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10 Raw Vegetables Acting as Metabolism Boosters
- Natural metabolism boosters such as spinach and tomatoes are delicious raw vegetables choices
- Foods high in B vitamins and magnesium, such as asparagus and beets, are a good choice to naturally increase metabolism
- Celery and other negative calorie foods can be a good addition to your diet, as well
When you want to lose weight, anything that will naturally increase metabolism is going to be extremely helpful. After all, your metabolism determines how many calories you can burn and how many you’re going to end up storing in fat cells. You might be surprised to learn that vegetables eaten raw are some of the most effective metabolism boosters. While gnawing on raw carrots and a celery stick may not be what you want to add to your meal selections, you might be surprised that those vegetables that are tasty! Below are the top ten choices to add to your diet.
Leafy green vegetables are going to be the best choice of metabolism boosters. Add raw spinach as the base of your next salad or to your sandwiches, wraps, and other foods. You’ll be seeing your metabolism jump in no time.
Tomatoes are rich in nutrients and vitamins, plus they can naturally increase metabolism. A great way to add them to your diet is to eat some gazpacho soup. Research has shown that soups are one another great metabolism boosting food so combining the two can spell great news for your diets. Plus, since gazpacho is served raw, it’s one of the few soups that allow you to reap the full benefits of tomatoes.
Here’s another great leafy green vegetable that can be great for your diet. Although some people prefer cooking cabbage, you can add a combination of shredded carrots (see below) and lemon juice to shredded cabbage. Let the whole mixture sit in the refrigerator as the acid breaks down the cabbage so it makes a tasty raw side dish.
Because broccoli is high in fiber, it takes longer to digest and therefore requires more energy. Anything that requires a lot of energy to digest is going to do wonders for your metabolism. Raw broccoli dipped in low-fat ranch sauce can be a delicious snack or even a nice addition to your lunch.
Hot peppers contain capsaicin which is known to kick start your metabolism. You can eat almost any type of hot pepper but the spicier the better. Adding them to your salad, sandwich, or as a topper for baked potatoes or other items you can reap the rewards more easily.
When your body doesn’t have sufficient levels of B vitamins, your metabolism can be slowed and that can also slow your weight loss. Vegetables such as asparagus which are high in B vitamins and delicious dipped in ranch or eaten plain can be a good way to avoid such nutrient deficiencies.
Similarly, if you don’t have enough magnesium your body won’t be able to effectively metabolize your food. Beets are an excellent source of magnesium. And remember that you should try to eat as many colors of vegetables as possible to ensure you get all of the nutrients you need.
Celery is what is known as a negative calorie food. That means it takes more energy to eat and digest the celery than what you get from the food itself. Any negative calorie food is going to offer a positive contribution to you efforts to naturally increase metabolism.
Eggplant, also known as aubergines, are another great choice of metabolism boosters. While there aren’t necessarily the first vegetable you might think of to eat raw, but they can be a delicious food to add to many tasty dishes.
Not only are carrots a delicious vegetable to enjoy raw but they can be a perfect snack. Combine several raw carrots with a tasty, healthy hummus dip for a tasty treat that contains the carbs and proteins you need while also satisfying your desire to snack.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Metabolism Boosters5 May 2009|