You’ve heard it countless times before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a balanced, healthy breakfast is key to stay full and keep your energy up until lunch. And if you choose the right foods, your meal can also serve as a major metabolism booster.
Whether you’re trying to blast through a weight loss plateau or just amp up your energy, these seven breakfast recipes will help kickstart your metabolism before you walk out the door.
1Matcha Green Tea Muffins
Recipe and photo by One Ingredient Chef
Increased metabolism is just one of the many health benefits matcha green tea provides; others include a hearty dose of antioxidants and immunity-boosting vitamins. These matcha green tea muffins are a delicious, portable alternative to traditional matcha tea drinks, and the chocolate chips will satisfy your sweet tooth.
2Tex Mex Tempeh Scramble
Recipe and photo by Macheesmo
When it comes to protein, tempeh packs a serious punch (more than 30 grams per cup, to be exact). Firmer and more flavorful than tofu, it’s perfect for a morning vegetarian scramble, especially tossed with Tex Mex flavors and topped with Jack cheese.
3Cocoa-Almond Protein Smoothie
Recipe and photo by Kristine’s Kitchen
“Protein” is the magic word when it comes to amping up your metabolism, and the combination of protein-packed almond butter and greek yogurt make this one sweet treat you don’t have to feel guilty indulging in.
4Smoked Salmon Egg Avocados
Recipe and photo by Grok Grub
A ridiculously easy recipe that combines three protein powerhouses (eggs, salmon, and avocado). Yes, please! Those chili flakes sprinkled on top are a smart addition: Chili peppers contain a chemical, called capsaicin, that immediately boosts metabolism.
5Protein-Packed Monster Breakfast Cookies
Recipe and photo by Allergy Free Alaska
Cookies for breakfast? Go for it, as long as they’re as healthy, filling, and energy-boosting as these breakfast cookies. They’re made with hemp seeds, which contain essential amino acids essential for building muscle and maintaining energy.
6Spiced Lentils With Egg
Recipe and photo by The Kitchn
Lentils are packed with iron, which is essential for energy and efficient calorie-burning. You might not think of lentils as a breakfast food, but when they’re paired with a baked egg, the savory flavor becomes just right for any part of the day.
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