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Best High Protein Recipes For a Faster Metabolism

These meals are all easy, delicious ways to boost your metabolism for weight loss.
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Experts in the health world talk about boosting your metabolism quite often, but can we know the best ways to actually do this? Research shows that there are many different ways to speed up your metabolism such as drinking more water, exercising regularly, eating small meals throughout the day, and getting a good night's rest.

But one of the best ways to boost your metabolism is actually by getting enough protein in your daily diet. Eating food keeps your metabolism active through a process called TEF (thermic effect of food), and according to a study published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, eating protein leads to the largest rise in TEF of any other type of nutrient.

If this piques your interest but you need some creative ideas of ways to consume protein, we've got you covered. Continue reading to find some delicious, high-protein recipes to try. And for more healthy eating tips, make sure to check out The 50 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.

Vegetarian Black Bean Omelet

Black bean omelet
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Black beans are an easy and affordable way to boost your daily protein with about 7 grams per 1/2 cup of beans. This omelet recipe also calls for 2 eggs per serving, which will give you around 7 grams of protein as well. When you also take into account that the feta cheese and avocado slices come with protein as well, you're looking at an excellent high-protein breakfast option.

Get our recipe for Black Bean Omelet.

Chicken Patty with Sun-dried Tomato Aioli

Chicken burger with sundried tomato aolia
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you're looking for high-protein recipes to boost metabolism, you have to think out of the box. So toss out those small links of pork sausage and opt for a chicken patty for breakfast instead. Chicken is among some of the highest meat-protein sources with about 23 grams of protein per every 4 ounces of chicken. If you want to boost your protein intake even more, you can find a high-protein, high-fiber whole wheat bun.

Get our recipe for Chicken Burger.

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Berry Cauliflower Smoothie

berry cauliflower smoothie
Courtesy of Tone It Up

This smoothie is simple and filling, and the combination of protein powder, peanut butter, almond milk, and chia seeds provides tons of protein in one glass. The frozen cauliflower also gives the smoothie a perfectly creamy texture.

Get our recipe for Berry Smoothie.

Sunrise Sandwich with Turkey, Cheddar, and Guacamole

Sunrise sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Turkey is another protein-heavy choice of meat, and it's popular among those trying to lose weight because of how lean of a cut it is compared to meats like steak or pork. This recipe also calls for guacamole, an egg, cheese, and an English muffin, all of which can add to your protein count.

Get our recipe for Sunrise Sandwich.

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Breakfast Hash with Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato

Breakfast hash with sweet potato and chicken sausage
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Starting your day with a high-protein meal is helpful for boosting metabolism. This breakfast hash includes chicken, eggs, and sweet potatoes, all of which provide low-fat sources of protein.

Get our recipe for Breakfast Hash.

Paleo Smoothie with Yogurt and Granola

This smoothie recipe is great for those who want a protein boost but are either plant-based, paleo, or both! You'll get some protein from coconut yogurt, cashew milk, and granola, but the real boost comes from the additional protein powder.

Get our recipe for Paleo Smoothie.

Protein-Packed Waffles

protein waffles on a plate with fresh berries
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

These waffles are so easy to make that you'll be sad you haven't discovered them until now. With greek yogurt, oats, and protein powder, this breakfast will give you the protein boost your metabolism needs. If that wasn't tempting enough, you can also make these with chocolate chips or chocolate protein powder, as well!

Get our recipe for Protein Waffles.

Healthy Tuna Veggie Melt

tuna veggie melt
Jason Donnelly/ Eat This, Not That!

With about 20 grams of protein per can, tuna is one of the best options for a type of fish that is high in protein. This brunch recipe also calls for chickpeas and Greek yogurt, both of which contain protein as well.

Get our recipe for Tuna Melt.

Frizzled Eggs with Pork Sausage

Keto frizzled eggs with fennel sausage on a blue plate
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

If you're tired of chicken or turkey sausage, you may want to change it up with pork! Ground pork is high in protein as well, with about 21.8 grams per 3 ounces.

Get our recipe for Eggs and Pork Sausage.

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