The Foods That Boost Metabolism – With Great Health Benefits Too…

We all know that a properly working metabolism is a good thing as one of its main jobs is to break down the food you eat and convert it to energy to keep your body functioning efficiently. We can increase our metabolic rate by regularly participating in exercise but you can also give it a  boost by choosing the right types of food to eat.

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The Foods That Boost Metabolism

There are many different foods that boost your metabolism and here are just some of the ones that I regularly include in my diet. They are all quite tasty and have some other really good health benefits too.


An absolutely delightful pear shaped fruit that can be eaten on their own or on wholemeal toast, used to make dips and a perfect addition to salads.

Avocados are known for being a great source of healthy fats and are also loaded with fibre and twenty different vitamins and minerals. This fruit has an even higher potassium content than bananas…

Their health benefits include being good for the heart, can lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, relief of arthritis symptoms and improve eye health.



A great little snack for when you need a little something extra, almonds are full of mono-saturated fat, fibre and anti-oxidants.

These nuts have been shown to be great for a healthy skin, can help prevent diabetes, the decline of cognitive skills and heart disease.


This delicious vegetable is perfect grilled, roasted or in a stir-fry. Asparagus is full of nutrients and anti-oxidants and is also a natural diuretic.

Some of the health benefits of asparagus are that they can help with bloating, improve your mood, prevent urinary tract infections and even ease a hangover.

different types of beans


There are so many different types of beans that you can choose from and they are all a great cheap source of protein as well as being high in fibre, vitamin B, potassium and iron.

The health benefits of beans are that they can improve your digestive system , fight heart disease and cancer as well as keep your cholesterol levels in check.


These are one of my favourite fruits to always keep in the freezer, as they are perfect to add to shakes and smoothies, mix in with your chia pudding or top off your morning oatmeal.

Blueberries are packed full of nutrients as well as being rated as one of the best sources of anti-oxidants.

These yummy berries are great for a healthy heart, can combat ageing, prevent cancer, protect your brain and aid your digestive system.

Chia Seeds

These strange seeds are packed full of protein and great for adding to many dishes such as salads, oatmeal and puddings.

Chia seeds are really good for your skin and can even prevent wrinkles, they can increase your energy levels as well as relieve muscular aches and spasms. Read more about the benefits of chia seeds

Chilli Peppers

Great for adding a spicy bite to your food, chilli peppers are full of B vitamins and iron.

These little peppers can improve the health of your hair and skin and eyes. They can help your body combat infections, decrease your blood pressure and fight cancer.

coconut oil- boosts metabolism

Coconut Oil

A delicious choice of oil to cook with and use in many different recipes such as stir-fry, salads, flapjacks and muffins.

Coconut oil is an awesome source of healthy fat that is an excellent energy booster that is also great for your hair and skin. It can help improve your immune system and burn body fat. Read more about why you should include coconut oil in your life..

Lean meat

Chicken, turkey and pork loin all these delicious high protein foods are perfect for helping your body to raise its metabolic rate. They have also been shown to be an essential addition when trying to shift that belly fat.

These protein rich foods are just what you need for immune system protection, healthy nerves, top looking hair and skin as well as the fuel for your muscle growth.


A Perfect drink to have hot or cold, you can use milk in so many different ways.Beneficial for strong teeth and bones and the calcium content helps to metabolize fat too. Shown to help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of strokes. Also perfect for healthy glowing skin and a great way to de-stress at the end of the day.

salmon dish

Oily Fish

Salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel are all a tasty choice for any meal and are rich in vitamin D and full of healthy fats.

They all help by protecting you from dementia and heart problems as well as preventing arthritis and vision problems in older age.


A high protein addition for many dishes including omelettes, salads, pasta, curries and soups.

These dark green leaves are beneficial for your helping your muscles to grow, keep your blood pressure down and improve your eye sight


These huge fruits are delicious to eat on their own, to put in smoothies and make lots of different deserts. They are very high in potassium and also contain a generous amount of fibre, magnesium, calcium and protein.

Watermelon can help relieve muscle soreness, prevent dehydration and heat stroke. They can lower blood pressure, prevent cancer, diabetes as well as protect against the risks of ovarian cancer.

water melon

Whole Grains

Oats, whole grain bread, brown rice and pasta are all perfect complex carbohydrates to include in your diet.

They are packed full of fibre, protein the B vitamins and anti-oxidants. Whole grains are beneficial for your digestive system and can help fight diabetes, heart disease and combat obesity.


Last but by no means least, don’t forget to drink lots of water, we often overlook just how much our body needs and can greatly benefit from this valuable nutrient. H2o is great for keeping you properly hydrated and maintaining healthy hair and skin. It is vital for all our bodily functions to work properly can keep hunger pangs at bay and help fight fatigue. Water an overlooked nutrient


I hope you found this post helpful and include more of these metabolism boosting foods in your weekly diet. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment I’d love to hear from you.

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2 Responses

  1. Adrina says:

    Beautiful article to validate from a fitness junkie like myself. 🙂 I was surprised to find out beans made this list. I know it’s a great source of protein but didn’t know it speeds up metabolism. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Emma says:

      Hi Adrina,
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment and I’m really pleased you liked the article.

      I looked into the benefits of beans as they are a great yet cheap source of protein and found they are also high in fibre and iron, all of which are really good for your metabolism too.

      Thanks again fellow fitness junkie and have a great week! 🙂

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