Tackling belly fat is difficult but with these tips you’ll be able to get rid of belly fat and trim your waistline.

1. Probiotics

Research shows that the probiotic Lactobacillus Gasseri helps to reduce fat around your midsection. In general, probiotics are a form of good bacteria that aid in a healthy digestive system. There are many different kinds of probiotics but these two brands have the probiotic you need to blast belly fat. Garden of Life Probiotic is my favorite and you can purchase it here. Another brand is Ultimate Flora Women’s Probiotic.

2. Eat Clean

Stay away from white flour, sugar, and rice. Eliminate processed food, junk food, and limit alcohol consumption. Those foods cause bloating and weight gain. Instead snack on fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Look for sprouted grain bread and brown rice. Buy grass fed meat and choose lean protein like chicken breast. If getting rid of junk food is difficult focus on all the good food you can have rather than what you can’t have. If you still need some more tips on how to transition then click here.

Clean Eating

3. Get More Fiber

Fiber rich foods take longer to digest and leave you feeling full longer. Add quinoa to your diet for 5.5 grams of fiber per serving. Snack on a pear, carrots, or walnuts for high fiber, filling snacks. Try navy beans with your dinner for 19 grams of fiber.

A slim tummy starts in the kitchen. Always be kind to yourself and listen to your body. If you do indulge just remember to start fresh and double up on the good stuff the next day.

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Dining with Grace

Exploring new cuisines is my ultimate favorite foodie experience. Nothing can beat looking at a menu and being able to say you aren’t familiar with anything on it but your taste buds are ready for the new adventure! When Food Before Love received an invite to The African Table hosted by Chef Grace Odogbili I was ecstatic.

Dining with Grace
Photograph by Andrea K. Castillo

The event was hosted at MoCADA, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. The black and white artwork of Shantell Martin lined the walls of the exhibition gallery as the perfect background to allow the colorful dishes to be the main focus. Her theme focused on exploring change, flow and identity which can reflect this tasting event where guests were delving into Pan-African cuisine.

Dining with Grace
Jollof Pride- spicy West African red rice, black rice, green rice, fresh roasted corn, and peppers

Dining With Grace
Curry Goat Ravioli-goat and curry with a twist

I’ve never had a craving for curry goat but having it presented in ravioli enticed me. I should not forget to mention that the flower was edible and yes, I did eat the whole thing! This and spoonful of jollof rice were the perfect combination for a burst of spice.

When I was speaking to a guest who was familiar with this cuisine, she mentioned that she was surprised by the tastings. These weren’t ordinary recipes that you can just order at an African restaurant, because Chef Grace puts her unique twist on everything. It was clear that everyone loved it because when the servers arrived with a fresh platter we all bolted to get our next plate.

Dining with Grace
Suya Pocket– spicy peanut, turkey meatballs, slaw, peanut sauce

Dining with Grace
Grains of Paradise Salad– 5 ancient grain salad, Persian cucumbers, tomatoes, Green Onion with North African vinaigrette

After we all fell in love with the divine tastings, Chef Grace appeared to greet us. She took time shaking hands and taking photos with every one to show her appreciation. Being able to meet the lady behind it all and see how humble she was made the event more meaningful.

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Miles Table Breakfast Biscuit
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One thing you can always appreciate about Philadelphia is their abundance of BYOB Brunch spots. As we are always in the mood for one, Miles Table was the brunch of choice for our 24-hour rendezvous. To my surprise, there was no line and no wait for both the inside and outside area of the establishment. You order at the counter here, similar to some burger spots I’ve been to, take a number and have a seat. They run multiple specials every weekend in addition to their delicious looking menu, which of course, always makes it hard for me to decide. In the meantime, we sat down to pop the champagne!

Friends at brunch

The Nutella French toast won the battle along with the chicken on a biscuit paired with scrambled eggs and potatoes. The Nutella for once, didn’t overpower the french toast  as you could add what you wanted and they provided a good balance of fruits with the dish. The bread must have been taken off the skillet at the perfect time because the toast was fluffy, delightful, and a real sweet sight to see.

Nutella French Toast

The biscuit was certainly not a task for one person as I struggled through the three pieces of chicken they provide you with. In addition to that, there was a whole heap of potatoes waiting for me to devour. The chicken was perfectly breaded and juicy after every bite with great contrast provided by the crisp biscuit. It was a hearty meal that would allow you to consume two bottles of champagne on your own and still be fine, not that I did that or anything. If Green eggs is packed which it almost always is then definitely sit at Miles Table in Philadelphia.

Breakfast Biscuit

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Prima Pasta in Howard Beach

After my hectic day at work, I didn’t feel like going home to cook. I was craving a quick meal that would be fulfilling, so pasta was definitely it! In South Ozone Park, Queens where I live there aren’t too many sit down restaurant options so I headed over to Prima Pasta in Howard Beach. I like when the menu is posted outside of a location because it let’s you know what you are getting yourself into before going inside, sitting down, and committing to the prices and food selection on the menu.

Prima Pasta in Howard Beach

It was a nice family feel to the restaurant, typical of Italian restaurants. My waiter was attentive and the management asked me about my photos and asked me for a FoodBeforeLove business card. I’ve taken photos at plenty of restaurants before and never received all the interest they showed.

Prima Pasta in Howard Beach

The meal started off with warm bread, enough to feed a family of four even though I was alone. I LOVE seafood so I really wanted to try their “Mixto Fritto” with fried calamari, crab cakes, fried shrimp, fish cake, and fried potatoes. However, I thought of how I can review a pasta restaurant for you all and not eat the pasta so instead I opted for the “Mussels Fra Diavolo” with mussels braised in marinara sauce over linguini. They were fresh basil and garlic cloves mixed in with a touch of spice. To top it off, my bill was only $16, that is a sweet deal.

Prima Pasta in Howard Beach

Prima Pasta in Howard Beach

Howard Beach is right on the border of Brooklyn and Queens and is accessible by public transportation so it isn’t far at all!

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