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Eat these delicious foods to boost your metabolism naturally

Adding these delicious foods to your diet and you could boost your metabolism, burn fat, and feel healthier.

At its most basic, metabolism is the collective name for all of the chemical processes occurring in a person’s body, and includes the breaking down of food into nutrients.

And while your metabolism may be affected by a range of factors, including genetics, it is possible to give it a boost with some carefully chosen foods.

Wakey, wakey

Yes, if you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. But breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it wakes up your metabolism.

Tucking into a nutrient-rich breakfast – like mixed mushrooms with smoked salmon and egg or berry semolina porridge – will not only kickstart your system, but will also prevent dips in blood sugar levels, which can lead to unnecessary snacking. Win win!

Up you omega-3s

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are rich in omega-3s, which can help to regulate your metabolism by balancing your blood sugar and reducing inflammation. Recent research also suggests that omega-3s may reduce the body’s resistance to leption, a hormone linked to how quickly you burn fat.

Pack some flavour in with this hot-smoked salmon and egg salad or baked sardines with fig and pine nut stuffing.

Tea for two

Green tea, that is. Our favourite antioxidant-filled beverage contains catechin, which can help boost your metabolism by improving how your body produces energy.

One study claims that drinking five 235ml cups of green tea a day can up your energy expenditure by 90 calories a day.

Or you could treat yourself to these green tea and almond tile cookies.

Trim the fat

Trans fats have been found to slow down the body’s ability to burn fat, and are most often found in processed foods. Steer clear of ready-meals and pre-packaged snacks, and instead fill up on lots of fresh produce, like fruit and veg.

We’ve got plenty more healthy breakfast ideas, as well as some seriously delicious salmon recipes. Plus, even more tasty recipes below!

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