Metabolism Boosting Smoothies


It is true that not all calories are created equally. Eating highly processed foods slows down the metabolism and impairs our immune function. Certain foods, as listed below, help to boost our metabolism through different mechanisms. The body is a miraculous thing and how you take care of it greatly impacts the way it will work for you.


1. Protein

The body has to exert more energy to breakdown and digest protein. Therefore more calories are burned in the process. Protein rich foods in combination with healthy fats and fibrous carbohydrates helps boost our metabolism.


2. Tea

With the caffeine and catechin duo, tea not only boosts our energy levels, protects us against DNA damage, but also increases our metabolism. Green tea is perhaps the most powerful as it also contains oolongs which can enhance our fat burning mechanisms.


3. Zinc and Selenium

These micronutrients support our thyroid function. The thyroid is responsible for releasing hormones, many of which aid in digestion. The stronger your thyroid, the faster your metabolism will be.


4. Ginger

This spice, dried and ground, has be shown to help the body burn more calories when ingested with a meal. It has also been shown to reduce the feelings of hunger.


5. Cacao

Eating this bean in its unrefined form has been shown to support the expression of genes that promote the use of our fat stores for energy. Eating the bean itself is different then having a chocolate bar (unfortunately).



Smoothie Recipes

For all smoothies, add ingredients together in a blender. Blend until desired consistency and enjoy!



Matcha Tea Green Smoothie


Ingredients

· ½ Cup Chopped Pineapple

· 1 Tsp Matcha Tea Powder

· 2 Tbsp Raw Oats

· ½ Banana

· 1 Handful Spinach

· 1 Cup Non-Diary Milk




Very Berry Smoothie


Ingredients

· ½ Cup Blueberry and Raspberry Mix

· 1 Tbsp Collagen Powder

· 1 Tbsp Hempseed Powder

· 1 Tbsp Chia or Pumpkin Seeds

· ½ Tsp Dried Ginger

· ½ Banana

· 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk




Cacao Delight


Ingredients

· 1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs

· 1 Tbsp Cacao Powder

· 1 Tbsp Whey Protein Powder (or protein of your choice)

· 1 Tbsp Almond Butter

· ½ Banana

· Handful of Spinach

· 3 Leaves or Mint

· 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk



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