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9 Recipes For Sweet Summer Abs

9 Recipes For Sweet Summer Abs

A strong core is fundamental for a great body, but abs refuse to show until your diet is right. These recipes will help you cook up a washboard tummy!

Summer time - and the living's easy. But before you take some R &R on some sublime beach or by the community pool, you need to be ready to rock a bathing suit. No matter if you're wearing board shorts or a bikini, a toned tummy attracts attention.

As for creating that 6-pack, sit-ups and planks can only get you so far. The real key to dynamite abs is lodged in your nutritional plan.

However, eating good food and having the body you want doesn't always go hand-in-hand. Lucky for you, Mama Horner has some bomb recipes that are both tasty and ab-friendly.

1
Zucchini Chips

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line cookie sheet with foil
  3. Cut zucchini into slices 1 cm. thick
  4. Sprinkle each side with sea salt and paprika to taste
  5. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes on each side
  6. Set your oven to broil and cook for 3-4
    minutes or until golden brown on top
  7. Serve hot
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 4
Amount per serving
Calories 18
Total Fat0g
Total Carbs3.5g
Protein1g

Zucchini Chips PDF (12.9 KB)

2
Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. If preferred, skin potatoes
  3. Cut into french-fry style wedges
  4. Place in a big bowl add sea salt and olive oil
  5. Toss potatoes to coat well
  6. Bake for 12 minutes on each side
  7. Set oven to Broil, cook for 3-4 minutes until golden on top
  8. Serve warm
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 4
Amount per serving
Calories 86
Total Fat3.5g
Total Carbs13g
Protein1g

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges PDF (13.1 KB)

3
Low-Carb Coconut Pancakes

Ingredients
Additional Toppings
Directions
  1. Preheat skillet medium/high heat
  2. Mix all ingredients well and cook like a pancake
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1)
Amount per serving
Calories 208
Total Fat5.5g
Total Carbs36g
Protein11g

Low Carb Coconut Pancakes PDF (12.8 KB)

4
Brussels Sprouts In A Blanket

Ingredients
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Line cookie sheet with foil
  • Wrap uncooked turkey bacon around Brussels sprouts
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until bacon is done
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line cookie sheet with foil
  3. Wrap uncooked turkey bacon around Brussels sprouts
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bacon is done
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1)
Amount per serving
Calories 118
Total Fat2g
Total Carbs8g
Protein15g

Brussel Sprouts in a blanket PDF (12.6 KB)

5
Low-Carb Pizza Crust

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray generously with non stick spray
  3. Rice the cauliflower florets, in a food processor or grate manually
  4. Microwave rice cauliflower for 8 minutes. Set aside
  5. In another bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients, and add riced cauliflower. Mix well
  6. Pour mixture onto cookie sheet. It should be circular, like a pizza
  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes
  8. Once crust is done, top with cooked chicken breast, sliced tomatoes, basil, a sprinkle of mozzarella, or whatever other toppings your prefer
  9. Broil pizza for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted on top
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (2)
Amount per serving
Total Calories171
Fat2 g
Carb16 g
Protein24.5 g

Low Carb Pizza Crust PDF (13.9 KB)

6
Grilled Stuffed Bison

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Prepare grill
  2. Cut a pocket into the middle of the bison steak and set aside
  3. Spray sauce pan with non stick spray and saute spinach and garlic until soft
  4. Add feta cheese to spinach and mix
  5. Stuff mixture into bison steak
  6. Grill steaks to preference
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1)
Amount per serving
Amount per serving
Calories 240
Total Fat8g
Total Carbs3g
Protein38g

Grilled Stuffed Bison PDF (13.1 KB)

7
Baked Honey Salmon

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line cookie sheet with tinfoil
  3. Place salmon on cookie sheet skin side down
  4. Drizzle honey on top and add chopped almonds
  5. Bake for 10- 12 minutes
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1)
Amount per serving
Calories 484
Total Fat26g
Total Carbs39.5g
Protein41g

Baked Honey Salmon PDF (12.6 KB)

8
Guiltless Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Put two tbsp. of Cool Whip between halves of a graham cracker
  2. Add sprinkles, if desired
  3. Place in freezer until frozen
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 1
Amount per serving
Calories 74
Total Fat1.4g
Total Carbs14g
Protein1g

Guiltless Ice Cream Sandwiches PDF (12.4 KB)

9
Home Made Granola Bars (Warning, not a low-cal food)

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Melt together honey and peanut butter on low heat
  2. Add in Oatmeal and mix well
  3. Mix in other ingredients, stirring to prevent burning
  4. Put mixture in a baking pan and place in freezer until firm
  5. Cut into small squares
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 10
Amount per serving
Calories 409.7
Total Fat21g
Total Carbs47g
Protein12g

Home Made Granola Bars PDF (13.1 KB)

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MO666

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I like the fact that some of these recipes are simple and fast. Can't wait to try them!!!!!!

May 15, 2012 1:52pm | report
 
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Yum want to try some of these....actually making the sweet potato ones now!

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yep plz do the needful

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OOH I cant wait to try these! :)

May 15, 2012 2:47pm | report
 
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Sounds yummy! I'm going to try the zuchinni chips this weekend!

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thrill702

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BOMB!

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I haven't tired all the recipies posted on here, but I have tried many of them she has posted on YouTube and they have all been amazing! Can't wait to add these to my recipe box.

May 15, 2012 6:52pm | report
 
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can't wait to try some of these babies out!

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Menark

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Menark

Going shopping tonight to buy stuff for Brussels Sprouts
In A Blanket

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Can't wait to try some of these!

May 20, 2012 4:23pm | report
 
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It would be helpful to include general principals about what makes these recipies good for developing some great abs.

May 22, 2012 1:17pm | report
 
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FERNVILLY

I make zucchini chips all the time. It's actually the only way I prefer it. I love it...Yummy!

May 22, 2012 1:41pm | report
 
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Nelly87

OMG! Grilled Stuffed Bison...... yummmmmmmmmmm!

May 22, 2012 3:09pm | report
 
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chloejade11

none of these are low carb. this is a stupid article

May 22, 2012 5:45pm | report
 
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Not sure what you're talking about. 3g carbs in the bison, probably from the spinach. You really can't beat that. Just 3.5g in the zucchini

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These recipes look yummy! Although, I have to point out that there is no way that there is only 2 tbsp of cool whip between those graham crackers in the picture---more like 2/3 cup plus!
will definitely try it though:)

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These recipes are fast and kid friendly...my daughter will be enjoying helping me make some of these recipes!!!

May 22, 2012 10:10pm | report
 
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Interesting! Will definitely try the baked sweet potato wedges.

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YUMMY let's eat!!

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I don't see how eating low fat graham crackers and fat free cool whip can be good for the abs. Generally, most "fat free" and "low fat" items are loaded with much more sugar than normal. If you don't want to gain fat, it is best to watch your sugar intake more than your fat intake anyway. Some of these recipes look interesting.

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Going to try the granola bars .Everything looks great .

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just got done with my chest workout, and reading this is making me sooo hungry! gonna make them soon!

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Umm, Looks tastey, unlike some healthy foods

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krystaliciouz

Love the recipes ash! Thanks so much!!! This article is cute and fun! Makes me wanna stay in the kitchen all week :) you're amazing!!!

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I'm loving these recipes. Can't wait to try them.

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