Top 15 Metabolism Boosting Foods for Vegetarians

Top 15 Metabolism Boosting Foods for Vegetarians
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Do you ever wonder how many people stay fit even though they consume huge amounts of food? This is the result of their consuming great amount of metabolism boosting foods.

What is metabolism?

Metabolism is a process of burning calories in your body. It converts the food you eat into energy. Whenever you eat, drink or are involved in any kind of activity, your body keeps burning the calories and this is because of your metabolism. So, if you want to lose weight in a healthy and effortless way, maintain a diet plan which includes few vegetarian metabolism boosting foods.

Most of the people who are trying to lose their weight do so by skipping their meals or eating less. But still the final result is nil. The reason behind this is that their body metabolic rate drops down and hence burns fewer calories. Metabolic rate of the body increases when you follow a proper diet and workouts. To increase your metabolic rate, the foods which you eat play a very important role. So, always select foods which will enhance your metabolic rate.

Ditch your strict eating routine and give your metabolism a boost by eating. Yes, by eating! Just by consuming certain metabolism boosting foods and drinks, you can give your body a kick-start in calorie burning, and speed up that seemingly slow metabolism of yours.

That being said, you can’t just eat anything. Christina Major, A MS Holistic Nutritionist and Herbalist and the Health Recovery Expert of Crystal Holistic Health, explains, “For most people, processed foods, breads, pastas and grains are foods that block a properly functioning metabolism.”

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Top 15 Metabolism Boosting Foods

Switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet is the first step; the second is including these 15 metabolism boosting foods in your daily diet.

Asparagus metabolism boosting foods1. Asparagus

Asparagus is a herbaceous plant which is known for its medicinal values and disease fighting abilities. It is one of the metabolism boosting foods packed with health benefits. This veggie is a powerhouse of all the nutrients. It is rich in fiber, folate, Vitamins A,B,CE and K and other antioxidants. It aids healthy metabolism because of the presence of high vitamin B. It also maintains your insulin levels and detoxifies carcinogens and other harmful compounds in your body. It is also helpful in maintaining blood pressure and prevents other heart diseases. Above all, it slows down the aging process.

beans metabolism boosting foods2. Beans

Known for its nutritional benefits, beans is an edible legume. It contains large amount of soluble fiber. Beans are also rich in protein, iron and other complex carbohydrates. It is rich in nutrients like folate, calcium, potassium and Vitamin B. Beans maintain your blood pressure and reduces risk of stroke by lowering the cholesterol levels. It improves your metabolism and prevents cancer.

Broccoli metabolism boosting foods3. Broccoli

Yet another metabolism boosting foods in the list is Broccoli. Broccoli as we all know belongs to the family of cabbage and is a cruciferous plant. This veggie is best known for its anti-cancer properties. It is also loaded with dietary fibre and Vitamin C. Broccoli is also a source of calcium, potassium and other phytochemicals. Apart from boosting metabolism, broccoli also maintains your nervous system. It is also good for repairing skin damage and strengthening your immune system.

celery metabolism boosting foods

4. Celery

Celery is an Apium Graveolens plant that belongs to Apiaceae family and is regarded as a best negative calorie food. It is known as an alkaline vegetable as it contains 95% water content. This veggie is also filled with fibre plant hormones and flavonoids. It not only helps you to reduce weight but also reduces your stress levels. Apart from increasing your metabolism and digestion, celery seed helps in the treatment of cold, arthritis and other liver diseases.

cucumber metabolism boosting foods

5. Cucumber

Cucumber is a vegetable that belongs to the Gourd family. This veggie is one of the best foods to improve your overall health. Cucumber contains good amount of Vitamin B. It is also an excellent source for silica and also contains Vitamins, folate, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It helps fights cancer, relieves bad breath and also helps in losing weight. It improves your metabolism and also helps cure diabetes and arthritis.

