It is officially springtime! And you know what that means. Yep, it’s time to get ready for swimsuit season!
For a lot of us, this year has meant less exercise than usual, and a whole lot more banana bread and pasta. So as the sun is beginning to peek through the clouds and temperatures are rising, sunny days spent at the pool and beach are just within your reach.
What better way to prepare than with this fat-burning strawberry mango smoothie?
Strawberry Mango Smoothie Recipe
This light and refreshing smoothie contains two special metabolism-boosting ingredients: cayenne and cinnamon. I think we are all fans of sweet and fruity beverages that can help us lose weight, so we 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 tissues, liver, and muscles [source].
It also speeds up tissue heat production, which causes a loss of its extra fat [source]. I know what you’re thinking now: Bring on the cayenne, and let’s feel the burn! To integrate it in your diet, you can simply combine it with lemon and water for a morning cleanse water. Or you can go for our strawberry mango smoothie. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Next up is cinnamon, a favorite among our kitchen beauty ingredients. Not only does this beautiful ground spice bring exceptional flavor to food and drinks, but it helps regulate your blood sugars [source]. 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 [source]. 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 just after I wake up. This strawberry mango smoothie is my current go-to drink.
You already know about the benefits of cayenne and cinnamon. The added ginger and coconut water help keep your body hydrated and fueled for the day. Strawberries and mangoes are packed with vitamins C and A, along with quite a few other antioxidant-rich properties for radiant, glowing skin (not to mention absolutely delicious).
Cheers to a smoothie that makes you feel and look good!
Strawberry Mango Metabolism Smoothie
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 fresh mango chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Add coconut water, frozen strawberries, mango, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne into a blender. Blend on high speed for 1 minute until smooth.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
Photos by Ana-Maria Stanciu90