Foods To Eat Over The Festive Season To Boost Metabolism

24 December 2015 | Self

Festive Season. It’s the time of the year where the “I’ll take a green smoothie” turns into “chuck us a mint thickshake mate”. Where a plate stacked with carbs upon carbs upon carbs, is perfectly normal especially when served on the side of a honey glazed roast lamb.

Enjoying the luxuries of  the festive season without the nagging voice of your personal trainer hounding you as you pig out, can be a mission at best of times. To get through and still enjoy the feast, stock up on some of these key foods before and after the binge eating session to help boost your metabolism.

Blueberries

These little gems are packed with antioxidants, which help breakdown oxidative stress…and are the perfect substitute for a packet of lollies.

Tip: Try putting them in the freezer for 2 hrs for a sweet, hot summers day treat.

Almonds

Nutritionally dense and excellent sources of Vitamin E, these nutty beauties are perfect for getting through the afternoon sugar cravings.

Fun Fact: when you’re craving chocolate, what you’re actually craving is magnesium. Instead try popping back a few almonds and see if the craving has gone away after 15 mins.

Salmon

Packed with Omega 3 fatty acids and nutritionally density, it helps the brain function at it’s best, which is perfect when you’re doing the Christmas shopping and have to  remember what Barbs your second cousin twice removed wanted for presents this year.

Spinach

If getting muscles like Popeye wasn’t appealing enough, this leafy green is rich in iron, and can help protect the brain from oxidative stress.

Tip: rather than poached eggs on toast, try switching out the toast with a baby spinach base, you’ll be surprised how good it is (and the fact you’ll be boosting your 7+ a day intake.)

Oatmeal

The traditional rolled oats that have been sitting in the pantry for god knows how long may just be just what you need leading up to Christmas day. Good source of Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium, Cooper, Iron, and Protein these beauties are the perfect breakfast option regardless of the weather. Summertime opt for a homemade muesli (you don’t want to touch the packaged store bought stuff though) or a hearty porridge in the winter.

Water

Okay this is fair give in, but just to remind you of all the great things our bountiful liquid does: improves energy, increases mental and physical performance, removes toxins and waste AND keeps the skin glowing. Bottoms up.

Green Tea

Like blueberries, this refreshing tea originally from China, is a great antioxidant, excellent for cleansing the body and having in the place of that donut for morning tea.

So when you feel the urge to reach for that bag of chips, or block of chocolate, take a quick step back and consider one of the above. Not only will you feel fuller for longer, but also they boost metabolism that will keep working away even when you’ve stopped eating.

But don’t just take my word for it…

What ways do you detox before/after Christmas? What have been some healthy food choices that’ve helped you through the silly season? Drop them below in the cheeky comments box.

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