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5-Minute Morning Metabolism Booster Drink

5 from 19 votes
Rev your metabolism with this 5-minute Morning Metabolism Boost Drink. A zingy drink made with lemon and apple cider vinegar, ginger, cinnamon and pinch chili flakes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Feb 18, 2018 (Last updated Aug 10, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani

5-Minute Morning Metabolism Booster Drink

This 5-Minute Morning Metabolism Booster Drink is just as effective as the wellness shots that are incredibly popular in the health and fitness communities but at a fraction of the cost! It’s packed with metabolism-boosting, active ingredients like fresh ginger, lemon, and apple cider vinegar and is stored in the fridge all week long. Prep it tonight and speed up the fat-burning process asap!

metabolism boost drink in 3 separate small glasses with lemon slices, chili flakes, the infused water and a stick of cinnamon in each. There is also two spoons,  a kitchen towel and a cutting board with slices of lemon in the upper right hand corner.

This drink has been part of my morning ritual for over 4 years now. I take it on a daily basis before my breakfast and after my morning workout (getting enough physical activity is key for energy production and overall health!). I find it to be a wonderful way to start my day with a healthy mindset and it gives me the motivation to continue with a healthy mindset throughout the day. It makes me feel energized, less bloated, and I’ve gone entire winters without getting sick! 

Now, whether I can attribute these health benefits to this metabolism booster drink, I can’t say for sure. And as always, it’s important to consult your own health care provider regarding any pre-existing medical conditions before incorporating anything new in your routine. I am not a doctor and this metabolism drink is not a substitute for medical advice. 

But in my case, it’s certainly not hurting anything or causing negative side effects. It’s made with natural ingredients, I’ve been feeling really good in my own skin, so for that reason alone, I say metabolism boosting shots all around! 

So whether you’re on a weight loss journey, working on improving your insulin sensitivity, or simply wanting to feed your gut microbiome some health-packed essentials, let’s get into the details!

metabolism boost drink in 3 separate small glasses with lemon slices, chili flakes, the infused water and a stick of cinnamon in each. There is also two spoons,  a kitchen towel and a cutting board with slices of lemon in the upper right hand corner.

This Metabolism Booster is….

  • Quick and simple
  • Easy to incorporate into your daily routine
  • Zingy!
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Fit girl approved
  • Customizable
  • Beginner friendly

Ingredient Notes and Health Benefits

This recipe is PACKED with ingredients that are not only known to help boost your metabolism, but also improve energy levels, decrease bloating, and boost your immune system. If you’re looking for the best duo to keep you from getting sick year round, pair this metabolism booster with my Immunity Boosting Juice.

Here are the 5 must-have ingredients in this metabolism booster: 

Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C, aids digestion, and is packed with antioxidants. If you’re not a fan of drinking plain water, try adding a few slices of fresh lemon to the water. It’ll taste delicious and help encourage you to hydrate throughout the day. 

Replacing the freshly squeezed lemon juice with pre-bottled won’t have the same effect. Bottled lemon juice is diluted and contains preservatives to make it shelf stable. If you’re serious about reaping all the benefits of these metabolism-boosting ingredients, fresh is a non-negotiable. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is one of my favorite ingredients to include in a healthy, plant-based diet because it’s good for your skin (check out my tips for healthy glowing skin!), gut health, and helps manage my Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It’s even been associated with lower insulin resistance and can act as a fat burning appetite suppressant that may aid in weight management. (Read the benefits backed by science here!) 

Now a tip for buying a quality apple cider vinegar! Make sure to buy raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. The vinegar should be murky and sometimes even contain sediment, or “the mother,” at the bottom of the jar. If the liquid is clear – it won’t contain the essential live bacterial culture that your gut needs!

two glasses of morning metabolism boost drink on a wood cutting board. The drinks have slices of lemon and chili flakes inside.

Ginger

Fresh ginger root is pungent, spicy, and has been valued for its health benefits in holistic medicine for centuries. Dietician Candace O’Neill, RD, LDN shares ginger’s multitude of health benefits including inflammation reduction, pain relief, improved regulation of blood sugar (high blood sugar levels is what causes the body to store fat!), lowered cholesterol levels, antibacterial properties, and aid with the effects of nausea. 

Again, for best results, it’s important to use a fresh knob of ginger. If you only have ground ginger on hand, add it to your glass in the morning instead of infusing in the water overnight. 

