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20 Super Energy Drink Recipes That Will Fuel Your Day

20 Super Energy Drink Recipes That Will Fuel Your Day

Homemade energy drinks are far cheaper than the chocked full of sugar in-store ready made brands. Start you day off right or guzzle after a great work out. Many of these drinks are designed to restore electrolytes and to give a boost when needed. Unlike store bought versions these drinks have no artificial preservatives, colorings, or unnatural flavorings.

1. Maggie’s Energy Drink

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    This drink is not heavy on the caffeine or the sugar to give you a boost of energy when it is needed. Wake up your day with this drink, try in the morning or afternoon or after a great workout to stimulate your productivity.

    2. Grizzly Bear’s Homemade Energy Drink

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      This refreshing drink gets its kick from nature with wild and raw honey. Honey is a natural source of raw carbs to keep you going. Take this recipe up to a whole new level by substituting the water with fruit juice instead.

       3. Cocoa Energy Drink

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        Who doesn’t like getting a boost of energy from a little chocolate? Chocolate is a natural source of caffeine, which is why this little drink gives you that extra kick you need to finish or start out the day.

         4. Strawberry-Peach Energy Drink

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          This drink has no added sugar, it is sweetened only by fruit. The carbs are provided naturally from the peaches and strawberries. This cool little drink will keep you going on a long hot day.

          5. Banana-Wheat Grass Smoothie

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            Wheat grass has long been considered a healthy addition to any energy drink. Wheat grass, along with an overripe banana are the sources of nutritious energy in this drink.

            6. Spirulinacoco Energy Drink

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              Spirulina is a blue-green algae that adds a powerful, energetic punch to your energy drink. The algae is available in pill or powder form and is widely available online or in health food stores.

              7. Green Tea And Chia Energy Drink

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                This simple recipe gives you a boost when you most need one. The chia seeds are rich in protein and antioxidants. You also receive the added benefit of a healthier immune system and protects the heart.

                8. Sunrise Energy Drink

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                  Kick start your morning with this delicious carrot and orange drink. No artificial sweeteners or sugar is added. Despite the name, this drink is great anytime during the day.

                  9. Very Berry Energy Drink

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                    This drink chocked feel of berries is perfect after a workout, to start your day, or to give a little boost during the day. The drink is sweetened only by the many fruits in this great small, but powerful drink.

                    10. Orange Flax Smoothie

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                      This smoothie will ‘smooth’ the rough edges of your day. Rich in vitamin C, this drink is a great way to rev up your day or give a boost when you need it most.

                      11. Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

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                        This yummy  addition to your day will get you past that ‘run-down’ feeling and through the rest of your day. Even better there is no ‘crash’ from an artificial sweetener or added sugar. Flax seed is said to have additional healing properties, in protecting the heart and even in preventing strokes.

                        12. Tropical Paradise Energy Drink

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                          Get a boost and a taste of the islands with this tropical energy drink. The recipe calls for a hint of coconut also. A great way to rehydrate after a good workout too. Plus the added benefit of flax seed which has also been credited with lowering blood sugar.

                          13. Maple Cranberry Energy Drink

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                            All natural maple syrup serves as the sweetener in this high energy drink. You’ll also love the flavorful, tartness from the cranberries. The drink is, however, high in sodium and should not be used by someone with high blood pressure.

                            14. Apple Lemon Ginger Juice

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                              This great drink not only energizes, it detoxifies as well. The drink is tart, thanks to the apple and spicy due to the ginger.

                              15. Green Tea-Fruit Drink

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                                No sugar or artificial sweeteners here to make you feel sluggish. Power-up your day, after a workout, or help in perking up after a long day.

                                16. Cranberry Juice With Apple Cider Vinegar Energy Drink

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                                  This very tart drink will energize your day. You receive a great many benefits from unleashing the raw energy of cranberries, along with apple cider vinegar.

                                  17. Beet Juice Energy Drink

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                                    Re energize and revitalize with a cup full of this energy drink. Power through your day with a powerful boost from beets.

                                    18. Watermelon and Coconut Water Energy Drink

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                                      All the sweetness comes from delicious watermelon. Coconut water is naturally low in carbs, sugar, and is 99% fat free.

                                      19. Chia Energy Drink

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                                        This drink will fill you up, while providing a bit of needed energy. Chia seeds are a great source of protein and this little drink is sure to shore you up when you need a boost the most.

                                        20. Citrus Coconut Energy Drink

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                                          Full of citrus goodness with the added benefits of coconut water. This drink will cool you off after burning through some calories or in getting you through the day.

                                           

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                                          Last Updated on January 2, 2019

                                          Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

                                          Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

                                          The end of the year is the time when everyone tries to give you advice on how to live healthier, look better, and earn more money.

                                          It’s understandable if you find yourself lost among all the tips and opinions. Sometimes you no longer know what you truly want to achieve next year – and what’s just imposed by society.

