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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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                                          5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                                          5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                                          Businesses rely on talent to generate and sell value. Without skilled people to create its products, manage its operations and execute its strategies, a business would inevitably fizzle out of the game and leave better-staffed competitors to take the field.

                                          This is the reason why ambitious companies go great lengths to attract top talent,[1] shelling out millions of dollars in the process and bending traditional work policies just to bring highly skilled but demanding candidates into the fold.

                                          Clearly, the contours of business are changing. But so are the demographics of work.

                                          Millennials have become the dominant generation in the job market in terms of population, and some have already transitioned into leadership roles. Most millennials consider opportunity to learn and grow more important than overall compensation.[2]

                                          Companies also today expect employees to come equipped with razor sharp business acumen.[3] Unfortunately, there is an alarming discrepancy between the actual skills businesses need and those currently possessed by job candidates.

                                          To stay in the game, employers need to continually upgrade their training and skills development strategies to cover the entire employee lifecycle.

                                          What are Learning Management Systems (LMS)?

                                          Learning management systems are software-based solutions for authoring, presenting, consuming, storing, and tracking educational content and training materials. These systems aim to centralize all instructional content (e.g., lessons, training modules, instructional videos, presentation slides, worksheets, online quizzes, ebooks, takeaway notes, etc.) in one place.

                                          LMS enable instructors to design and deliver learning experiences to students, with the added capability of evaluating the effectiveness of the instructional materials and grading the learning progress of students.

                                          On the other side of the equation, learners use LMS to develop skills and acquire new knowledge virtually anytime and anywhere via the different channels and content formats made possible by digital technology.

                                          Over the years, a wide range of features and technologies have been integrated into learning management systems to help enhance the experience of training designers, instructors, and learners. These include cloud and mobile technology, artificial intelligence, responsive design, scheduling, gamification, data analytics, and interoperability with other applications.

                                          5 Best All-Purpose Learning Management Systems

                                          There are dozens of LMS vendors catering to the general market or to specific segments such as K-12 learning, higher education, and corporate training.

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                                          With so many options available, selecting the right LMS solution for your needs can be complicated and costly, especially when you end up adopting a platform that doesn’t exactly match your goals or requirements.

                                          Short of conducting a comprehensive audit of your needs and finalizing a learning roadmap, the safest bet would be to adopt full-featured but affordable LMS solutions.

                                          Based on user reviews, here are the 5 best LMS to help people gain knowledge, build skills, and achieve mastery:

                                          1. Canvas Network

                                          Launched by Instructure as an open source software in 2011, Canvas is an end-to-end cloud-based service originally engineered for the education sector.

                                          Widely adopted for K-12 and Higher Ed learning, Canvas can be repurposed for anything that involves an instructor, a subject matter, and a student.

                                          Used around the world by people of all ages and organizations of all types, Canvas arguably has the largest learning and support community in its class. It works on desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

                                          To get a glimpse of the platform’s fresh interfaces, you can visit the Canvas Network, a learning community that provides educational and instructional materials created by colleges, universities, corporate businesses, independent course developers, and other knowledge-sharing entities around the world.

                                          Hosting hundreds of interesting topics from data science to horticulture, the learning network also serves as evidence to the scope, capabilities, and popularity of the Canvas LMS platform.

                                          Canvas is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure, which enhances the platform’s reliability, speed, scalability, and overall online performance.

                                          Additionally, platform adopters enjoy a low-risk environment since cloud-based solutions require no hard stops for version updates, upgrades, or system migrations.

                                          The Canvas website does not show a price matrix but says the service adopts a simple formula for computing fees: a one-time implementation fee and an annual subscription fee based on total number of users. It also promises free basic services for teachers who want to use the platform.

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                                          In addition to Canvas, Instructure also offers Bridge (an LMS designed for corporate environments), Arc (a video platform for online learning), and Gauge (an assessment management system).

                                          Check out this video if you want to learn more about Canvas Network:

                                          2. Google Classroom

                                          This free service from Google aims to improve the teaching and learning process using cloud technology, web apps, workflow simplification, and seamless communication between students and instructors.

                                          Using Classroom, educators can easily create and schedule classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and grade quizzes all in one place. By streamlining processes, Classroom helps teachers save time and organize classes more effectively. Both students and teachers can also work using any device anytime and anywhere.

                                          Classroom works perfectly with other Google tools, having been launched initially as part of Google’s G Suite for Education. This LMS solution taps Google Drive for content storage and distribution, as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for the creation and sharing of instructional materials. Meanwhile it integrates Google Calendar for scheduling and Gmail for communication.

                                          With G Suite, other communication channels such as chat messaging, video conferencing, and a dedicated website are enabled.

                                          Easy to set up and manage, Google Classroom is free to use. One of my very first courses was actually hosted on Google Classroom.

