The first step to boosting your metabolism is getting it started in the morning with a complete breakfast that doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Eating frequent, small meals that include these foods will help keep your metabolism going strong.
Green tea is full of antioxidants and has thermogenic properties that boost metabolism and can help you burn up to 80 additional calories per day. You can find organic green tea in your local supermarket or order it from an online tea store. Start your day with a cup of hot green tea rather than coffee, and follow up with a metabolism-boosting and nutrient-rich breakfast, such as oatmeal.
Oatmeal is full of fiber, helps to stabilize the insulin levels in your body and provides energy over a long period of time so that your metabolic rate stays up and steady rather than spiking and then crashing, as it will with high-sugar foods or simple carbohydrates (white flours).
Oatmeal also contains vitamins E and B complex, as well as other essential nutrients, such as calcium and magnesium. For a complete breakfast you will want to include some protein, so have your oatmeal with a side of low-fat yogurt.
Low-fat Dairy, Especially Yogurt
Full-fat dairy provides protein as well as lots of calories; low-fat dairy provides a protein source without the extra calories. You get energy that extends over a long amount of time and keeps your metabolism working while avoiding unnecessary calories.
Yogurt is an even better choice than low-fat milk or cheese, as it also provides good bacteria (be sure to purchase yogurt with live cultures). There are plenty of organic yogurt choices at any major supermarket; you can get flavored yogurt or plain, unsweetened yogurt and eat it with fruit.
Apples, Pears, and Grapefruit
All three choices provide natural sugars, which keep you energized and steady your insulin levels so that your metabolism keeps working. Look for organic fruit at your grocery store or farmer’s market.