider adding to your kitchen so you can subtract from your belly fat.
Because chips are the devil, and you just have to have something light and salty to snack on, LesserEvil Chia Pop Aged White Cheddar Popcorn needs to be in your cupboard. It has all the antioxidants, protein, omega-3s and fiber you need. Plus, you can go a little bit ham on a bag since there are under 40 calories in a cup of the popcorn. That’s right, 40. I love this popcorn, which if you look at closely, you can see the grounded up chia seeds throughout the kernels.
With all the goodies in this bar, you would be surprised that it’s only 140 calories. If you’re craving sweets, as many of us trying to get our diets together struggle with, then this bar is a perfect alternative. Plus, they are low in sugar and sodium, and both chia and dark chocolate (filled with flavanoids) are known for hitting back at that troublesome belly fat.
Need a pick me up during the workday? The Mamma Chia organic squeeze snack pack is a favorite, packed with veggies, organic fruits, and of course, chia. The 3.5-ounce serving is only 70 calories and is full of antioxidants, proteins, and fiber. There’s no sugar, gluten, and the packs are vegan.
Full of a bevy of superfoods, the tubular snack is all natural with its clean ingredients. Brown rice, sunflower oil, organic non-fat milk, tapioca solids, organic evaporated cane juice and more. The snack is both healthy and delicious and made free of gluten, yeast, wheat and corn. At 110 calories per serving, it’s worth a try!
Eat it with milk and cereal or eat it dry, folks love this granola from Nature’s Path. If you like coconut, you’ll love this as a coconut cereal (which is scattered with chia seeds), or you can add it to a yogurt or a baked dish. And, as always, the product is packed with a whole host of nutrients to help you burn abdominal fat.