Instead of opting for another cup of coffee, make one of these delicious natural energy drinks for a healthy boost of energy
- Apple-Banana Energy Shake
Apples are a great source of energy which are rich in antioxidants. Apples also contain natural vitamins and sugars that are slowly released throughout the body. Peanut butter is a good source of healthy fats and proteins which fights off hunger, store energy and balance blood sugar levels.
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2 frozen bananas
2 medium-sized apples of choice, peeled
1/2 cup crushed ice
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons of preferred nut butter
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients in a blender and grind until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve chilled.
- Watermelon Smoothie
The secret of this energy drink is the green coffee bean extract. Green coffee bean extract exhibits great health benefits including rich antioxidants which helps in reducing free radicals, suppressing appetite, improving cholesterol levels, and various other anti-aging properties.
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1 1/2 cups lemonade
2 cups watermelon
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 lime squeezed
1 Mixed Berry pure LYFT (green coffee bean extract)
Directions: Blend all ingredients together and drink chilled.
- Golden Milk Latte
Katie Hake RDN, CD, Bariatric Dietitian at IU Health, said; “The combination of turmeric and ginger will provide a calm yet energizing boost.”
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1 cup of milk (use milk of your choice)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon raw honey
Pinch of black pepper
Directions: Blend together in saucepan over heat (or in a microwave-safe bowl) until hot, but not boiling. Pour into mug and sip.
4. Sweet potato breakfast smoothie
Sweet potatoes contain fiber and carbohydrates that provide long-lasting energy along with vitamins A and C,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com
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1/2 medium baked sweet potato
1/2 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze milk
1/2 cup plain 0% fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon chia seeds
3 ice cubes
1 teaspoon ground sweetened cocoa powder
Directions: Blend all the ingredients in a blender on a high speed and enjoy the delicious drink.
- Matcha Collagen Energy Booster
This natural energy drink provides a boost of energy and focus. Matcha contains just about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. It contains the amino acid called L-theanine, which produces an alert calmness.
1 1/2 tsp matcha powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop collagen peptides
Directions: Heat almond milk and add matcha powder and collagen to an 8 oz. mug. Pour heated milk over powders, and stir. Mix in a blender for a frothier drink. You can add ½ teaspoon of honey.
- Dr. Green Detox Smoothie
According to Dr. Daryl Gioffre, (whose patients call him “Dr Green) and author of Get Off Your Acid, “When you need a real power punch of energy and cleansing vitality, you can’t do better than a straight-up green smoothie.”
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 handful of spinach
1-inch ginger, fresh
1 small handful of cilantro
1 small handful of parsley
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 cup coconut water or filtered water
Directions: Blend all items together and your drink is ready.
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- Berry-Cherry Energy Drink
Coconut water is a source of potassium and it’s rich in compounds called polyphenols that acts as antioxidants and contains anti-inflammatory properties as well.
1/2 teaspoon Herbalife Pomegranate Green Tea
1/4 cup tart cherry juice
3/4 cup coconut water
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Handful of fresh strawberries, raspberries
Directions: Combine tea, coconut water, pineapple juice, cherry juice and turmeric in a shaker bottle and shake until well mixed. Add fruit, lemon slices.
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- Coconut Matcha Energy Drink
This natural energy drink is low in calories and is keeps you hydrated. “It is slightly sweet and helps balance electrolytes with more potassium than four bananas,” said Grace Derocha, RD, CDE, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
1 cup coconut water
2 teaspoons matcha powder
Garnish with slice of orange
Optional: serve on ice
Directions: Mix matcha powder into coconut water. Stir properly it becomes combined fully. Garnish with orange slice and serve.