• Tatum Williams

Metabolism Boosting Foods

There are many ways to boost your metabolism; one of those ways is by consuming certain foods and beverages. Eating healthy foods is the safest and most efficient way to boost your metabolism naturally.

Some of the most well know foods to boost metabolisms include green tea, broccoli, spices and hot peppers, apples and nuts. However, there are many more, perhaps less-known metabolism-boosting foods.

According to globalhealingcenter.com , “Whole grains are full of nutrients and complex carbohydrates that speed up metabolism by stabilizing our insulin levels.” Examples of these whole grains are oatmeal and brown rice. www.activebeat.co/ states that saying no to sugar is the best way to keep you metabolism up and your weight down.

A metabolism boosting recipe is Barbecue Chicken Salad from http://www.prevention.com/

PREP TIME: 5 minutes / TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes / SERVINGS: 4 (2½ cups lentils with chicken per serving)

1 cup of French or green lentils, rinsed

2½ cups of water

1 chipotle Chile in adobo sauce

1 Tbsp. adobo sauce

¼ cup of walnuts, toasted and chopped

4 stalks celery, chopped

1 bunch asparagus (about 1½ pounds), cut into 1" pieces

2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced

½ cup of jarred barbecue sauce

1. PLACE the lentils, water, chipotle Chile, and adobo sauce in a rice cooker and set to cook. Or, if you don't have a rice cooker, place the lentils, water, chipotle Chile, and adobo sauce in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and cover. Reduce to a simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until most of the water is gone and the lentils are almost cooked through.

2. ADD the asparagus as soon as the cooker shuts off if you're using the rice cooker, and steam for 5 minutes. If using the saucepan, add the asparagus once most of the water is gone and cook for 5 minutes longer, or until the asparagus is tender. Remove the lentil mixture from the rice cooker or saucepan and place in a bowl, uncovered.

3. PLACE the chicken in a medium bowl and add the walnuts, celery, and barbecue sauce. Stir to coat. Transfer the lentil mixture to a platter and top with the chicken.