Related: Iron rich Foods for Vegetarians

Garlic metabolism boosting foods6. Garlic

Garlic belongs to Allium family and is well known for its culinary and medicinal properties. It is an excellent herb and plays an essential role in maintaining your health. Garlic is a rich source of germanium and antioxidants. It is considered to be a natural antibiotic. It maintains blood pressure and promotes heart health. It not only improves metabolism but also strengthens your body against allergies and promotes healthy immune system.

peanut butter metabolism boosting foods7. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter which is prepared from dry roasted peanuts is known for its valuable fat burning mechanism and other health benefits and so regarded as one of the great metabolism boosting foods. It is rich in protein and also contains good amounts of dietary fiber. Peanut butter also contains potassium, calcium, Vitamins E and B3 and other essential minerals. It helps in building metabolism boosting muscles. It reduces belly fat and hypertension. It also helps in regulating the digestive system and reduces the risk of heart diseases.

Spicy Pepper metabolism boosting foods8. Spicy Pepper

Peppers are the most essential spices or ingredients which are known for its potential health benefits. Peppers are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, potassium and complex mixtures of phytochemicals. It also contains Capsaicin, an antioxidant which helps to increase the body temperature and helps in weight loss. It regulates body metabolism and maintains a healthy heart.

spinach metabolism boosting foods9. Spinach

Spinach is a green leafy vegetable which belongs to the family of Amaranthaceae and is known for the massive amount of nutritional benefits is a great metabolism booster. Spinach is loaded with iron, folate, zinc, magnesium, folic acid and protein. This leafy vegetable also contains significant amount of dietary fibre, vitamins and other essential minerals required by your body. It protects the body from free radicals, eye diseases. It also helps maintaining blood pressure and promotes gastrointestinal health.

Related: 18 Amazing Health Benefits of Spinach

Tomatoes metabolism boosting foods10. Tomatoes

Tomato, a juicy and delicious red vegetable is one of the best healthy and metabolism boosting foods. They are rich in vitamin C and are low in calories. Tomatoes contain relatively high water content and low amounts of sodium. They are also loaded with folate, Vitamin A, C, K and potassium. Tomatoes also contain necessary minerals like copper, magnesium, phosphorous which are important for good health. Tomatoes help in improving eyesight, reduce urinary tract infections, lower diabetes and protect the body against cardiovascular diseases.

almonds metabolism boosting foods11. Almonds

Although high in calories, almonds contain fatty acids that raise your metabolism. Each almond can be regarded as a natural weight-loss pill. They are loaded with important nutrients, including fiber, vitamin E, manganese and magnesium. They are loaded with antioxidants and high in Vitamin E, which protects your cell membranes from damage. Being high in both protein and fiber, they reduce hunger. Almonds also help in controlling blood sugar levels.

chia seeds metabolism boosting foods12. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the earth. They are packed with nutrients that have important benefits for your body and brain. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants and are rich in protein that helps you lose weight. Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein and healthy omega 3 fats that increases your metabolic rate.

Related: High Protein Foods for better Health

Dark Chocolate metabolism boosting foods13. Chocolate

This is probably good news for a lot of you out there – yes, dark chocolate (70% or higher cacao) can help boost your metabolism. Raw cacao is one of the best food sources of magnesium, and magnesium helps to support healthy glucose levels. Magnesium also stimulates the fat-burning hormone adiponectin.

Berries metabolism boosting foods14. Berries

All fruits we know are important for boosting metabolism. But berries in particular are rich in antioxidants, like vitamin C, which helps combat damaging free radicals generated during exercise. Berries help you heal more quickly.

Apple Cider Vinegar metabolism boosting foods

15. Apple Cider Vinegar

Cider vinegar is a great metabolism booster. Mix it with some lemon juice, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne, and a drop of raw honey before drinking. It helps to boost your stomach’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid (HCA). This acid digests your food easily and absorbs all the nutrients.

These are the top 15 vegetarian foods that boost metabolism. You can also go for foods like yoghurt, oats, grapefruit, green tea and watermelon which will increase your metabolism. Follow the balanced diet and do regular workouts to stay fit and healthy!

