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Toast Game In a Rut? Time to Try This Mushroom Toast With Arugula & Lemon

File this under “toast with benefits.”

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Toast Game In a Rut? Time to Try This Mushroom Toast With Arugula & Lemon

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say: I’m a toast fanatic. For breakfast or a late-night snack, for me toast is the definition of comfort food, not to mention the ideal vehicle for all kinds of delicious toppings. And while it’s hard to stray from the world’s most perfect flavor combination, I’ve been mixing up my toast game lately with this delicious mushroom toast with arugula–and it’s so worth it. This makes a perfect plant-based, protein-packed breakfast or lunch for any day of the week, especially since it includes nutrient-dense mushrooms to create a flavorful meal that comes together in no time.

This mushroom toast with arugula and lemon is a great way to easily include mushrooms’ nutrients in your diet all while bringing flavor and ease to your weekly routine. It’s one of those minimal effort, maximum yield recipes that I think we could all use more of. It takes just 10 minutes to sauté the veggies and you can build from there. Pro tip: if you’re joining us for our Plant Based RE:SET, make two batches of the mushrooms when you make your mushroom and black bean tacos. It’ll make for quick work of this toast, and then you can celebrate the fact that you’re not only eating a nutrition-packed plant-based meal, but also one that’s incredibly satisfying.

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Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Whether they’re elevating a slice of pizza, a pasta dish, or a plate of tacos, it seems like mushrooms are all that anyone’s talking about right now. While these aren’t of the hallucinogenic variety, they almost feel like “magic mushrooms” in their own right: mushrooms are the hosts of a variety of nutrients that nutritionists have linked to bone strength, brain function, and anti-aging. Various types have been touted for boosting immunity, fighting cancer, packing in major doses of vitamins and minerals, and containing high amounts of antioxidants.

According to Whole Foods trend forecast, functional mushrooms should be on your radar, with varieties like reishi, chaga, cordyceps, and lion’s mane getting street cred as wellness ingredients in dietary supplements and coffee, tea, snack bars, and broth. Instructions for freezing, storage, and leftovers

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Healthy Swaps for This Mushroom and Arugula Toast

This mushroom and arugula toast is already super healthy, but I know that many of you guys are gluten-free. Thankfully you can easily nix the gluten in this recipe by simply swapping in your favorite gluten-free bread (we’ve got all our faves listed here.)

To make this recipe dairy-free, simply grab a carton of vegan ricotta next time you’re at Whole Foods, or skip the ricotta altogether! Since the mushroom mixture is kind of saucy on it’s own, you’ll still end up with a great flavor combo that’s not dry at all.

Twists On Toast, aka My Other Favorite Toast Combos

Toast is ripe for disruption, and one of my favorite things about it is that I can mix it up depending on my mood and what’s in my fridge. Here are some of my other favorite healthy toast combos that are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (yes, sometimes I crave toast for dinner, too):

Sunday Night Avocado Toast with a Jammy Egg: it’s quite simply my favorite meal when I’m running low on groceries.

Tuna Toast with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes: People got really riled up when I called this “niçoise,” and I’ll admit: that was probably a stretch. However don’t let that deter you from making this incredibly delicious flavor combo on toast.

Sweet Potato Toast 3 Ways: Another way to nix the bread if you’re going grain-free or just want to pack some extra veg in your diet. So good!

Sautéed Carrot & Hummus Toast: Never would I have guessed how addictive this flavor combo would be, but Suruchi really brought the toast inspo with this one.

Burrata Toast with Caramelized Walnuts and Mint-Pomegranate Pesto: Don’t let the fancy name fool you: this one’s easy enough to whip on up on a weeknight but jaw-dropping enough to be your go-to dinner party appetizer.

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Tips for Doubling This Mushroom and Arugula Toast

Like most toast, this is an easy one: you can double the ingredients and throw them together super quick for a crowd. I even recommend making a double batch of mushrooms when you make our Mushroom & Black Bean Tacos during the Plant-Based RE:SET, since your mushroom mixture will be ready to rewarm and pop onto your ricotta toast even in the midst of a busy day.

My one pro pro tip is to sauté the mushrooms in two batches. When cooking mushrooms, it’s important not to overcrowd the pan. You want each mushroom to come into direct contact with the pan and get that crispy sizzle, rather than crowding together and “steaming.” So, I allocate a little more time for this step: after sautéing the first batch, I transfer to a plate while the second batch cooks, then I add them all back to the pan together to stay warm until it’s time to serve.

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How to store leftovers

Mushroom Toast with Arugula makes a great leftover lunch, just store the mushroom mixture mixture in an airtight container in the fridge, then when you’re ready to eat, toast your bread and pile the leftover sautéed mushrooms on sourdough toast slathered with creamy ricotta.

