It's no surprise that a clean diet helps your body work at its top potential, but protein can take things one step further. According to clinical and holistic dietitian Esther Blum, upping the amount of protein you're eating is essential, since high-protein foods take more work to "digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them." Boost your metabolism at lunchtime with a high-protein recipe like this baby kale chicken salad that offers 30 grams of protein per serving.
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