                                          To help you out, we’ve made this article about the things you should remove from your new year’s resolution list – instead of adding to it – to make your daily life more harmonious and peaceful.

                                          So just make sure you cross these off your New Year’s to-do list – your body, mind and soul will be thankful.

                                          1. Stop Buying Meaningless Gifts

                                          We all know the sense of obligation – when we have to buy a gift for an event or celebration that’s already tomorrow, but we still have no idea of what to give.

                                          Take these tips close to heart for all upcoming holidays, including birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc.:

                                          Stop focusing on the material objects

                                          Instead of focusing on what material object to give, think about the emotion you want to evoke[1] in the gift recipient, and then pick a symbolic gift that can support or represent that emotion. For example, you can gift coziness by presenting a “comfort set” with warm socks, tea, candles, etc. Or give motivation by presenting a beautiful planner or notebook.

                                          Plan gifts in advance

                                          We know this is easier said than done. But if you try to plan which gifts you’ll need in the upcoming months (try making a list three or four times a year), ideas will more likely come to mind and you’ll avoid that last-minute shopping. Not to mention, you’ll be able to keep an eye on sales to get the best prices.

                                          Suggest a better way

                                          If you’re tired of exchanging gifts for birthdays and holidays, initiate a different approach. For example, draw names among family members and agree that each one only buys a present to that one person they got. Alternatively, you can agree not to share gifts among adults, and only give presents to kids of the family. Or, ask friends to donate to charity instead of buying a gift for you.

                                          Go for common experiences instead of exchanging gifts

                                          You can agree (with your partner or the extended family) to go on a common trip, dinner or another activity, instead of spending money on gifts.

                                          Sometimes you’ll have to be the one who initiates breaking the rules that have been accepted in the family for years. But if you suspect that you’re not the only one in the group who’s tired of gift-hunting, you’ll surely find support for your suggestions.

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                                          2. Don’t Exaggerate with Diets and Fitness Resolutions

                                          It’s no secret that TV shows, article headlines, and ads (not to mention our healthy diet-obsessed friends) make us feel like we need to look better, slimmer and younger than we actually are. But going on yet another diet or starting a fitness plan with the wrong motivation rarely leads to great results.

                                          If you are like many people, you have probably signed up for an annual gym membership at least once in your life – only to drop it one month later.

                                          How do you balance a good resolution for a healthier life without pushing yourself into commitments that won’t last?

                                          Here’s what you can do:

                                          Set a healthier pattern

                                          For example, do meat-free Mondays or reduce meat consumption to three days per week (less saturated fat for you and better for the environment). Or choose to eat only healthy food at least three days a week or only on weekdays (e.g. make sure your meals contain vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, and protein). This way you’ll already have a healthier diet while still being able to treat yourself with a snack on weekends or parties.

                                          Get a fitness watch

                                          Fitness watches like Fitbit or MiBand are tiny accessories that will count your steps, calories burnt and will serve as an excellent motivator to move – or to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

                                          Find a physical activity that you enjoy

                                          Even if you are not that fond of doing sports, you can definitely find an activity that you’d do with pleasure. Think about what you’d like – from taking up Nordic walking to pilates or even exercising at home.

                                          Try intermittent fasting

                                          This is an alternating cycles of fasting and eating. For example, stop eating at 8 pm and restart not sooner than 12 hours later. This approach has been proven to have numerous health benefits, in addition to weight loss.

                                          Skip cabs or driving to work and opt for cycling or walking instead

                                          You’ll burn calories, breathe some fresh air, and save money – win-win!

                                          3. Put a Cap on Your Daily To-Do List

                                          In today’s busy world, planning your day in a stress-free way is actually an art in itself. It’s natural to want to be a loving parent, a diligent employee, an active member of the local community and probably several other individual roles.

                                          But playing all these roles requires energy and meticulous planning. How not to lose yourself amidst all the appointments and responsibilities? And – most importantly – how to still find time for relaxing and recharging yourself?

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                                          These daily planning tips will help you have more stress-free days:

                                          Leave bigger intervals between meetings

                                          If you schedule too many appointments or chores in a day, you’ll probably end up late at some point, and as a result – more stressed. There are many different reasons why people are late, but poor planning is a major factor too.

                                          Plan time to relax

                                          As weird as it may sound, you should try and schedule your resting time. For example, if you only have one free evening this week, and a friend tries to squeeze in a meeting, feel free to say no. Don’t feel obliged to specify the reason for your refusal, just say that you are busy.

                                          Try to be a little pessimistic

                                          We’re often packed with plans or running late for errands because we tend to be overly optimistic – about the traffic, the time it takes to do things, etc. Instead, try an opposite tactic — assume you’ll hit traffic or the meeting will take longer.