Scroll on for the recipe, which is part of our Plant-Based RE:SET, a new 5-day meal plan that launched today! Packed with delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes, this is a week’s worth of meals that’ll leave you feeling lighter, brighter, and energized. Sign up here! 

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Here’s Exactly How to Meal Prep for the Plant-Based RE:SET

My number one key to success for sticking with a healthy meal plan? Tackling as much advance prep as possible before the craziness of the week begins. Our Plant Based RE:SET Challenge is centered around five days of healthy, homemade meals that will satisfy, delight, and have you feeling your most vibrant. To help you experience this plan to its fullest, I’m sharing the seven meal prep tasks I tackle on Sunday that’ll make the week stress-free. We’re talking 30 minutes or less of dinner prep each evening, and lunch prep is almost nonexistent. I hope you’re as excited as we are for five days of plant-based meals that’ll boost our wellness, together. Now, scroll on for my plant-based meal prep ideas for success!

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Know your why.

Before we hit the grocery store, it’s important to know our motivation–why the focus on plant-based meals? Well, research shows that a plant-based diet rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals helps to lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, help to maintain a healthy weight, and reduce your risk of heart disease. And then there are the environmental benefits—UN experts say switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change.

As I’ve shifted my own diet towards incorporating more plant-based meals, I’ve noticed increased energy and better digestion, and I want to keep that momentum going in 2022—for me, meal prep is key. But before you see meal prep as just another thing on your to-do list, hear me out—this isn’t about cooking meals in advance. Meal prep is exactly that—prepping a few delicious ingredients in advance, storing them for optimal freshness, then assembling them into a delicious meal with maximum flavor and nutrition to keep you energized all day.

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Make it a ritual.

If I’m going to commit to something over the weekend, I’ve got to make it fun. For me, that means turning on some music (or a favorite podcast), pouring a kombucha, and getting in my zone. The rituals of chopping, washing, and prepping are a therapeutic way to start my week, plus there’s a certain peace of mind that comes from knowing we’ve got plenty of nourishing meals ready to go for the week ahead.

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Make your recipes do double duty

I created the Plant Based RE:SET menu to make the most of your time in the kitchen. This means that just about all of the ingredients on your shopping list are used in multiple recipes, and with several of these ingredients, you can prep once and use ‘em twice. Roasting a sweet potato? It’s just as easy to roast two. Why not make a salad dressing and a sauce that adds flavor to multiple meals? And if I’m making a pot of chili for dinner, you can bet I’m going to make enough for a workday leftovers lunch, too. 

Here are the exact plant-based meal prep ideas I use to prep for this plan:

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Bake muffins

Let’s face it: baking is a weekend activity. And the beauty of these muffins is that they’re moist enough to stay fresh in an airtight container for a few days. They’ll form the basis for a couple of breakfasts and a snack throughout the week. If you don’t eat them all, they keep well in the freezer for up to a month. Here’s how I freeze my muffins to keep them super fresh. Grab the morning glory muffin recipe and get baking.

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Make chili

This is a pro move if you want to be extra prepped for the week ahead: go ahead and make your pot of sweet potato and black bean chili so it’s ready to go on Monday night. The flavors of the chili will meld and deepen in the fridge overnight, and I swear there’s nothing better than finishing work and realizing that dinner is already done. The chili only takes about 45 minutes from start to finish, so you can easily get it boiling on the stove while you tackle your other meal-prep tasks. Get the chili recipe here! 

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Make crispy chickpeas

Crispy roasted chickpeas are one of my favorite plant-based snacks, and they’re infinitely customizable with different spices and flavors. To make them, drain a can of chickpeas, let them completely dry, then toss with olive oil and sea salt. Spread them out on a baking sheet, and roast them at 400 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re super crispy. Then, toss with chili powder, garlic salt, or whatever spices you love. Store them in a mason jar at room temperature for up to a week.

Toast walnuts

So simple, yet so key: toasted walnuts have 10x the flavor of raw walnuts, and I love the warm nuttiness they add to any dish. All you have to do is spread out your raw walnuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and cook at 400 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when you start to smell a toastiness coming from the oven. (you can do this step while the chickpeas roast!) 

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Marinate lentils

Cook lentils according to package directions, then add them to a container and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, a big pinch of salt and pepper. (optional, can also add 1 smashed clove of garlic or 1/2 a shallot.) Store lentils in the fridge until ready to make your lentil salad.

