A combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise is a must when it comes to flat abs, but is it enough? And how do we define a healthy diet? It is a question that is constantly being asked and researched. Here are the top 5 foods to include in your diet to help on that quest:

1.Leafy greens

The beauty of leafy greens is that they carry a lot of nutrients but very little calories. A great way to fill up without adding too many calories to your diet.

2. Avocado 

Yes, it has fat, but it’s healthy fat and it’s a whole food fat instead of a derivative fat. Having fat as part of a whole food is the best way to consume it. Filling and satisfying, avocado is a great addition to salads and sandwiches. Used by many to help get flat abs.

3. Fresh fruit

Some fruits are very sugar heavy so the key with fruits is to eat them in the morning and watch the portions. If you must have desert, fruit is always a better choice than any other sugary dish.

4. Chickpeas

Chickpeas are high in fiber and protein and a great addition to leafy green salads. Blend them into a creamy hummus and use raw vegetables for dipping. In soups, leave them whole or blend them to make a creamy base.

5. Dates

They’re a perfect whole food and are full of fiber. Plus, they’re such a great sugar substitute and can sweeten up anything. However, they do have a lot of sugar in them and are very calorie heavy. Limit yourself to one or two a day!