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I know I’ve been there. How about you? Too little sleep, too much sugar or stress, too little activity. The next thing I know, my metabolism starts to slow. And the scale starts to change. That’s why I love this Metabolism Boosting Tea. It’s a gentle, daily way to get my metabolism back on track. It will naturally suppress hunger and kick-start the fat-burning process.

gray counter top with several glass jars of maple syrup, metabolism boosting team, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon as well as fresh grated ginger on a white tray.

There’s no secret here. To get your metabolism ramped up, you just need what we’ve always needed: rest and nutrient-dense foods that boost your metabolism and movement. This is how our bodies are meant to function and thrive.

When you get back to these basics, your body will respond and heal itself. Sometimes that means more energy, weight loss, clear skin, fewer aches, etc— but no matter what it’s going to be feeling better than it does right now.

Table of Contents
  1. The Weight Loss Struggle is Real
  2. Foods That Increase Metabolism and Burn Fat
  3. Which Drinks Boost Metabolism?
  4. What is a Metabolism Tea?
  5. Why is This Tea the Best for Weight Loss?
  6. Metabolism Tea FAQs
  7. Metabolism Tea Recipe

The Weight Loss Struggle is Real

Now, I know it’s way the heck easier said than done and I struggle with this every single day. Yet I’ve had many breakthroughs over the years as I get older, which is why I’m here to share with you what works best for me in hopes that’ll it help you too.

Embracing simple food habits is where I’ve had the most success with my health. Baby steps. Progress over perfection. From a morning metabolism tea to a green smoothie, I have set the intention for the day to achieve the body I want to have: strong, healthy & energetic.

On a side note, something that really helps me personally stay motivated and on track is our Rawk the Year Meal Planner. I get to plan my week’s meals (using any of our 400+ healthy, plant-based recipes), print out personalized shopping lists and get rawkstar-level support from an amazing community of people. Worth checking out!

labeled ingredients for foods that boost your metabolism including apple cider vinegar, honey, cayenne pepper, ginger root, lemon and cinnamon.

Foods That Increase Metabolism and Burn Fat

Getting a healthy amount of leafy greens, legumes, proteins, vegetables and fruits is essential to supporting the metabolism. Slow-burning carbohydrates will help you maintain a stable metabolic rate and keep you active and nourished throughout the day.

Stick with foods like…

Refined sugars and simple starches do the opposite, spiking insulin production and throwing the whole system out of whack. This can cause the metabolism to slow down and to store sugar as fat rather than burning it as energy. Yet it’s not easy to say no to them, so I prefer the method of adding in more good stuff so it crowds out the bad.

Bottom line:
A mostly plant-based whole-food diet is going to do your metabolism some serious good.

To even get your body excited to head in this direction, you have to create simple habits that’ll get you craving these lighter, cleaner foods. And that’s where my Metabolism Tea comes into play.

Which Drinks Boost Metabolism?

Healthy beverages can be a great partner when it comes to getting your metabolism on track. Let’s be honest. When you’re first getting started, it’s much easier to incorporate something new to drink each day to rework your habits than it is to cook new meals!

glass jar of metabolism tea topped with cayenne pepper.

There are three key players when it comes to metabolism boosting: green tea, apple cider vinegar + protein.

Green tea in a metabolism boosting tea like the recipe below contains special types of antioxidants called catechins that have been particularly proven to boost metabolism and help burn fat. These rawkstar antioxidants are found in higher concentrations in certain types of green tea, like the matcha found in my matcha latte recipe.

Apple cider vinegar – or ACV to its closest friends – contains something called acetic acid. While research is still being done to see how this is helpful, initial studies show that acetic acid reduces insulin levels, which in turn ramps up your metabolism.

Protein helps kick your body into gear by helping you to feel full longer. There’s a reason why I can add a serving of my homemade protein powder (10 g of clean protein!) to a daily 16 oz. green smoothie and have the energy needed to go for hours without stopping to refuel again.

glass jar of metabolism boosting tea with wooden lid and stainless steel straw next to glass jars of apple cider vinegar, honey and cayenne.

What is a Metabolism Tea?