Make pesto

I always like to have some type of homemade sauce in my fridge for drizzling on pasta, toast, or even eggs. This kale pesto is a delicious twist on a classic and it’s full of nutrient-packed greens. You’ll use it two ways this week: on avocado toast and in the rigatoni. Though you might find yourself drizzling it on everything. I like to store mine in a mason jar in the fridge for up to a week. Grab the kale pesto recipe here! 

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Make dressing

Of course, you can have a store-bought dressing in the fridge, but a homemade version will always taste better. This slightly sweet, very ginger-y dressing is a major crowd-pleaser, and you’ll likely want to have it in your fridge at all times.

To make the citrus-ginger dressing, just add all these ingredients to a blender and blend it up:

¼ cup olive oil
Juice and zest of an orange
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp rice vinegar
Pinch of salt

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A 5-Day Plant-Based Menu to Help You Reset

Welcome to your Monday through Friday menu for The Plant-Based RE:SET, our 5 day plant-based meal plan to jumpstart a lighter, brighter new year. This plan is about laying the foundation for good vibes that spread to every area of life: expect high energy, positive mood, and better sleep. We’re so glad you’re joining us!

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that our food philosophy is pretty intuitive. We gravitate toward healthy, homemade meals but would never restrict ourselves from relishing in the joy of dessert, either. But since we’ve been incorporating more plant-centered meals, we’ve noticed a significant change in our health and vitality. And the science backs it up!

Research shows that a plant-based diet rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals helps to lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, help to maintain a healthy weight, and reduce your risk of heart disease. And then there are the environmental benefits—UN experts say switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change.

That’s why we’re inviting our community (you!) to join our Plant-Based RE:SET by eating plant-forward meals for five days. I created this plan with a few things in mind: I wanted it to be easy to prep during a busy week, require as short of a grocery list as possible (every ingredient is used more than once!), and make the most of leftovers. Click here for your shopping list and meal prep tips, and forward the sign-up link to your friends and fam.

Now, for your breakfast, lunch, & dinner lineup in this 5 day plant-based meal plan… Let’s dive in!

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MONDAY

Breakfast: One Bowl Morning Glory Muffins
Lunch: Avocado Toast with Kale Pesto & Crunchy Veggies
Snack: ½ cup of crispy roasted chickpeas
Dinner: Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili
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TUESDAY

Breakfast: Whole Roasted Sweet Potato with Avocado, Red Onion, & Cilantro
Lunch: Lentil Salad with Roasted Brussels & Carrots, Arugula, & Almonds
Snack: One Bowl Morning Glory Muffin
Dinner: Mushroom & Black Bean Tacos
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PHOTO: vegetarian-sweet-potato-chili

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast: Almond Butter Green Smoothie
Lunch: Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili (Leftover)
Snack: Warm mug of tea with steamed oat or almond milk
Dinner: Shredded Kale & Cranberry Salad with Crispy Tofu
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THURSDAY

Breakfast: One Bowl Morning Glory Muffins
Lunch: Mushroom Toast with Arugula & Lemon
Snack: ½ cup of crispy roasted chickpeas
Dinner: Skillet Coconut Vegetable Curry
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FRIDAY

Breakfast: Almond Butter Green Smoothie
Lunch: Whole Roasted Sweet Potato with Seeds, Herbs, & Sour Cream
Snack: Handful of toasted walnuts with apple slices
Dinner: Rigatoni with Kale Pesto, Brussels Sprouts, & Lemon

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of this 5 day plant-based meal plan. Tag us on Instagram with #plantbasedreset so we can see your recipes come to life, and drop a comment with any questions or suggestions!

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Jeremiah Brent Wants to Turn Cleaning Your House Into a Ritual

Finding beauty in the functional

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Jeremiah Brent Wants to Turn Cleaning Your House Into a Ritual

Cleaning doesn’t typically come to mind when you think of trend forecasting, but it should. The way we clean and organize our homes has evolved similarly to the design world, with a fresh focus on sustainability and natural elements. Staying up-to-date on innovative systems and thoughtful products can majorly impact the way you live in your space, and who better to take our cues from on cleaning and home organization trends in 2022 than Jeremiah Brent.

The interior designer best known for his streamlined, organic approach—and being one-half of a TV home makeover power couple—just launched his second limited-edition collection of curated home accessories and eco-friendly cleaning products in partnership with Grove Collaborative. Aptly titled “Art of Ceremony,” the line was inspired by the rituals that help keep his own busy life in balance. Brent’s batch of thoughtful goods is a dream for anyone who doesn’t want to sacrifice style in the name of a great sink-side soap. Whoever said home essentials had to be basic hasn’t met Brent.

