Healthy homemade energy drinks

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    Healthy Homemade Drinks

    Most of us struggle to maintain our energy levels throughout the day. Consequently it affects our focus, making it difficult for us to be productive.

    I’m often at this computer for hours on end and have noticed recently that my energy drink consumption is increasing. Commercial energy drinks usually rely on a combination of sugar and caffeine to give you a boost. It’s a slippery slope.

    In my search for a healthier option, I found these alternative drink recipes online. They surely won’t give you that high you get from store-bought energy drinks! But they are very effective at keeping your focus and energy at a good, steady level throughout the day — which is better! ;)

    If you think you are relying on those canned, store-bought energy drinks more than you should, then it’s time to try these homemade drinks instead!

    Here’s some information about the following drinks below:

    The Fire Hydrant – The lemon not only tastes good, but is also super alkaline which helps your body maintain a healthy pH level. The cayenne pepper helps raise energy levels naturally and provides protection for your heart by helping to maintain proper cardiovascular movement throughout the body.

    The Quick Fix – This is the closest thing to a non-caffeine/refined sugar pick me up! And it’s pretty delicious. Ginger speeds up metabolism and increases circulation. It also aids in the digestive process which can help stave off the post lunch coma that contributes to the afternoon slump. Turmeric, a cousin of ginger, also helps speed things up in the body, including energy levels! And Cardamom has long been valued medicinally for its ability to increase circulation and improve energy. Honey is mother nature’s equivalent of an energy shot and is one of the best kinds of sugars for your body.

    The Heavy Lifter – According to Dr. Oz, sixty percent of women don’t get enough protein in their diets and that is often the number one reason for fatigue! A morning protein shake is a really easy and delicious way to make sure that you’re starting the day off well fueled.

    Still feeling sleepy at times during the day? Then get up and do some quick exercise! :)

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    Do you find yourself frequently consuming those canned, store-bought energy drinks? Replace your highly caffeinated beverages with these healthy and natural energy boosters instead!
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    Do you find yourself frequently consuming those canned, store-bought energy drinks? Replace your highly caffeinated beverages with these healthy and natural energy boosters instead!
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    The Fire Hydrant
    The Quick Fix
    The Heavy Lifter
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    Instructions
    The Fire Hydrant
    1. Simply squeeze one slice of lemon and add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
    2. Drink 3 - 4 glasses throughout the day combined with 4 - 5 glasses of regular water to keep you well hydrated.
    The Quick Fix
    1. Cut off two thin slices of ginger and place in your cup or mug.
    2. Use a garlic press to juice the remaining ginger into your mug.
    3. Add the spices and fill your mug with hot water and stir.
    4. Drink as needed during the day. Also, it's not recommended to drink at night as it might keep you up.
    The Heavy Lifter
    1. Process everything in your blender and that's it -- a quick and healthy breakfast.
    2. Pair this with a piece of whole grain toast and you have everything you need to give you a solid energy foundation for the day.
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    Recipe Notes

    *Nutritional Information indicated pertains to the Heavy Lifter recipe.*

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    4 COMMENTS

    1. Just don’t confuse ‘energy’ with ‘healthy’. One serving (one small glass?) is 1200 kJ, so about 15% of most people’s daily energy allowance. For reference, 250 ml of fruit juice or Coca-Cola (ie a large glass) is around 500 kJ. Ya gotta be seriously active to use all that energy folks.

    2. Hey Leonard, nice to see you back and commenting! Only the ‘Heavy Lifter’ is high in KJ’s. That’s because of the banana, almonds and yogurt. It’s a meal that is way healthier than what most people will have for lunch. The other two drinks are so low in KJ’s they don’t move the scales.

    3. So apparently lemons are super alkaline now. I must have misunderstood the structure of citric acid. I wonder where all those OHs went…

    4. Hi there Da Wayne. You’re right and wrong :) Lemons, in common with all citrus, are of course acidic. However, lemons are very low in sugars. When ingested and metabolized, they are alkaline forming raising PH levels above 7 (alkaline). On the other hand, an orange is relatively high in sugar and that sugar ensures the orange stays acidic when ingested, Confusing? You might want to watch this video:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WndFDIa6a0s

      Tomatoes have a similar effect of being acidic outside the body but alkaline inside. The challenge with tomato juice is that most is sweetened and, in common with all juice drinks, you are ingesting the equivalent of four or five fruits at a single sitting.

      Hope that helps.