5. Eat Wet Foods to Flatten Your Belly
When you're dehydrated, you hold onto water in the wrong places, which can make you look and feel bloated. Foods that are wet are full of water to flush out your system and fight inflammation. Wet foods have two main characteristics—a water content of 70 percent or higher and 5 grams of fiber or more per serving. They're usually whole foods with low salt content. Since most food labels don't display water content, identify wet foods by seeing if they fit into either of these two criteria:
Wet fruits and vegetables should juice if you bite or cut into them. For instance, banana and avocado are not wet foods.
If the food swells or requires water or liquid to be prepared, it can be considered a wet food. For example, you need water to prepare dry beans and oats and chia seeds swell when wet.
Use the meal plan below to incorporate wet foods into your diet to fight bloat:
Pair your hot pepper jelly breakfast with belly-blasting water. Start with a pitcher of water and add in lime, watermelon, mint and blackberries. You can continue to sip on this drink all day long.
Beans are very hydrating. Try a bean burrito made with pinto beans, shredded cabbage, salsa and guacamole in large lettuce leaves.
Swap out dry munchies for a snack bag that will beat the bloat! Try chopped jicama, celery, clementines and cashews. Add a dash of cayenne pepper for extra belly-blasting kick. Toss the mix in a bag and you can take these bloat-fighting benefits with you to munch all day long.
During dinner, blast your belly bloat with a turkey burger made with chia seeds and have a side fattoush salad. Enjoy an orange for dessert.
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