Secrets to a flat stomach
If you’re like most women, you are forever feeling overbooked and overfed. Here's a solution: quick meals made from healthy, delicious packaged foods that follow the rules of our best-selling "Flat Belly Diet!" These meals, developed by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, co-author and creator of Flat Belly Diet, will leave you satisfied on fewer calories, which makes it much easier to lose weight without feeling hungry. The cornerstone of the eating plan (and these weight-loss meals) is the almighty MUFA.
What’s a MUFA?
MUFAs are foods rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, healthful fats that research links to less belly fat and better overall health. The best part: MUFAs are found in rich, delicious foods like olives, nuts and seeds, oils, avocado, and (yes!) dark chocolate. Incorporating a MUFA into every meal is easy; we made it even easier by combining them with our favorite new supermarket products.
Each of the following products was taste-tested by the Prevention staff. Besides tasting great, each meal takes 15 minutes or less to prepare! You’ll find options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, divided by MUFA category. To incorporate them into your diet and lose up to 15 pounds this month, mix and match any of the following meals and follow these four rules, which are integral to the Flat Belly Diet:
Eat four 400-calorie meals per day (the following meals have about 400 calories each).
Include MUFAs at every meal (we’ve done that for you — the MUFA ingredient is noted in each recipe).
Eat meals spaced out about 4 hours apart.
Choose nutrient-rich foods.
Farm-fresh egg and cheese sandwich
Drizzle one toasted whole-wheat English muffin with 1 tablespoon Olivado Avocado Zest Oil (MUFA). Fill the muffin with one large poached egg, 1 slice reduced-fat Swiss cheese, and half of a medium vine-ripened tomato, sliced.
Total calories: 387
Tomato mozzarella pesto salad
Layer 1 oz of fresh sliced mozzarella with two sliced plum tomatoes and five fresh sliced basil leaves, drizzle with 2 tablespoons Le Grand Garden Pesto (MUFA), and serve with one crusty whole-wheat roll.
Total calories: 393
Tex Mex burger
Fill a toasted whole-wheat bun with one black bean veggie burger, one slice reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, one Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Snack Pack (MUFA) and five rings of fresh red onions.
Total calories: 390
Pair one Tribe Hummus Snacker with 1 cup sliced red bell pepper, one 4-inch whole-wheat pita, 10 large green olives (MUFA), and 1 large pear.
Total calories: 386
Chewy chocolate trio
Enjoy one serving (one-third of bar) of Dove Cranberry Almond Dark Chocolate (MUFA) with 1 cup fat-free milk and 1/2 cup unsweetened dried apricots.
Total calories: 359