The holidays are a time of many happy indulgences: creamy mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, buttery cookies at Christmas, and free-flowing champagne at New Year’s. After a few weeks of treating ourselves, many of us feel motivated to restore balance to our bodies through healthy eating. Losing weight is a common New Year’s resolution, and fortunately there are plenty of metabolism boosting foods that also satisfy your tastebuds! Here are five of our favorites.
1. Almonds and Other Tree Nuts
Though nuts are relatively high in calories, when eaten in moderation, they can actually help you lose weight! In separate studies, researchers at Purdue University and City Hope National Medical Center found that tree nuts, such as almonds, and peanuts increased weight loss in study participants. So enjoy a handful of mixed nuts, or make a custom trail mix of your favorite tree nuts, guilt-free! Nut flour is great for baking, especially if you maintain a gluten-free diet.
We know what you’re thinking: that leafy green stuff? Well, this superfood is not just for rabbits anymore! Kale chips are a popular snack, because they’re good for you and absolutely delicious. They have a subtle crunch and come in a variety of flavors, such as Sea Salt & Vinegar, Spicy Miso, and Cranberry Nut.
3. Dried Fruit
Foods that are high in fiber, such as dried fruit, keep the digestive moving and boost metabolism. Dried plums (or prunes) are especially helpful because of their high iron content, which transports nutrients through the body quickly. Similarly, high potassium in dried bananas helps transfer nutrients to cells, which increases metabolism. Other fruits, such as dried apples and dried raspberries, are also great choices because they’re packed with fiber.
4. Green Tea
Japanese Zen priests were the first to use Matcha Green Tea in ceremonies aiming to achieve beauty, tranquility, and enlightenment. Studies have found that green tea helps burn fat and is high in antioxidants; 100% Matcha Green Tea offers these benefits in highly concentrated form. Mix it with hot water for a comforting beverage (sweeten it with a little honey, if you like!), or use it to make green tea yogurt or ice cream. Yum!
Capsaicin, the natural chemical in chili peppers that makes you sweat, is precisely what helps you burn energy and lose weight through a metabolic process called thermogenesis. Rehydrate dried chili peppers and add them to curries, soups, and stews to infuse them with flavor. This article shares how to cook with dried chili peppers.
What are your favorite metabolism boosting foods?