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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!

4.94 from 112 votes

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. 5 stars
      Hiya I see in your detox tea comments u can make your teas to store and freeze what parts do u freeze and in the metabolism tea is it necessary to grate the ginger would slices do like what your using for detox tea is or is there a reason behind it
      Also how often do u drink the metabolism tea my metabolism is slow. I’m in my late 40s am interested in combining your detox and metabolism tea into my diet to cut down on my coffee any advice appreciated tried your metabolism tea this morning but with stevia instead and it was gorgeous. Definitely woke me up where as it takes 2 cups of coffee to have same effect love the spices.

      1. So glad you loved this tea, Maeve. For the detox tea, you can mix together all of the ingredients, just leave out water and then portion out into ice cube trays. One well = one day’s tea. Just pop out a cube, add one cup hot water and you’re good to go!

      1. Great idea! We’ve not tried it, yet it could totally work for larger batches. Just keep in mind that these warm beverages are best made fresh daily if you can.

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! When I first read the list of ingredients I thought “how can this even taste good?!” But after trying it a few times, it’s amazing! It’s a nice morning sipper that helps me wake up.

    1. Way to try new things, Jr! And so glad you found this Metabolism Boosting Tea to taste as good as we think it is! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I’m in the middle of my second day. I’m spending more time than I have making the tea. Can I make the recipe in larger quantities and refrigerate it? If so, how long will it keep in the refrigerator?

    This is delicious and I felt more energy the very first day and again today!


    1. So awesome that you’re rawkin this Metabolism Tea, Tonya! So in our experience the Metabolism Tea can get a slimy sort of consistency when made ahead and consumed later. Making a big batch might not yield the best result for you. However, one of our community members created a work around that you might like to try. They multiplied and mixed together the recipe ingredients, leaving out the water. Then they froze the mixture into ice cube trays. Each morning they popped a cube out and poured 1 cup hot water over to create their tea.

    2. 5 stars
      Yes you can make it in large quantities and refrigerate it. I boil all Ingredients for 5 minutes except the honey (it is add after mixture is cooled). I use grated or thinly sliced ginger root and thinly sliced lemons.

      1. Hi Gloria! That’s a great question. My recommendation is to drink it all in one sitting and the best time of day to drink Metabolism Boosting Tea is right after waking. It’s a great way to start your day! 🙂

  3. its nasty and i don’t lose no weight i will look at something else i have been taking it for a month it have not been doing anything not good i would wather go to the gym

    1. Hi Rhonda! The tea def takes a bit to get used too. You can also add a bit more honey while you get used to the taste, and then back it off over time as you become accustomed to it. 🙂

    2. 5 stars
      It’s the apple cider vinegar you don’t like. Try drinking it with a straw. I have lost almost 70 pounds November 2021 May 2022.

    1. 5 stars
      I’m definitely going to try it this morning. Will this effect my digestive track as well, if you know what I mean?

      1. Hi Kathleen,

        This Metabolism Boosting Tea will definitely help to wake your digestive system up and help with any bloating.

    1. So glad it’s working well for you Ash. You can try a bit more honey while you get used to the taste, if needed.

    1. You can totally drink the tea cold. However, the warmth of the liquid hitting you system in the morning is part of what helps your digestive system to “kick into gear” (if ya know what I mean). Drinking it cold won’t work as well in that regard.

    1. For sure, Peggy! 🙂 Just know that it won’t be quite as potent, but it does in a pinch!

  4. 5 stars
    This tea is really good. I will drink at night when I am studying instead of drinking coffee.

    1. That’s a great idea, Rhonda! Avoiding the caffeine will help you sleep better too!

  5. 5 stars
    WOW! My taste buds are having a party rn. Just made this and it is DIVINE! My daughter and myself are trying to transition into a healthier lifestyle and I have to say this is a great start! I love all of the ingredients that make this cup of greatness and cook with them often,so we had everything at home already and that is all the better to rate this a 5 ⭐!

  6. Hi, I have an autoimmune thyroid condition (Hashimotos) and seriously need to lose weight. I already drink hot water with lemon and honey most mornings and and love the idea of the metabolism tea. Could I then combine this with weight loss smoothies for breakfast and lunch? I have to take medication in the morning and then ideally leave 3 hours or so before eating, so I tend to wake around 6.30, take my tablet, have hot water and lemon around 8ish and then leave breakfast until after my children have gone to school around 9.30. Would this work? Thank you

    1. While we’d love to say this would work for you Amanda, unfortunately we’re not docs or nutritionists. Best thing to do would be to share your plan with your healthcare provider and get their advice on what is best. Hashimotos can be difficult to wrangle with, so we def want you to do what’s going to be best for your body!

  7. Can I drink the Metabolism Tea and Detox tea in the morning -one right after the other ?

    1. I would space them out. Have the Metabolism tea first thing… and then the detox tea in between meals when you’re feeling the “cravings” come on.

  8. 5 stars
    i I have been drinking this tea recipe for some time now,only i use gunpower green tea instead of apple cider vinegar.Tast very good.

  9. Can anyone tell me the best way to bree Skinny Dreams Tea? It is supposed to be a “fat burning sleep aid. Once again, why no instructions for brewinh and using the tiny tea bags with no strings.

    1. Hi Cynthia— we don’t use any brand of tea here and don’t promote the brand you mentioned above. Yet ‘m sure if you reached out to that company directly they could help you. Or why not ditch the brand and just make this one yourself? It’ll save you money and most likely work even better since you control the level of ingredients and can make it stronger if you like.

  10. There are NO INSTRUCTIONS included with the skinny dreams tea. This appears to be hugh ripoff. Can’t even find instructions on line.