One trend Brent is clearly behind: blending mindfulness with the act of cleaning—a mix made even easier with fresh eucalyptus scents, ceremonial Himalayan sea salt and sage incense, sophisticated marble home goods, and sexy ceramic sponge dishes you’ll actually want to display. He even created an Art of Ceremony playlist—yes, cleaning your home is now a vibe! We spoke with the sought-after designer about the top organization trends of 2022, his favorite cleaning hacks, and the importance of creating rituals at home.

Lifestyle imagery courtesy of Grove Co.

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The Top Home Organizational Trends of 2022

For Brent, the act of organizing should be incorporated into the every day—in an aesthetically pleasing way, of course.

Brent’s Top Organization Habits to Develop This Year:

I’ve always said this, but if it’s not absolutely functional or absolutely beautiful, get rid of it.
Incorporate organization into your daily ceremonies and rituals. When it becomes a part of your everyday practice, your home will always be a restful environment.
Integrate organizational elements in your décor. Find beautiful woven baskets to store paper towels or embrace open shelving with decanted pantry items and chic utensils.
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The Cleaning Hacks Jeremiah Brent Swears By

Find a multi-use product that works in every area of your home. I love the Grove Co. Cleaner Concentrates and Reusable Spray Bottles. All I have to do is add water to the cleaner concentrate and then work my way through every room in the house!
Make the practice of cleaning something fun for the kids. Oskar and Poppy set and clear their place settings each night at dinner and embrace the responsibility. Again, scent is huge for me. After cleaning, I always light incense or sage as the last layer of refreshment.
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The “Why” Behind the Collaboration

I think it’s incredibly important to be thoughtful about what we invite into our home. That’s one of the reasons why I’m such an advocate for Grove Co. and its clean products. For this collection, I was inspired to create a line of products rooted in the “Art of Ceremony” that serve as a reset after the indulgence of the holidays. Every piece is tied to the opportunity and hope that you’ll create your own daily rituals in your home while making it easier to live a more eco-conscious life.

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On the Inspiration

Scent and ambiance are such a huge part of my design process so I spent months working with Grove Co. to perfect the scent for the candles, incense, and soaps. We chose both the Himalayan Sea Salt & Sage as well as Eucalyptus & Cypress as the signature scents for this collection. In regards to the look and feel of the collection, we referenced materials and finishes that are often used in my design studio, like marble, smoked glass, and textured linens.

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On His Favorite Product From the Line

Every item in a home contributes to the design as a whole. That’s why I love the Grove Co. X Jeremiah Brent Hydrating Hand Soap and Ultimate Dish Soap in our signature scent, Himalayan Sea Salt and Sage, paired with the reusable dispensers. We were able to take a household necessity and transform it into something beautiful. We keep ours placed next to the kitchen sink on top of the Grove Co. X Jeremiah Brent Nested Marble Tray.

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On How to Bring Mindfulness Into Everyday Tasks

I love the idea that these products are what people will use to start and end their day. When something like a cleaning product has such an elevated scent and look, your daily chores feel like a ceremony rather than something on a to-do list. The scents in this collection transform any kitchen or bathroom into a calm and comforting space, and I love that we were able to incorporate incense in this collection as well!

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On the Power of Ritual at Home

I think the consistency of rituals sets the mood and energy for the entire household which then sets the mood and energy of our everyday lives. I have a morning ceremony where I set a playlist, light a candle, and meditate—it helps me be more present with my family and my work throughout the day.

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Are You a Slow Burner? If So, These 5 Metabolism-Boosting Powders Can Help

Whatever you’re doing right now—scrolling through Instagram, brushing your teeth, plowing through your inbox, or playing with your kids—your body is expending energy. But where does this energy come from, and how is it created? It comes from the food we eat and our metabolism is what creates it. Our magical metabolism turns calories into energy. It’s a reflection of how quickly (or slowly) we’re able to convert food into energy. People often refer to their metabolism as low, high, slow, or fast—without knowing exactly what this means. In today’s article, we’re diving into all-things metabolism. We uncover what causes a sluggish metabolism and the best metabolism-boosting powders. Luckily, slow metabolism isn’t permanent. With the right tweaks, you can improve your metabolism. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t require hours at the gym.

Feature image by Teal Thompsen.

Edie Horstman

Edie Horstman is an integrative nutrition health coach and nutrition consultant specializing in hormone balance, fertility, and baby nutrition. She is also the founder of health coaching business, Wellness with Edie.

What Is Metabolism?

On a very high level, metabolism is a series of chemical reactions. These reactions are happening inside your body, around the clock. They keep you alive but more specifically, metabolism is food being converted into energy. That energy is used to grow your hair, pump bile out of your liver, and give you the strength to walk around the block. Due to our metabolism, there’s a never-ending calorie burn. And while most assume a majority of calories are burned at the gym, that’s actually not the case. You’re burning most of your calories by simply being alive.