Activating your metabolism will help you burn more fat and give you more energy throughout the day. This is something we all want and can get! It can start with my tea recipe using plant-based ingredients that are high in nutrients plus naturally activate your metabolism.

A metabolism tea is any type of tonic that is created using the best in those
metabolism boosting ingredients we mentioned above.

The morning tea recipe below uses a splash of apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper and cinnamon to wake up your metabolic system naturally. I’ve added some raw honey and ginger root to make it taste better and keep your tummy happy as well.

A fresh start, every morning

The best time to have this is upon rising as it will activate your digestive system and help relieve any bloating or digestive concerns. Once the tonic settles in, it’ll get your metabolism burn happening as well.

We have lots of rawkstars asking if they can make this in larger quantities and drink it throughout the week. And while I’m the first person to look for ways to save time in the kitchen, I’d say to avoid that here. Making a large amount of this metabolism boosting tea at once can lead to slimy results down the road.

Instead, we’d recommend that you mix those larger quantities of the recipe’s ingredients together – minus the water – and freeze into ice cube trays. Then in the morning, pop one cube into your mug and pour hot water over to melt. Doing this will set you up for that success you crave and get you on the road to lower weight + increased energy.

Why is This Tea the Best for Weight Loss?

When trying to shed a few pounds, I encourage you to drink this Metabolism Tea 1-2 times a day. It has all the fresh, natural ingredients to activate your metabolic system at a SUPER affordable price. I’m all about making a healthy lifestyle affordable.

As the day goes on and you’re feeling hungry in between meals, sip this before you have a snack. Sometimes hunger is actually your body telling you it’s thirsty (the wires do often get crossed in our minds).

Setting intentions + goals

 I hope I’ve inspired you to try this simple morning routine to kick start your weight loss journey. Yet what I hope for even more, is that you don’t focus on the numbers on the scale, but more on what being lighter will allow you to do.

Set goals beyond pants size or pounds— running a 5k, hiking a trail, running the Grand Canyon, kayaking with your kids, dancing with your loved ones— allow your weight loss success to just be a launching pad to a more active energized version of you.

If you’re looking for more support with how to make healthy choices, check out our seasonal cleanse to help you lose weight naturally. No diet pills. No expensive potions. Just recipes you can make from your local grocery store using lots of fresh, nutrient dense foods that boost metabolism – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and spices.

To train your body to crave the right foods, I have to set the foundation for that every single day.

Metabolism Tea FAQs

What is the best tea for the metabolism?

Green tea is a popular one for boosting metabolism because it contains natural caffeine to energize the body as well as antioxidants called catechins that may help increase the metabolism and burn fat.

What does metabolism tea do?

The caffeine in tea can help speed up your metabolism and the antioxidants in certain teas can help burn fat. My tea is caffeine free (so never fear if you are caffeine sensitive!) yet it still contains several ingredients to speed up your metabolism and help burn fat.

What is the best tea to drink for weight loss?

Find a tea that can give you natural energy without a crash and one that helps your body burn fat. My tea contains apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon, ginger root, cinnamon and cayenne pepper— all ingredients to naturally help your metabolism.

Stir + sip this metabolism boosting tea and let me know in the comments below how it’s working for you!

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Metabolism Tea

Boost your metabolism naturally with our healing morning tonic recipe. This Metabolism Tea will keep your hunger cravings at bay and also kick start the fat burning process. 
Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 1 cup water warm
  • 1 tbsp honey raw
  • 2 tbsps lemon juice
  • 2 tbsps apple cider vinegar raw
  • 2 tbsps ginger root grated
  • tsp cinnamon ground
  • tsp cayenne pepper
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  • Combine warm water with raw honey. 
  • Add in fresh lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
  • Grate fresh ginger and add into mason jar.
  • Add a dash of fresh cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
  • Combine well with a whisk or adding a lid and shaking up.



  • Use fresh ginger root for the most nutrients.
  • Using warm, not boiling water, will help the ingredients mix together well without burning away the nutrients that make them work in this recipe. 
  • If you are sensitive to spice then omit the cayenne pepper.
  • Find an apple cider vinegar “with the mother” for even more probiotic benefits.


