7 Hearty Breakfasts That Fire Up Your Metabolism

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Are you a breakfast-skipper? Or do you usually just toss a piece of toast in your mouth on your way out the door? Hate to break it to you, but skimping on your a.m. meal is a big mistake. What you put on your plate in the morning may have a major affect on your metabolism throughout the day.

Yes, pancakes can be a healthy breakfast for weight loss.
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In fact, a February 2020 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that eating a big breakfast rather than a large dinner may help rev up your metabolism, prevent high blood sugar and obesity and reduce appetite and sweets cravings.

Indeed, researchers discovered that when you eat a robust breakfast, you expend more than twice the energy (read: burn more calories) in the morning than if you wolfed down the same meal in the evening. That's because your body uses energy (in the form of calories) to digest food, and this process — known as diet-induced thermogenesis — burns more calories in the a.m.

Read more: Eating a Bigger Breakfast Could Mean More Weight Loss — Here's a 3-Day Meal Plan to Get Started

Another study, published December 2013 in Obesity, noted that consuming a high-calorie breakfast with a smaller dinner resulted in greater weight loss, reduced waist circumference and lower levels of blood sugar, insulin, hunger hormones and triglycerides.

So, ready to ramp up your metabolism? These hearty breakfast ideas will get your metabolic furnace fired up.

1. Easy Poached Egg Avocado Toast

This 10-minute avocado toast will become a new staple in your breakfast routine.

With a beautiful balance of complex carbs, healthy fats and protein, this tasty avocado toast is the perfect way to start your day.

Rich in monounsaturated fats, avocados are also a good source of oleic oils, which have been found to increase fat oxidation and boost metabolic rate, dietitian Leslie Langevin, RD, author of The Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen Cookbook, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Get the Easy Poached Egg Avocado Toast recipe and nutrition info here.

2. Portabella Egg Sandwich

This homemade egg sandwich skips all the processed ingredients found in fast food varieties.

Meaty portabella mushrooms substitute for a muffin in this low-carb (only 8 grams per serving), high-protein breakfast sandwich.

"Organic ham and eggs also help provide a good source of zinc, which is necessary for our main metabolic regulator — the thyroid — to function properly," Langevin says.

Get the Portabella Egg Sandwich recipe and nutrition info here.

Read more: Is It OK to Eat Eggs Every Day?

3. Vegan Curry Sunrise Scramble

This recipe proves that you don't need eggs for a good breakfast scramble.

Tofu gives eggs a run for their money in this plant-based breakfast scramble overflowing with veggies and flavor.

Eating a high-protein diet (this dish has 16 grams) can increase satiety hormones (while reducing those that make us feel hungry) and raise diet-induced thermogenesis, according to a November 2014 study in Nutrition & Metabolism. In other words, high-protein foods like tofu keep you full and help you burn more calories, thus enhancing your metabolic rate.

Get the Vegan Curry Sunrise Scramble recipe and nutrition info here.

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4. Tex-Mex Vegan Breakfast Hash

You'll never miss the taters in this tofu-based hash recipe.

This Tex-Mex inspired hash replaces starchy potatoes with protein-packed tofu for a tasty, carb-controlled breakfast option that'll get your metabolic engines revving. Piling your plate with belly-filling veggies like bell peppers is also a great way to make you feel fuller with fewer calories, Langevin says.

Get the Tex-Mex Vegan Breakfast Hash recipe and nutrition info here.

5. Cajun Turkey and Greens Hot Cereal Bowl

Cajun turkey is the star of this savory, protein- packed breakfast bowl.

Start your morning with something savory, like this hearty soup-and-oatmeal combo that features Cajun-seasoned lean ground turkey and packs a whopping 30 grams of protein per serving.

And by incorporating old-fashioned rolled oats — a fiber-rich whole grain food — you'll stay fuller and burn more calories than you would noshing on a processed grain counterpart (think: boxed cereal), Langevin says.

Get the Cajun Turkey and Greens Hot Cereal Bowl recipe and nutrition info here.

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6. Mochaccino Smoothie

Skip the hot cup of java and sip on this filling mochaccino smoothie.

Can't get motivated without your morning cup of joe? Then, you'll love this mocha-based breakfast in a glass with a touch of caffeine that not only provides an a.m. pick-me-up but also a natural (albeit temporary) metabolism boost, Langevin says.

Plus, plant-based pea milk is packed with protein, which requires more energy (aka calories) for your body to digest.

Get the Mochaccino Smoothie recipe and nutrition info here.

7. Hemp Protein Pancakes

Just three of these hemp-based flapjacks pack 26 grams of protein.

These protein-packed pancakes get triple the muscle-building power thanks to a trio of garbanzo bean flour, eggs and hemp seeds.

Not only rich in protein, eggs and hemp seed hearts also provide a hefty dose of omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for your heart and your metabolism, Langevin says. Indeed, a small December 2015 study published in PLoS One found that taking omega-3 supplements for 12 weeks increased resting and exercise metabolic rate in healthy older women.

Get the Hemp Protein Pancakes recipe and nutrition info here.

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Start your day with one of these hearty, filling breakfasts to help rev your metabolism.
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