Need help figuring out how to speed up your metabolism? Experts say that snacking is the best way to go!
“Snacking is an opportunity to fuel your body between meals,” nutritionist Rania Batayneh, author of The One One One Diet, tells Health.
But, this is only the case if you opt for nutrient-rich snacks that are low in calories and high in protein and fiber. Curious to know which healthy snacks are nutritionist-approved and will help boost your metabolism? Here are five that you can enjoy without feeling guilty:
Almonds promote a healthy metabolism with their high contents of free-radical-fighting vitamin E content. They're also great for combating inflammation and lowering your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Keep a serving of almonds at your desk to keep your energy levels steady.
Veggies and Hummus
Combine your favorite vegetables with a serving of protein-rich hummus to get your metabolism in fat-burning mode. The vegetables have the nutrients your body needs to burn calories and the hummus provides the energy needed to get the job done.
Greek Yogurt with Blueberries
Greek yogurt delivers probiotics that curb gut inflammation and help facilitate digestion. It's also a great source of protein and low in calories. When combined with antioxidant-rich blueberries, this snack makes for a metabolism-boosting win.
Bananas and Peanut Butter
A few slices of banana dipped in peanut or almond butter provides an ideal balance of carbs, protein, potassium, and healthy fat. This snack helps release glucose into your blood at a steady and slow pace, which makes for long-lasting energy that's especially helpful when you're strength training.
Opt for air-popped popcorn when you have a hankering for chips or something equally as salty. Popcorn is low in calories and gives the body just enough whole grains to keep the metabolism revved. Plus, it's high in fiber, too! Just make sure you're snacking on air-popped popcorn that hasn't been flavored with any salt or butter as those can add unwanted calories, sodium, and fat to your snack.