Comments (19)

  • Hi Sonal, with a list of delicious foods like that there is no excuse for not being able to lose weight and to stay healthy. I have to say that I am surprised you included peanuts. According to many authorities they can slow metabolism. I would prefer to eat almonds as they are less likely to be contaminated with aflatoxin, the mold that can damage the good bacteria in your gut.
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      Hi Sandy

      It is always a pleasure to read your comments. Everytime I have something new to learn from you. am glad that you liked the post and thanks for sharing yet another wonderful tip with us. Its peanut butter that helps in increasing metabolism and losing weight. As you said almonds are always the better choice.

      I have also started discussion board on my blog. Do have a look.

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi Sonal

    You are so right and do remind me of the fact that each person’s metabolism is way different. I see some people eat so much and weigh so little.

    These foods that you mentioned are great. Thanks for sharing. Take Care
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      Hi Ikechi

      Glad that you liked the post. Even I have seen people eating so much and still they don’t put on weight. On the other hand there are some who eat so less and still are over weight. It all on your metabolism.

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Thanks for this post Sonal

    I always think I have to eat meat to boost my metabolism and I love veggies I’ve been on a “eat a pound of vegetables a day” diet for some time and it makes me feel really good.

    And I think I am losing weight I decided to ditch the scale

    To Great Success

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      Hi Mary

      People often have this misconception that there are less foods for vegetarians to boost metabolism or those that contain iron. Infact vegetarians have a great choice.

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi Sonal,

    What a great way to put all these foods together to help our metabolism. I am trying to boost mine. No wonder why I am buying hot peppers and eating them on everything all the time. Plus a strange craving for peanut butter lol.

    Guess my body knows….but I am going to be adding more of these veggies in my diet.

    Thanks so much!

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      Hi Donna

      Well while I was researching on the topic, peppers came as a surprise to me. I like eating most of them but i dont like pepper. Guess need to start eating it now.

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hello Sonal! I loved your list and had to note this is NOT just a list for vegetarians HEHE As I love them all!! #1 1. Asparagus being my all time favorite..

    Great Share My Friend!
    Chery :))

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      Hi Chery

      Glad to know that you enjoy all these foods!

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi Sonal,

    Some foods I really enjoy on your list so I can eat them guilt-free (in moderation, of course).

    Like Sandy, I was surprised to see peanut butter on the list, but I Googled it and found more posts agreeing with you than disagreeing. Good news – I love peanut butter. Don’t worry, I won’t go mad on it 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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      Hi Joy

      Yes its true that peanut butter is a great metabolism boosting food. You can enjoy it in moderate values.

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi Sonal, I am not a vegetarian but I follow a lot of information regarding the best things vegetarians are advised to use in place of foods they no longer eat. I found your list interesting and of course chocolate was my easiest transition to make. Apple cider vinegar I take it right from the spoon I am so used to it been using for years. Chia seeds I started putting in my food and smoothies this year. It threw me off when they turned into this gel like pebble but I’m ok with it now. Nice post I will incorporate some of the other items you have on this list.

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      Hi Lydia

      Most of the people think that vegetarians have less choice regarding food. But I think that there is ample of choice available if you ahve the right information.

      Am glad that you are used to some of the foods mentioned in the list. They will definitely increase your metabolism.

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi, Sonal.

    I actually eat less but put on much weight than expected and it breaks my heart all the time. That means my metabolic rate is slow and I need to work on it.

    Ah! you mentioned peanut butter! That’s good news for me.

    Thank you for sharing this post.

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      Hi Izuzu

      Yes you are right. You need to work on your metabolism. The high metabolism will help you burn more calories and you will not put on weight. Secondly make a daily diet schedule and follow that. You can read my posts on how you can lose weight. If you have any questions you can post it on discussion board and you will get the best solutions.

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi Sonal,

    Thanks for being thoughtful about Vegetarians 🙂
    You have given great options though I would like to add one more Superfood into the list.

    Coconut Oil ( Also known as “Tree of Life”) – revs up metabolism by kicking in the slow thyroid – works in multiple ways – triggers digestion, metabolism, and detoxification three in one.

    Thanks for writing such a great post.
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      Hi Leena

      Yes you are very right about the coconut oil.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful insight!

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