The beauty of investing time and effort into your metabolism is that it pays dividends. Nurturing your metabolism equates to a happy and healthy life.

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Photo credit: Michelle Nash

How Is Metabolism Measured?

Metabolism is measured by determining how much oxygen your body consumes over a specific amount of time. You might be wondering if you’re a “fast burner” or a “slow burner.” This is your metabolic rate

Fast Burner vs. Slow Burner

Although these are generalizations, they can give you a clue into the type of burner you are. A fast burner typically feels hyper, anxious, and irritable without sufficient fat and protein. A fast burner’s appetite is generally strong and consistent, with a preference for animal protein. A slow burner, on the other hand, doesn’t process food as quickly (this can be due to an under-active thyroid). The slow burner gravitates toward simple carbohydrates, sugar foods, etc. Generally, their appetite is less voracious. And while the slow burner tends toward poor circulation and dry skin, the fast burner is usually warm and perspires easily. Slow burners particularly benefit from the best metabolism-boosting powders!

What Factors Influence Our Metabolism?

Many factors influence whether someone has a high or low resting metabolic rate (more on that, below). Some of us burn more or less calories during the day, without even trying. Here are the reasons why:

Genetics: Some people may be genetically predisposed to faster or slower metabolism.

Lean Body Mass Percentage: Muscle requires more oxygen than fat tissue does. But what does that mean? In essence, your body has to spend more energy to maintain muscle. That’s why the more lean muscle (and thus, less body fat) you have, the higher your metabolism will be.

Restricting Calories: If you eat significantly fewer calories than your body needs, it can send your body into survival mode. When this happens, calories are conserved rather than burned. In turn, this lowers your metabolism. 

Meal Frequency: The calories you consume are used to fuel the digestion process. So, the more often you eat, the more calories you’ll burn digesting. This is less about eating constantly and more about eating consistently. Aim to eat every 3-4 hours to keep your metabolism humming along. Supplementing with one of the best metabolism-boosting powders helps, too.

External Factors: Lifestyle and environmental factors can easily affect metabolism. A few of these include extreme hot or cold temperatures, smoking, stress, and sleep.

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3 Ways We Burn Calories

Did you know that your body burns calories in ways other than just physical activity? Yes, taking a walk or shoveling snow makes a difference but we burn calories burning the most basic physiological functions. Breathing, maintaining stable body temperature, and pumping blood around the body count. Below are three ways we burn calories.

Basal (Resting) Metabolism

Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) accounts for over half of your overall metabolism, and surprisingly, it’s the number of calories you burn doing nothing at all. Think: Lying on the couch watching Netflix or sitting in bed, reading. This part of your metabolism is fueled by your body’s inner workings—your beating heart, cells dividing, etc. It’s the number of calories required to keep your body functioning at rest. Curious to know what your BMR is? To get your BMR, simply input your height, gender, age, and weight here. Keep in mind that this formula doesn’t tell the whole story—a variety of other factors, particularly genetics, can alter your metabolism.

Digestive Metabolism

Our digestive metabolism, or thermic effect of food (TEF), burns calories. Simply digesting food—turning carbs into sugar and turning protein into amino acids—typically burns 10-15% of your daily calories. And get this: Digesting protein burns more calories than digesting carbohydrates or fat—about 25 calories for every 100 consumed.

Movement Metabolism

Last but not least, exercise and movement. This part of your metabolism includes both workouts at the gym and other more enjoyable physical activities. Some are called exercise-activity thermogenesis, or EAT, and others are considered non-exercise-activity thermogenesis, or NEAT. Exercise only targets 15-30% of your fat burn. 

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What Causes a Slow Metabolism?

In terms of what causes a slow metabolism, this depends on the person. Generally speaking, genetics, hormones, and lifestyle play a part. For example, if you have too much cortisol—known as the “stress hormone”—you may experience a slow metabolism. Normal amounts of cortisol can help you burn fat, but if you have too much cortisol, your body may think you’re under duress and thus conserves energy.

High insulin levels can do the same thing. Elevated insulin and blood sugar levels can contribute to weight gain and thus, a slower metabolism. Same with low estrogen and testosterone. Lack of estrogen (in women) and testosterone (in men) typically increase fat mass and decrease lean mass. It may be worth getting your thyroid checked, too. After all, your thyroid gland helps regulate thyroid hormones, which greatly affect your body’s metabolism. Last but not least, lack of exercise causes a slow metabolism. You need lean muscle mass in order to keep your metabolism humming along.

Does a Sluggish Metabolism Cause Unwanted Weight Gain?

