Foodie Friday: Healthy Energy Drinks

Do you feel your energy crash in the mid-afternoon? At around 3 pm, we face the daily temptation of another cup of coffee or something sweet to give us a little mid-day boost. Considering the effects of caffeine on the amount of restorative sleep we get each night and the anxiety level we feel through out the day, it’s good to limit our intake.

Healthy energy drinks are an alternative to caffeine. They can also be made in advance so that you limit the necessity for quick-fixes. Blend the ingredients in your blender in the morning, then take it with you in a mason jar. Store the jar in the refrigerator for a cold afternoon pick-me-up.

Here are three healthy energy drink recipes for you to try: 

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Berry Citrus Energy Drink 

According to Hello Glow, the fiber and natural sugar in berries slowly release energy through out the day so they make an excellent ingredient for a healthy energy drink. Here is their recipe:

Ingredients: 

1 cup mixed berries

1 cup tap water

1 lime

4-5 mint leaves

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Citrus Coconut Milk Energy Drink

Because this recipe includes yogourt, this healthy energy drink has protein that will tie you over until dinner. Here is the recipe courtesy of Tablespoon:

 Ingredients: 

1 medium orange

3/4 cup of light coconut milk (substitute regular milk if unavailable)

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

3/4 of a cup of low-fat vanilla yogourt

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Strawberry Banana Coconut Water Energy Drink

This healthy energy drink recipe uses mineral-packed and potassium-rich coconut water as a base. Here is the recipe adapted from Lifehack:

Ingredients:

1 cup of strawberries (frozen or fresh)

1 banana, chopped

1 1/2 cups of coconut water (or until smooth)

Full of vitamins, these healthy energy drinks leave you feeling energized to get through the rest of your day. If you like these recipes, see our recipes for infused waters!

Lindsay

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