As we get older, our metabolism naturally slows down, but there ways to speed it up. Hydration and regular exercise, especially weight training, play a vital role in keeping your metabolism working steadily. Simply drinking water and hitting the gym aren’t enough, however. You also need to make sure you’re eating enough. When you don’t consume enough calories, your body desperately wants to hold onto all the ones it gets, and your metabolism slows down. Nevertheless, when it comes to giving your body the fat-burning power it needs, not all foods are created equal. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin C, fiber, and lean protein are all fantastic for your metabolism, and for weight loss in general. Add these 15 Metabolism-Boosting Superfoods to your diet to boost your metabolism and your weight loss.
Below are 15 metabolism-boosting superfood recipes to try with the ingredients listed.
1. Green Tea
Green tea has powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. Its caffeine content also helps give your metabolism a boost. Our Green Tea Kiwi Berry Smoothie will give you all of green tea’s health benefits. This smoothie has 5 superfoods and is a nutrient powerhouse.
Garlic is a true superfood. It does wonders for your immune system, has anti-inflammatory benefits, and helps regulate blood pressure. It also helps your body process iron, and an iron deficiency can slow down your metabolism. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is a versatile recipe that goes great on salads, sandwiches, or eaten solo.
Grapefruit is packed with vitamin C, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. We’ve combined grapefruit with avocado and salad greens for a perfectly delicious Avocado and Grapefruit Salad.
The pectin found in apples is an excellent source of fiber. It regulates your blood sugar levels to keep you full, and gives your metabolism a boost. Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apples are easy to make and taste great on just about everything, from meat to ice cream.
5. Leafy Greens
Foods high in calcium have been shown to improve metabolic rates. Did you know kale, spinach, and bok choy are high in calcium? They’re also rich in iron and fiber. Seared Chicken and Quinoa Salad is made with arugula, which provides a boost to brain and bone health.