Jan. 1, 2014 at 7:06 AM ET
TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer, along with her fitness team, are helping people get in shape in our "6 Months to a 6 Pack Challenge."
Ready to jump start your fab-ab diet? Our first week requires you to incorporate these two belly-slimming tips:
Chia oatmeal: Add 1/2 cup dry oats and 1 cup water to a small pot, and heat until boiling. Lower temperature and allow to cook for another minute before adding in 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. Once water has been absorbed, turn off heat and stir in 1 teaspoon maple syrup, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and half a chopped apple (with the skin). Makes 1 serving. 260 calories.
Chia smoothie: Blend 3/4 cup fat free milk, 1/4 cup 100% apple juice, 3/4 cup frozen berries, 1/2 ripe banana, 1 Tablespoon chia seeds and, 3-5 ice cubes until smooth and frothy. Makes 1 serving. 270 calories.
Chia pudding: In a small pot, add 1/2 cup water, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons chia seeds. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes or until the seeds absorb the water and the mixture becomes gelatinous. Transfer to a container and chill in fridge for about 2 hours before serving. Makes 1 serving. 160 calories.