17 De-Bloating Foods to Eat Before You Hit the Beach

17 De-Bloating Foods to Eat Before You Hit the Beach
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Since we’re not fans of crash dieting or extreme restrictive cleanses, we’re always in search of meals that fill you up while also cutting down on—or at least not creating—dreaded belly bloat, especially this time of year.

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Here are 17 recipes you can go to town eating when the weather’s hot to help keep you full without feeling like the last thing on earth you want to do is strap on a bikini. It’s important to note that everyone’s body responds uniquely to different foods—so even though oatmeal is packed  with fiber and keeps your digestive system moving, preventing bloat for some people, others may find that it feels heavy in their stomachs. Science supports these ingredients as bloat-fighters, but definitely experiment to find out what works best for you.

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Cucumbers contain antioxidants that help reduce swelling in the body.

Tomato Avocado Cucumber Chickpea Salad with Feta

Cooking Classy

Oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber, which helps regulate your digestive tract, preventing you from getting backed up and bloated.

Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

Cooking Classy

Mixed Berry Vanilla Baked Oatmeal

Jules Eats and Treats

Melons, including honeydew and cantaloupe, are loaded with water and help your body flush out the sodium that could be causing bloat.

Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad

Foodie Crush

Ditto for watermelon, which is more than 90 percent water and a natural diuretic.

Watermelon Feta and Balsamic Pizza

Skinny Taste

Watermelon Feta Salad

Chef Savvy

Lentils contain potassium and fiber, which can both help fight bloat (especially when paired with cutting down your salt intake). They also contain estrogen, which may cut down on period bloating.

Roasted Carrot and Lentil Salad with Tahini Dressing

Skinny Taste

5-Minute Lentil Tomato Salad

The Garden Grazer

The live active cultures in yogurt can improve digestion and reduce belly bloat. (Bonus: This snack has yogurt and cucumbers, another de-bloater.)

Dilly Cucumber Bites

Jess Fuel

Breakfast Granola Fruit Tart with Yogurt

Jessica Gavin

Artichokes are rich in digestion-improving, tummy-flattening fiber.

White Bean Artichoke Basil Toast

Pinch of Yum

Potassium-rich avocados help eliminate extra water in the body.

BLT Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados

The Garlic Diaries

Caprese Avocado Toast

Two Peas and Their Pod

Lean protein, such as chicken and salmon, is less likely to bloat you than a carb-rich meal of pasta—so load up on them whenever you can. The healthy fats in salmon may also help boost metabolism.

Smoked Salmon and Avocado Egg Sandwich

Once Upon a Cutting Board

Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados

Grok Grub

Rosemary helps improve digestion and minimize gas.

Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado

Skinny Taste

Bananas are also rich in bloat-fighting potassium.

Mango Orange Banana Smoothie

Gimme Delicious

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