The Ultimate Metabolism Boosting Foods

Here are six essential food groups you and your family should have every day

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Worried about holiday weight gain? As the weather gets colder, you may be tempted to exercise less and eat more. But a few extra pounds can compromise your health and weaken your immune system. Here are some healthy foods that can increase your metabolism and help you burn calories.

Nuts and Seeds

Examples:

Almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, pecans

How they do it:

Nuts and seeds contain essential fatty acids and are high in fiber and protein.

Beans

Examples:

Navy beans, soybeans, black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, lima beans, fava beans

How they do it:

Beans are loaded with soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol and helps metabolism move more efficiently.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Examples:

Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, radishes, garden cress, bok choy

How they do it:

The B vitamins contained in cruciferous vegetables have a healthy effect on metabolism.

Fruits

Examples:

Apricots, pears, strawberries, raspberries, pears, peaches, apples, blood oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes

How they do it:

Fruits contain vitamin C that helps metabolize fat faster.

Herbs and Spices

Examples:

Cinnamon, ginger, basil, rosemary, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, cardamom, ginseng, turmeric, cumin

How they do it:

Herbs and spices can suppress appetite and decrease the absorption of fat by the intestines.

Lean Meats and Fish

Examples:

Chicken breast, turkey breast, pork loin, salmon, shrimp, lobster, crab, sea bass, catfish, tilapia, cod

How they do it:

Lean meats and fish are chock full of iron; deficiencies in the mineral can 
slow metabolism.

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