Starting your day with a healthy, nutrient-packed breakfast kicks your metabolism into high gear. You can also get extra metabolism-boosting benefits with certain ingredients like protein, caffeine and cayenne pepper.
Today we're sharing our favorite simple breakfasts that will rev up your metabolism, keep you energized throughout the day and help you reach all your fitness goals.
1. Protein Pancakes
While you might typically think of pancakes as a guilty pleasure, this morning meal can actually help you form beautiful, lean muscles with the addition of protein powder. Your muscles need protein to recover after a workout, so this is the perfect post-gym breakfast.
Protein requires more energy to digest than carbohydrates and fat. When you eat carbs, your body burns 5 to 10 percent of the calories you consume to digest your meal. Compare that to the whopping 20 to 30 percent of calories burned when you eat protein.
Our protein pancakes recipe uses our delicious, plant-based, non-GMO, gluten-free Tone It Up Protein, which you can pick up at Target.
Recipe & Nutritional Info: Tone It Up Protein Pancakes
2. Tropical Matcha Smoothie Bowl
From lattes to croissants to froyo, you can find matcha, a type of green tea, in just about anything these days. But did you know that this yummy powder actually boosts fat-burning mechanisms in your body? Matcha is rich in catechins, a type of antioxidant that promotes fat oxidation, contributing to weight loss.
Our smoothie bowl recipe also calls for pineapple, which provides dietary fiber and an enzyme called bromelain. Both of these things help to reduce bloating by promoting digestion.
Recipe & Nutritional Info: Tone It Up Tropical Matcha Smoothie Bowl
3. Slim Down Scramble
This is one of our favorite recipes to feel lean and strong. Eggs are an amazing source of all the amino acids your body needs to form lean muscle. Plus, as mentioned above, protein has that thermic effect that burns extra calories during digestion.
Recipe & Nutritional Info: Tone It Up Slim Down Scramble
4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Kat's in love with dark chocolate, and who doesn't love peanut butter? So we created the sweet and creamy smoothie of your dreams.
This recipe uses our chocolate Tone It Up Protein, which contains cocoa powder and naturally boosts fat metabolism. Whip this up after your next workout for a delicious and filling treat.
Recipe & Nutritional Info: Tone It Up Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
5. Black Bean Cilantro Avocado Toast
Add a little spice to your avocado toast with our yummy recipe. It features cayenne peppers, which increase your body's internal temperature and rev up your metabolism. Plus, the healthy fats in avocados increase your satiety levels to keep the snack attacks at bay.
Recipe & Nutritional Info: Tone It Up Black Bean Cilantro Avocado Toast
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On-point nutrition and toning workouts go hand in hand when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. So come work out with us on our Tone It Up Tour! We're going to 15 cities across the United States. There will be three workouts led by CorePower Yoga, Jillian Michaels and us. We will also have Tone It Up-themed games, braid bars and, of course, rosé. Find a location near you here.
Karena and Katrina, the founders of Tone It Up, have brought a fresh approach to fitness with their fun, energetic, girlfriend-to-girlfriend method of getting fit. Since founding Tone It Up, they have built a brand of fitness products, community, retreats and nutrition plans and have graced the pages of Shape, SELF, InStyle, Women's Health, Forbes and People. Their Tone It Up Nutrition Programs and beach workouts inspire millions of women to live the life of their dreams every day.