The early bird gets to burn more calories!
Metabolism, or the rate at which your body converts food to energy, is largely predetermined by genes – thanks, Mom – but there are some things you can do if you want to pick up the metabolic pace. Namely, incorporating exercise, tons of water and a healthy breakfast into your morning routine. But if you’re not a workout-before-8 a.m. kind of gal, these 5 foods are an easy way to give your metabolism a wake up call.
Nutrient-dense foods are essential to keeping your metabolism chuggin’ along throughout the day – plus, they make your skin glow! Spinach is rich in iron, which delivers oxygen to your muscles and helps them burn fat faster. The easiest way to get your green fix is to throw a few handfuls into an egg-white omelet. If your love of spinach is less than Popeye-esque, freeze it first, then blend into your favorite smoothie bowl recipe – you won’t even know it’s there.
Grapefruit may seem like something only your grandmother would eat for breakfast, but it’s also a metabolism booster with antioxidants that help your body regulate insulin. Maintaining consistent blood sugar levels can slow the aging process and also facilitates weight loss.
Coffee lovers rejoice! Turns out, your morning caffeine habit helps jumpstart your metabolism. But green tea is the ultimate way to start the day- it’s chock-full of antioxidants and the active ingredient, EGCG, really cranks up your metabolism.
It’s starting to seem like apple cider vinegar is more magic elixir than kitchen staple. Sure, it tastes good on salads, but it seems like there’s nothing this liquid gold can’t do. One of the many benefits of apple cider vinegar is supporting weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate. If you’re feeling brave, take a straight shot of 1-2 teaspoons each morning. If not, you can mix it with water or your green tea.
This spice does more than add a kick to your favorite dish. Cayenne pepper heats up your body, causing it to burn more calories for up to three hours after eating. Shake some over your eggs to heat things up straight through your lunch break. Or, go full-force and add it to your apple cider vinegar shot – that oughta wake you up!
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Kris Rossi spends an inordinate amount of time mediating arguments between her cats, Missy and Captain, but finds time to write about beauty trends as well.