The last eight weeks were pretty great, Ah? From Thanksgiving to Christmas to Hanukkah to New Year's Eve, it seemed like the feasting would never end, right? Well, now it has. The holiday parties and cold-weather baking frenzies are over (mostly), and this morning, we bet, you discovered you couldn't fit into your skinny jeans. (Or maybe that already happened back in December!) Face it, you're bloated.
Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
There are, however, ways to stave off the bloat by turning to natural
diuretics and anti-inflammatories, according to nutritionist Carolyn
Brown of Food Trainers NYC. Many of these can even be woven into what are
the heavier wintertime meals you're still probably eating, or can form
the basics of a healthful post-holiday diet, keeping you muffin-top-free
through January and beyond.
If after a feast you're feeling a little queasy, ginger can be a
fast-acting antacid. It's also an anti-inflammatory, so keep adding it
to your stir-fries
and marinades. For a refreshing healthy drink, add ginger syrup to to
freshly squeezed juices. And no, ginger beer doesn't count. Sorry.
2. Dandelion Greens
These greens, along with nutrient-rich kale, are also a diuretic. Bitter
and crisp, they make a perfect addition to any salad and go well with
sweet, anti-oxidant rich pomegranate seeds.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This fermented juice made from crushed apples is a known bloat fighter
and potassium stabilizer. You can either mix it with water, or add it to
apples, fennel, and celery for a zippy (and much healthier) slaw. Tip: Use unrefined if you can--refined apple cider vinegar loses a lot of its nutritional value during processing.
Turmeric doesn't have much flavor, but it imbues every dish it touches
with a warm yellow-orange hue--plus it's high in potassium. Instead of
turning to curries, which are often high in fat and sodium, try adding
turmeric to whole wheat couscous, rice, or soup.
In addition to its diuretic properties, which help to reduce water
retention, seaweed makes for a delicious B12-packed snack.They're great crumbled up on salads, soups, and veggies.
Basil is packed with flavo-noids, an antioxidant, and the essential oil
extracted from the fragrant herb is an anti-inflammatory. While it's a
pesto regular, basil also brightens up salads and vegetable dishes.
While it's most effective when boiled in tea (it helps to flush liquids
from your system quicker), mint can also make a great pesto addition.
Just don't use it as an excuse to eat mint chocolate chip ice cream
Cucumber help to stimulate your kidneys in removing uric acid from your
body. Usually taking a back seat to other vegetables in salads,
cucumbers are a hit in game-day salsa and as a refreshing topper for raw
Kale and Pink Grapefruit Salad
9. Red Grapefruit
Along with the antioxidant lycopene and a load of vitamin C to keep
away pesky winter colds, grapefruits helps to flush extra water from
your system. They also add zip to salads and smoothies (without ice
This tender green veg improves kidney function and helps to flush toxins
from your body. And when they're pureed, they add a delightful, creamy
texture to vegetable soups.
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