Big Fat Nori Wraps - two sheets of nori seaweed stuffed full of fresh veggies, sprouts, and curried chickpea spread.
Chickpeas seem to be everywhere lately — and for good reason: they're high in protein, fiber, folate, and zinc. And in a small study, chickpeas have also been shown to aid in weight loss. We love how versatile they are: whether roasted on their own, tossed in a salad, or even used in dessert, chickpeas seem to make every recipe better! See a few of our favorite uses here.
If your garden is overflowing with zucchinis, try this decadent twist on the classic zucchini bread recipe. The cocoa and dried cranberries give it a sweet flavor, but the grated zucchini and banana (used in place of eggs) still help it qualify as a healthy dessert. Plus it's vegan so this bread is low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
1 1/2 cups shredded raw zucchini (one medium)
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 large banana
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
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Eating breakfast is one way to get your metabolism fires burning strong, but what you eat can boost your metabolism even more. With a quick whir of the blender, here's a smoothie recipe loaded with metabolism-boosting ingredients.
In this recipe, you'll find calcium-rich Greek yogurt, almonds, and broccoli, a nutrient that has been shown to help the body break down fat. The almonds, cannellini beans, and yogurt also add a great deal of protein, and what's more, the zinc in the yogurt may increase the production of the hormone leptin, which is shown to improve metabolism and suppress appetite. The high-fiber strawberries keep you feeling full longer and are also packed with vitamin C. Pour in some green tea for caffeine, a natural metabolism booster, and top it all off with cinnamon, a warming spice that can temporarily boost metabolism. In the end, you've got a breakfast under 345 calories that offers over 30 grams of protein and 8.1 grams of fiber.
If you're unfamiliar with the Paleo diet, it's a modern take on the diets our cavemen ancestors followed. The Paleo diet consists primarily of fish, grass-fed meats, eggs, produce, and nuts, while grains, milk products, refined sugars, and other processed foods are off-limits.
Although it's designed to improve a person's overall health, especially digestive issues, ditching high-calorie grains, dairy products, and processed foods can often result in weight loss, which is one reason the Paleo diet is gaining in popularity. It can also help improve athletic performance in some, so runners and other athletes are taking to this hunter-gatherer diet as well. Whatever your reason, if you're looking for some tasty and filling snack ideas, give these a whirl.
— Additional reporting by Lizzie Fuhr