5 Simple Metabolism Boosting Snacks
Trying to stay on a healthy diet plan can get difficult when you're constantly busy and on the go. I find the most difficult part to be those in between meals, when you need a little energy boost but don't want to mess up your plan. Meal prep is extremely beneficial and time saving, but many times it's easy to forget that planning your snacks in advance is equally as important. I've listed a few of my go to easy to make snacks when I'm trying to be extra health conscious that include ingredients that are loaded with metabolism boosting and weight loss benefits!
Two great high fiber, whole grain options I've included are oatmeal and brown rice. Because whole grains require more effort to be broken down than processed grains, they can help your body burn more fat. Avocado, which is a healthy, mono-unsaturated fat, can boost your metabolism by protecting the energy producing part of your cells from free radical harm. A few other sources of "good" fat mentioned below are walnuts, almonds, and chia seeds, all nutrient packed ingredients that your body uses as fuel. Greek yogurt is the perfect snack that's full of protein and calcium to give your body plenty of energy while helping to regulate your digestive track. You can top it off with tasty anti-oxidant fruits such as blueberries or raspberries, and add extra flavor with cinnamon, known to lower blood sugar levels along with many other health benefits. Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, that I like to sprinkle with stevia, a natural and calorie free sweetener. An important superfood that I personally love to throw into my smoothies is spinach. Not only is it an anti-oxidant vegetable, spinach is full of beneficial vitamins and nutrients, especially calcium and iron.
1. One half grapefruit sweetened with stevia
2. Cup of Greek yogurt with almonds, raspberries, and ground cinnamon
3. Brown rice with 1/2 avocado
4. Whole grain oatmeal with blueberries, walnuts, and ground cinnamon
5. Metabolism Boosting Smoothie:
- 1/2 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
~~~~~~ Optional ~~~~~~
- Can add 1 scoop of protein powder for added protein