1. Cayenne Pepper. Cayenne triggers a thermodynamic burn, meaning it will slightly increase your heart rate and metabolism. Other spicy foods can have a similar effect to help you burn extra calories.
Tip: Try this month’s Faux-Fried Oven Baked Chicken recipe for your daily dose of heat.
2. Milk. You might already be drinking milk, but don’t underestimate the metabolic effects of all dairy. Protein has a high thermal effect—it burns more calories when being digested than either carbohydrates or fat. What’s more, protein also helps build muscle, which in turn increases your metabolism.
Tip: Try a glass of chocolate milk after your workout or glass of my 150 Calorie Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Recipe.
3. Cinnamon. Cinnamon helps you metabolize sugar. In turn, your body’s decreased blood sugar level can reduce the amount of sugar that’s stored as fat, which will make your body store less fat. Tip: Use it to add flavor to your fruits and yogurt or buy some good quality Mexican cinnamon and put ½ tsp. in your coffee.
4. Green Tea. Tea is high in antioxidants, has a high thermal effect, and stimulates your metabolism.
Tip: Try drinking a glass or two as part of your mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack.
5. Almonds. Many nuts like almonds are high in monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to have a connection with lowering total cholesterol and overall weight.
Tip: Store them in your desk drawer for easy snacking or spread 2 T. almond butter on your Ezekiel toast for breakfast.