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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 July 17, 2019

                                          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                                          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                                          What happens in our heads when we set goals?

                                          Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

                                          Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

                                          According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

                                          Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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                                          Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

                                          Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

                                          The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

                                          Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

                                          So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

                                          Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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                                          One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

                                          Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

                                          Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

                                          The Neurology of Ownership

                                          Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

                                          In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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                                          But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

                                          This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

                                          Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

                                          The Upshot for Goal-Setters

                                          So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

                                          On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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                                          It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

                                          On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

                                          But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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