4 Healthy Recipes to Kickstart Your Metabolism
In order to get the most out of your workouts and nutritional choices, consider feeding one of the most powerful systems in the body: your metabolism.
On a basic level, your metabolism turns food into energy by using the calories you’re consuming and combining them with oxygen. Even when you’re at rest, you’re using this energy for basic functions like breathing, cell repair, blood circulation, and the numerous other processes that keep you chugging along. When it operates at maximum efficiency, so do you.
With that in mind, eating healthy is a must. Here are a few recipes that are geared toward getting your metabolism kickstarted so that you can keep energy levels steady no matter what your workout:
Scramble 1 egg and 2 egg whites in a nonstick skillet. Stir in 1/3 cup salsa and a handful of crumbled tortilla chips. Top with diced avocado and sea salt and cilantro to taste. If you're looking to refuel your muscles after an intense workout, skip the tortilla chips and go for a whole wheat tortilla for healthy carbohydrates.
Greek Burger Wrap
Grill 4 ounces of lean ground turkey, beef or bison. Stuff inside 1/2 large whole-wheat pita with chopped romaine or spinach, red onion slices, and bell pepper strips. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt, diced garlic clove, and fresh mint.
Cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, but do not peel. Fill with salsa and sprinkle with salt. You can also use pico de gallo and sprinkle with shredded cheddar or top with sour cream.
Use as a base for soup or just as a stand-alone warmed-up drink. Get 2 to 3 good-quality bones (beef, lamb, etc.) and roast for an hour in a 350-degree oven. Then put them in a stock pot or slow cooker; add chopped-up garlic, 4 chopped stalks of celery, and 2 chopped carrots; and cover with water. Simmer gently for 12 to 24 hours (depending on taste preference). Strain and refrigerate immediately.
In general, focus on lean protein sources, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains, which all take longer to digest, so you burn more calories—giving your metabolism more fuel for your energy fire.