Whether you hit the gym regularly or not, chances are you have realised by now that getting flat & sculpted abs is quite hard. Unlike your arms or legs, great abs result mainly from what you eat rather than how many sit ups or exercises you do, which is both frustrating and difficult. Rather than going on crash diets or starving yourself, however, you can still get and maintain a nice stomach or abs simply by incorporating a few key foods into your meals, beginning with breakfast. As the most important meal of the day, getting a good breakfast is essential in providing your body the needed nutrition to allow it to burn fat and digest food for the remainder of the day. This is why there are some key foods you can incorporate into your breakfast which will enhance your body’s fat burning abilities and help you sculpt some nice abs.
Avocado and Egg on Toast
This is the simplest and quickest meal, with a lot of benefits. Eggs are full of protein, needed for building and maintaining muscle. Avocados are a source of healthy fat and fibre, which will allow you to control your appetite and break down carbs properly. If you consume avocados and their healthy fat components early in the day, what happens is that your brain tends to signal to your body fullness, so your appetite is kept in check, meaning you are less likely to overeat. Consuming avocados also helps slow the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar, which can lead to weight gain, thus keeping your sugar levels in tact and your abs hard as rock.
Smoothies are one of the most common and quickest on-the-go foods people tend to grab for breakfast. With smoothies, you can really add anything you want, to taste. However, a common mistake many make is trying to get a great tasting smoothie by adding all sorts of ingredients, which just end up making the smoothie a desert more so than a nutritious meal replacement. To sweeten your smoothies, use healthy fruit or honey, not sugar or chocolate. Keep the milk and ingredients you use low fat and balanced, meaning you should have more veggies and fruits in your smoothie than chocolate or sugar, for example. Almond milk is a common smoothie ingredient because the properties of almonds help enhance fat burning. Ginger and lemon help increase your metabolism’s abilities, so try to incorporate those into your morning smoothie.
Scrambled Egg Wraps
Scrambled eggs are a versatile way to incorporate veggies into your breakfast. You can add onions and peppers, and whichever veggie you prefer, and have a nutritious breakfast rather quickly. If you make an egg wrap, choose who grain pita wraps, as they’re the most nutritiously dense and healthiest. The key to great abs lies in consuming the veggies, as some of the nutritional proprieties of the peppers you eat will help prevent formation of new fat cells and thus lead to greater chances of getting amazing abs.
Oatmeal Topped With Fruit
I’m a huge fan of quick breakfast meals, because, like all normal humans, I enjoy sleeping as long as possible. Oatmeal is a quick solution to getting a healthy body and abs because it’s versatile and nutrition packed. Whole grain oatmeal (not the regular stuff) boosts your metabolism, and also keeps you fuller for longer, so you won’t overeat. Whole grain oatmeal also means that your body has to work harder to break down these more complex carbs, which means less eating and more energy and fat burning for you! In terms of toppings, Mangos are particularly a healthy fruit to have in the morning, as they reduce blood glucose levels and help control your appetite throughout the day. A common option is blueberries is another one which will help keep you fuller for longer while also providing you with needed antioxidants. Personally, I also enjoy sprinkling some shredded coconut on top to add some spice and deliciousness to my oatmeal.
Ginger and cinnamon are a magical ingredient that helps boost calorie burning, so when consumed early in the day, you are getting some enhanced benefits for your entire day. Now you may not normally combine ginger and bananas in your meals, but for breakfast it’s not a bad meal. To make healthy banana pancakes, you can check out an old recipe of mine here, but really all you need is an egg and a banana, then add some cinnamon and/or ginger (choose one, or if you’re brave mix both with careful judgement) to the mix and make them. Ginger and cinnamon are both great at boosting your metabolism, so you are enhancing your fat burning abilities if you incorporate these two early in the day. If you’re feeling fancy, you can also purchase ginger syrup for your pancakes, but I’d advise limiting your syrup contents either way, as it’s not the healthiest part of your breakfast.
There are a variety of ways to incorporate peanut butter into your breakfast, whether it’s on toast, in a muffin, or smoothie, you ought to somehow find use for this magical and delicious ingredient. Much like avocados, peanut butter is a source of healthy fat and thus will aid in your ab development and overall health. Do not buy “low-fat” peanut butter, it’s not as healthy as the pure form, and also kind of goes against the benefits of peanut butter… you do want it for it’s healthy fat content. Personally, I like to mix mine with either granola or quinoa, such as this amazing recipe I discovered here, allowing me to consume a filling and healthy breakfast in the morning. You can get as creative with it as you like, so long as you get in your daily fix of healthy fats and proteins.