We hear all the time about how someone has a fast or slow metabolism. Those of us with slow metabolisms are always envious of those in possession of a fast metabolism. Why? Because it means they burn calories faster. In other words – it’s easier for them to stay lean. Sadly, not all of us can have a fast metabolism (myself included, darned thyroid!). The good news, for those of us in the slower functioning category, is that there are dietary choices you can make to increase the speed of your metabolism!
If you were to go online and do some research (which I always encourage), you’ll notice that there is a pretty lengthy list of foods that are qualified to boost your metabolism. So, I’m going to simplify it. Breaking it down into four different categories: breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner.
In the morning I usually like to start my day off with a homemade smoothie. Alongside low glycemic berries, you can add an important metabolism-boosting ingredient: protein powder. Our Perfect Paleo Protein will kick start your metabolism early in the day.
Around lunchtime, in addition to eating a good portion of lean protein, I would encourage you to look into a variety of green leafy vegetables or maybe a really well-prepared spinach salad (I add all kinds of goodies to mine–tomato, chopped onion, hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, broccoli slaw–the sky is the limit!). I never get tired of saying this to my kids or my readers: eat your veggies! One of the many benefits of vegetables is that they are, you guessed it, metabolism boosters!
As your day wears on and dinner won’t be for hours, you might need a snack. Grab a handful of raw almonds and make a cup of green tea. It’s a simple and low-maintenance snack that hardly requires any prep time at all, and going along with our theme today: it’s a big-time booster!
And last, when dinner rolls around you can never go wrong with grilled or sauteed chicken breast. It’s lean, versatile, and paired with some stir-fried veggies, absolutely delicious.
See, wasn’t that easier than you thought it would be? It isn’t hard to boost your metabolism when you know what foods to incorporate.