This blog post is by Stephanie Saccente, our Campus Ambassador from San Diego State University. You can follow Stephanie on twitter @itsstephxo.
The dreaded question we all ask ourselves before indulging in our favorite sugary sweet… How many calories does it have? The one mistake many people make is thinking that all calories are alike. No two foods are the same and our body will burn and store foods differently. Some foods require your body to work harder to eat and digest and therefore you’ll actually burn more calories while eating it. Here are four metabolism-boosting foods you’ll want to consider before choosing your next snack.
We’ve all heard the popular phrase, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but it actually does more for your body than you may think. One apple has 15% of your daily recommended fiber, which will help to make you feel full longer. Apples also contain a great amount of phytonutrients, which serves the same function as antioxidants. An apple is a great choice to keep your digestive system healthy and strong.
Think of them as “nature’s candy.” Berries are an excellent source for metabolism-boosting vitamins and antioxidants. These naturally sweet fruits, even contain flavonoids, which have been proven to help fight cancer. Low in calories and high in fiber, berries contain the necessary minerals your body needs to function regularly. How can you go wrong?
When choosing a healthy snack, you generally can’t go wrong with any kind of nuts although almonds are the best choice. Almonds are loaded with healthy fat, fiber and protein with the right proportion of essential fatty acids. Although, make sure to limit your intake to the serving size or about 10-15 pieces. Nuts are very high in calories.
If you’re looking to increase your metabolism AND protein intake, eating eggs is the answer. Eggs are one of the highest quality protein sources available to us. Although, limit yourself to no more than 3-4 eggs per week or your putting your cholesterol level at risk. Egg whites are a healthy alternative though and you can eat as many as you’d like!