The Flat Belly Diet involves eating dishes which include protein as well as monounsaturated fatty acids to keep the body satisfied while dieting and to target weight loss specifically in the abdominal area. While this is an excellent way to lose weight, since it is largely based on a Mediterranean-style diet, it may be difficult for those who cannot tolerate gluten. However, the following recipes offer both the protein and fat, while also being gluten-free. They are also delicious and require little prep time in the kitchen.
- 1 chopped peach
- ½ cup pomegranate juice
- 2 Tablespoon plain Green yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon flax seed oil
- 2 Tablespoon honey
- 4 Ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Serve in tall glasses.
Open-Faced Salmon Sandwiches
- 1 can salmon, drained
- ¼ cup gluten free Dijon mayonnaise
- 2 gluten-free multigrain bagels, toasted
- 1 cup mixed baby greens
- 1 avocado, sliced
- ¼ small, thinly sliced cucumber
- ¼ sliced red onion
Combine salmon and mayonnaise in bowl and mix. Place bagel halves on work surface. Top each half with green, salmon mixture, avocado, cucumber and onion, then serve.
Tomato Salad with Lemon Aioli
- ¼ mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ Tablespoon grated lemon peel
- ½ Tablespoon mustard
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 2 medium sliced tomatoes
- ½ sliced red onion
- ¼ cup basil leaves
- 2 Tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon peel, mustard and garlic in small bowl. Set aside. Arrange tomato slices on plates and spread with aioli mix, then top with onion, basil leaves and capers and serve.
Minted Watermelon Salad
- 2 Tablespoon lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ Tablespoon salt
- 1 small seedless chopped watermelon
- 1 chopped avocado
- ½ thinly sliced red onion
- 3 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint
In large bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil and salt. Add watermelon, avocado, onion and mint and toss gently to coat, then serve.
Barbeque Chicken Pizzas
- 2 gluten-free tortillas
- 2 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoon gluten-free barbeque sauce
- ¼ cup shredded pepper jack cheese
- 4 oz. thinly sliced cooked chicken breast
- 2 thinly sliced scallions
Place tortillas on a baking sheet and brush each tortilla with oil. Top each with half of the barbeque sauce, cheese, chicken and onion. Bake for 7 minutes, or until cheese is melted, then slice and serve.
With recipes like the ones above, even those who need a gluten-free cuisine can participate in the Flat Belly Diet and benefit from the proteins and healthy fats that it has to offer. And with very little prep time involved, these recipes have the add bonus of being able to fit even into the busiest of schedules! The beauty of these dishes, too, is that not only do they come with the protein and unsaturated fats which are such a potent combination for belly weight loss, many of them are rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber — a great trio for everybody, no matter who is eating it.