Guilt-Free Summer Treats You Can Eat in Your Bikini
Every summer I face the same internal struggle—look my very best in a bikini, or eat all of the Bubble O’ Bills. I know loads of people who struggle in winter when the call of cheesy pasta and rich food is just too much, but January is peak diet fail time for me. I should be concentrating on eating clean, but the swelteringly hot weather means all I can think about is where my next ice-block is coming from. (Also, gelato at the beach = summer dreams.)
Unfortunately, tucking into every sugar bomb in sight probably won’t do me—or you—any favours when it comes to feeling confident on the sand. Especially since sugar is enemy number one when it comes to bloating. (Click here for more foods to avoid for a flatter stomach.)
Happily, if you’re willing to do a little snack prep, there are tonnes of healthy snack options out there. We’ve curated 5 healthy sweet treat recipes that contain ingredients that banish bloating like bananas, so you’ll look even better after indulging. Plus, they’re easy to prepare ahead of time so you’ll always have a snack ready for your next bikini outing.
Keep scrolling for 5 guilt-free summer treats you can eat in your bikini.
A fan of Arnott's Mint Slice? This healthy version from Pheebs Foods is dairy- and refined sugar-free, so you'll get all of the taste minus the bloat. It also contains peppermint, an ingredient that helps aid digestion. Click here for the recipe.
Every Last Bite
Ginger is said to reduce gas and bloating, making it an all-star ingredient in bikini-friendly snacks. This energy ball recipe from Every Last Bite is made with the fresh stuff for maximum impact. Stow a couple in your beach bag and off you go.
The First Mess
Yes, this delicious-looking vegan treat is actually good for you. It's mostly made from bananas which are packed with potassium, a mineral that helps prevent fluid retention. Granted you can't tote this with you, but a pre-swim snack never hurt anybody. Click here for the recipe.
Another potassium-rich ingredient? Pumpkin. (It also contains vitamin A for glowy skin = bonus.) Pumpkin can help cut down on bloating but don't go ham on your intake—eating too many fibre-rich vegetables before a swim can actually cause bloating. This power smoothie recipe only calls for half a cup,
A Sunshine Mission
If you've never cooked with star anise, now's the time to start. The exotic spice has properties that can help to soothe your digestive tract and reduce bloating. This raw cookie recipe contains anise by way of chai spice—look for one with whole ground spices to make sure you're getting the good stuff.