- Harissa: This is a metabolism-boosting spice blend of hot chilies, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Spices that “burn” provide an immediate metabolic boost. When foods heat the body, it is an indicator of the metabolic burn. Harissa is available at your supermarket, or you can buy all four ingredients separately and make your own blend; mix with olive oil to make its nutrients more available. All you need is 1/8 teaspoon per meal. Sprinkle it on everything from eggs to protein to vegetables.
- Grapefruit: This fruit acts as a digestive assistant that breaks down proteins so that they are ready to be used more quickly. Grapefruit can also accelerate your body’s ability to break down fat. Have one grapefruit a day. Always eat the fruit instead of the juice. The sugar in grapefruit juice will have a negative effect on your metabolism. Eat grapefruit as you would an orange, toss it over a salad, or add directly to your plate as a side dish!
- Jalapenos: These peppers contain capsaicin, the heat-producing substance that quickly increases metabolism. If you’re feeling brave and can tolerate spice, you can bite right into one for the most potent benefits. Removing the seeds will reduce the heat for those who are more sensitive. Pairing jalapenos with a little bit of dairy will also cut the spice. You can add them to omelets and other dishes. Heating them will not affect their metabolic effects.
- Sardines: Fresh or canned, sardines are rich in both protein and the essential fatty acids that your body needs to tackle belly fat, as these fatty acids work to reduce inflammation. Put them on a pizza with a whole-grain crust. Half a can is one portion; try to incorporate sardines into three to four meals a week. Bonus: They are super-affordable!
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