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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.

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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
4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 18
Total Fat0g
Total Carbs3.5g
Protein1g

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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
4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 86
Total Fat3.5g
Total Carbs13g
Protein1g
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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
2 Servings (with additional toppings)
Amount per serving
Calories 208
Total Fat5.5g
Total Carbs36g
Protein11g
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Brussels Sprouts
In A Blanket

Ingredients

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
1 Serving
Amount per serving
Calories 118
Total Fat2g
Total Carbs8g
Protein15g
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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
2 Serving
Amount per serving
Calories 171.5
Total Fat2g
Total Carbs16g
Protein24.5g
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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 sauté 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
1 Serving
Amount per serving
Calories 240
Total Fat8g
Total Carbs3g
Protein38g
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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
1 Serving
Amount per serving
Calories 484
Total Fat26g
Total Carbs39.5g
Protein41g
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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 Sandwich
Amount per serving
Calories 74
Total Fat1.4g
Total Carbs14g
Protein1g
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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
10 Servings (without blueberries)
Amount per serving
Calories 409.7
Total Fat21g
Total Carbs47g
Protein12g


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HI...I once saw some great recipes for protein shake frozen deserts..but I can't find them now on here...can you direct me to where your recipes for protein shake frozen deserts on here?

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I recommend the following: 1 banana, 1.5 cups of frozen strawberries, 1-1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 serving of natural peanut butter, and 1 scoop of pure unflavored micellar casein. Extremely tasty and healthy! Perfect in the morning or right before bed.

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The coconut pancakes look great! Only problem with the article is that fat-free cool whip may be fat free, but that definitely doesn't mean it's healthy.

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