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August 29, 2013

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Looking for a way to boost your metabolism? Why not start by eating more protein. Our body uses protein to build muscle and muscles burn more than double the amount of calories than fat does. When you have more muscle than fat in the body your metabolism stays higher giving you more energy. Plus as we age the first thing to go is muscle mass, making us weaker and more prone to accidents.  If you increase your protein intake, you will boost your metabolism, burn calories and create stronger, leaner muscles. Here are some prime choices of food packed with protein.



chicken breasts, protein packed foods to boost metabolismBeef/Chicken/Pork/Fish & Shellfish

At 28 grams per 4 ounces these are your top choices for protein packed foods. Choose your leanest cuts and trim your fat.




greek yogurt, protein packed foods to boost metabolismGreek Yogurt

Not like your normal yogurt, this packs a punch with 18 grams of protein per 6 oz.






Cottage Cheese

No longer a diet food, this protein packed snack has 14 grams per ½ cup. Eat it by itself, throw it into a smoothie or add some fruit to sweeten it up.

eggs, protein packed foods to boost metabolismEggs

Don’t be afraid to eat eggs, however you like.  Eggs are smart fuel for muscles with 12 grams per 2 eggs.






Legumes

These beans are great muscle food with 7-9 grams of protein per ½ cup cooked.

edamame, protein packed foods to boost metabolismEdamame

Not only does this immature soybean pack 8.5 grams of protein per ½ cup, but they also contain trace minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc.





spinach, protein packed foods to boost metabolismSpinach

Spinach packs the most protein out of all the leafy greens with 5 grams per ½ cup cooked.



Asparagus

This nutrient rich vegetable can be steamed, grilled, or raw and contains 4 grams per 1 cup.

avocado, protein packed foods to boost metabolismAvocado

This fruit not only contains 2 grams of protein but has all 9 essential amino acids, plus heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.