This post was written by Erin Palinski-Wade
“It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes…” I used to love that song! Now, hopefully you aren’t taking off ALL your clothes (or at least if you do it’s only in the privacy of your own home haha), but the weather is getting hot! And as it heats up, we tend to bare more skin. If the thought of putting on a swimsuit gives you anxiety, I am right there with you! But there’s no need to stress! One of my favorite ways to beat float and instantly flatten your belly is with easy smoothie from my book “Belly Fat Diet For Dummies.”
Photo Credit: Kelly Sloan
Not only is this smoothie incredibly easy to make, but thanks to it’s ingredients, it can actually help you to shed belly fat and decrease bloat. It’s a win-win in my opinion! My favorite way to enjoy this smoothie as a quick breakfast on the go (which I definitely need now that Joey won’t even sit still to eat for more than 2 minutes) or as a dessert over higher sugar options like ice cream. It works thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids in the chia seeds (which reduce stress hormones and decrease inflammation) and the berries (which are packed full of antioxidants- and if you use blueberries you get an even more powerful belly fat fighting properties).
Here’s how to make it:
1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen organic berries (blueberries, strawberries, or açai berries make great choices)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1/2 cup ice
In a blender, combine the yogurt, berries, vanilla, ground chia seeds, and ice. Blend on high for 1 minute, or until desired consistency is reached. Serve cold. Makes 1 serving.