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Water is first on the list as it is the most important and most forgotten ingredient! Keep a two litre bottle on hand at all times; it flushes out toxins, keeps appetite in check and is the best and cheapest fat burner available.
2. Apple cider vinegar
A great natural bile stimulant and acid reflux preventer. It keeps the stomach pH levels balanced so you will have a flatter tummy and look hot in that bikini! Add a capful to half a glass of water and drink after you wake up. You can try cooking with it. For example, check out these Healthy Mummy 356 Calorie Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs
3. Chia seeds
High in protein and omega 3 fatty acids, chia seeds will help keep blood sugar levels stable and fill you up. Sprinkle some in your Healthy Mummy Smoothie, make chia puddings or even some chia blueberry jam for something different.
4. Açai berries
Açai berry powder is high in anthrocyanin- a natural pigment providing powerful antioxidants. Açai provides an array of minerals that help to keep your body healthy and gives you high levels of sustainable energy. This extra energy will enable you to get out and exercise more, therefore extra calories will be burned and eventually the fat will come off your tummy!
It’s a cross between spicy and sweet and it adds so much flavour to breakfast. Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar levels, reduces bad cholesterol and helps reduce pain and inflammation. Sprinkle some on your porridge or to your coffee instead of sugar.
Also known as branch chain amino acids. BCAAs are three amino acids known as Leucine, Valine and Iso-Leucine. They help prevent muscle breakdown and can be bought as yummy flavoured powders to use in place as sports drinks. Drink them during your workout instead of water as they will help you tone up as you lose that belly and may even help in the formation of abdominal muscle.
7. Green coffee
High in chlorogenic acids, green coffee may assist in promoting weight loss by the conversion of fat into energy. It is also an antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Available in satchels, you can use it instead of your normal instant coffee.
8. Green tea
Green tea can increase fat metabolism. It is made from unfermented leaves and contains high concentrations of antioxidants known as polyphenols. Green tea extract, especially the catechins, appear to be the secret to the fat-burning, metabolism boosting effects. Drink around 3-5 cups per day for maximum benefits.
Parsley has many, many health benefits, including reducing effects of diarrhoea, improving digestion, regulating the menstrual cycle and increasing the rate of urination, which means that more matter is expelled from the body, including more calories and thus reducing weight loss. The diuretic aspect of parsley juice also means that it detoxifies the body faster than other drinks, and acts as an appetite suppressant making you feel fuller than you are.
High in water content, celery is a great diuretic to rid your body of excess water. Juice them up with carrot and ginger for a revitalizing fresh juice to help keep belly bloat to a minimum.
Spirulina is a sea plant that is high in protein and calcium, boosts your energy and is a great antioxidant. It is available in powder form and can be added to your Healthy Mummy Smoothie for that extra boost.
12. Healthy Mummy Smoothies
High in fibre and vegetable proteins, the Healthy Mummy Smoothies are a great snack or meal replacement. They will keep you full and prevent you snacking on high calorie foods. They also taste great and can be used to make high protein pancakes or muffins.
Wheatgrass has a high concentration of iron, magnesium, calcium, amino acids, vitamins C, A and E, B12, B6 and chlorophyll. These vitamins and minerals provide many therapeutic benefits. Consuming wheatgrass can rid the digestive system of harmful bacteria and cleanse the body of toxins. It also cleanses the colon and can help in the treatment of joint pain, ulcerative colitis, skin infections and can even prevent diabetes. No wonder it is regarded as a superfood!
High in good bacteria, the benefits of yoghurt on gastrointestinal health have been said to provide health benefits for certain gastrointestinal conditions, including lactose intolerance, constipation, IBS, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, Helicobacter pylori infection, and allergies. Look for the nutrition label and make sure no added sugar is used. Opt for Greek yoghurt varieties and use your own frozen berries and cinnamon to sweeten.
15. Dandelion tea
This is a great replacement for coffee and is also a diuretic, so it can help to reduce water retention. This great tea will help you feel slimmer and reduce the toxic load too.