This is a bit of the chicken-and-egg complex. Weight gain can lead to a slower metabolism, but a slow metabolism can also lead to unwanted weight gain. People who have a slower metabolism tend to conserve more energy, thus storing fuel (food) as fat.

Can You Change Your Metabolism?

The good news is you can make changes to boost your metabolism. Through various diet and lifestyle changes, you can manipulate your metabolism (to a degree). Adopting a healthier diet, incorporating a metabolism-boosting powder, moving your body, and getting restful sleep can make a difference. The most important facet of changing your metabolism is to be consistent with your new habits

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Photo credit: Suruchi Avasthi’s for Black Lentil Salad Recipe

7 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Our bodies are primed to be fat-burning machines, so let’s get them revving at maximum efficiency. Combining the latest findings in exercise and nutrition with practical how-to advice, below are seven ways to help transform your body into a fat-burning machine. These are science-backed ways to boost your metabolism. 

Don’t diet. Restricting food will alter your metabolism. Rather than restrict, use the concept of “crowding out” unhealthy foods. When you cut calories, it makes your body think, I’m starving! In turn, it slows your metabolism to conserve existing energy. Over time, restricting can cause your body to burn muscle tissue. This decreases strength while giving visceral fat a greater advantage. 
Prioritize protein. Speaking of dieting, consuming enough protein is key. Your body needs adequate protein in order to build lean muscle mass. And muscle mass is necessary for fat-burning. 
Keep blood sugar balanced. Maintaining steady blood glucose is important for many reasons, including metabolic health. 
When possible, go organic. Research shows that added pollutants are stored in fat cells and can possibly interfere with the energy-burning process. Plus, there are many other benefits to choosing organic (and doing it on a budget!).
Drink green tea. Studies show that green tea contains a compound that may increase your calorie and fat burn. Coffee has similar effects, too! A 2011 meta-analysis published in Obesity Reviews found that consuming about three cups of green tea helped boost metabolism (enough to burn an average of 100 extra calories a day!). 
Clock your zZz’s. We may sound like a broken record, but sleep hygiene is so important. Particularly when it comes to keeping your metabolism humming along. Sleep deprivation is shown to cause profound metabolic and cardiovascular implications. 
Move your body. This is comes as no surprise. Luckily, this doesn’t mean you need to start a vigorous exercise routine. In fact, just as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking, every day, can make a difference. Resistance training is gold, though. Research shows it’s extremely effective in terms of building muscle and burning fat. 

The 5 Best Metabolism-Boosting Powders

When it comes to the best metabolism-boosting powders, look no further. The best metabolism-boosting powders are easy to incorporate, filled with quality ingredients, and help boost energy.

Metabolism Super Powder by Sakara Life

For good reason, this is one of Sakara’s best sellers. This powder (which tastes like dark chocolate!) supports lipid metabolism, helps curb sugar cravings, supports gut health, and more. Made with plant-based ingredients, it’s super versatile. Blend one serving into your favorite smoothie, coffee, or other hot beverage. You can easily use it as a substitute for cacao in recipes.

Metabolism Super Powder by Sakara Life, $80/month

Goop Wellness Metabolism-Boosting Super Powder

Vegan, keto, gluten-free, and more, Goop’s metabolism powder helps take your metabolism to the next level. Their powder was formulated with a clinically-studied dose of 7-Keto® DHEA, an ingredient that has been shown to boost metabolism and support healthy body weight (when combined with a balanced diet and exercise). This powder includes a concentrated extract of cinnamon, which helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, as well as holy basil, an herb that’s traditionally used in Ayurveda for its balancing effects.

Goop Wellness Metabolism-Boosting Super Powder, $55

MediBolic by Thorne

Designed specifically for those interested in weight management, MediBolic increases the feeling of fullness and enhances fat burning. This comprehensive supplement contains rice and pea protein with added soluble fiber, a complete multi-vitamin/mineral complex, and additional nutrients for weight management and metabolic support.

MediBolic by Thorne, $71

So lean & so clean by Ora

This superfood protein powder is packed with ingredients to keep your metabolism humming along. Each serving contains 22 grams of protein and has two servings of organic greens, adding crucial macro and micronutrients for proper cognitive and muscle function. It also delivers a complete amino acid profile with no filler ingredients, artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Last but not least, this plant-based protein powder also supports digestion and the bioavailability of nutrients for absorption.

So lean & so clean by Ora, $37.99

Energy Bomb by Your Super

With only a handful of powerful ingredients, this all-natural pre-workout booster can help increase your energy levels. In turn, nurturing your metabolism. As a smoothie mix, it’s the perfect replacement for caffeine energy drinks and a fantastic pre-workout booster.

