Metabolism-boosting elixir

 
Photo and recipe by  Two Spoons

Photo and recipe by Two Spoons

 

This two-minute ready metabolism-boosting drink by Two Spoons will help cleanse yourself of the holiday indulgences, reset your system, boost metabolism and provide your digestion the support it needs.

I love this recipe because of its simplicity, taste and, of course, health benefits. Here’s how it’s nutrient-packed ingredients will help your overall health and well-being:

  • Ginger: speeds digestion, improves cognitive function, eases menstrual pain and contains both anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants to improve whole body health.

  • Cinnamon: regulates blood sugar which helps avoid dips and spikes in energy, curbs cravings, boosts metabolism, and protects your body against free radical damage.

  • Apple cider vinegar: contains prebiotics that aid digestion, helps keep you satiated after meals, curbs cravings, and helps you absorb your food’s nutrients.

  • Cayenne: speeds digestion, supports the body’s natural detoxification process, helps the body burn excess fat and reduces appetite.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or simply want to give your body a boost of nutrients, I recommend getting into the habit of drinking this elixir every morning.  Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and leave it in your fridge for those on-the-go days. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 piece of ginger about the size of your thumb (plus more if desired)

  • 500 ml filtered water

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • Pinch cayenne (to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Slice your ginger into thin slices and add to water jug. Pour in filtered water and add cinnamon stick. Place in fridge to steep overnight.

  2. In the morning, juice 1/2 lemon and pour into a juice cup. Add apple cider vinegar and 1 to 2 oz. of the cinnamon/ginger infused water. (Optional to add more water to be more diluted). Add a pinch cayenne to taste.

*Note: The infused water can be used throughout the week in your drink. Add more fresh ginger during the week for stronger infusion. Cinnamon stick will remain intact  for one week.