Looking for foods to boost your metabolism? Wendy Chant, MPT, SPN, certified personal trainer and specialist in performance nutrition, has news for you! In her book, Crack the Fat-Loss Code: Outsmart your metabolism and conquer the diet plateau, she not only presents a scientifically-designed eight-week plan to help you burn fat and keep it off, she also provides nutrition plans and tasty metabolic-revving recipes. If you are looking for nutritious, delicious and satisfying meals, give these three a try.
Recipes to rev your metabolism
Each of these meals is packed with protein and low in carbohydrates, ideal to put your body in fat-loss mode. Curious why protein is essential in boosting your metabolic burn? Read The truth about the protein in your diet. Then, get cooking!
This low-carb power breakfast has 22 grams of protein, four grams of fat and just over six grams of carbohydrates. Not only will it get your day started right, it will keep you energized through lunch.
- 4 medium-sized fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 whole egg plus 3 egg whites, beaten
- 1/4 cup fresh spinach
- 2 tablespoons salsa
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar (or your favorite) cheese
- Spray medium-sized nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs and move mushrooms to one side of the pan.
- Layer spinach, salsa and cottage cheese over mushrooms. When eggs are cooked to desired doneness, fold the egg-only side over the mushroom mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
Tasty Turkey Taco Salad
Fuel your afternoon with a delicious, nutritious and filling salad. Split this recipe with a friend or save a serving for lunch the next day. At 27 grams of protein, 10 grams of fat and four grams of carbohydrates, one serving will be satisfying enough.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 small can stewed tomatoes, drained
- 1 packet sugar substitute
- 1 ounce cheddar cheese, grated
- Romaine lettuce
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until soft. Add turkey and brown until meat is cooked through. Drain fat and add seasonings. Mix well.
- Add tomatoes and sugar substitute and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 5 minutes. Stir in cheese and serve over lettuce.
A high-protein dinner will help keep your metabolism burning throughout the evening. You'll get 45 grams of protein in one serving of this garlic and oregano-infused dish. Another bonus? Oregano is considered a super food.
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice (juice of 5 lemons)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 8 thighs)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and oregano in a zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken, seal and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade. Place chicken in a single layer on a broiler pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is done.
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