Sweet potato breakfast smoothie
A leftover sweet potato from dinner gives you a head start for this natural energy drink that jump starts your day. “Sweet potatoes contain carbohydrates and fiber that provide long-lasting energy along with vitamins A and C,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read it Before You Eat It – Taking You From Label To Table.
1/2 medium baked sweet potato
1/2 cup plain 0% fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze milk
1 teaspoon ground sweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon chia seeds
3 ice cubes
Directions: Blend the above ingredients in a blender on a high speed. Makes 3 cups.
Dr. Green Detox Smoothie for Energy
“When you need a real power punch of energy and cleansing vitality, you can’t do better than a straight-up green smoothie,” says Dr. Daryl Gioffre, (whose patients call him “Dr Green) and author of Get Off Your Acid. Be sure to check out these 31 energy boosters that aren’t coffee.
1 handful of spinach
1/2 lemon, peeled
1-inch ginger, fresh
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 small handful of cilantro
1 small handful of parsley
1 cup coconut water (or filtered water)
Optional: organic stevia or 1 date, handful of ice
Directions: Blend and enjoy.
Matcha Collagen Energy Booster
This natural energy drink provides a boost of energy and focus. “The matcha contains just about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, but you’ll start to feel a relaxed yet focused state of mind,” says Maggie Michalczyk, RD in Chicago. “Matcha contains the amino acid called L-theanine, which produces an alert calmness.” This is processed slower in the body, so you’re not bouncing off the walls and crashing later. Check out these quick ways to boost energy if you’re feeling drained.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2 tsp matcha powder
Directions: Heat almond milk. 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. For a touch of sweetness add 1/2 teaspoon honey.
Kombucha Energy Tea
“Kombucha is a refreshing and healthy drink that contains probiotics, vitamin B12, butyrate (a fatty acid), and vitamin K2. Vitamin B12 is known to increase energy levels and contributes to an overall mental well being,” says Rebecca Lee, RN and founder of Remedies for Me.
2 gallons water
8 black tea bags
1 1/2 cups organic sugar
Directions: Heat 2 gallons of water in a big pot with 8 black tea bags. Add 1-1/2 cup of organic sugar to the tea and boil for about 15 minutes on low heat. Turn the heat off and let liquid cool completely. Once cooled, carefully pour the tea into a glass jar that contains the SCOBY. Place a coffee filter or paper towel over the top of the jar and keep closed with a rubber band. Let it sit in a warm place out of direct sunlight for about seven to ten days. Drink and enjoy.
Apple-Banana Energy Shake
If you’re feeling like a slug in the afternoon, pass on the soda and blend this natural energy drink instead. “Apples are a great source of both long-term and short-term energy. Besides for being rich in antioxidants, apples contain natural vitamins and sugars that are slowly released throughout the body,” says Caleb Backe, a Health and Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics. “Peanut butter is an excellent source of healthy fats and proteins which not only fight off hunger but also store energy and…