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Last Updated on January 20, 2021

16 Homemade Energy Drink Recipes That Will Fuel Your Day

16 Homemade Energy Drink Recipes That Will Fuel Your Day

Homemade energy drinks are a great alternative to store-bought energy drinks, which can be full of sugar, caffeine, and other harmful substances. If you need a boost to get your day started, or just need a little pick-me-up after a workout, these drinks are great options. Many of these drinks are designed to restore electrolytes and to give a boost when needed.

Check out the following homemade energy drink recipes, and next time you’re feeling sluggish, choose one and give it a try!

1. Chocolate Energy Drink

chocolate energy drink

    This homemade energy drink contains chocolate, a delicious and natural source of caffeine. Orange peels give it a refreshing twist, making this a great mid-day snack.

    Get the recipe here!

    2. Orange and Coconut Energy Drink

    Super Energy Drink

      With orange, coconut, and honey, this refreshing energy drink is perfect for an after-workout boost or a great addition for a hot summer’s day. It even includes a bit of flaxseed for an extra dose of vitamins and minerals!

      Get the recipe here!

      3. Orange Wheatgrass Smoothie

        Wheatgrass has long been considered a healthy addition to any energy drink. High in vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and manganese, this orange wheatgrass smoothie recipe is a creamy, sweet, and refreshing introduction to wheatgrass and all of its benefits.

        Get the recipe here!

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        4. Spirulina Energy and Detox Milk

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          Spirulina is a blue-green algae that adds a powerful, energetic punch to your drink. The algae is available in pill or powder form and is widely available online or in health food stores. This almond milk-based drink offers the benefits of spirulina with the great taste of almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon, making this one of the healthiest homemade energy drinks on the list.

          Get the recipe here!

          5. Green Tea and Chia Drink

            This simple homemade energy drink recipe gives you a boost when you most need one. The chia seeds are rich in protein, antioxidants, fatty acids, and Vitamins A, B, D, and E. You also receive the added benefits of a healthier immune system and a cardiovascular boost.

            Get the recipe here!

            6. Sunrise Energy Drink

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

              Get the recipe here!

              7. Orange Flax Smoothie

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                This smoothie will smooth out the rough edges of your day with the creaminess of blended peaches, carrots, and orange juice. Rich in Vitamin C, this drink is a great way to rev up your day and offer a splash of color when you need a little motivation.

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                Get the recipe here!

                8. Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

                strawberry pineapple smoothie in a clear glass with a red and white stripe straw

                  This yummy addition to your day will get you past that run-down feeling and through the rest of your projects. Another bonus is that there will be no crash from an artificial sweetener or added sugar. Almond milk, the base of this recipe, is also a great source of protein to keep you feeling fuller longer, making this one of the best homemade energy drinks.

                  Get the recipe here!

                  9. 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 water, as well as orange, banana, mango, and pineapple. The natural sugar of the fruits, combined with the refreshing benefits of coconut water, will offer a great energy boost after a workout or a long day at work.

                    Get the recipe here!

                    10. Maple Cranberry Sports 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.

                      This homemade energy drink provides a mix of carbohydrates to fuel your muscles. It also contains electrolytes to help replace what your body loses through sweat. The drink is, however, high in sodium and should not be used by someone with high blood pressure.

                      Get the recipe here!

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                      11. Apple Lemon Ginger Juice

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                        This great drink not only energizes, but it detoxifies as well. The drink is tart, thanks to the apple, and spicy due to the ginger, making it an exciting experience for all of your senses.

                        Get the recipe here!

                        12. Green Tea-Fruit Drink

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                          No sugar or artificial sweeteners here to make you feel sluggish. The mix of green tea and fruit is refreshing and energy-boosting, making this one of the best homemade energy drinks for a quick power-up.

                          Get the recipe here!

                          13. Apple Cider Vinegar Detox 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, which can help you absorb nutrients and get your digestive system moving along.

                            Get the recipe here!

                            14. Apple Carrot Beet Ginger Juice

                            Glass of juice and cutting board with fresh carrots, beets, and ginger for making it

                               

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                              Re-energize and revitalize with a cup full of this homemade energy drink. Power through your day with a powerful energy boost from beets and ginger, and vitamins from apples and carrots.

                              Get the recipe here!

                              15. Chia Fresca

                              overhead photo of chia fresca in two glasses, topped with cucumber and lime

                                Chia Fresca is traditionally made with only chia seeds and water, but this recipe offers a flavorful, nutritious boost with lime juice, honey, and Himalayan pink salt. All together, those ingredients make for an energy-boosting combination that is sure to keep you pumped throughout the day.

                                Get the recipe here!

                                16. Citrus Sports Drink

                                homemade sports drink

                                  This sports drink is full of citrus goodness, with the added benefits of coconut water. This drink will cool you off after burning through some calories and offer an energy boost provided by the natural sugar of maple syrup.

                                  Get the recipe here!