Cinnamon

You may not think cinnamon has any health benefits because of gooey baked goods like Vegan Cinnamon Rolls, but cinnamon sticks are actually known to have tons of anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory effects, and has recently even been studied for its ability to control blood glucose levels. This isn’t to say that eating cinnamon rolls every morning will help you achieve a faster metabolism, but cinnamon is certainly not an ingredient you should skimp on! 

For this recipe, I typically use 1 extra-large cinnamon stick, but 2 smaller sticks works perfectly! 

Cayenne Pepper

Add a final zing to the mix with a pinch of cayenne pepper or red chili flakes. Chili peppers not only add an addictive kick to your metabolism booster, but give you a final boost of health benefits, too! 

two glasses of morning metabolism boost drink on a wood cutting board. The drinks have slices of lemon and chili flakes inside.

How to Make a Metabolism Booster Drink

Before we get started, it’s important to note that this healthy metabolism boosting drink is meant to steep overnight before you drink your first drink. I love making mine on a Sunday night so I can pour a glass every morning before breakfast throughout the week.

I promise it’s really quick and simple

The Night Before

Add the sliced ginger to a large jar or juice jug. Next, add the cinnamon stick plus the filtered water. This is going to be the base of the metabolism booster that you’ll add to your beverage every morning. 

As the week progresses, the ginger and cinnamon will continue to infuse the water and make it taste better and better each day that passes. 

If you run out of water during the week, add more fresh water to the jar (with the cinnamon and ginger) for a second infusion.

Every Morning

Juice your lemon into the bottom of a drinking glass of choice. Add the apple cider vinegar and a pinch of chili flakes, then top it off with as much or as little of the infused ginger water as you’d like! (If the drink is too strong, add more infused water to dilute it).

Repeat this process each morning. If you run out of your infused water, refill the juice jug and re-use the sliced ginger and cinnamon!

two glasses of morning metabolism boost drink on a wood cutting board. The drinks have slices of lemon and chili flakes inside.

Make this recipe with me:

Make this immunity boost juice on Vegan Afternoon with Two Spoons where I show you how to make 3 wellness drinks, including this metabolism boost drink, detox juice and immunity boost juice!

Recipe FAQs

Why not take a spoonful of apple cider vinegar instead?

If you’ve been looking for the best metabolism boosters on the internet, you’ve likely come across the popular advice to take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar each morning. I personally don’t believe it’s the best solution to burning fat or increasing a slow metabolism. 

It’s way too strong, burns your throat, and it’s also really not good for your teeth. Instead, use this diluted version! You’ll reap the same benefits without damaging your esophagus or tooth enamel. 

What foods increase metabolism rate?

There are several types of foods that can further help increase your metabolism throughout the day. Here are a few of my favorite foods to incorporate in a healthy diet, plus a sample daily meal plan for a sluggish metabolism:

Sample Meal Plan

You may also be interested in trying the Two Spoons 3-Day Cleanse, which starts each morning with this metabolism boost drink!

Will this drink interrupt my intermittent fast?

I’m not personally a strict intermittent faster, but if it were me, I wouldn’t associate this metabolism boosting drink with breaking the fast. Many people that intermittent fast have a cup of black coffee each morning without breaking their fast, but it’s up to you! Do what’s best for you. 

Should I drink all 4 cups every morning?

Oh, no! The infused water is meant to last the full week. Only add as much as you need to your drinking glass each morning to dilute the lemon and apple cider vinegar to taste. If you run out of water throughout the week, refill your jug with filtered water. The ginger infuse will be less intense the second time around, but still works great! 

Three small glasses of the metabolism boost drink with slices of ginger in it, slices of lemon, chili flakes, infused water and cinnamon sticks in each glass.

More Health Boosting Drinks You Might Like:

I hope you love this metabolism boosting drink as much as I do! If you do make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think and check out The Two Spoons App for more healthy plant-based recipes like this one! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have. 

And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations. 

