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Metabolism-boosting Smoothie Ingredients that Won't Ruin Your New Year's Resolutions

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If you're one of the many Americans who wants to eat better in 2016, one smart way to add better ingredients to your diet is with smoothies. These tasty beverages can take the place of a meal or supplement your diet by adding more vitamins and minerals. The key to using smoothies for better nutrition is to choose smoothie recipes that have the ingredients you need without added sugar or unnecessary calories. 

If your focus in 2016 is on boosting your metabolism, it's a good idea to focus on foods that are known for helping digestion. Try tossing a few of these ingredients in your Oster® Fresh+Blend'N Go™ Mason Jar Blender.

Grapefruit, Lime, Orange or Lemon Pieces 
Citrus fruits are great ingredients for smoothies this year, but don't just use their juice. Try adding a peeled, seeded version of these popular fruits to your blender for a little extra fiber and roughage in addition to the metabolism benefits. 

Use green tea in your smoothies. Use green tea in your smoothies.

Green Tea 
It's not just fruits and veggies that can impact your metabolism. Green tea and its caffeine can be a great addition to your smoothie. Simply brew a strong cup or two of green tea, let it cool and use it as the liquid in your smoothie. Pair it with honey and yogurt, berries or even green vegetables for a really "green" smoothie. 

Hot Peppers 
Whether you're making a sweet or green smoothie, you can add a little heat with some fresh chili peppers. Just a small amount of these spicy vegetables can impact the taste and total nutritional value of the smoothie. This isn't the smoothie ingredient for everyone, but some people will love it. 

Watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe are more common in a breakfast bowl than in a blender, but these sweet fruits can enhance your smoothies as well. Try adding your favorite fruit to your blender with some Greek yogurt, berries and juice. 

Melon and berries are great for your smoothies. Melon and berries are great for your smoothies.

Blueberries and strawberries are some of the most popular smoothie ingredients and are among the fruits most associated with boosting metabolism. You shouldn't have trouble adding these two favorites along with raspberries, blackberries and other berries to your smoothies. 

Aside from fruits and vegetables, cereal grains can add a lot to your smoothies. These grains, such as flax or oats, carry dozens of nutritional benefits. Learn more about which ones you need and which tastes you prefer by trying out different combinations.