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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.

Let’s Have Giveaway Time!

You know how much I LOOOOVE doing giveaways… and this week is extra special. Here’s what you can win:

  • 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. Sam

    June 15th, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    It’s not bad; however, the cayenne pepper is too much for my taste buds.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 17th, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Hey Sam, feel free to leave it out or add in less until your taste buds get use to it.

  3. Laura A Bowman

    June 15th, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I already have a drink in the evening with a fiber supplement and ACV. I think I will try switching to the morning and adding the other ingredients. THANKS!!

  4. Ashlyn

    June 15th, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I really enjoyed tea. I cut back the honey some since I don’t like really sweet things. I absolutely love ginger and cinnamon so it was right up my ally!

  5. Daphne Coney

    June 15th, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I’ll be making this in the morning. I’m preparing for fall running and just need a kickstart. Plus this sounds tasty. Thanks

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 17th, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    We hope you enjoyed it Daphne!

  7. Karen

    June 15th, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for making these videos! They are super encouraging!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 17th, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for watching Karen! SO glad that you enjoyed it!

  9. Anita

    June 15th, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    I didn’t think I would like it because of the cayenne pepper. It’s not bad, my husband and I find it quite tasty. I cant’ wait to make the smoothie and snacks. I started late, I’m behind with the blogs. Thank you for sharing this information

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 17th, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    It’s never to late to start! I am so happy that you and your husband love this recipe!

  11. Jackie Santoro

    June 15th, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    I love this tonic. I use a small amount of maple syrup instead of the raw honey.
    Apple cider vinegar is known to aid in weight loss, yet to drink it by itself, it’s not very pleasant to swallow.
    In this recipe, the additional ingredients are all delicious, and all assist in healthy weight loss.
    Thank you!

  12. virgie

    June 16th, 2019 at 12:41 am

    I really like the tea, although the first time making it I added to much cayenne pepper. Made enough to drink before lunch also.

  13. Susan Bricker

    June 16th, 2019 at 12:41 am

    I can’t wait to make this tomorrow morning! I’m excited to see the results and change up my morning routine by setting myself up for success with my healthy goals. Thank you for all you do! I want to Rawk this year out and be the healthiest version of myself!! I’m grateful Jen for your labors of love and sharing your passion with others to be
    the healthiest versions of themselves.

  14. Alana

    June 16th, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Is it ok to make a big batch of this? Keep it in the fridge and heat enough each day? Or will it ruin the taste or the ingredients? Trying to save time in the morning if I can…

  15. Mimi Ocdamia

    June 16th, 2019 at 2:30 am

    I tried this and I was so surprised that i indeed liked the taste. The acidity from the acv and lemon was balanced by the sweetness of the honey. And the cinnamong and cayenne added a bit of character to the drink. Thumbs up to you Jen for sharing helpful and healthful routines to help us in our journey to a more healthful life.

  16. Elizabeth Ross

    June 16th, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Jen. Your advice, honest sharing about your day to day struggles and amazing recipes are so valuable. Lucky and blessed I can across your smoothie chalkenge years ago. Thank you.

  17. Q Zahra Habash

    June 16th, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Yum yum i tried it before and its such a tummy cleaner

  18. Darlene

    June 16th, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I need to try. I do not have the ingredients to make.

  19. Jenny Jones

    June 16th, 2019 at 7:51 am


    A so fantastic 10 out of 10 definitely it makes me feel fantastic for great start to the day I also added some garlic and nutmeg taste is brilliant cayenne peppers give a great zing . Love It

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