7 Easy Breakfast Recipes That Boost Metabolism

Kick your metabolism into overdrive by preparing spicy breakfast dishes. Better Homes and Gardens explains that spicy foods — such as hot mustard, hot sauce, chili peppers, salsa, and spices — have the amazing ability to boost metabolism for hours after you’ve polished off a meal. By including a few of these spicy ingredients in your eggs, breakfast casseroles, and muffins, you can ensure that both you and your metabolism start your day on a healthy note. Here are seven easy breakfast recipes that will help you spice up your morning meals.

1. Avocado Toast With Chile Flakes and Crushed Pistachios

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Avocado toast with chile flakes and crushed pistachios is a breakfast dish you’ll have time to make even on the busiest of mornings. The metabolism-boosting ingredient in The Bitten Word’s recipe is chile pepper flakes. SFGate explains that chile flakes are thermogenic, meaning they’re able to produce heat in the body and stimulate the metabolism.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces whole-wheat or multigrain bread
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Red chili flakes
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios (optional)

Directions: Toast the bread, then scoop an avocado half onto each piece and smear with a spoon to cover the whole piece of toast. Drizzle olive oil over top, then sprinkle with salt and chili flakes. Add the pistachios, if using, then serve.

2. Spicy Scrambled Eggs

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Adding hot sauce to your scrambled eggs is a simple way to increase your body’s calorie-burning abilities. Food Network’s recipe yields 3 servings. Looking for a spicy side to pair with your eggs? Prepare Cooking Light’s spicy hash browns, which contain chili powder and ground red pepper.

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup half-and-half
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions: Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the half-and-half, and whisk until smooth. Add the salt, pepper, and hot sauce and whisk until well combined. Heat a nonstick skillet on low heat and add the butter. Pour the eggs into the skillet. Using a heat-resistant rubber spatula, stir the egg mixture over low heat to create soft creamy curds. Cook until light and fluffy.

3. Spicy Mexican Breakfast Casserole

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Green chili peppers ensure Tablespoon’s spicy Mexican breakfast casserole is packed with hot flavor. FitDay explains that chili peppers contain a component called capsaicin, which generates heat and raises your body temperature after you eat it. Capsaicin also works as an anti-inflammatory and may help prevent blood clots.

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups country-style potatoes, or freshly diced potatoes
  • ⅓ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • ⅓ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons roasted green chili, fresh or canned
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar, pepper jack, or cheddar jack with jalapeño peppers cheese blend
  • Sour cream, as desired
  • Salsa, as desired
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for sautéing

Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch square glass pan with olive oil or spray oil. Set aside. In a medium sauté pan, heat about 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add the potato and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the bell peppers and sauté another 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the beans, corn, and green chile. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, pepper, and cumin.

Stir in the cilantro, green onion, and 1 cup of the cheese. Stir in the vegetable mixture. Add the bowl contents to the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with the remaining ½ cup of cheese. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the casserole is lightly browned and the middle is set. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Cut; serve with salsa.

4. Spicy Potatoes and Scrambled Eggs

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Chili powder, turmeric, coriander, and cumin work together to create Allrecipes.com’s spicy potatoes and scrambled eggs. If you want a little heat but don’t want to go overboard, feel free to omit the chili powder; your metabolism will still benefit from the other hot ingredients in this spice-filled dish. The recipe yields 3 to 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions: Poke potatoes with a fork so that their skins are pierced. Microwave potatoes on high until cooked inside. When potatoes are fully cooked, peel potatoes and cut potatoes to ⅛ size or to your liking. Set potatoes aside. Add 2 tablespoons oil to skillet and scramble 3 eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm until potatoes are ready. In another skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil until hot. Then, add salt, cumin, coriander, and turmeric powder. Put in chili powder if you want it really spicy. Add potatoes and cook until potatoes are crispy and brown. Serve and enjoy!

5. Spicy Sausage Breakfast Squares

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Your metabolism will be raring to go after eating Betty Crocker’s spicy sausage breakfast squares. Red pepper flakes, pork sausage, and a spicy cheese blend create an ultra-hot breakfast dish; feel free to lessen the heat by using mozzarella or a mild cheddar cheese in place of the Mexican blend.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces frozen (thawed) bulk hot pork sausage
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

Directions: Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease bottom and sides of 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish with shortening or cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, onion, and garlic over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in bell pepper; remove from heat. Using a wire whisk, beat flour, salt, crushed red pepper, milk, and eggs in a bowl until smooth. Pour into baking dish. Spoon pork mixture over batter. Top with cheese. Bake 22 to 27 minutes or until top is golden brown.

6. Jalapeño Omelet

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Omelet | iStock

Jalapeño and hot sauce give Mr. Breakfast’s dish double the spice. For an even hotter jalapeño omelet, don’t core the jalapeño. Our Best Bites writes that the seeds and membrane are what give a jalepeño its heat. The recipe yields 3 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 fresh medium jalapeño pepper, cored and minced
  • ⅓ cup green peppers, diced
  • ⅓ cup red peppers, diced
  • ⅓ cup onion, diced
  • ⅓ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons butter, for frying

Directions: Melt butter in a large, heavy frying pan set over medium-high heat. Add jalapeño peppers, green peppers, red peppers, and onions. Cook, stirring, until onions become translucent. Season with salt, pepper, hot sauce, and cilantro. Add egg mixture, reduce heat to low, and let cook gently, moving around with a spatula to let uncooked egg flow to the pan. Cover and continue cooking until just set. Add cheese to half the omelet, then fold omelet to enclose cheese. Remove from heat and let sit for a minute or so. Serve.

7. Spicy Egg Muffins

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The hot peppers in these bite-size spicy egg muffins provide your metabolism with the perfect start to the day. For an easy weekday breakfast, make the muffins in advance, store in the fridge or freezer, and pop a few in the microwave before you head out the door. Our Paleo Life’s recipe yields 24 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 18 large eggs
  • 1 pound chorizo sausage
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced
  • 1 hot pepper, diced
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set a 24-cup silicone muffin tin on a rimmed baking sheet. In a skillet, cook chorizo until brownd and fully cooked, using a wooden spoon to break into smaller pieces. Use paper towels to absorb any excess grease.

Add about 1 teaspoon of onion and 1 teaspoon bell pepper to the botom of each muffin cup, then top with chorizo. In a large bowl, beat egss with salt and pepper, then pour into cups, dividing evenly. sprinkle the hot pepper on top, transfer to teh oven, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until eggs are fully cooked. Serve at once.

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