Let’s face it – while we’re all crazy excited about summer approaching, we’re not quite there yet with our flat abs. While working it out at the barre is the best place to start, mindful eating plays a big factor. That’s why we’ve partnered with Sakara Life to provide us with nutrition tips and a fresh healthy recipe to give us a little summer inspiration!
5 Nutrition Tips for Bikini-Ready Abs from Sakara Life’s Whitney + Danielle
We’ve all heard that abs start in the kitchen, and with the countdown to summer in full swing, we wanted the secret recipe for a bikini-worthy tummy. So we turned to Sakara Life co-founders and Physique 57 devotees Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, whose organic, plant-based meal delivery program is coveted by supermodels, celebrities and owners of enviable abs nationwide.
They shared their top five waist-trimming nutrition tips (which just so happen to factor into every meal they create).
- Greens. The experts have spoken: This is the secret to truly transformational results. Think of leafy greens as your whole-food supplement: They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and even protein (yep—kale has 3g per cup) to keep you satisfied, strong and energized. Whatever your fitness goals are, greens are an essential piece of the puzzle.
- Good fats. Don’t fear fat—embrace it! The good kind, anyway. While it might sound counterintuitive, eating high-quality unsaturated fatty acids (like those found in avocado, nuts and seeds) will actually help keep you lean. Diets that contain the right balance of healthy fats encourage the production of fat-burning, metabolism-revving hormones—meaning eating fat helps you burn fat. Foods high in healthy fats are also incredibly satisfying, which means less between-meal snacking.
- Eat your water. Water retention = belly bloat. The cure? Extra hydration to flush everything out. But instead of just downing bottle after bottle, eat your water in the form of fresh, hydrating produce like romaine lettuce, radishes, zucchini and tomatoes. Each molecule of H2O in these water-rich fruits and veggies is bound up within a fibrous structure, providing your body with deeper, more sustained cellular hydration and helping you get the flat tummy you want.
- Plant protein. If defined abs are what you want, it’s going to take protein. But did you know you can get all the muscle-building, bioavailable protein you need from plants? In fact, many plant foods, like chia seeds, hemp and quinoa, are actually complete proteins, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids your body needs.
- Probiotics. Bloat can be a sign that something’s up with your digestion. Get it in check by eating foods that nourish the healthy bacteria in your gut, a.k.a. your microbiome. Probiotics (think fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, miso and kombucha) add live, active cultures to your gut flora, while prebiotics (like asparagus, dandelion greens, chicory, garlic and legumes) provide fiber to nourish your existing microbes. Bonus: Research suggests a healthy microbiome may be a key to weight loss, thanks to its positive effects on inflammation.
As the weather turns warmer, we’re on the lookout for cooling, hydrating, and nutrient-packed meals that will keep us going all day long. Our favorite kitchen gurus, Sakara Life co-founders Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, shared one of their favorites inspired by their signature plant-based meal delivery program.
Carrot Ribbon Salad w/ ‘Parmesan’ Edamame
Colorful, hydrating and packed with plant power and healing antioxidants, this salad is one of our favorites for a post-workout dinner that always hits the spot.
Bright carrots provide immunity-strengthening, skin-brightening Vitamin C and beta carotene, high-quality olive oil offers nourishing, hormone-balancing omegas and edamame (tossed with a magical faux “parmesan” made with microbiome-fueling miso) serves up a dose of plant-based protein for lean, sexy muscles.
- 4 medium carrots in a variety of colors!
- 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil (or your favorite extra virgin nut oil)
- 1 cup of edamame shelled, defrosted*, and drained
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 TBSP organic miso paste
- pinch himalayan salt
- black pepper to taste
FOR THE ‘PARMESAN’ EDAMAME:
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Mix almond flour with miso paste until fully combined. Toss in edamame. Spread this mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown and dry. Let cool.
*Defrost edamame by running them under cold water in a strainer
FOR THE CARROT SALAD:
Peel skin off of carrots and discard. Continue using the peeler to peel along carrots to make thin ribbons. In a mixing bowl, mix carrot ribbons with olive oil, a pinch of himalayan salt and black pepper. Top carrot ribbons with ‘parmesan’ edamame, drizzle with Sakara’s Sesame Ginger Plum Dressing and indulge!
You can find more recipes and inspiration from Sakara on the S-Life Mag.
Now that you’re prepped with your nutrition tips, join us for our Format of the Month in NYC or Beverly Hills! Don’t live near a studio? Check out check out Katie’s killer 10 minute abs online workout.