Gut-Healthy Glow-Up Morning Tonic

December 6, 2022

Nothing makes mornings better than starting your day off with a bright and vibrant tonic! This cheerful, Gut-Healthy Glow-Up Morning Tonic is my favorite way to start the mornings and set my body up for success. It’s full of gut-healthy ingredients to get your digestive system going, and comes together in three, simple and easy steps!

|A glass of the morning glow-up tonic, sitting on a countertop with a larger jar of the tonic sitting on the counter behind the glass

Friends, can you believe that it’s December?! 2022 has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and I can’t believe that the end of the year is already here. It feels like just yesterday I was busy setting my New Year’s Resolutions, and now, we’re busy gearing up for another holidays season!

While I am a big believer in allowing ourselves to fully indulge during the holiday season (aka, eating ALL of the Christmas cookies and desserts!) the holidays can also be a time of year where my body isn’t feeling its best, especially since I tend to eat a lot more rich, sugary foods than usual. I know I’m not alone when I say that I tend to abandon my routines in the winter, in favor of celebrating the holiday season. And let me be clear: there is NOTHING wrong with that!

A glass of the morning glow up tonic, topped with ice, and sitting on a countertop

But, with that said, there are some simple and easy ways that we can take care of our health while enjoying the abundance of good foods during the holiday season. And the easiest way? With this simple, easy, and BEAUTIFUL morning tonic.

This tonic is actually a recipe straight from my cookbook, LOVE TO EAT, and is the first recipe in the book! I decided to make it the first recipe because it is truly the best way to start your mornings. It has fiber, vitamins, and nutrients that your body needs in order to get things going and keep you feeling regular.

A glass of the morning glow up tonic, sitting on a countertop next to an open jar of Seed's Daily Synbiotic

How to Support Your Gut Microbiome During the Holiday Season

While this tonic is a great way to support your gut microbiome (and overall health) during the holiday season, there is another way to take care of your gut health that is just as simple and easy. Introducing: my FAVORITE daily probiotic.

If you’ve been to my blog before, then you may know that I am a huge fan of Seed. They are the makers of the amazing DS-01™ Daily Synbiotic, which is a prebiotic and probiotic all in one. Their double-layer capsule ensures that the probiotics *actually* make it to your colon and intestinal tract, so you can truly get the benefits of the amazing, good bacteria. I’ve been taking Seed for a few years now, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I cannot live without it. It is a small, simple, and easy morning routine that takes only seconds to do! Oh, and did I mention that their DS-01™ Daily Synbiotic requires no refrigeration? That’s right, you can leave it right out on your counter, so that you never forget to take it!

Every morning, I start my day off by taking my DS-01™ Daily Synbiotic and downing a big glass of this tonic. It’s a small and simple way that I support my overall gut health and set my body up for holiday indulgence success!

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What You Need to Make This Beautiful Morning Tonic

It takes less than 10 ingredients to bring this bright, vibrant morning tonic to life!

  • Coconut Water: Coconut water is naturally sweet, incredibly hydrating, and is one of the best sources of potassium! If you crave something sweet first thing in the morning, then you are going to love the coconut water in this tonic.
  • Water: A little bit of water will help to balance out the sweetness of this tonic.
  • Lemon Juice: You’ll want to use the juice of one fresh lemon for this recipe!
  • Honey or Maple Syrup: I love adding honey to this tonic, especially local honey, because it can help boost your immune system while adding the perfect, sweet twist. If you don’t have honey, then maple syrup also works as a great alternative to make this tonic sweet.
  • Grated or Ground Ginger: Ginger is truly a superfood, because it’s rich in fiber and can help aid in alleviating nausea and/or indigestion. Either fresh, grated ginger or ground ginger works well in this recipe.
  • Ground Turmeric & Black Pepper: Turmeric not only gives this tonic its vibrant yellow color, but is also a gut-healthy and anti-inflammatory ingredient. Whenever we use turmeric, we always want to pair it with black pepper, because ground black pepper helps to increase its bioavailability. Aka, it makes it easier for our body to soak up all of the great benefits the turmeric has to offer!
  • Ice Cubes: A few ice cubes makes this tonic nice and cold, which makes for a refreshing morning drink!
Three glasses of the morning glow up tonic, sitting on a countertop. A large bottle of the tonic is actively pouring some into one of the glasses.

Three Steps to Making This Gut-Healthy Tonic

Would you believe me if I told you that this tonic comes together in only three steps? It’s true!

Simply start by adding all of your tonic ingredients to a large mason jar with a lid. Place a lid over the top of it, then shake the jar vigorously for 20-30 seconds, until the honey (or maple syrup) dissolves.

Finally, once done, remove the lid, serve, and enjoy! This recipe makes one serving, but can easily be doubled or tripled to make more!

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**This post is sponsored by Seed. However, all information and opinions shared in this post are 100% my own. I share only products and services that are a part of my life and that I wholeheartedly love. 
** Photography by Gayle McLeod
|A glass of the morning glow-up tonic, sitting on a countertop with a larger jar of the tonic sitting on the counter behind the glass
Dairy Free/gluten-free/Grain Free/Nut Free/Paleo/Refined Sugar Free/Vegan

Gut-Healthy Glow-Up Morning Tonic

5 from 1 vote
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
SERVES 1 Serving
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  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Water
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice this should be about one lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Grated or Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Handful Ice Cubes


  • Add all of your ingredients to a large mason jar with a lid.
  • Next, place the lid on the jar and shake it vigorously, for 20-30 seconds, until the honey (or maple syrup) diussolves.
  • Finally, remove the lid and enjoy your tonic straight from the jar!

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  1. This is my new go-to morning drink ever since seeing it in your cookbook. And you are right– after a few mornings I completely started to crave this when I woke up. So refreshing and such a positive way to start the day feeling like I’m doing something good for my body! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us! <3

  2. 5 stars
    I bought Nicole’s cookbook and am loving the recipes. This tonic is a great way to start the day. To save time I prep it the night before and enjoy in the morning. It helped me recover from a cold recently. Thanks!

    • I am so thrilled that you loved this recipe, Kelli! Thank you so much for all of your support with this recipe and the cookbook!

  3. Every year after the holiday rush I feel bogged down and tired. After Christmas I decided to start drinking this in the morning to help kickstart my digestive system and day. This drink is full of flavor and will easily become a staple of my daily routine. Thanks for sharing!

  4. The Gut-Healthy Glow has been the best thing added to my morning routine. I have even convinced my husband the benefits are worth the ginger he hates.