If you want to boost your overall health, there’s a tasty way to do it: by boosting your metabolism by eating yummy and healthy foods. Metabolism is complicated – enzymes and hormones that help you process food into energy are at play, and they are affected by what you eat. But for the sake of simplicity, we’ll just mention that when your metabolism is working at a higher rate, you burn more calories. This can help you lose weight, and just feel better about your health. Certain foods give your metabolism the push it needs. Give your diet the bump it deserves by incorporating some of these tasty treats into your meals and snack times.
1. Citrus Fruits
Moms have always pushed oranges as a healthy snack, but one reward of oranges (and lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits) is a high dose of Vitamin C. Our bodies only need a little Vitamin C each day, but if you increase your intake – by adding some grapefruit to breakfast, per se – you can give that metabolism a little extra fat burning power. Treat yourself to some tangerines or oranges for dessert, slip some lemon slices into your water, or add citrus fruit slices to your next salad using one of Crisp’s paring knives.
2. Green Tea
While water is a big and easy booster for your metabolism, green tea can be just the thing you need on a cold winter day. Green tea has caffeine, but not too much, which is a natural stimulant that helps burn fat for energy, and increases your heart rate. The tea also contains epigallocatechin gallate, a flavanol that has shown potential for health boosting and fighting many problems, including cancer and endometriosis.
We all know that berries are high fiber wonder foods. But fiber is one of the elements that can help your metabolism rev into high gear. Fiber is indigestible, but that doesn’t stop your body from trying to digest it anyway, thus using up energy. Fiber also can absorb calories and whisk them away before they even think of getting stored up as fat. So go ahead, add some berries to that dessert, or just eat a handful as part of a filling snack.
This delicious melon is a perfect snack, and it will hit the spot when you are craving something sweet and substantial. It also is home to potassium and Vitamin B and C, three major players in metabolism boosting. Potassium aids the liver in making glycogen, a substance that is released when blood sugar is low. Vitamins B and C help metabolize carbs and burn calories. Keep the nutrient supply available by adding honeydew, or other melons like watermelon or cantaloupe, to your food routine.
5. Good Protein
Fatty fish, eggs, and lean pieces of meat and poultry will keep you full while giving your metabolism a little extra push. The right kind of fish, salmon and tuna, for example, have plenty of omega three fatty acids to aid in fat burning. Eggs, while filling and tasty, also have the benefit of Vitamin A, B12, and D. Lean meats, like certain cuts of meat, takes some work for your body to digest, so you’ll burn more energy.