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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.
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  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
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  1. Bonnie

    June 11th, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Make this tonic 5 days a week 🙂

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 11th, 2019 at 11:32 am

    That is awesome Bonnie!!!

  3. Jen Hansard

    June 11th, 2019 at 11:55 am

    This is one of those recipes that you will use for the rest of your life. Whenever I get in a junk food funk, I use this to kick start my healthy eating journey again. ACV, lemon and ginger are my jam!

  4. Dani

    June 11th, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    I was nervous to try this, but I had all the ingredients on hand and just made it for myself… really good! Hope to see some good results after a week of doing this.

  5. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Hey Dani,

    We are so happy that even though you were nervous you still gave it a try. Your body will definitely thank you for it!!

  6. Jana

    June 11th, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    I make Switchel and keep it in the fridge, It’s the same thing only better because the ginger ferments and adds probiotics on top of everything else. I use half blackstrap molasses and half raw honey, filtered water, ACV and ginger. Then a splash of Lime juice to round it out. SUPER refreshing in the summer and all year long. I keep a quart jar going constantly in the fridge.
    Like all these other “Metabolism” boosters, they really don’t work that way, but it does provide nutrients, especially when you use the molasses.
    Even Cayenne pepper does nothing for the metabolism. Getting your heart rate up from pepper isn’t the same thing.
    I do drink warm lemon juice with a splash of cayenne in it now and then but that too, does nothing for your metabolism.
    Thanks for all the great recipes and such Jen!!
    You RAWK!!

  7. Chloe

    June 11th, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    It’s difficult to consume these types of body warming drinks when you have hot flashes 🙁

  8. Susan

    June 11th, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you – thank you for helping me get started – I printed your recipe and will start tomorrow AM. Do I drink this everyday? Best, Susan

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Hey Susan,

    We are so excited that you are giving this a try. Your body will thank you for it! Yes, you can drink this every day if you feel like you need it!

  10. Beth

    June 11th, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    This is something I just can’t learn to love. It’s the ginger. It makes my face look like that pucker face emoji. (I don’t like ginger, as much as I try to because I know it’s so good for your gut). So I try it without the ginger and it’s just too.. I don’t know. I’ve forced it down but it’s not my fave.

  11. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Hey Beth,

    I would try adding a lot less of the ginger and maybe over time start adding in a little more each day. That way you will slowly get used to it. Hope that helps!

  12. Mimi M Ocdamia

    June 11th, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Enjoyed drinking this metabolism tea! At first I didnt think I would love it but decided to try it for my health. Wow,it tastes great! The spicyness is balanced by the sweet sour taste of the honey,apple cider and calamansi ( I”m from the Philippines and what i have in my ref is calamansi instead of lemon). Waiting to see it’s effect as the day goes on. This is really a thumbs up Jen! Thanks for sharing!

  13. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 9:41 am

    So happy that you loved this recipe! Your body is really going to thank you for it.

  14. Liz W

    June 12th, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Was a little nervous about how this would taste and am happy to say it tastes good! Are you supposed to drink all the shredded ginger? I’m interested to see how I’ll feel after drinking this a few times.

  15. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Hey Liz,

    We recommend eating all the shredded ginger but we know some people that is too much for them. So feel free to leave that in your glass if you need to.


  16. Cenia Davis

    June 12th, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I want to thank you, I have printed it out and I will be making this, this weekend. I have so much going on with my body and saying up is one of them I no that my Metabolism is all over the place and It’s a must I correct it, so again thank you.

  17. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 9:46 am

    You are welcome, Cenia! We cannot wait to hear how your body feels after drinking this 🙂

  18. SoCal Mama

    June 12th, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Good recipe. Easy to make with ingredients on hand. I’ve heard a lot about drinking vinegar, etc., to boost metabolism, but it’s just too hard for me to enjoy the taste. The ginger kills me. I don’t think I can actually drink this consistently. Worth a try though! Thank you.

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 9:48 am

    We hope you do give it a try. The benefits of this drink it totally worth it. You can even add in less of the ginger and ACV until your taste buds are use to it. Then slowly add in more if you continue to drink it.

  20. Ania

    June 12th, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I was surprised that I actually liked the taste. I’ve I have tried many different ways to consume apple cider vinegar and it usually ruins the taste of whatever I put in it, for me, other than salad dressing but in this concoction I guess the honey and the lemon really mask the taste of the vinegar. I only used 1 tablespoon not 2. I find the drink very tasty but a bit on the strong side so for me I need to add more water.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Hey Ania,

    I am so glad that you made this tea work for you!

  22. Esperanza Chavez

    June 12th, 2019 at 10:14 am

    WOW! I love the tea especially the ginger! I am eager to drink it every morning.

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Yay!! SO happy that you love our Metabolism Tea recipe so much!!

  24. Emily

    June 12th, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Tried this tea this morning and was pleasantly surprised by the taste! Delish! I will definitely be working this into my daily routine! Thank you!

  25. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Hey Emily,

    I am so happy that you enjoyed this recipe!

  26. Christine Henry

    June 12th, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Loved it–I wasn’t sure at first about the cayenne pepper and ginger in the morning, but the combination of all of the flavors was wonderful!

  27. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 13th, 2019 at 10:21 am

    SO glad you enjoyed it, Christine!

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