Energy Bomb by Your Super, $34.90

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Are You a Slow Burner? If So, These 5 Metabolism-Boosting Powders Can Help

Plus, all your metabolic health questions, answered!

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This Rigatoni With Brussels Sprouts, Kale Pesto, and Lemon Is So Good I Literally Have No Words

I’ve got a pasta recipe that’s a strong contender to become one of your new favorites, so get excited. I whipped up this Rigatoni With Brussels Sprouts, Kale Pesto, and Lemon on a recent weeknight as part of my recipe testing for the Plant-Based RE:SET, placed two bowls on the table in front of Adam and me, and then… silence. It was one of those moments when we were so swept away by the perfection of the dish, there simply were no words. All we could do was chew and swoon. Since then, we’ve already made it several times and even tried it with a few different ingredient tweaks (hello, cauliflower!)

I personally love pasta that packs a high vegetables-to-noodle ratio. Not only do the veggies add tons of flavor, nutrition, and interesting texture, but it’s a great way to get my pasta fix on a weeknight without feeling like I’m carb loading. I think that sometimes, pasta has a reputation for being “indulgent” when it actually can be a regular part of a really healthy diet, especially when treated as a canvas for loads of delicious veggies. I’ll continue my pasta campaign below (lol), but first, what makes this rigatoni with Brussels sprouts so delish?

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For starters, the sprouts are cooked with lots of garlic and shallots until caramelized and crispy, just how I like them. Once you add the pasta, it all gets tossed with the most luscious, silky kale pesto, which is the sneakiest way to pack in so many nutrient-rich greens. (It’s my new secret weapon for converting kale haters.) The shower of salty parmesan and crunchy walnuts at the end is what takes this whole dish over the top.

Read on for everything you need to know about this Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts, Kale Pesto, and Lemon, and grab the recipe at the bottom of the page. And don’t forget to sign up for our free Plant-Based RE:SET! The full 5-day plant-based menu will drop in your inbox on January 21st.

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Is Pasta Healthy?

One thing I’ve noticed when we travel to Italy is that everyone eats Italian food for every single meal. Like, we’re not going to sushi or grabbing Mexican food when we’re in Rome. And you know what’s funny? Even though I have eaten my way through Italy on numerous occasions, freely enjoying pasta, fresh mozzarella, gelato, and wine every day—I have never gained weight on any of those trips. How can that be?

Well, for one thing, I believe that when we’re fully present at our meals, enjoying the flavors of every bite the way they do in Italy, our bodies can metabolize and digest our food properly. When we slow down and truly savor, those fullness signals can reach our brains to let us know we’ve had enough and it’s time to put down our fork. We’ve taken such pleasure in the experience that we feel satisfied. Europeans, in general, are so much better at this than most Americans, and when I’m in Italy, I more easily fall into this mode of slowing down and savoring.

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The 2022 U.S. News and World Report once again ranked the Mediterranean Diet as the healthiest diet in the world, citing benefits like weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and warding off chronic disease.  It includes healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, legumes, lean proteins, vegetables, and (hallelujah!!) pasta. It’s really less of a diet than it is a lifestyle, since staying physically active and gathering together with people you care about are key components of the plan.

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One of my favorite aspects of the Mediterranean diet is that it doesn’t ban entire food groups which, for a food lover like me, is a balanced way to stay healthy without sacrificing a single ounce of my enjoyment in life. Pasta is meant to be enjoyed, in reasonable quantities, and it’s the perfect blank slate to get creative in the kitchen and incorporate all kinds of colorful, healthy, and seasonal ingredients. 

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How to Make This Rigatoni With Brussels Sprouts Gluten-Free

For this recipe, I used my favorite rigatoni, which is the Collezione Rigatoni from Barilla. It has that perfect al dente texture that almost makes it taste homemade, and gives the kale pesto something to grip onto so that it lightly coats each piece of pasta.

I know that many of you guys avoid gluten, so this recipe can easily be made gluten-free by swapping in a gluten-free pasta like Banza. They have a solid rigatoni, and I do love that it boasts 20 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per serving, thanks to the fact that it’s made from chickpeas.

