Some folks come into this world blessed with a seemingly superhuman metabolism. If you don’t happen to be one of those lucky people, there are some common (and delicious) foods you can incorporate into your diet to give your metabolism a little boost. At Cook + Cure HQ, we like to keep these 7 metabolism-boosting foods and spices in our kitchen at all times.
Lemon increases your metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more calories and store less fat.
- A great source of vitamin C and B6 as well as potassium, folic acid, and more!
- Helps with weight loss owing to its benefits as a digestive aid
- Cleanses the liver
- Slows down the rate of starch digestion, helping to keep blood sugar balanced. This prevents spikes in insulin and reduces fat storage!
- Helps your body fight infections and promotes immunity
Tasty Tip: Add lemon to your tea, water, salad dressing or squeeze some on top of your favorite veggies and fish!
Burn, baby, burn! Cayenne pepper can stimulate your metabolism up to 20%!
- Capsaicin (which gives cayenne its signature spicy zing) is recognized as an effective pain reliever, digestive, and anti-ulcer aid. It also has cardiovascular benefits
- Using cayenne pepper in small amounts can reduce symptoms of indigestion. Just be careful not to overdo it if you’re not a seasoned (pun absolutely intended) spice-lover!
- Cayenne can help reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and may help to decrease the formation of blood clots
Tasty Tip: Add cayenne pepper to your eggs, salad, or any meats for a little extra kick!
While cinnamon may not jumpstart your metabolism directly, it is fantastic at aiding the body’s ability to metabolize sugar and carbohydrates, and that’s nothing to sniff at (though go ahead and give it a whiff, it’s good for your brain)!
- Lowers cholesterol (1/2 teaspoon today can lower LDL cholesterol)
- Good source of fiber, iron, and calcium
- Smelling it boosts cognitive memory (like the old saying goes, a cinnamon-sniffer never forgets)
- Improves digestion
Tasty tip: Add this wonderful spice to oatmeal, smoothies or even your tea for a touch of cozy warmth!
Not only does this seed lend a boost to your metabolism, it is good for your energy levels as well! That makes this nutrient-rich little gem an excellent tool for anyone looking to take their diet and exercise game to the next level.
- Holy health-bomb, Batman! It’s a complete protein!
- Rich source of Vitamin E and omega fatty acids
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves organ function and immunity levels
- Reduces inflammation & symptoms of arthritis
Tasty tip: Add this unobtrusively mild seed to your oatmeal, yogurt or salads and smoothies for some fun texture.
Flax seed has been used for thousands of years for its health promoting qualities. You can buy it as a seed, oil, or flax meal.
- Contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, filling you up and making it a great friend to the digestive system and in supplementing weight loss.
- High in levels of Omega fatty acids
- Like all other nuts and seeds, flaxseed is also rich in healthy and dietary fats, with 3g in just 1tsp. Along with boosting your metabolism, it helps curb your appetite, keeping you satiated throughout the day.
- Aids in shedding body fat and building muscle mass
Tasty tip: Ground flaxseed can be eaten with yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, and salads
Turmeric is a must have for any health-conscious person’s spice cabinet. Along with multiple other benefits, it has been shown to decrease levels of insulin resistance, which is linked to fat gain.
- Studies have shown turmeric protects your body from free radicals that attack your body and can lead to cancer or DNA damage. The more turmeric in your diet the less destruction to your body on a cellular level.
- Curcumin, which gives turmeric its vibrant yellow colour, has been shown to be as potent as man-made anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and hydrocortisone, but without all the nasty side effects.
Tasty tip: You’d be crazy not to add turmeric to your Indian dishes, but you can also toss it into stir-fries, soups, scrambled eggs and omelettes for a healthy and colorful flare!
Eating ginger can increase your metabolism by 5%. It will help stave off hunger so you can eat less and burn more!
- A superstar when it comes to soothing the digestive system.
- Potent anti-inflammatory effects.
- Exerts an anti-platelet effect on the blood. As such it’s known as a stroke preventer.
- Lowers blood levels of cholesterol.
Tasty Tip: A tea of fresh root can provide a nice caffeine free“get up and go” in the morning. Ginger is also delicious raw in juices and provides a natural high! Use liberally in stews, soups and stir-fries.
Almonds are the most beneficial nut you could incorporate into your diet. They are delicious, nutrient-dense, and a filling snack to ward off hunger, along with being loaded with the right fatty acids to boost your metabolism!
- Rich in vitamin E, vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium, and not just in their solid form; almond oil is an equally potent health-booster.
- Despite their high-calorie content, eating almonds tends to lower body mass index. Dieters reliably lose more weight at a faster rate when they get 500 calories of their recommended daily intake from almonds.
- Lower cholesterol levels. The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in almonds have been proven to help reduce levels of LDL (“bad” cholesterol). Research shows that just one serving of almonds each day can lower cholesterol levels by around 10%.
- An excellent source of protein! They also contain vitamin B2. Both of these nutrients promote energy, so if you’re feeling too lethargic to hit the gym, eating almonds may help you to feel more focused and energetic.
Tasty Tip: Almonds are a great, no-fuss snack to have on hand if you’re given to grazing during the day. Do your body a favor and reach for these next time you need something to munch between meals.
These are just some of our favorite foods for eating your way to a better weight. Tell us about yours in the comments!