There are a lot of different drinks out there… a lot of claims for fat loss, enhanced energy, vitamin boosting and a whole bunch of other lies that isn’t possible in a processed drink.
Save your money.
Still, you might be thinking to yourself but Mel, I’m so tired and bored with drinking just water. I drink so much water but sometimes I like to have a little flavor. As a nutrition & weight loss expert I get a lot of questions about Vitamin Water and calorie free drink mixes like Crystal Light.
It’s not news that we need to drink water. All of us know that we should be drinking on average eight, 8 ounce glasses of filtered water per day… but it doesn’t mean we do it.
I’m the first to admit that I enjoy a glass of orange juice occasionally. When I was younger I used to go through a carton of orange juice every other day, it was my thing but now it’s just an occasional treat. Yes, I’m human too!
Before I share the recipe for my metabolic boosting drink with you I have a HUGE HOT TIP to get more water in without even realizing it.
Drink through a straw.
Yup, a straw. I have no idea why but it’s so much easier to drink water through a straw. You end up drinking more without knowing it. These days you can find the reusable plastic cups with plastic straws just about anywhere. My favourites to use are mason jars with the BPA plastic free lids and straws, even I drink more water when I use one of those!
You can get mason jars or any of the other bottles from Walmart, Winners, Canadian Tire and they are all very reasonably priced to fit within any budget. All I ask is that you make sure you buy one that is BPA free, you don’t want any of those nasty chemicals mixing in with your water.
The drink I’m sharing with you comes can help you burn an extra 100 calories per day. Add that up over the course of one week and that’s 700 calories burned just from sipping tea.
Metabolic Boosting Tea
½ fresh lemon, juiced
1 inch peeled and chopped ginger (finely chopped, I mean really fine)
pinch of cayenne pepper (a very small pinch)
8 cups of green tea (serve hot or cold)
- Using a big stock pot boil 8 to 16 cups of water.
- Let the water come to a boil and add in 10-15 green tea bags (decaf or caffeinated is fine).
- Remove from heat and let the tea steep for 5 to 7 minutes, longer if you like it stronger.
- If you doubled the water content then split the water into two pots.
- For 8 cups of water add in the remaining ingredients (ginger, cayenne and lemon juice).
- Store the metabolic boosting tea and remaining green tea in glass mason jars.
- Let cool with lid off. Once cooled store in the fridge.
The combination of cayenne pepper, the green tea and caffeine have been shown to increase calories burned through thermogensis (calories used for digestion) by about 4-5% or about 70-100 calories per day.
I added in the lemon juice to support the liver and secrete bile to promote bowel regulation (pooping). Too much information?
Try drinking this metabolic boosting tea twice a day – once in the morning and once mid afternoon. If caffeine affects you switch to decaf. As the weather gets colder this tea is great to sip on because it will warm you up from the inside.