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Whether you’re looking for a revitalizing drink for after a workout, a soft energy boost for an afternoon slump, or a kickstart drink to begin your day, these homemade energy drinks fit the bill. Choose one and give it a try next time your energy levels are low.

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                                  Last Updated on January 22, 2021

                                  5 Simple Stretches to Boost Your Energy at Your Office Desk

                                  5 Simple Stretches to Boost Your Energy at Your Office Desk

                                  Everyone knows that sitting for long periods of time is bad for your body and your mind. Getting the blood flowing helps you stay fresh with creativity, boosts energy, and helps your body work more efficiently. Many of us don’t have the opportunity to get up and move around as often as we should, but simple stretches added in during the day can help.

                                  Studies have found that prolonged sitting can lead to increased risk in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, deep-vein thrombosis, and metabolic syndrome. Sitting is also known to increase pain by tightening the hip flexor and hamstring muscle, as well as stiffening the joints. This can cause problems with balance and gait in addition to the obvious discomfort.[1]

                                  One study found that “greater total sedentary time” and “longer sedentary bout duration” were both associated with a higher risk of death. Basically, those who moved around less were more likely to die from any cause[2].

                                  While many of us have busy schedules that limit the amount of time we can exercise each day, doing simple stretches throughout the day at your desk can be a great option to encourage movement, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

                                  Here are 5 simple stretches you can do while sitting to improve your mind and body.

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                                  1. Seated Twist

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                                    Sitting in your chair while keeping a long, tall spine, place your right hand on the outside of your left knee. Use that hand as leverage to twist to your left, and place your left hand as far to the right as possible to have something to hang onto while you twist. Now join it with your breath.

                                    Exhale as you move into your twist, and inhale as you ease off. Repeat on the other side. Repeat for each side 2-3 times.

                                    This simple stretch is great to offer a release for your back, neck, and shoulders. The twist will also help rinse out your internal organs, giving you a little boost of energy.

                                    2. Chest/Shoulder Opener

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                                      Sitting on the edge of your chair, clasp your hands behind your back, opening up your chest and shoulders. Inhale/exhale several times, noticing that when you inhale your stretch increases. Release and repeat 2-3 times.

                                      This stretch, while aimed at the chest muscles, can also alleviate some upper back pain, as we often feel pain in this area when our chest muscles are tight. This will also open up your lungs, allowing you to take some deep breaths, which can help reduce stress.

                                      3. Seated Pigeon

                                      Yoga In The Office: 6 Chair Poses To Improve Your Posture

                                        I call this one Seated Pigeon as it is a cousin to the yoga pose called Pigeon, which is performed lying on the floor. Clearly this isn’t an option at work. This Seated Pigeon version might not work if you are wearing a short skirt or dress unless you have an office to yourself!

                                        Sit on the edge of your chair and place your right ankle over your left knee. Be sure that your left foot is directly under your left knee and flat on the floor. Sit nice and tall, imagining a string is pulling the crown of your head up towards the ceiling.

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                                        This one is great for releasing your gluteus medius and minimus muscles, as well as your piriformis muscles. These are your hip abductors. These are usually what aches when you sit so much! Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds, and repeat on each side 2-3 times.

                                        This will offer a great release in the hips, as well as create stability in the knee joint. Both of these will help you avoid pain once you get up to leave work for the day.

                                        4. Hip Flexor Stretch

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                                          Sitting truly shortens and tightens your little hip flexor. This sits at the front in the crease of your hip. It runs through your pelvis to your back, so when it is tight, it often presents with an achy back.

                                          To lengthen this muscle while at your desk, sit at the edge of your chair, but shift to face to your left. Take your right leg and extend it behind you with as straight a knee as you can. Sit tall, and lift your sternum while trying to tuck your tailbone under, as this will deepen the stretch.

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                                          Repeat on the other side. Repeat for both sides 2-3 times.

                                          5. Hamstring Stretch

                                          The Best Hamstring Stretches for Sore or Tight Hamstrings | Shape

                                            This is an easy one to do either just before you sit down or just after getting up. While standing, soften your right knee and extend your left leg in front of you with your heel on the floor. On your left leg, draw your toes upwards, keep your knee slightly bent so you don’t strain your ligaments behind your knee.

                                            You want to feel the stretch in the belly of the muscle (that is, your mid-thigh, at the back of your leg) rather than behind the knee. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and switch to the other side. Repeat each side 2-3 times.

                                            Stretching out your hamstring can help relieve knee and lower back pain. It can also help increase your balance and range of motion. If you like to spend your free time running or jogging, your hamstrings will be grateful you took a moment to stretch them out at work as these muscles are notorious for tightening up quickly.

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            It isn’t necessary to do all of the stretches all at once. Take a stretch break every 45 minutes or so and choose a couple of different stretches. Next time, choose a different set of simple stretches. Ultimately, your brain and body will thank you for it!

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                                            Reference

                                            [1] Harvard Health Publishing: The dangers of sitting
                                            [2] Annals of Internal Medicine: Patterns of Sedentary Behavior and Mortality in U.S. Middle-Aged and Older Adults

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