Many people think you build six-pack abs by doing countless sit-ups and starving yourself. I am here to tell you that is not the case. Take it from me; I only workout three hours a week and never, ever starve myself. Below are my 15 favorite foods that keep my muscles fueled, stomach full and wouldn’t dare cover up my abs! To get the ultimate six-pack in six weeks—and a flat belly for life!—pre-order the upcoming Eat This, Not That! for Abs book!
Not only is fish packed with healthy fat, but it is also carb-free and packed with protein.
The yolks often get bad press, but the yolks provide healthy fat that is needed for brain development! These keep me full and are a great pair with my next favorite food for abs; oats!
The steel cut oats provide your body with the energy it needs to make it through those tough workouts and digests nice and slow into your bloodstream, so you don’t get a spike and crash!
I love this snack because it is portable and satisfies my hunger when I’m on the road. The healthy fat, protein, and zero carbs make this one of my favorite snacks; don’t forget about the fiber as well!
So many ways to enjoy this delicious green. Throw it in your morning smoothie, sauté it, or have it in a salad. Either way, you are getting an alphabet full of vitamins and an excellent source of fiber.
Black, white, red; whatever your choice is, make sure you keep these in your diet. These slow digesting carbs will provide you with energy for your day and also give you a great dose of fiber and protein! So complex!
If you are on the road like I am, you need go-to snacks that are portable and multifaceted. With edamame, you get a huge dose of fiber, protein, and minimal carbohydrates.
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Magnesium, Zinc, and Omega-3’s! Don’t throw these out next Halloween! Make sure you bake them and throw some sea salt on them and enjoy!! These are also great to throw into a trail mix!
Become friends with olive oil. You will be using it to cook almost everything with! This healthy fat will help keep your joints lubricated and brain healthy!
This grain is one of my favorite foods to accompany a piece of fish with veggies. You don’t need much to fill you up and you can also prepare it in the morning with your eggs. Fiber, good carbs, and protein make this a must-have if you want to stay energized and see your abs.
Lets face it, in a perfect world, we would get all of our protein from natural food sources—but it’s hard. Select a powder that fits your dietary needs and stomach tolerance. I choose vegan protein powder, but one option that is great for getting your muscles to recover quickly is whey protein. Casein is also good for bedtime cravings as it will slowly digest while you sleep, steadily fueling your muscles.
It has the healthy fat that’s great for hair, skin and nails…and tastes delicious! Try it with eggs, in your salad or next to your salmon for dinner.
Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries. All of these fruits have a ton of antioxidants, are low in carbs, and high in fiber. Throw them in your morning smoothie!
Packed with so many vitamins and has more fiber than regular rice. Did I mention it is delicious.
These will be your new best friend. These low glycemic index carbs will keep your muscles full for your grueling workouts and also provide you a huge dose of vitamins!!