                                          Going beyond the classroom environment, Google offers G Suite Enterprise for Education for large institutions. This suite provides enhanced search and analytics capabilities as well as advanced tools for enterprise communications.

                                          3. Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)

                                          If budget and capability equally top your list of LMS adoption criteria, then Moodle might just fit the bill. Which is to say there’s none (i.e., bill).

                                          Moodle is a free and open-source learning solution for distance education, workplace training, flipped classrooms, and other pedagogical environments.

                                          It is also a full-featured LMS supported by a robust community and a thriving developer ecosystem. Not surprisingly, Moodle is used in more than 15 million courses by more than 130 million users in 230+ countries.

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                                          Among other things, Moodle enables administrators and educators to create a dynamic and dedicated website to host organic, easily accessible, and highly customizable courses that can be experienced on desktops and mobile devices anytime and anywhere.

                                          Moodle provides a personalized and intuitive dashboard as well as a host of collaboration tools for content designers, teachers, and learners. A universal calendar, an efficient file management system, an automatic notification system, multimedia integration, and a progress tracking tool all come with the package.

                                          Check out this video if you want to learn more about Moodle:

                                          4. Absorb

                                          This platform recently bagged PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best LMS.

                                          Co-designed and built by former course authors, Absorb takes learning experience to the next level. This turnkey LMS solution is responsive, full-featured, and highly customizable for maximum impact.

                                          Course developers can orchestrate a wide range of experiences depending on audience or learning situation. In addition to surveys, polls, and e-commerce integration, Absorb supports formal online learning and certifications standards such as AICC, SCORM, and Tin Can.

                                          The user interface can also be modified to match the learner’s location, group, or department, allowing for a different look and feel for customers, channel partners, management trainees, and newly hired employees.

                                          Absorb supports all personal computing devices from desktops to mobile phones. There are also native or hybrid apps for iOS and Android.

                                          The only possible drawback to the platform’s powerful feature set is its pricing. The service reportedly implements a flat, one-time setup fee depending on your business and training requirements. According to the site, any plan comes with a dedicated success team for your account.

                                          Although small companies are welcome to try, midsize to enterprise-scale organizations are probably the best segment to readily adopt this LMS solution.

                                          Take a look at some examples of Absorb in this video:

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                                          5. Watershed Collaborative

                                          Created by a group of educators, this nonprofit rethinks the priorities of an LMS, asserting that too many systems miss the most essential elements of what makes learning stick. They promise a better user experience – emphasizing Learning before Management and System.

                                          Watershed aims to support an inquiry-based learning experience through an integrated mix of online and in-person learning strategies and interactions designed expressly for teams – including collaboration, reflection, and dialogue.

                                          While Watershed was founded initially to serve the K-12 education market, the company has since expanded its scope to cater to all types of teachers and learners with its video-rich, state-of-the-art platform.

                                          If you’re a mission-driven educator, content creator, institution, or business, this LMS may be the one for you.

                                          Watershed specializes in assisting you with the instructional design of courses and provides content production services to ensure top-quality video assets with lasting value. Their LMS makes it easy for course creators to continuously update and tailor content to support small and large groups, while ensuring the technology and instructional strategy supports communities of learners.

                                          Pricing varies based on products and services, but revenues support the nonprofit’s ability to make its platform and courses available at little or no cost for high-need educators and educational settings.

                                          Honorable Mentions

                                          There are dozens of LMS vendors in this growing market and the brands included in foregoing list are by no means the only viable options for companies or learning institutions looking to upgrade their learning infrastructure.

                                          Many other excellent services are worth checking out. These include:

                                          1. Docebo is an LMS designed for hyper-engaging students, employees, customers, and other learners. The system helps organizations identify and resolve competency gaps with strategic learning interventions.
                                          2. Cornerstone OnDemand is a talent, training, and performance management solution offered as an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). This service enables learners to create personalized playlists of instructional content.
                                          3. Lessonly is an LMS solution that makes it easier to recall and reinforce whatever skills or knowledge you have learned through quizzes, coaching, and constant practice.
                                          4. Skillsoft is an online training and corporate learning platform developed by a two-decade old and billion-dollar company with the same name.
                                          5. D2L BrightSpace is a learning management system that has all the basics for delivering excellent, rich-media experiences for classroom or workplace training.

                                          Conclusion

                                          There are many ways to learn but some are more effective and meaningful than others. Whether you are a teacher looking to enhance classroom learning or an HR manager creating a long-term talent development plan for employees, the key to impactful learning is to understand and bridge the needs of learners, the goals of your institution, and the actual capabilities of the learning tools you are considering.

                                          Note that using multiple LMS platforms is possible although not recommended. On the other hand, adopting other learning solutions beyond LMS (such as podcasts, mentoring, and onsite in-person workshops) may significantly improve learning outcomes. Always go for products and plugins that seamlessly integrate into your core LMS tool.

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