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A Few Twists on This Recipe

One of the best things about vegetarian pasta is that it’s infinitely customizable. Here are a few substitution ideas:

Swap the Brussels sprouts for cauliflower. Last week I wanted to make this pasta, but I didn’t have any Brussels sprouts on hand. That’s when I realized that just about any other cruciferous vegetable could get the job done nicely, especially that beautiful head of cauliflower I’d picked up at the farmer’s market. I cut it into florets that were about the same size as the rigatoni, and prepared them just like the Brussels.
Instead of Rosemary, add any sturdy herb. Think fresh oregano, thyme, or sage… and if all you’ve got an hand is a jar of dried Italian seasoning, that works too—just add half the amount the recipe calls for.
Try a different nut. I love the rich, almost creamy texture of walnuts, but this recipe would be great with chopped toasted almonds, hazelnuts, or even pine nuts! If you use a different nut as the final topping, I’d stick with that same nut when making the pesto, too.
Add golden raisins. If you like a little sweetness in your pasta like I do, try adding a bonus ingredient of golden raisins that is such a delicious foil for the briny olives. Yum.

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How to Double This Recipe to Feed a Crowd

Most pasta, this one included, are super simple to double for a crowd. The main factor to consider here is that you want to avoid crowding the pan when sautéeing your Brussels sprouts so that they caramelize and are crispy, instead of steaming. You have two options here:

Sauté your double batch of sprouts in two batches, then add them all back into the pan with the pasta.
OR, make things really easy on yourself by throwing the Brussels sprouts in a 450 degree F oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown, then toss them into a pan with your sautéed garlic and shallots. It’s a little different process, but more hands-off with a similar result.

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Meet Tikka Masala Pasta—Your Noodles Are About to Get a MAJOR Upgrade

I’m here to petition that pasta should have its own day of the week. We have taco Tuesday and pizza Friday, and some of us even do a meatless Monday, so why shouldn’t pasta get in that rotation, too? At my house, Sunday night is pasta night. Whether you’re a lasagna kind of person or classic spaghetti and meatballs is your jam, I think the best part of noodles is the endless pasta-bilities. Too cheesy? In my winter quest to infuse my Pasta Sundays with fresh combinations and flavors, I turned to an unexpected but surprisingly perfect combination that might make an appearance more than once during the week. Enter the ultimate fusion recipe: tikka masala pasta.

There are some people who are purists when it comes to food–this is not the recipe for those people (hi, Dad.) When we hit up an Indian-fusion restaurants, he’s always thoroughly unimpressed. My brother and I, however, love to dissect why certain ingredients and methods that are familiar to one cuisine actually work really well when mixed together with another. It’s magic when two culinary worlds come together to create something entirely new and wonderful.

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Most of the food we eat today is in fact the result of fusing cultures together. Even the stories from Aunties in my own community speak often of this cross-pollination in food. Without access to certain ingredients when they first came to the US, they learned to adapt and use what they had to recreate familiar flavors or to come up with something entirely new—the end result is the best of both worlds. (Priya Krishna’s Roti Pizza is one of my favorite examples of this.)

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When I started cooking this up, I realized there was no way this couldn’t work. While the origins of everyone’s favorite chicken tikka masala are disputed, my introduction to the dish was via weddings I attended growing up. My brother and I would scoop up the sauce around the chicken in the buffet line trays and pour it generously over the rice on our plates. My mom didn’t cook it at home, but tikka masala was always on the order at our favorite Indian restaurants. There’s a reason why people love tikka masala. It’s funky and tangy and slightly sweet and savory all at the same time. It’s basically good on anything. And when you think about it, this tikka masala pasta is almost like Indian pasta alla vodka.

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So let’s chat about the recipe and answer some questions. Everyone’s recipe for the gravy is slightly different, but that’s also the best part. Once you get the formula down, you can edit and adjust the spices to match your own preferences. If you like a little more heat, throw a chili pepper in or add more chili powder. Like something a bit more savory? Add a little more garam masala. Use what I list below in the recipe as a guide, but as always, trust your gut!

Can I make the sauce ahead of time?

Yes! I highly encourage it. When you make the sauce, let it cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, pour the sauce into a large pan and reheat on low while you cook the pasta. You can add an extra pat of butter or splash of heavy cream when you reheat if you need to loosen up the sauce a bit.

Can I use a different kind of pasta?

Absolutely. While this is delicious over rigatoni and fettuccine, I also think using ravioli or another filled pasta really takes this to the next level of indulgence. You could also use spaghetti squash, gluten-free pasta, or even gnocchi. The options are endless.

Can I make this vegan?

Also yes. Use coconut milk instead of the heavy cream and vegan butter instead of the butter to make this sauce completely vegan.

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I like to serve this pasta piping hot, topped with shaved parmesan, and with a healthy drizzle of olive oil. Add a tangy caesar dressing salad on the side and you’ve got a complete meal that you might just have on repeat every night. This is one of those cozy and warming dishes that are perfect for these chilly months. Give it a try, and let me know if you make this recipe! Cheers to pasta Sunday!

If you make this, please share on social and tag me, @suruchiavasthi and @camillestyles so we can see and share your magical creations!

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