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One of the best things you can do for your digestive system is to start your morning with hot water and lemon, aka a morning tonic. This is a daily part of our 21-day cleanse program, Fresh Start that helps reset your cravings, metabolism and organs.

Top ingredients in this morning tonic

The lemon promotes alkalinity in the body, and also kickstarts the liver for the day — encouraging the release of digestive fluids. Add in cayenne and ginger to bring warmth to the tummy, and boost your metabolism and circulation. Parsley is an optional add-in that you can include to add some extra alkalinity and nutrients to your morning routine.

Morning Tonic Recipe with Lemon | Simple Green Smoothies

If you’re trying to reset your body, heal your gut or boost your metabolism, I recommend starting your day with this morning tonic or one of our others:

Then I would suggest pairing it with a smoothie that will help detoxify your body like these ones:

Adding more plant-based recipes into your daily lifestyle will increase your energy levels and help you lose weight without even trying. The biggest scam out there is companies trying to convince you that you need their powders, pills or drinks to get the results you want. The truth is you just need to eat real food and move your body.

That’s it, but we try and complicate it usually. I’m here to arm you with recipes you can make using real food, whenever you’re ready. Depending on how far you want to go and how much support you need, I’ve got a team to help you stick with it.


Morning Tonic Recipe

  • Author: Jen Hansard
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  • Category: Drinks


Start your day with this alkalizing, metabolism-boosting morning tonic to wake up the digestive system and get your body moving. Note: No need to eat the ginger or parsley (but we won’t stop you if you do!).



  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • OPTIONAL fresh parsley


  1. Heat water just below boiling.
  2. Add sliced ginger and lemon juice to a mug.
  3. Pour hot water into mug and allow to steep for 5 minutes. 
  4. Add a dash of cayenne, and parsley, if using.

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  1. Zara

    October 15th, 2017 at 7:44 am

    This is great in the morning instead of coffee or tea. Like some other posters, I like to add a little bit more cayenne for some kick/warmth. Also, prepping ahead of time in ice cube trays makes it as easy as using a tea bag.

  2. K

    January 31st, 2018 at 5:56 am

    When this is done steeping, do you strain out the ginger or just leave it in? Also, I saw mention of prepping ahead and freezing. How would I do this?

  3. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    February 9th, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Hi K,

    It’s totally up to you if you want to strain it before drinking or not. I simply leave everything in and enjoy! And yes, you can totally prep this ahead of time in your freezer. Place a serving amount of ginger, lemon juice, parsley, and cayenne in an ice cube tray and freeze. When you’re ready to enjoy pop a cube in your mug + add hot water!

  4. Paula

    May 9th, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    This is my no go to morning drink, now that I have given up coffee. I, like other posters, like to add extra cayenne to it.

  5. Nicole

    May 9th, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I love this!!! Seriously who knew the power of this morning tonic? Only thing I had to tweet was adding a little maple syrup. (Just a little).
    I leave the ginger in- I actually add a little more bc I love the taste. I prep a head bc it saves so much time esp in morning.

  6. Michelle Courtney Berry

    May 10th, 2018 at 11:22 am

    This is sooo good, you just feel the health as you drink it all down. I made it for my spouse today and he kept complaining. I realized later he was chewing everything in the cup, which both my daughter and I did without complaint. I think that chewing it all works for some but not others. Either way, it’s rawks!

  7. Bonnie

    January 14th, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Is it ok to add 1 Tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar to this mix?

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 27th, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Hey Bonnie,

    Yes, you can definitely add in some ACV to this!

  9. Hollis

    March 25th, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Can u drink this at night? Like a relaxing evening drink?

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 27th, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hey Hollis,

    You can totally drink this whenever it works best for you — but just keep in mind that it is meant to boost your energy for the morning and wake up your body.

  11. Abiola

    March 25th, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    This is super delicious, I usually add about 1/4 tspn cloves to mine❤

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 27th, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hey Abiola,

    Thanks for sharing what you add to your smoothie to make it your own! 🙂

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