                                          Try waking up earlier

                                          Sometimes even waking up 30 minutes earlier can give you the much-needed head start for several errands of the day. But remember to get enough sleep every night, even if it means going to bed earlier.

                                          Plan your day the day before

                                          Chances are your day will be much better organized if you pack a lunch and lay out an outfit before going to bed.

                                          Designate a time for checking emails and social messages

                                          If you start checking your messages between appointments, you risk getting lost in a sea of messages that need replies. Designate a time for this activity or do it in case you arrived early to a meeting.

                                          4. Let Go of Unhealthy and Time-Consuming Habits

                                          If there’s one thing we should get rid of in the new year, it’s the habits that steal our time, provide instant gratification but don’t offer any value in the long term. Or even worse, leave a negative impact on our health.

                                          Here are some common (and pointless) habits along with tips on how to get rid of them:

                                          Binge-watching TV series

                                          Even if most online television platforms offer you lists of “Best TV Shows to Binge Watch”, being addicted to series is a major time-waster.

                                          You can manage this addiction in several ways, for example, watch one episode per day (or a few per week) as a reward, only after you’ve finished an assignment or done a house chore. Or try replacing this habit with exercise or reading a book – this will be hard at first but should stick after a few weeks. You can also try to track how much time you spend on TV or movies – seeing how much of your life you are wasting might urge you to do something about it.

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                                          Running on coffee

                                          Being a coffee addict is kind of a stylish addiction nowadays, but it’s not that innocent as it may initially seem. Besides addiction being a problem in itself, drinking too much coffee (more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day) may lead to nervousness, insomnia, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat, and even muscle tremors.[2]

                                          As a solution, try switching to tea or edible coffee – a more sustainable, healthy, and productivity-enhancing alternative. For example, Coffee Pixels are solid coffee bars that generate a more even energy kick throughout the day without the coffee-induced abstinence and dehydration.

                                          Procrastination

                                          Fighting procrastination requires some serious willpower. If it is a problem in your daily life or work, try ”eating the frog” in the morning – get over your biggest or hardest tasks first, then tackle everything else.

                                          Alternatively, use time tracking software to monitor exactly how much time you waste on unproductive actions, websites or apps. Once you know exactly how much time you’re spending unproductively, try to limit your time on social media, for example to just 20 minutes per day.

                                          If nothing else works, try bribing yourself — promise yourself to do something fun or pleasant when you finish your assignment.

                                          Whichever habit you want to give up, consider using some habits building tools to make a contract with yourself and reward yourself for milestones achieved.

                                          5. Stop over-consuming

                                          We live in the age of consumerism – huge manufacturers with their promise of a comfortable life on the one hand, and growing environmental threats – that are the direct result of our modern lifestyle – on the other hand. There’s only one solution – try to consume less whenever and wherever you can.

                                          Before making additional purchases, ask yourself these questions:

                                          • Do I really need it? Did I need it yesterday?
                                          • Can’t I buy it used or borrow it from friends?
                                          • Can I rent it?
                                          • Can I make it myself?
                                          • Am I buying the most sustainable version of this product?

                                          For example, check if the brand you chose is conscious about the environment, for example, are the products they manufacture energy efficient? Do they try to use less packaging?

                                          Also, if you often find yourself buying too many groceries, promise to buy only the amount that fits in one shopping bag (that you bring along). If you often forget to take your shopping bag with you, get yourself a 2-in-1 wallet with a built-in shopping bag for more eco-friendly shopping.

                                          6. Learn to Unplug from Your Phone

                                          Today’s world is crammed with information, and many people struggle to keep focus on what’s truly important. There’s just too much going on in the world – too much to read, to watch, to know, too many conversations to participate in.

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                                          But how to refuse the temptation to check the phone and start using social media in a controlled, not a compulsive way?

                                          Some tips for managing your phone-dependency:

                                          Spend only a limited amount of battery per day

                                          For example, start your day with 50% battery life, and manage your phone usage so that you’ll make it till the evening.

                                          Block distracting apps and notifications on your phone and computer

                                          Choose one-hour, two-hour or longer blocking sessions and enjoy the positive impact this will have on your mood and productivity.[3]

                                          Set your phone on flight mode

                                          When you start doing an important task that requires full focus, set your phone on flight mode so that nobody can disturb you.

                                          Leave your phone at home or in the office when you go for lunch

                                          You’ll see that the feeling of being unreachable for a moment is actually very liberating.

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          As a new year begins, we’re all excitedly looking forward to what adventures await ahead of us.

                                          But this year, promise yourself this:

                                          Instead of having a never-ending list of tasks and commitments, focus on the truly meaningful ones. And cross-out all the rest without feeling guilty.

                                          Less is more. Make this year count. We’re all rooting for you.

                                          Featured photo credit: Brooke Lark via unsplash.com

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