Metabolism Boosting Tea

This metabolism tea is the perfect daily kickstart. Full of good-for-you foods that boost your metabolism. Real ingredients = real benefits.

Foods that boost metabolism

I know I’ve been there. How about you? Too little sleep, too much sugar or stress, too little activity. 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.

There’s no secret here. To get your metabolism ramped up, you just need what we’ve always needed: rest, 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.

Tea to boost metabolism

The Weight Loss Struggle is Real

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. 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-ish 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!

Daily tonic for metabolic change

What foods increase metabolism and burn fat?

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 food 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.

What 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!

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 matcha.

Apple cider vinegar – or ACV to it’s 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 Protein Smoothie Boost (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.

Fat burning tea

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 ask 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, run the Grand Canyon (true story!) 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 7-Day Cleanse 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 foods that boost metabolism – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains… and spices.

To train your body to crave the right foods, I have to set the foundation for that every single day.

Stir + sip this metabolism boosting tea and let me know in the comments below how it’s working for you!

Metabolism boosting tea

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. 
4.9 from 72 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Jen Hansard


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey - raw
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice - fresh
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar - raw
  • 2 tablespoons ginger root - grated
  • ground cinnamon
  • cayenne pepper


  • 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.



  • Feel free to adjust measurements based on taste preferences.


Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Candies says:

    How often

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey rawkstar! You can make and drink this tea daily, if desired.

  2. Kim says:

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks delicious and has such great benefits!

  3. Jr says:

    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.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

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

  4. Tonya says:

    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!


    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      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.

  5. rhonda mercedes says:

    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

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      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. 🙂

  6. Kathleen says:

    5 stars
    I LOVE this tea!!!

  7. Ash Kardash says:

    5 stars
    It’s really nasty but I can see change

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      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.

  8. Kathlene Weaver says:

    can you drink the tea cold

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      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.

  9. Peggy says:

    Can you use ground ginger?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

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

  10. Rhonda says:

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

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

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

  11. Amanda says:

    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 ⭐!

  12. Amanda Stead says:

    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

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      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!

  13. Michelle Zajichek says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      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.

  14. Randy says:

    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.

  15. Ioulieta says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I love it. I share it with my husband and he loves it too! Thank you

  16. Cynthia A Brinson says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      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.

  17. Cynthia A Brinson says:

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

  18. Jane says:

    I love this drink! What would be the best way to make it in batches? Remove the water and just make it as a concentrate maybe? Or make it into ice cubes? Thanks!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Jane! I suggest making it into single-serving cubes you can add to water. If you make it as a concentrate, the longer the mixture sits, the more and more potent the spices will get and it will eventually be really tough to drink no matter how much you dilute it. (Speaking from experience!)

  19. Shipra says:

    This will only give me acidity. Everything in it is acidic in nature

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Shipra. I understand your confusion- vinegar and lemons are acidic. However, they help to alkalinize your body so they’re actually great things to drink, especially first thing in the morning. You should def give this drink a chance.

  20. Cindy says:

    4 stars
    This tea tastes amazing, I have a hard time with the grated ginger when drinking the tea it’s a bit much. Is the tea supposed to be strained prior?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Cindy, you can definitely strain it if you like or you can use ground ginger in place of fresh.

  21. Nicole says:

    I LOVE Apple Cider Vinegar! I drink some diluted in my water everyday. The water might taste a little funny, but it makes me feel amazing! I am interested in this morning tea and going to start making it a morning habit. Thank you for the helpful healthy ideas!

  22. ChrissyFace says:

    I think I need a literal kick in the you know what but I’m going to give this a try! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  23. Caleb says:

    Does this help to burn fat?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      This Metabolism Tea will keep your hunger cravings at bay and also kick start the fat burning process.

  24. Anne DeArmon says:

    When I use this tea I also don’t have allergies that day. It is so wonderful because allergy medicine gives me migraines.

  25. Kathleen Kerr says:

    Can you make it the night before and the heat it up in the morning?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You def can but I’d wait to add the cinnamon and (especially) the cayenne pepper until right before you drink it. I learned the hard way that the longer potent spices are allowed to sit in a drink, the more pronounced the flavor of that spice will be. I enjoy cayenne pepper but the taste was *so strong* I felt like it knocked out every one of my taste buds. 😮

  26. Shanna says:

    I am not a fan of spicy foods. Does the cayenne pepper make the tea to spicy?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Shanna, the cayenne will make it a bit spicy. There is a compound called capsaicin in cayenne peppers and capsaicin has metabolism-boosting properties, which is why it’s an important ingredient in this recipe. 🙂

  27. Nora says:

    Do you need to use fresh ginger ..can it be substituted for organic ground ginger

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Nora, fresh ginger is best for this recipe. If you don’t have fresh and have to use ground ginger, you’ll want to use 1/4 teaspoon for every tablespoon the recipe calls for because ground ginger is much more concentrated in flavor.

  28. Sharri Compton says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      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!!

  29. Aminah says:

    Is this suppose to be done every morning?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Aminah,

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

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