If you’ve ever spent hours binging on online bingo games, you’ll know that taking a break from those cards to hit the gym feels impossible. Too much time playing bingo online and not enough time cooking healthy meals can lead to the dreaded bingo wing.
Bingo wings are fatty deposits of arm skin that wave through the air like wings when winning players hold up their cards. Players can trim them by cutting down on carbs and increasing their protein intake, all without having to do a single pushup (although one or two certainly wouldn’t hurt). Here are three recipes to get started.
Breakfast: Blueberry Yogurt and Almonds
- 1 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- About 14 whole almonds, unsalted
- Pure honey to taste, optional
Let the almonds soak overnight in a bowl of water for a softer texture. Wash the blueberries thoroughly with water, then mix them into the yogurt. Chop up the almonds and add to the mix. Add a small amount of honey if the yogurt is too bitter.
Why It Works
Bingo wings thrive on diets high in fat and starchy carbs, and protein combats fat. Low-fat Greek yogurt has double the protein of regular yogurt and half the sugar. Blueberries are high in antioxidants and almonds are packed with protein. Even sweetening the mix with a little honey keeps this recipe healthy, as honey helps regulate blood sugar.
Making this yogurt mix in the morning is fast, involves little to no prep work and can be tweaked using whatever fruits or nuts you prefer. At under 250 calories, it is also a smart choice for people wanting to lose weight.
Lunch: Avocado Salad with Orange
- 1 orange, peeled and cut into slices
- 1/2 an avocado, peeled and diced
- 1/8 cup red onion
- 2 cups leafy greens
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Lime juice, optional
Wash the mixed, leafy greens and mix with the orange slices and avocado in a bowl. Chop part of a red onion into fine cubes and add to the mix. Drizzle the salad with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Squeeze lime juice over the salad to taste. This recipe is rated with five stars on delish.com.
Why It Works
Not all fat is bad for you, but trans fat and Triglycerides in foods such as fast food, baked goods and chips can cause bingo wings. Trans fat stays in the body, causing fat buildup in the arms and stomach. Get good fat and omega-3 from avocados instead of snacking on burgers and chips on your lunch break.
Avocado is rich in monosaturated fat, which is a good fat that lowers cholesterol. Fruit and leafy greens are also packed with vitamins and fiber. Be careful not to add processed salad dressings or more than half of an avocado to the recipe to keep your fat intake low and cut down on sugar.
Dinner: Chicken and Black Bean Soup
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 15-ounce can of black beans
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
Bake the thawed, rinsed chicken breast in a baking pan in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. The chicken is done when its juices run clear and its internal temperature is 165 degrees. Shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces and combine with the other ingredients into a pot. Let the ingredients simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes.
Check out the variations to this recipe on food.com.
Why It Works
Fat deposits in the arms can form when the body isn’t burning fat. Consuming more protein from sources such as chicken and beans keeps body mass lean as the body digests and processes the nutrients. Chicken and beans are low-fat sources of protein compared to ground beef and do not increase levels of bad cholesterol.
These recipes, combined with some physical activity, can burn away bingo wings better than exercise alone. With risky upper arm cosmetic surgery increasing by 4,400 percent in the past decade, getting rid of bingo wings through diet can be the healthiest solution.