What Are Some Healthy Foods that Boost Your Metabolism?

Turkey

turkey breast

Nutrition Facts: 1 ounce of raw turkey with meat and skin has 44 calories, 2g of fat, with 1g saturated fat. It has 18 mg cholesterol, 17 mg sodium, no carbs, and 6g of protein. It is a good source of Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Phosphorus, and Selenium. It contains 2% DV of Iron.

How Turkey Boosts Your Metabolism: It’s jam packed full of protein with little fat and calories. The protein helps to suppress the appetite and provides energy, too.

How to Add Turkey to Your Diet: Remember turkey isn’t a food for just the holidays anymore. Use it in place of chicken, hamburger, and pork in your diet where possible. It comes in tenderloin, breast, and ground styles just as our favorite counterparts do.

Oatmeal

oatmeal

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup of rolled oats contains 307 calories, 5g fat with 1g saturated fat. It has no cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 56g carbohydrates with 1g of sugar, and 8g of fiber. It has 11g of protein and is a good source of Phosphorus and Selenium, and Manganese.

How Oatmeal Boosts Your Metabolism: It’s packed full of fat soluble fiber to keep you feeling full for longer. It’ll help fight cholesterol and give you energy.

How to Add Oatmeal to Your Diet: Skip the store bought prepackaged stuff, because it has tons of extra sugar in it. Buy plain rolled, or steel cut. Prepare as normal, and add your own Splenda or top with fruits and nuts to avoid sacrificing flavor.

Soup

soup

Nutrition Facts: Due to the nature of varying soups, we will take a closer look at a vegetable soup with pasta. 1 cup of the soup contains 125 calories with 2g of fat. It has 931mg sodium, 23 carbohydrates with 3g of fiber and 9g of sugar and 9 grams of protein. It is a good source of Vitamin A.

How Soup Boosts Your Metabolism: By using a combination of solid foods with liquid, the soup is low calorie but is able to produce a full feeling. This leaves you nourished without overeating, which helps you to lose weight.

How to Add Soup to Your Diet: Avoid cream based soups, looking for those with light or clear broth. Make your own homemade soups with vegetables and stocks, or purchase low sodium and low fat versions from the local grocery store.

Grapefruit

grapefruit

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup of sections with juice contains 97 calories with no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. There are 25g carbohydrates, where 16g are sugar, and 4g are fiber. It is a good source of Vitamin A and C, but a large portion of the carbs and calories are from the sugar in the fruit.

How Grapefruit Boosts Your Metabolism: The Vitamin C in this fruit helps to stabilize the blood sugar and insulin levels in the body, making it easier to lose weight.

How to Add Grapefruit to Your Diet: Eat slices of grapefruit as a snack. Put it in a fruit salad. Drink the juice with no added sugar.

Green Tea

green tea

Nutrition Facts: Nutrition data is not available from Nutrition Data, however it is known Green Tea contains EGCG, many vitamins, amino acids, and other vital nutrients.

How Green Tea Boosts Your Metabolism: Green Tea contains EGCG, a natural stimulant that will speed up the nervous system and cause an increase in calorie expenditure, without the harsh side effects of other stimulants used in weight loss supplements.

How to Add Green Tea to Your Diet: Purchase green tea bags and make your own brew at home. Watch out for sugary drinks that claim to have Green Tea or use the flavor. While they may contain green tea, the sugar will outweigh its benefit.

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