One of the most popular trends in the beverage industry at this point is energy drinks. Unfortunately, even though they contain a few healthy ingredients, they are often laden with large amounts of sugar and caffeine.
Making your own energy drinks at home not only give you the opportunity to mix them exactly as you’d like them, it allows you to be in control of all the ingredients. You save a lot of money and have peace of mind at the same time.
A Breakfast Energy Smoothie is a great way to start your day. You get a boost of energy along with the peace of mind in knowing that your breakfast was a healthy one. Start with two cups of frozen fruit. Using this in place of ice cubes gives an extra healthy punch. Add in half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, one cup of yogurt and two cups of orange juice. Placing everything in the blender, blend on high speed for two minutes, or until smooth. Scrape down the sides and blend again for thirty seconds, pour into a chilled glass and enjoy.
Cherry Lemonade Energy Drink is another healthy alternative to sugary energy drinks. This recipe gives you lots of natural vitamins and minerals, electrolytes and a bit of caffeine from an ingredient that is rich in antioxidants. To make it, mix one cup of unsweetened green tea, half a cup of 100% cherry juice, half a cup of coconut water, half a cup of seltzer water and the juice of one lemon in a large glass. Shake well, or stir if preferred, and serve over ice with lemon slice garnishes.
For your own electrolyte drink, much like Gatorade, this recipe offers several variations. You can start with a quarter cup each of lemon and lime juice, two cups of fresh water, two tablespoons of natural sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt. Mix everything in a blender and pour over ice cubes into a tall glass. For variations, you can substitute orange juice, coconut water, fresh fruit or organic honey. You can also double the recipe and store in the refrigerator as well.
The Chocolate Energy Drink contains an extra boost of protein, to make it extra healthy. In a blender, simply combine two cups of milk (you can use almond or coconut milk here), one egg, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, two tablespoons of sugar, and one tablespoon of cocoa powder. Mix very well and serve over ice cubes or in chilled glasses.