If you've been relying solely on hot water and fresh lemon for your natural detox needs, we've got exciting news for you. There's a whole new roster of metabolism-boosting drinks out there that will help you burn calories. These healthy beverages work by encouraging fat cells to mobilize or minimizing your craving for sweets.
Don't worry about cringing after every sip because these metabolism-friendly drinks are actually delicious. They range from rich tonics to low-carb smoothies, which boost your energy levels while satisfying your hunger. Whether you serve them for breakfast or as a midday snack, we swear these tasty pours will kick your metabolism into high gear.
Keep reading for tips, tricks, and recipes that will make you want to try a different beverage every day. Take note of the key ingredients in each recipe, so that the next time you want to burn a few extra calories, you'll know exactly which drink to whip up.
Strawberry Mango Smoothie
The trick to this refreshing smoothie is cayenne pepper, which adds an unexpected kick to to the fruits' sweetness. Coconut water and fresh ginger root round out the beverage, while cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar (and reduce hunger).
Cayenne is in the same family as jalapeños and bell peppers. It's considered a hero in this smoothie because of its active ingredient, capsaicin, which has been known to increase satiety. It's worth noting that your body will eventually get used to the capsaicin, so its calorie-burning effects diminish over time.
If we had to pick a favorite inflammation-fighting drink, we'd choose this turmeric tonic. It's crafted with a bevy of unexpected ingredients, including fresh orange juice, ginger, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and even sparkling water. A few dashes of black pepper helps your body better absorb the good-for-you active ingredients in the turmeric.
In the same way that cayenne increases body heat, so does the golden-hued spice. The active compound in turmeric is called curcumin, which can help reduce the growth of fat tissue.
Green Tea and Berry Smoothie
Contrary to popular belief, there are quite a few ways to drink green tea. To make a sweet metabolism-boosting smoothie, freeze a mixture of delicious berries, probiotic-rich Greek yogurt, and hemp seeds. Then, add some chilled green tea and blend whenever you're in the mood for a pick-me-up.
Green tea serves as an aid in preventing heart disease and cancer. But it also helps boost your metabolism because it's loaded with antioxidants called catechins, which mobilizes fat cells to shrink.
Banana Matcha Smoothie
This vegan smoothie makes an excellent breakfast or mid-day snack. All you need is frozen bananas, vanilla almond milk, and matcha powder. Matcha is the hero ingredient that will boost your digestive system, and if you're looking to oxidize fat, we suggest drinking this green juice right before a brisk walk.
Matcha works for your metabolism just like green tea does because it's actually a type of green tea. The only difference between matcha and what you'd find in a traditional teabag is the way it's made. The former is crafted by grinding up very young green tea leaves into a powder, and the latter is made by chopping matured tea leaves.
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
You don't have to tell us that dark chocolate is good for our health. The combination of chocolate, coconut sugar, cayenne, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla almond milk in this unbelievable hot chocolate is a tasty (and fat-burning!) treat.
The best part? In a scientific study, two groups of people consumed low-carb diets, but one group supplemented that diet with chocolate (with a high cocoa concentration), and that group lost more weight than the non-chocolate eaters.
If you're making a drink with chocolate as a metabolism-boosting ingredient, use dark chocolate, not milk or white. Dark chocolate contains monounsaturated fats that give your metabolism a quick boost. Dark chocolate can also lessen your craving for sweets because it's just bitter enough to subdue your need for sugar.
Blueberry Coconut Lime Smoothie
When you mix blueberries with protein-packed ingredients like Greek yogurt and almonds, you'll most definitely stay full between meals. A tropical-tasting smoothie lets you ditch all your snacking.
Blueberries are perhaps one of the best types of berries to add to your smoothie because they're both low in calories and high in fiber, a key element in weight loss. Plus, any smoothie with blueberries will be one of the most beautiful drinks you sip all day.
Golden Glow Water
Combine turmeric, ginger, lemon, molasses, and cayenne in a mason jar and shake it up. It is the most refreshing libation to whip up after you've had a very filling meal. Then, stick it in the fridge until it's chilled to a delectable temperature. When you're ready to take a sip, add a few tablespoons of sparkling water for a bit of fizz.
The citric acid in the lemons aids the naturally occurring acids in your stomach in breaking down food. "Because lemon juice's atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly," says Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS. It also helps with detoxification by acting as a mild diuretic to rid your body of anything potentially harmful.
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