You are busy, with work, family, friends, school, and other additional responsibilities. With so many things to do, it really is so easy to just stop and grab something on the way. Many fast food places offer salads and lower calorie alternatives, so why not right? Ask yourself if your selections increase metabolism or if you’re not doing yourself any favors.
Actually, it’s so wrong. Many “healthy” alternatives offered by fast food places are either the same or worse than other full fatty things on the menu. Many of these alternatives contain chemicals and additives that will slow your metabolism not to mention harm your health. If you are on the go, your best and healthiest bet is to pack your own snack. It can take very little time and is far healthier than anything you can ‘grab on the way’.
These are 8 snacks that increase metabolism quickly and do not take long to prepare
Tree nuts such as almonds and walnuts are real metabolism boosters. You can eat them on their own, in their raw form, or add them to trail mix. If you want to incorporate this healthy snack into other foods you can add them to the top of a salad, or to some yogurt. That said, the key is to make sure you don’t eat too many of them. Usually around 10 of each is more than enough for a day. As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t eat more of them than would loosely cover the palm of your hand (while spread out, not stacked).
Yogurt is the next metabolism boosting snack food. Yogurt is quick to prepare, and you can add berries with lots of antioxidants and other health benefits. You can also add nuts that carry the metabolism boosting ingredients as well. Go for plain Greek yogurt or fage for much less sugar and more protein. Avoid the flavored varieties of yogurt as you’ll only transform your healthy snack into what is essentially a sugary dessert.
Whey protein is a metabolism boosting fat-burning product. A whey protein shake takes little to know time to blend up and is perfect for on the go. While this option shouldn’t be overused, as whole foods are nearly always preferable, this is indeed a fantastic option for tossing into your bag and enjoying a great post-workout snack to increase metabolism.
Increase metabolism with a salad. If you’re not a fan of iceberg lettuce, no problem. Choose romaine, spinach, field greens or a mix of all your favorites. Great toppings consist of an oil based dressing, a bit of avocado, low-fat cheese, chicken or turkey, or a hardboiled egg. Add other veggies like celery, shredded carrot, radishes, bell peppers and others.
This is not the quickest snack, but it does speed up the metabolism significantly for up to 24 hours. To make your life a bit easier, simply assemble as much of your salad as you can in advance. You may find that you can make your salads on Sunday and store them in containers for the next couple of days or so. That way, your great snack becomes a grab-and-go option. Just be sure to store your dressing separately so it doesn’t make everything soggy. Avocadoes are best left until the last minute as well.
Eggs, prepared properly, are often considered to be a superfood. They can increase metabolism, give you a fantastic boost of nutrients, raise your protein intake and energize you, too. A great way to boost metabolism, can work for on the go and can take as little as 7 minutes to make. The best options include scrambled eggs (cooked in as little butter or oil as possible), or – preferably – poached or hardboiled eggs.
If you’re short on time, hard boil all the eggs you need at the start of your week. They will stay fresh in the fridge for a week, so you can boil five eggs on Sunday and you’re all set until Friday! Eat them alone as a snack, as a side dish for a meal, or as a beautiful salad topping.
Beans are a good metabolism booster. Black beans paired with a little brown rice is the perfect metabolism combination and will keep you full for hours. Sprinkle beans on your salad to give a whole new texture and to make it far more filling. If you’ve been trying to raise your fiber intake, this is your chance!
Like yogurt, cottage cheese is a fantastic dairy-based option. If you are on your way out the door, you can grab a convenient cottage cheese cup. If you’re feeling more eco-friendly, buy larger tubs and portion it into reusable containers in your fridge so they’re ready to go. This is best eaten plain, not flavored, but if yours needs a bit of oomph, toss in some berries or cut-up melon for a real treat for the taste buds. Cottage cheese does wonders to increase metabolism and keeps you full for hours. It is low in fat, reasonable in calories and great for protein.
Water-packed tuna paired with a few whole grain crackers makes a great snack and doesn’t take long to prepare. Tuna has many health benefits in addition to its ability to give your metabolism a boost. It will also help you to feel fuller longer because of its protein content. If you’re looking for a bit of extra flavor, skip the mayo and add a bit of green relish or diced dill pickle, instead.
These 8 metabolism boosting snacks will not only help your waistline, but also your budget as well. Most of these foods take little to no time to prepare as well, making them quick and convenient.