Flat-stomach shopping list

Spring is just around the corner and many people are working out in the gym in order to try and firm up so they don’t emerge on the beach looking like they were hibernating bears.
It’s important to not only exercise consistently, but to eat right if you want to have the flattest stomach possible.
Here is a 12-pack of food items to put on your next shopping list to help you firm up and be healthier:

1. Oatmeal – A great way to start the day, loaded with fiber that will help you feel full well into the day
2. Plain yogurt – Also a healthy breakfast choice and great source of calcium.
3. Strawberries – Great for you, tasty and can sweeten up your oatmeal or yogurt. They’re better for you than buying artificially sweetened products.
4. Unsweetened tea – Tea is an underrated beverage, which is rich in antioxidants and can even help speed up metabolism.
5. Walnuts – Will help your overall health, and help satisfy hunger pains in a healthy way.
6. Whole grain bread – A much healthier option that white bread. Be careful as some breads advertised as “wheat” are not whole grain.
7. Broccoli – Put it on salad or mix in with a chicken stir fry. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that are not only healthy, but will help keep your waistline down. It’s high in fiber and low in calories.
8. Spinach – Go with spinach or leafy green lettuce for your salad instead of Iceberg lettuce, which has very little fiber.
9. Fish – An excellent source of protein and omega-3.
10. Chicken – A great way to get protein, is even healthier if you take the skin off.
11. Fat-free or 1 percent Milk – Outstanding source of calcium, vitamins, and protein. Soy milk can also be nutritious.
12. Apples – The old favorite really will help keep the doctor away. It’s much, much better to snack on an apple a day than a bag of chips.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

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