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5-Minute Morning Metabolism Booster Drink

5 from 19 votes
Rev your metabolism with this 5-minute Morning Metabolism Boost Drink. A zingy drink made with lemon and apple cider vinegar, ginger, cinnamon and pinch chili flakes.
metabolism boost drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves 1 person

Ingredients

  • 1 piece ginger (4-inch piece), plus more if desired
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1/2 lemon , juiced
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch chili flakes to taste

Instructions

  • Make the infused water: Slice your ginger into thin slices and add to water jug. Pour in the filtered water and add cinnamon stick. Place in fridge to steep overnight. (This infused water will keep for one week and last for multiple drinks).
  • Make the metabolism boost drink: In the morning, add the juice of 1/2 lemon to a juice cup. Add apple cider vinegar and 1 to 2 oz. of the infused water. (Optional to add splashes more water to be more diluted if you find it too strong). Add a pinch cayenne to taste.

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Notes

*Note: The infused water can be used throughout the week in your drink. Add more fresh ginger through the week for stronger infusion if desired. Cinnamon stick will remain strong for one week.
Nutritional information if a rough estimate.

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Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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  1. I take collagen to help rebuild meniscus and do red light therapy as well. Is it ok to continue with these?

  2. Could you add the the lemon and apple cider vinegar to the water and just pour a cup in the morning. And also how much are you to drink in the morning

  3. I am 73 years old I am a diabetic and I am overweight I read over your recipes and I’d sure like to try them I need your help desperately this is from Ron Chapman because the first one come out wrong

  4. I have a w I have had a weight problem for quite some time I’m 73 I’m a diabetic and I lied to lose this weight so I And look better please help

    • Hi Julie, each drink is made with 1 to 2 oz of the infused water (feel free to add splashes more to your drink if you find it too strong). The infused water is made in advance so that you can recreate this drink with ease as much as you like. I like to have this drink every morning. And during my 3-day cleanse I make this drink a couple of times a day. I hope this helps to clarify things!

  5. Omg, I had to reread it multiple times and read it very slow.
    I know what to do now, lol. It’s very small. So the 4 cups of infused water should be good for the entire 3 day cleanse, is my next question?

  6. Do you drink the entire 4 cups first thing in the morning or do you just drink 2 cups in the morning then 2 cups in the afternoon or evenings? Or do we split it into 4 different servings? I’m at a loss right now because I’m Preping right now. And this will be my first ever detox cleanse

    • Hi Tamara! each drink is made with 1 to 2 oz of the infused water (feel free to add splashes more to your drink if you find it too strong). The infused water is made in advance so that you can recreate this drink with ease as often as you like. I like to have this drink every morning. And during my 3-day cleanse I make this drink a couple of times a day. I hope this helps to clarify things!

  7. I just saw this recipe and wrote it down, I’ll make this soon as possible.
    I’ll rate it soon as I see any changes Thank you

    • Hi Jennifer! I’m not a strict intermittent faster, but personally I wouldn’t associate this drink with breaking the fast. (Similar to how some people think having a cup of black coffee doesn’t break the fast, while others do). It’s up to you how you deem it! But I do hope you give this drink a try as I really like it for a metab boost!

  8. Hello! I’m well into day 2 of the cleanse. Everything tastes good but I’m not having any bowel movements. Is this normal? I thought that would be a big part of the cleanse result?

    • Hi Sam! Thanks for checking in. The cleanse should definitely be helping with bowel movements, as it’s so fibre rich! But should not be causing you to have excessive bowel movements (as some cleanses will do). That’s definitely not the intention of this cleanse. My recommendation would be to drink plenty of water during the the cleanse and keep up daily movement. I hope this helps Sam!

    • Hi Samantha! The cleanse shouldn’t be causing constipation, as it’s so fibre rich. Everything in the cleanse should aid with digestion. That said, it also shouldn’t be giving you uncontrollable bowel movements (which some cleanses are known to do). That’s not the intention of this cleanse. My recommendation, in addition to the 3 day cleanse is to make sure you’re drinking PLENTY of water, and getting in movement through day. I hope this helps!!

  9. Hi,

    Can we heat up the drink to have it more like a warmer drink ? The infused water will come out from the fridge so very cold to have it as a first thing in your stomach in the morning.

    • Hi Mariem! Of course you can have it hot instead if you prefer. Sounds like a great idea. 🙂

  10. Hi Virginia! I drink the whole thing, it’s a pretty small cup depending on how much of the infused water you use. As for the infused water, I keep that in the fridge so I can use it for this recipe through the week. Hope that helps!

  11. Hey!! I have super early and busy mornings, is it possible to batch the lemon juice/apple cider vinegar/cayenne as well? Or Better to do fresh each morning?