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5 Veggies That Boost Your Metabolism

Spring vegetables like leeks, asparagus, and spring onions are some of the gut-friendliest veggies around.

Spring Veggies at Pike Place Market

Spring Produce, Pike Place Market, Seattle | Photo by Carl Hanson

They're the high-fiber foods (a.k.a., the prebiotics) that your gut microbes crave.

Keeping your friendly gut bacteria well-fed helps them help you. And they've got a lot on their plate. They manufacture serotonin and vitamins B12 and K, fight pathogens, prep and protect the immune system, maintain gut health, and regulate metabolism, to name just a few responsibilities.

To really thrill them, consider cooking your fresh veggies with a lighter touch. Soft, overcooked veggies are broken down and digested before the good bacteria can get at 'em. So leave a little crunch. Also, eat further down the stalks -- for example, not just the soft tips of the asparagus but the more fibrous stems, too.

OK, let's get to the recipes.

1. Leeks

Leeks

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2. Asparagus

Asparagus

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3. Fennel

Fennel Bulbs

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4. Artichokes

Fresh Artichokes

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5. Green Garlic/ Garlic Scapes

Spring Onions

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