It is officially springtime! You know what that means. Yep, it’s time to get ready for swimsuit season. The sun is beginning to peek through the clouds, temperatures are rising, and sunny days spent at the pool and beach are just within your reach. And what better way to prepare than with this fat-burning strawberry mango smoothie?
This light and refreshing smoothie contains two special metabolism-boosting ingredients. I think we are all fans of sweet and fruity beverages that can help us lose weight, so I won’t keep the secret from you any longer!
Our first all-star ingredient is cayenne pepper. Numerous studies show that cayenne pepper stimulates your metabolism, thanks to a nifty compound called capsaicin. It helps to break down fatty acids in your fatty tissues, liver, and muscles. It also speeds up tissue heat production, which causes a loss of tissue fat. I know what you’re thinking now: Bring on the cayenne and let’s feel the burn! Both of them!
Next up is cinnamon. Not only does this beautiful ground spice bring exceptional flavor to food and drinks, but it helps regulate your blood sugars. This is important because blood sugar (glucose) levels can affect how hungry and energetic we feel. Glucose also determines whether we store or burn fat. And let’s not forget the antioxidants cinnamon contains. Sounds like a good idea to add a pinch to all of our smoothies from now on, right?
In order to start my day off feeling energized, I like to drink a smoothie after I wake up. This strawberry mango smoothie is my current go-to drink. The added ginger and coconut water helps keep your body hydrated and fueled for the day. Strawberries and mangoes are packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin A, along with the other antioxidant rich properties for radiant, glowing skin. Cheers to a smoothie that makes you feel and look good!
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 fresh mango, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, chopped
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Pour coconut water, frozen strawberries, mango, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne in a blender. Blend on high speed for 1 minute until smooth.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!