Easy Belly Flab Reduction + Recipe

I caught a glimpse of myself reflected in a store window the other day and was horrified discouraged by the ginormous belly roll I saw. Mindful of the negative direction my thoughts were headed, I paused to take a deep breath and clear my thoughts.

Funny thing, the deep breath. Taking one requires squaring the shoulders and lifting the chest. Buh-bye, belly roll! As it turns out someone was overdue for a posture check. Simply standing up a little straighter evened things out nicely. Or as nicely as they’re going to get, anyway. Hidden bonus: I smiled, instantly erasing several years from my appearance.

Dysfunctional posture pic
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If you, like me, are in need of the occasional posture tuneup, here are a few links that may help address the problems:
Exercises to Improve Posture [SparkPeople]
Posture Strengthening Exercises [UCLA Ergonomics]
Exercises for Improving Your Posture [WebMD]

Okay, moving on, I’ve tried another new recipe that I think is worth sharing: Broccoli-Cranberry Slaw.

While I was inspired by a recipe I found on Stonyfield’s site, my version of Cranberry Slaw took a twist when I spotted a bag of broccoli slaw (shredded broccoli & carrots) on clearance at Kroger for $1.30. The original called for shredding cabbage and carrots, but lower price + no shredding = no brainer and Cranberry Slaw quickly became Broccoli-Cranberry Slaw

cranberry slaw

Broccoli-Cranberry Slaw Recipe
Ingredients:
1/2-3/4 bag of prepped broccoli slaw (or you could shred your own, I suppose)
1 container (6 oz.) plain Greek yogurt
1-2 tsp Dijon mustard
3/4 to 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
White pepper to taste
2 tsp sweetener of choice (I used Sun Crystals, a stevia/sugar blend)
1/8-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2-1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
*You could also add thinly-sliced green or red onion, if you’re into that. I’m not, so I didn’t.

Put slaw veggies and cranberries in a bowl. In another small bowl, mix everything else together to create a dressing, of sorts. Pour over slaw-cranberry mix and stir it all up.

The sweetness/crunchiness of this slaw worked really, really well with the spicy barbecue chicken I was having with it. On the first day, I had extra calories to spare so I sprinkled a half-pack of leftover Wendy’s sugared pecans on top of my serving. Tasty. Last night I had it without any nuts, and it’s equally tasty. (Don’t ask what happened to the other half-pack of sugar pecans.)

I’ll definitely be making this again sometime, and when I do, I think I’ll try it with less dressing as it’s a little creamy for my taste. I can always save the extra dressing on a salad or as a veggie dip.

For me, this worked out to about 3 servings and a rough estimate of 75-100 calories per serving (+25 cal on sugar-pecan night). Definitely a keeper!

Do you eat slaw? Have a favorite recipe to share? I have half a bag of broccoli slaw mix to use. Soon. :)



12 thoughts on “Easy Belly Flab Reduction + Recipe

  1. Sounds yummy! I really like dried cranberries in salads.

    I have a great recipe I’ll share. It’s from Hungry Girl and I make it a lot.

    Sloppy Joe Stir-Fry Slaw (her name, not mine)

    8 oz lean ground turkey (see note below)
    one 12 oz bag of broccoli slaw
    1 cup Manwich Original Sloppy Joe Sauce

    Spray skillet with olive oil or non-stick spray. Brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up. Add slaw and sauce and cook about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Note: I’ve used both ground chicken and turkey. I prefer a bit more than the recipe calls for and since my store sells it in packs of 20 oz, I use half and freeze half for next time.

    I did the math once and this is a very low cal meal! Lots of veggies. Try it and let me know what you think:)

  2. So true! Posture makes a huuuge difference in how we “display” our bodies. Glad you stopped those negative thoughts!

  3. Posture does make a huge difference and it is something I have to work on!

    I really enjoy broccoli slaw as a slaw, tossed in with my greens for crunch in my salads or stir fried as a side dish or add a little chicken and you have an entree.

    Karens recipe looks intriguing!

    Here is a slaw recipe I like for apple broccoli slaw,
    http://nutmegnotebook.com/2010/05/apple-broccoli-slaw/

    and one for a kale broccoli slaw salad;
    http://nutmegnotebook.com/2011/07/kale-broccoli-slaw-2/

  4. Love the slaw recipe. Already pinned & tweeted it! :-) YUM!

    I am so with you on posture. I think people always thing I am taller than I really am because I do tend to stand up straight.. I think all the weights & keeping to proper form helps me think about it more.

  5. Oh how I wish mah belly roll would go away by standing up straight! HA! One day! But it’s a good reminder for us all!

    I’m not a slaw eater but I’m warming up to the idea as I’m trying to expand those culinary horizons you know! ;-)

  6. Hmmm, think I need a little more than good posture to correct the mid-section. Maybe good posture and a body shaper? Anyway, thanks for the reminder!

    Plus that sounds like a super recipe combo. And I was thinking I would make exactly the same changes that you would!

  7. The Broccoli-Cranberry Slaw Recipe looks really awesome…I want to share and try this too…

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