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Metabolism Tea Morning Routine

Welcome to Fuel Your Metabolism, Naturally. To get access to the entire series, head on over here and sign up now! It’s a good one 😉

There’s no secret here: to get your metabolism ramped up, you just need what we’ve always needed: rest, nutrient-dense foods 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, less aches, etc— but no matter what it’s going to be feeling better than it does right now.

Now, I know it’s waaaaay the heck easier said than done… and I struggle with this every single day. Yet I’ve had many break throughs 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. From a morning metabolism tea to a green smoothie— I have set the foundation to have the intention for the day of the body I want to have: strong, healthy & energetic.

What foods boost your metabolism?

Getting a healthy amount of greens, legumes, proteins, vegetables and fruits is essential to supporting the metabolism (1). 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 foods diet is gonna 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.

Watch this video to see how I make it…

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 this tea recipe using plant-based ingredients that are high in nutrients that naturally activate your metabolism.

To train your body to crave the right foods, we have to set the foundation for that every single day. This morning tea uses a splash of apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper and cinnamon to wake up your metabolic system naturally. We’ve added some raw honey and ginger root to make it taste better and help your digestive system as well.

Metabolism Tea recipe that uses apple cider vinegar | Simple Green Smoothies

Metabolism Tea

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 4
  • Cook Time: 1
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 10 oz 1x
  • Category: beverage
  • Cuisine: natural


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. 



  • 1 cup warm water
  • 12 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of cayenne pepper


  1. Combine warm water with raw honey. 
  2. Add in fresh lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Grate fresh ginger and add into mason jar.
  4. Add a dash of fresh cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
  5. Combine well with a whisk or adding a lid and shaking up.


Feel free to adjust measurements based on taste preferences.

Which tea is 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.

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.

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

What a healthy metabolism really means

 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— run a 5k, hike a trail, run the Grand Canyon (true story!) kayak 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 Thrive Summer Reset program— where you’ll have a 7-day plant-based program 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 fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains… and spices.

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  • Rawk the Year: Summer Collection enrollment ($99 value) for FREE! You’ll get weekly plant-based meal plans, access to our Thrive Summer Live Community Reset, Wellness Coaching and a blueprint to live your best life.
  • $25 gift card to use the Official Simple Green Smoothies Shop for some new smoothie swag like mason jars, rose gold stainless steel straws and wood lids.

How to enter:

  1. Make the Metabolism Tea recipe (it takes just 5 minutes!)
  2. Leave a review in the comments below telling me how you liked it
  3. Bonus: take a pic of you with your tea and tag us on Facebook or Instagram (@simplegreensmoothies)

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  1. Amber

    June 17th, 2019 at 7:45 am

    I usually start my day with lemon water or apple cider vinegar so this is a nice change of both with some other extra yummy ingredients

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 18th, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Yay!!! Glad this will add in some extra flavor to your routine 🙂

  3. Yoni Levi

    June 17th, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Do you know anything about Red Tea? I read this article http://tea.reviews/green2 about Red Tea, and the author made some interesting points. I am thinking about trying it… what do you think?

  4. Roxy Fredrickson

    June 18th, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I like the honey and cinnamon addition, that’s new for me!

  5. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 19th, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Glad you enjoyed this recipe!!!

  6. Barbara

    June 19th, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Tried Metabolism Tea this morning at 5:30am…… WOW what a drink. The ginger and cayenne pepper woke me up right away. I was bloated but by the time I went for my morning run, my tummy had already gone down. Will continue to drink this in the mornings. How long should I wait after drinking tea to have a light meal or a cup of coffee? Thank you Jen,

  7. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 24th, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Barbara,

    I am so glad that you enjoyed this tea and will be adding it to your routine!

    I would wait about 30 min before eating a meal after drinking this tea.

  8. Martha

    June 22nd, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    This tea is my new favorite morning drink! A true comfort drink, yet so refreshing and leaves me ready to start the day! I love the sweet and sour mix of flavors. Thanks for changing my morning drink routine!

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 24th, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    We are so happy that you love this morning tea so much! It really has changed my morning routine for the better 🙂

  10. Cynthia Thompson

    July 24th, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I have been making this tea and it is so delicious plus it works. I have been looking for something to boast my metabolism as well as energy. The older you get the harder it is to lose weight when you carry so much of it. Thank you for this and i will keep on going.

  11. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 25th, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Hey Cynthia,

    I am so happy to hear that you are loving this recipe and seeing the benefits from it! It really is so great for you plus will help you lose those pesky few pounds that want to hang on.

  12. Jess

    August 10th, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Can’t wait to get started on this morning routine!
    How long will it last in the fridge?
    I’m wondering if I can prepare batches for a few days or if this will make the ingredients lose their potency?

  13. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    August 14th, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Hey Jess,

    This should be able to last in the fridge for up to 3 days as long as you leave it in an air tight container.

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    August 15th, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Hey Jess,

    You can prepare this up to a few days, as long as they are in an air tight container.

  15. Marguerite Close

    August 13th, 2019 at 10:35 am

    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!

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    August 15th, 2019 at 11:48 am

    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 🙂

  17. Noreen

    September 3rd, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    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.

  18. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 6th, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Love that Noreen! Thank you for sharing!

  19. Julie

    September 17th, 2019 at 10:32 am

    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??

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Hey Julie,

    Here are some great recipes we suggest for inflammation!



  21. Donna

    October 3rd, 2019 at 10:19 am

    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

  22. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 4th, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    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!

  23. Aminah

    November 6th, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Is this suppose to be done every morning?

  24. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 6th, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Hey Aminah,

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

  25. Sharri Compton

    November 14th, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    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!

  26. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 14th, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    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!!

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