5 Whole30 Approved Foods For Flat Abs

We are one week down for Whole 30, and it has been a challenge. We don’t miss cheese and bagels as much as we thought we would, but it’s been a learning process. If nothing else, this challenge is teaching us to be more aware of the decisions we make regarding food and allowing us to carefully think about what we are putting in our bodies.

With one week down, and the last(?) weekend of 80 degree bikini-wearing weather approaching, here are 5 Whole30 approved foods for flat abs:

1. Apples. Apples are a great source of fiber and also help keep you full. Plus – ’tis the season for apple picking!

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2. Dark leafy greens. Here is another amazing in-season option. Dark leafy greens such as kale are a some of the healthiest foods you can eat. They contain fiber which will help to keep you full and regular, and are full of nutrients. Add your greens to salads, stir fry and smoothies!

Heart-shaped formed by fresh Black Kale

3. Salmon. Fatty fish such as salmon are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for your health. Salmon promotes fat burning and boosts metabolism. Grill, pan sear, or broil for a delish addition to salads or veggies.

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4. Berries. I can’t get enough berries these days. Berries are full of fiber and antioxidants which is pretty key for keeping your abs flat. Add a handful to your smoothie or just have a few as a healthy afternoon snack.

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5. Green tea. Green Tea is full of antioxidants which helps boost metabolism. AKA: perfect fat burning drink.

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JavaBabe: Fact or Fiction?

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We know there is no magical pill that results in a healthier, fitter, slimmer, better version of you. It takes hard work, good diet, determination, and a whole lot of time and energy. However, when we first read about this 100% all natural “fat burning” coffee that doesn’t promote fat blaster instant fix pills — we couldn’t help but check it out.

Java Babe is not an instant fix when it comes to weight issues. HOWEVER, Java Babe does get your body into a fat burning state the all natural way.

What’s cool about this stuff? Java Babe has a mixture of blended coffee and tea, although the coffee flavor is really all you can taste. The L-Theanine in the Matcha will assist the caffeine and give you a good clean energy burn that helps your body get into a thermogenic state. This is just a sexy way of saying that Java Babe gets your body into a fat burning state all day long. Check out the full list of ingredients (that I swear you can’t taste) here!

Fact or fiction? I can’t feel an inherent difference between my venti black americano from Starbucks and this stuff, but I definitely feel energized, motivated, and LOVE that I am packing 6 super ingredients into my morning routine. What’s not to love about that?

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The cute packaging that encourages confidence doesn’t hurt either. Sip away, Boston!

Whole30: Day 1

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We are starting Whole30 today, which means yesterday was prep day. The LAST thing we wanted to do after an eventful long holiday weekend was food shop and prep, but it turned out to be a soothing and productive way to launch ourselves into a new week. After making a list of approved foods, we shopped and began cutting and chopping and cooking.

Today’s menu:

Breakfast:

  • Green smoothie (recipe here). I added half a packet of vanilla protein powder that was approved and helped keep me full.
  • Hot water with lemon
  • My new JavaBabe coffee, black. (post to come soon).

Snack:

  • Roasted, unsalted almonds

Lunch:

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  • Grilled chicken with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, onion powder, and olive oil marinade.
  • Roasted red onion, zucchini, carrot, yellow squash, red bell pepper.

Snack:

  • Grapefruit

Dinner:

  • Sweet potato (roasted with olive oil and cayenne), asparagus, pan seared salmon.

Don’t worry, we won’t overload you with our journey, but will be sure to share fun and delicious recipes that surprised us, or satiated us.

Whole30: How We Are Preparing

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We love a good challenge. It keeps things interesting. That’s why, post-labor day drinking, burgers, pizza, and celebrations, we decided to embark on 30 days of eating whole, healthy, unprocessed foods. You can learn more about what we are getting ourselves into on their site.

Here’s how we are preparing:

1. Take inventory of what we have. So that we don’t spend our entire paycheck shopping for these things, we are going through to see what ingredients we already have that could be useful. Most of them are non-perishable like spices, oils (evoo, coconut), and a few perishable (eggs and egg whites).

2. Eliminate what you won’t be using. I’ll admit, this is one I have been doing in a slightly different way. Trying to eat what we won’t be able to have during the Whole30 (orzo, cheese, spring rolls). It’s tempting to want to use these things up or save them for another time. I am hoping to make this into a slow and steady lifestyle change, so I am opting to eliminate things not on the plan.

