The fastest way way to get lean may be eating these foods that burn fat.
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Overnight Oatmeal With Blueberry Sauce
The fastest way to lose fat is to adjust your diet, not do more cardio. And that doesn’t mean cutting carbs and calories to the bone; you can let your food burn fat for you while enjoying delicious, gourmet meals with these recipes—made from ingredients that offer potent, and science-backed, fat-burning benefits. We’ve got one to cover every meal of your day, from breakfast through dessert, so you can melt blubber over a 24-hour period (and wake up a little leaner the next morning). Now, doesn’t that beat another spin on the treadmill?
Why it’s a fat beater: Blueberries contain pterostilbene, an antioxidant that a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found may prevent fat storage.
MAKES: 1 Serving
1/3 cup rolled oats 2 tsp chia seeds 2 tsp cocoa powder 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon 1⁄2 cup milk 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt 1⁄2 cup frozen blueberries 1 tbsp pure maple syrup 1⁄2 tsp cornstarch 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
1) In a bowl or half-pint glass jar, mix oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Stir in milk and yogurt. Cover and let soak overnight in the refrigerator. 2) In the morning, stir together blueberries, maple syrup, and cornstarch in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high, uncovered, for 1 minute. Stir, then heat for an additional 1 minute. This is your blueberry sauce. 3) Serve oats topped with blueberry sauce and chopped walnuts.
Why it’s a fat beater: Made by grinding tea leaves into powder, matcha may positively impact genes associated with fat metabolism. Pick up some at matchasource.com.
MAKES: 4 Servings
2 cups unsweetened almond milk 1 banana 2 tbsp honey 2 tsp matcha green tea powder 1 tsp vanilla extract 1⁄2 tsp ginger powder Salt, to taste 1/3 cup chia seeds 1⁄4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1⁄4 cup chopped unsalted pistachios
1) Blend together almond milk, banana, honey, matcha, vanilla, ginger, and a pinch of salt. 2) Pour mixture into a container and stir in chia seeds. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes, stirring often. Chill for at least 3 hours. Top with coconut flakes and pistachios and serve.
Why it’s a fat beater: Salmon offers omega-3 fats, which may alter fat metabolism and improve insulin sensitivity.
MAKES: 4 Servings
1 lb skinless salmon fillets 1 cup shelled frozen edamame 3 cups cooked brown rice 1 cucumber, sliced into matchsticks 2 carrots, shredded 1 avocado, thinly sliced 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple 3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 2 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tbsp sesame oil 2 tsp Asian chili sauce, such as sriracha 2 tsp minced fresh ginger 2 nori sheets, chopped
1) Place salmon in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a very light simmer and cook for 6 minutes, or until fish is cooked through. Remove fish from pot and place on a plate. Gently break apart flesh with a fork.
2) Prepare edamame according to package directions. Toss together salmon, edamame, rice, cucumber, carrot, avocado, and pineapple.
3) In a separate bowl, stir together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili sauce, and ginger. Toss salad along with salmon in the dressing and serve topped with nori.
Why it’s a fat beater: The fiber in chickpeas contributes to fullness, so you consume fewer calories.
MAKES: 6 Servings
1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 1 (14 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/3 cup plain whey protein powder 1⁄4 cup tahini (sesame paste) Juice of 1⁄2 lemon 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp smoked paprika 1⁄2 tsp cumin powder 1⁄2 tsp salt
1) Steam or boil sweet potatoes until tender.
2) Place cooked sweet potatoes and remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Serve with crudités such as sliced red pepper and broccoli, or slather the hummus on rye crackers.