Power through your afternoon slump with a natural, energy-boosting beverage
We all have days when it takes a little extra boost to make it through to quitting time. While vending machine energy drinks are quick and convenient, they don’t do much for your health – or your waistline. They may jolt you enough to power through your afternoon meetings but then you eventually crash from the sugar withdrawal. Defeats the purpose, right?
Why not try a natural energy boost? Mother nature offers a ton of healthy, natural energy advocates – in yummy flavors. Ginger, honey, citrus fruits, green tea and mint are all naturally energizing. Bonus: they help improve metabolism too.
We’ve done the research for you and found 5 natural energy drink recipes. Make your fave in the morning before you head out the door and it’s be ready for when that 2 p.m. afternoon slump hits.
1. The Quick Fix
- Ginger root tea
- hot water
- 1 1/2 – 2 tsp honey (to taste)
- 1 inch of fresh ginger root
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
Cut off two thin slices of ginger and place in your cup or mug. Use a garlic press to juice the remaining ginger into your mug. Add both spices and fill your mug with hot water and stir. Recipe via Instructables.com
2. Super Shot
- 4oz cranberry juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Juice of ½ lemon
Combine cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. If that’s too strong, add 4 ounces of water. Chase with more water if needed.
3. Cherry Lemonade Energy Drink
- 1 cup brewed unsweetened green tea
- ½ cup 100% cherry juice
- ½ cup flavored coconut water
- ½ cup seltzer water
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Ice cubes
- Lemon slices for garnish
Combine green tea, cherry juice, coconut water, seltzer, agave and lemon juice in a large glass or container. Stir well or shake and serve over ice; garnish with lemon slices. Recipe via FoodNetwork.com
4. Super Energy Drink
- 1 medium orange (about 1 cup), peeled
- 3/4 cup light coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon grounded flaxseed
- 6 ounces vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup of ice
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Recipe via TableSpoon.com
5. Berry Citrus Energy Drink
- 1 cup pure/tap water
- 1 cup mixed berries
- 1 lime, juice only
- 4-5 mint leaves
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Recipe via HelloNatural.com
Rest well & wake up ready to go!
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