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BOOST YOUR METABOLISM
The secret to boosting your metabolism is FEEDING your body what it needs.
You must eat the right foods, in the right quantities, to get your metabolism working for you, rather than against you. The amount of water, fat, fiber, protein, carbohydrates, sodium, cholesterol, EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), and vitamins & minerals you consume on a daily basis will either increase your metabolism or your waistline.
The tenth and FINAL food in our TOP 10 FAVORITE FOODS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM is GARLIC!
BENEFITS OF GARLIC
Garlic, which is sometimes referred to as the “stinking rose”, may have you reaching for a slice of gum, but that is not all garlic does for you! There are some unbelievable metabolism boosting health benefits packed in those tiny cloves.
Although our breath may not love garlic, our hearts certainly do! Garlic helps regulate our blood pressure, keeps our arteries free of plaque, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, and lowers our risk of heart attack. When our heart is healthy, our body’s metabolism will function at a better rate.
A few research studies have found a relationship with daily garlic intake and the improvement in insulin sensitivity, which lowers your risk of diabetes and helps with weight loss. Garlic also has antioxidant properties which help fight the bad free radicals that try to slow our metabolism as well.
Garlic should be a part of our diet everyday! Here are great recipes to try!
For a health bonus, allow your cut garlic to sit for 5 minutes prior to cooking or mixing with ingredients. The 5 minutes is worth the wait!
|Garlic Spinach http://allrecipes.com/recipe/garlic-spinach/detail.aspx
|Submitted By: Danni
“Thinly sliced garlic is a simple way to jazz up plain old spinach. With just a touch of butter and a quick stir, you’ll have a vegetable side dish that tastes great and pairs with just about anything!”
|1 tablespoon unsalted butter6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced2 (10 ounce) bags fresh spinach
|1 teaspoon garlic salt1/2 lemon, juiced
|Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic; cook and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach a few handfuls at a time, stirring until wilted before adding more, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, and season with garlic salt.
Lemon Garlic Salmon:
2 tablespoons of butter.
2 teaspoons of garlic, minced.
1 teaspoons of lemon pepper.
2 six-ounce salmon fillets.
Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a suitably-sized skillet over medium-high heat.
Stir in the 2 teaspoons of minced garlic.
Season the fillets of salmon on both sides with the lemon pepper.
Place the fillets in a pan and cook until it flakes when tested with a fork. Make certain to flip the fillets midway through cooking to brown on each side.
Sprinkle with lemon juice.
“A delicious, garlicky way to cook the underused, antioxidant rich kale!”
|1 bunch kale2 tablespoons olive oil
|4 cloves garlic, minced
|Tear the kale leaves into bite-size pieces from the thick stems; discard the stems.
|Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir the garlic in the hot oil until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the kale and continue cooking and stirring until the kale is bright green and wilted, about 5 minutes more