Between summer cookouts, county fair food, and fruity seasonal drinks, you might be feeling rather puffy right now. But you can totally fight that bloated feeling with one killer fruit salad that contains ingredients scientifically proven to help you de-flate. Whether you nosh on this sweet treat during your last days of summer shindigs or make it your breakfast after an indulgent night out, this fruity concoction will have you looking and feeling fan-freaking-tastic in no time.
Papaya: This tropical fruit contains an enzyme called papain, which helps us to break down food, especially protein, and improves digestion. And when your digestive system is in working order, you'll experience less constipation, puffiness, and gas. Plus, papain is a diuretic that can help you get rid of those extra fluids.
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Pineapple: Super sweet pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain that helps break down hard-to-digest protein. That means they'll be less gas in your stomach making you feel like a balloon.
Bananas: This fruit often gets a bad reputation for being high in sugar and carbs, but you shouldn't be afraid of them. In moderation, bananas can help you de-bloat because they're loaded with potassium, a mineral that flushes excess water out of your system. This fruit is particularly great if you've consumed a ton of sodium, which makes you hold on to water.
Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe is also high in potassium and contains a lot of water. That H2O content pushes the extra water out of your body so you can slim down.
Avocado: Yup, avocado is a fruit! And it's loaded with healthy fats that help you absorb the vitamins and minerals in the other fruits in this salad. Avocado is also packed with monounsaturated fats, or the healthy fats that have been linked to burning belly pooch.
Berries: Since berries are also lower in sugar than most fruits, they won't cause you to hold onto the extra water that makes you bloat. Plus, they're lower in calories than most fruits.
1/2 cup papaya, cut into chunks
1/2 cup pineapple, cut into chunks
1/2 banana, sliced
1/2 cantaloupe, cut into chunks
1 cup mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1. Mix the papaya, pineapple, banana, and cantaloupe in large bowl.
2. Slice half of the avocado into half-inch cubes, and toss with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Set other half of the avocado and the rest of the lemon juice aside.
3. Top bowl of fruit with the berries and avocado.
4. In small bowl, mash the remaining avocado and lemon juice.
5. Serve one cup of the fruit salad in small bowl, and drizzle with a teaspoon of the avocado-lemon sauce.
MAKES 3 SERVINGS. Per serving: 158 cal, 7 g fat (1 g sat), 25 g carbs, 14 g sugar, 13 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 3 g protein