Everyone wants to feel more energized during the day, but typical energy drinks can be loaded with artificial ingredients and tons of sugar. Thankfully, here are some delicious make-it-yourself energy drinks to help you focus, fight infections and fuel your body.
Concord Grape Breakfast Booster
Start your day off on the right foot by making yourself a powerful breakfast drink. Simply start with a glass of organic concord grape juice (get the good stuff) and add two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Finally, add one scoop of acai berry powder, goji berry power, or another superberry powder and mix it all together. Concord grape juice is a heart healthy juice that has shown in studies to be one of the most nutritious juices. In fact, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, concord grape juice ranks among the highest of all juices in antioxidant activity. Apple cider vinegar is rich in enzymes and potassium and promotes digestion, weight control and a healthy immune system.
Better Thinking Tonic
Need to clear your mind and focus better on your tasks at hand? Try making a mind tonic that can help give you the brainpower that you need. First start with the juice of two organic lemons and two organic limes and add two cups of fresh, pure water. Next, take a handful of fresh rosemary and sage and tear slightly to activate the herbal juices. Then, add the herbs to your lemon and water mixture and simmer slightly to combine the ingredients. Drain the herbs from your drink and consume warm. The lemons help to promote oxygen intake and brain function and the limes are a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants to protect your noggin. Furthermore, rosemary has shown in studies to help boost brain function and sage has shown in studies to help promote good memory.
Banana Almond Butter Smoothie
Finish your day off with an indulgent smoothie dessert that is actually good for you. Start with two frozen bananas (no peels), add four heaping spoonfuls of almond butter and a cup of plain kefir and place into your blender and combine until frothy. Try an exotic almond butter blend that is packed with vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. To make the smoothie even more nutritious, the bananas are loaded with beneficial potassium, which helps to protect against high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and stroke. Finally, the Kefir is a unique fermented milk that helps to promote better digestion and stomach and intestine health. It also contains powerful probiotics (good bacteria) to help fight infections.