When it comes to boosting your metabolism, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Eating a healthy breakfast has been shown to balance blood sugar, replenish energy stores, and reduce mindless snacking throughout the day.
But if you’re like me, eating breakfast is much easier said than done. So on days when you can barely find time to eat, let alone a 30-minute workout, this super simple 4-ingredient shake will speed up your metabolism and burn calories all day.
Smoothie recipe that speeds up metabolism
This smoothie is packed with metabolism-boosting ingredients:
Packed with tons of calcium, protein, healthy fats, and gut-healing probiotics, Greek yogurt helps keep digestion active, keeps you feeling full longer, and speeds up weight loss. If you can’t have cow’s milk yogurt, feel free to substitute with goat’s milk kefir or full-fat coconut yogurt. That way, you’ll still get plenty of healthy fats and probiotics without the potential allergens found in cow’s milk.
low sugar berries
Berries are rich in fiber and vitamin C, which help reduce blood sugar spikes and limit insulin-induced weight gain. Blueberries and raspberries in particular have been shown to reduce abdominal fat, lower cholesterol and curb appetite. Additionally, the berries give this smoothie a rather tart flavor that primes the digestive tract and improves overall digestion.
One of the newest superfoods out there, hemp seeds are packed with essential fatty acids, protein, and nutrients. They are also high in insoluble fiber which cleanses the digestive tract and reduces sugar cravings.
Green tea is your secret weapon to lose weight. While packed with antioxidants and free radical-fighting nutrients, green tea’s super power actually comes from a compound called EGCG. EGCG is an antioxidant that has been shown to have a thermogenic effect on the body that helps increase fat burning in the liver and makes you feel less hungry.
To get the most for your money, try to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up to maximize the metabolism-boosting effects. The need to eat so soon after waking up stems from our early days as hunter-gatherers, when our bodies were used to living in conditions of feast or famine.
By eating breakfast early, you’re signaling to your body that you have enough food and don’t need to store as much energy (as fat) to get you through the day. In other words, breakfast literally tells your body to start burning calories.
To make this smoothie even easier, try making it ahead of time and freezing it in ice cube trays. So when you’re ready to eat, just throw a few cubes into a blender, add some extra green tea, and blend.
Green tea shake + forest fruits that improves metabolism
A super simple 4-ingredient shake to boost your metabolism and help you burn calories all day.
Preparation time5 min
Total time 5 minutes
- 3/4 cup cold green tea
- 1 3/4 cups frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
- Optional: banana or raw honey to sweeten
Combine all ingredients in the base of a blender and blend until smooth. While I prefer my smoothie bitter (for digestive benefits), if you prefer yours a little sweeter, you can add banana or raw honey to taste.
Garnish with hemp seeds and additional berries and serve immediately.
Feel free to scale this recipe up or down to make more or less. Store leftovers in the freezer. Add a little water or nut milk and puree to combine.