3. Make a list of meals and a grocery list. Using this shopping list, we are stocking up and planning out our meals. I am planning on lots of roasted veggies on organic greens with grilled chicken and fish. Yum!

4. Prep lots of veggies. Veggies are a huge part of Whole30. For ease, it’s best to take some time to get these cut up so they are easy to grab and use. Some things we will be doing:

  • cut broccoli and cauliflower into florets
  • trim carrots into sticks or coins
  • cut celery sticks and slice cucumbers
  • prepare salad greens
  • chop tomatoes and onions

We are planning to store these in individual containers so that we can easily make salads or other vegetable dishes. Veggies are a good “legal” Whole 30 snack when you really need one.

5. Have things on hand for easy, quick meals to replace takeout. It’s easy to want to grab takeout, but nearly impossible to make sure there are no added foods that are a no-go. Here are some easy meals we are planning to use.

  • omelets
  • lettuce wraps
  • salads
  • soup
  • stir-fries

We have a lot of work to do, we’ll keep you updated on the journey.

Fresh Rolls For The Win

One of our favorite food blogs, i am a food blog, recently posted a recipe for summer fresh rolls. As  thai food/all food lovers, these are one of our favorite treats when dining out and we were intrigued to give it a try at home. We are starting Whole30 after labor day (more to come on that), so I thought this was the perfect lunch to transition me into the fall.

We very loosely followed this summer roll recipe, and made a few alterations based on how we were feeling.

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 12 rice paper wrappers
  • 1 english cucumber cut into matchsticks
  • 2 large carrots cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Butter lettuce

Dip one spring roll skin into warm water for about two seconds. Remove and lay, smooth-side down, on a cutting board. Act fast because the roll gets stickier the longer you wait. Lay down one lettuce leaf in the bottom center of the wrap. (If the wrap is a clock, then think between 8:00 and 4:00) Add a small bunch of vegetables and carefully roll bottom side over filling. Fold in each side of the wrap and continue to roll until it’s all bundled up.

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For the sauce: 

spicy almond butter sauce (can use peanut butter if you’re not into the almond trend)
2 heaping Tablespoons almond butter
1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
squeeze of lime
1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
hot water

Mix together, dip, and enjoy!

BFX Back Bay Gets Chilly

imagesAt the risk of sounding basic, we are always one to try new and innovative workouts. Not because we expect it to magically change the way we look, but because it’s fun and important to constantly mix up what you are doing. Recently, a Boston trainer told us about a new “cold” workout that BFX Back Bay was doing. Intrigued, and given the fact that it was 92 degrees out, we decided to learn more and check it out.

Our pre-work: Before dropping $32 on the class (we would have gone anyways), we did some research. In a new study, it was found that 15 minutes in the cold can be the metabolic equivalent of an hour of exercise. Both have an impact on our two main types of adipose tissue, aka fat. Although not significant, we’ll take every calorie we can get. (Check out this women’s health article for more deets).

The class: There isn’t a class that Kelly Brabants teaches that we don’t love. So, maybe we are biased.The class was 30 minutes of kettlebell/cardio and 30 minutes of boxing. It was noticeably colder when we walked in, although that didn’t stop us from sweating.We left fully exhausted and dragged ourselves to SweetGreen where we thoroughly enjoyed our salads (sitting down). image1 (5)

Cashew Milk: If You Haven’t Tried It You Haven’t Lived

I’ve fallen in love. Ever since I discovered the iced coffee with cashew milk at our local gym’s juice bar (Nourish Your Soul), I can’t stop thinking about it. At $5+ for 16oz, I ventured to make it myself. Not a fan of milk? Neither am I! I promise you – this is different.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 cups water (divided)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash sea salt
  • Pinch cinnamon
Instructions

1. Soak the cashews in water at least 4 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator. Drain and rinse until the water runs clear.

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2. Add the cashews and two cups water to a blender. Start on a low setting and increase the speed until the cashews are totally pulverized. This could take 2+ minutes.

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3. Blend in 2 cups more water, your sweetener of choice, vanilla extract, sea salt and cinnamon. If your blender can’t totally break down the cashews, strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.

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4. Store the milk in a covered container in the refrigerator. It should keep for 3 to 4 days.

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Notes
  • Yields about 5 cups cashew milk.
  • For thicker cashew milk, use less water!

p.s. Cashew milk is full of redeeming nutrients, like magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and zinc. The fat in cashews is mostly unsaturated and they are a good source of protein.