Make fat cry by adding this Fat Burning Green Smoothie into your daily routine and to ramp up the effects of your workout and help boost your metabolism!
I ardently believe that what we put into our bodies matters. That means the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the supplements, vitamins, and medication we take, and the things we don't eat, drink, or ingest. All of those things either help or hinder us.
The Balancing Act: Healthy Eating, Exercise, and a Little Indulgence Too!
For most of us, there's a balance between the good things and the not-so-good things. (I'm talking to you, French fries.) My point is, it's hard to always eat healthy. There are special occasions when we want to indulge, it's hard to eat healthy all the time when traveling. You know the drill. We do our best. And I don't believe in punishing ourselves for enjoying a treat now and then.
What I'm a big proponent of is eating healthy as much as possible and participating in a regular exercise routine. That looks different for all of us with our varied interests, schedules, time constraints, and lifestyles. There's nothing that will help boost your metabolism more than exercising and building up muscle. More muscle means more fat-burning capabilities. So when we're talking about boosting up your metabolism, exercise goes hand in hand with healthy eating. Certain foods have fat-burning and metabolism-boosting abilities and adding them into your diet can help magnify weight-loss efforts.
Foods That Help Burn Fat and Boost Metabolism
Our body needs proper fuel to keep up with the demands of daily activities. It's important that the calories we consume, especially if we're trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or just improve our performance, are quality calories. What does that mean? It means that they need to tick off several boxes: healthy fats, protein, complex carbs, vitamins and minerals, and/or a combination of all of the above. A protein bar may be high in calories and full of nutrition, but it won't fill you up in the same way a plate of salmon, brown rice, and steamed veggies will. But a high-quality (preferably homemade) protein bar can give you the energy you need to power through a workout or recover from one.
When we exercise (I'm including cardio, weight lifting, and things like Cross Fit), we do burn calories, but if our muscles are in need of nutrition, they'll go for the easiest source first… and that's not necessarily going to be body fat. Give your body energy (i.e. high quality calories) to power it through a workout. The workout will in turn help build more muscle, which burns more calories (i.e. fat) the rest of the time. See how nicely that works? It's a beautiful thing!
These are some foods that experts recommend if you're trying to boost your metabolism and burn fat:
- Nuts – whole, preferably raw and unblanched (almonds, walnuts, pecans); good fats and protein; almonds contain L-arginine (an amino acid) that when used pre-workout can help the body burn more fat
- Dairy – yogurt, kefir, cheese, cottage cheese; high in protein
- Eggs – high in protein which helps boost metabolism; the body digests the protein and uses the fat and calories for fuel
- Turkey and other lean meats
- Berries – low in sugar but still sweet, high in fiber, high in antioxidants; helps burn fat; can help to improve blood flow
- Peanut butter – contains monounsaturated fats and protein
- Apple cider vinegar – the acetic acid in ACV helps with blood sugar levels
- Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines – protein to help build muscles, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids that help the body burn fat for fuel
- Grapefruit –high in phytochemicals that stimulate the production of the hormone adiponectin which helps the body break down fat
- Green and white tea – caffeine in tea gives a natural boost of energy' antioxidants in tea may help accelerate fat-burning by aiding the liver in converting fat to energy
- Chili peppers – capsaicin, the compound found in pepper aids the body in converting food to energy and abdominal fat loss; also works as a natural appetite suppressant
- Spinach + other leafy greens – chock full of vitamins and minerals and fiber
- Whole grains – like oats and brown rice; high fiber; slow-burning to keep you fuller, for longer and fuel the body
- Beans + legumes – high in plant-based protein and complex carbs, as well as vitamins and minerals; resistant starch which is slow-digesting; high in insoluble and soluble fiber
- Coconut oil and olive oil – healthy fats that help you feel satisfied when they are consumed; coconut oil is easily digested for quick energy
- Avocado – healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins, particularly B6 which counteracts cortisol, a stress hormone that contributes to weight gain via belly fat stores
- Flaxseed – high in omega-3 fatty acids
- Cinnamon – polyphenols (powerful antioxidants) boost the metabolism and help regulate blood sugar
- Watermelon and tomatoes– rich in beta-carotene (form of vitamin A) and lycopene (good for the heart and help discourage fat storage), hydrating, high in fiber
- Pears and apples – high in fiber plus contains pectin; helps keep you fuller for longer and naturally sweet
- Grapes – high water and fiber content
- Celery – very high fiber, uses more energy to digest than it provides (i.e. negative calories)
- Sweet potatoes – high in vitamins and minerals, fiber, good for anyone with blood sugar issues because they are a slow carb.
- Dark chocolate – 70%+ cacao content is the important part; cacao contains high concentrations of polyphenols that push the body to burn fat
Our Fat-Burning Green Smoothie is a little more hardcore than our other recipes, but we believe it will help you see results more quickly when combined with an exercise program!
Fat Burning Green Smoothie
Make fat cry by adding this green smoothie into your day to help boost your metabolism and burn fat.
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 1 cup brewed green tea cooled
- 1 large grapefruit peeled and seeded
- 2 cups pineapple chunks frozen
- 1/2 large avocado
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper optional
Place spinach, mint, celery, and green tea into blender. Puree until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients. Blend again.
- The pith and peel of the grapefruit are extremely bitter, but are beneficial in small amounts. To lessen the bitterness of the grapefruit, remove the fruit from the inner membranes as well as peeling before using.