Calories: 88kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 122mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 2IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. I love this drink! What would be the best way to make it in batches? Remove the water and just make it as a concentrate maybe? Or make it into ice cubes? Thanks!!

    1. Hey Jane! I suggest making it into single-serving cubes you can add to water. If you make it as a concentrate, the longer the mixture sits, the more and more potent the spices will get and it will eventually be really tough to drink no matter how much you dilute it. (Speaking from experience!)

    1. Hi Shipra. I understand your confusion- vinegar and lemons are acidic. However, they help to alkalinize your body so they’re actually great things to drink, especially first thing in the morning. You should def give this drink a chance.

  2. 4 stars
    This tea tastes amazing, I have a hard time with the grated ginger when drinking the tea it’s a bit much. Is the tea supposed to be strained prior?

    1. Cindy, you can definitely strain it if you like or you can use ground ginger in place of fresh.

  3. I LOVE Apple Cider Vinegar! I drink some diluted in my water everyday. The water might taste a little funny, but it makes me feel amazing! I am interested in this morning tea and going to start making it a morning habit. Thank you for the helpful healthy ideas!

  4. I think I need a literal kick in the you know what but I’m going to give this a try! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. This Metabolism Tea will keep your hunger cravings at bay and also kick start the fat burning process.

  5. When I use this tea I also don’t have allergies that day. It is so wonderful because allergy medicine gives me migraines.

    1. You def can but I’d wait to add the cinnamon and (especially) the cayenne pepper until right before you drink it. I learned the hard way that the longer potent spices are allowed to sit in a drink, the more pronounced the flavor of that spice will be. I enjoy cayenne pepper but the taste was *so strong* I felt like it knocked out every one of my taste buds. 😮

    1. Shanna, the cayenne will make it a bit spicy. There is a compound called capsaicin in cayenne peppers and capsaicin has metabolism-boosting properties, which is why it’s an important ingredient in this recipe. 🙂

    1. Nora, fresh ginger is best for this recipe. If you don’t have fresh and have to use ground ginger, you’ll want to use 1/4 teaspoon for every tablespoon the recipe calls for because ground ginger is much more concentrated in flavor.

  6. This is one of my favs! It really works! I have added fresh lime juice as well. My body thrives on this each day I awaken!

    1. I am so happy that you you enjoy this morning tea so much! I feel the same way when I drink this in the morning too. It makes my whole day better!!

    1. Hey Aminah,

      Yes, this would be a great addition to your morning routine!

  7. I’ve been drinking the tea since Monday when I started the smoothie challenge.
    It’s hard to drink I can’t tolerate all the ginger…
    I’m loving all the smoothie…my kale is a bit strong….
    Also can’t find the app…
    Hugs and happy smoothie

    1. Hey Donna,

      Try using less ginger and see how that works for you. You might need to slowly get use to it because we are all different. Same goes for the kale too! You can always switch it with spinach if you prefer.

      Hope that helps!

  8. Good morning,
    I have a question which is not related to this post. I have 2 Inflammatory diseases which caused severe pain. I cannot exercise anymore due to this issue. I have Endometriosis and Interstitial Cystitis(Bladder Disease) I’m not sure if you are familiar with either one of these. My bladder condition is the issue at this time with this disease I can’t have citric acid, caffeine… any suggestions of inflammatory green smoothies??

  9. I’ve been doing something very similar to this for years. I also add a tablespoon of turmeric paste to help with inflammation. I have lost 30 pounds over about three years and maintained it for the last two.

  10. Hooooo-eeee! That’s hot. My ginger was so fresh, the leaves were attached. And I was, perhaps, a little generous with the cayenne. The grated ginger pieces were too much so I threw the whole thing in my Vitamix with an extra 1/2 cup of water. Much easier to drink that way. It tastes better at the bottom of the cup as the honey tends to settle there. lol! Thanks for the recipe. I’m looking forward to experiencing more energy!

    1. Wow that does sound intense! I’m sure it woke you up and gave you a boost even if it wasn’t what you thought it would be like.

      This is one of my favorite morning routines and I always look forward to it 🙂