Mar 13, 2014 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


Want to rev up your metabolism? Choose from these breakfast recipes to possibly kick it into higher gear. 

Morning Burst Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups orange juice, preferably calcium-fortified
  • 1 banana
  • 1¼ cups frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or other berry of your choice.
  • ½ cup low-fat silken tofu or low-fat plain yogurt

Preparation

  1. Combine orange juice, banana, berries and tofu (or yogurt) in a blender, cover and blend until creamy. Serve immediately.

How it fights fat: Blueberries have been linked to shrinking abdominal fat. Researchers suggest that antioxidant-rich blueberries change how the body stores and processes glucose or sugar for energy. Bonus: Reducing belly fat also lessens your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Source: eatingwell

Egg and Salmon Sandwich

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon capers, rinsed and chopped (optional)
  • 1 ounce smoked salmon
  • 1 slice tomato
  • 1 whole-wheat English muffin, split and toasted

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften, about 1 minute. Add egg whites, salt and capers (if using) and cook, stirring constantly, until whites are set, about 30 seconds.
  2. To make the sandwich, layer the egg whites, smoked salmon and tomato on English muffin.

How it fights fat: Packed with protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, these ingredients can boost your energy levels and keep you feeling fuller, longer.

Source: eatingwell

Fruit Parfait with Greek Yogurt

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup sliced mixed fruits (strawberries, raspberries, plums, peaches, banana)
  • 1 tablespoon nuts (almond or walnuts raw, chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds (available in bulk bins of specialty stores) or flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, agave nectar or honey
  • ½ cup puffed rice cereal or granola

Preparation

Layer half portions of yogurt, fruit, nuts, chia seeds or flaxseed, and syrup, agave or honey in the bottom of a tall cup container and repeat. Top with cereal or granola.

How it fights fat: Research is ongoing, but chia seeds might help your body fight insulin resistance, which can be tied to an increase in belly fat. The Greek yogurt provides a punch of satiating protein without any extra fat.

Source: eatingwell

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