Rev your metabolism with these foods
August 10th, 2010, Write comment

I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for ways to burn an extra calorie or two.

If I can eat to burn, even better!

Here are a few foods (and drinks) that will help you torch calories:

When it comes to beverages there are two that really are calorie torching stand-outs: Green tea and ice water. Green tea is not only packed with antioxidants, it’s got a bit of caffeine, perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-you-up. Consuming 3 -4 cups of green tea can boost metabolic rate by about 4% per 24 hours, an extra 50 -100 calories a day! (source) Ice water works in two ways. First, being properly hydrated is crucial in having all of you operating properly and secondly, your body has to work hard to warm up ice water in your system, therefore burning extra calories. Iced green tea anyone?

Peppers! Spice up your life and get that metabolism going with hot peppers. Hot peppers such as jalape├▒os contain capsaicin – a natural chemical that temporarily stimulates stress hormones which boosts metabolism.

Oatmeal. I like to go with this grain every morning. Not only is oatmeal chocked full of heart-healthy fiber that keeps me satisfied for hours but because your body has to work harder at breaking down that fiber, it gives your metabolism a great kick.

Almonds.  Believe it or not you can go a little nuts for nuts. Almonds do have healthy fat so you have to watch your portion but these little guys are jammed packed with essential fatty acids that work to boost your burn. (source)

Photo: Michelle Meiklejohn

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