Healthy Energy Drinks You Can Make At Home

by Nancy Maneely

The energy drink craze is not going away any time soon, as you can see from the bulging cooler cases at your local convenience store. Prepackaged drinks with turbo-charged brand names come in all sizes and flavors, including those tiny bottles displayed in neat formation near the cash registers designed to catch the attention of bleary-eyed commuters, hungover frat boys, exhausted truck drivers and anxious students trudging to early morning exams.

Perhaps the well-crafted labels bristling with shooting flames, lightning bolts, screaming rockets and monster imagery could be a tipoff that these drinks – while possibly effective in the short term – are not the healthiest thing on the planet to be feeding your body? (Plus, a lot of them taste awful.)

Healthy Energy Drinks You Can Make At Home

Some consumers, particularly young people, may think they’re getting a good deal when they pay $3 for a 16-oz. can of dragon’s breath flames, but they’re being ripped off. What they’re getting is a few cents worth of sugar, caffeine and water in a cool-looking package.

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Want to create healthy, delicious power drinks at home, using a few simple ingredients with time-tested effectiveness for feeding the body’s energy needs? Some ingredients to keep on hand:

  • Bananas – nourishes your nervous system with potassium,
  • Figs, dates and raisins – contain natural sugars to boost energy.
  • Honey – nourishes digestion and boosts energy.
  • Bee pollen – contains essential fatty acids and amino acids and stimulates production of sexual hormones.
  • Ginseng – boosts energy and brain power and improves digestion.
  • Carrot juice – cleanses and  nourishes the body and improves blood quality which helps relieve fatigue.
  • Egg yolk – stimulates sluggish, exhausted adrenal glands.
  • Spirulina – a super-nutritious vegetable protein.
  • Soy milk – a high-quality vegetable protein alternative for cow's milk.

You can whip up nutritious, delicious energy drinks in just a couple of minutes. Toss some ingredients into a blender, pour into a carrying cup and you’re off to tackle your busy day!

Healthy Energy Drinks You Can Make At Home

Banana & Fig Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 ripe banana; 3 or 4 figs; 1 tablespoon honey; 1 cup water

Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth. Add a heaped teaspoon of bee pollen powder (or equivalent in capsules) for an extra boost. Dates or raisins can be substituted for figs.

Honey & Bee Pollen Drink

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon honey; 1 heaped teaspoon bee pollen powder; 1 cup warm water

Put ingredients in a large glass, add water, then mix with a spoon. Add ginseng extract for an extra energy boost.

Egg Yolk & Carrot Juice

Ingredients: 1 large cup of freshly extracted carrot juice; 1 egg yolk

Add the egg yolk to the carrot juice then mix well with a fork. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of spirulina powder for an extra boost.

Soy Milk, Egg Yolk & Honey Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 cup natural soy milk (unsweetened, unflavored); 1 egg yolk; 1 tablespoon honey

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth

Carrot, Apple, Egg Yolk & Honey Smoothie

Ingredients: One carrot (finely diced); half an apple (finely diced); 1 cup natural soy milk (unsweetened, unflavored); 1 egg yolk; 1 tablespoon honey; ginseng extract (3-9 grams, liquid or granulated form).

Put ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth.

Do you have a favorite healthy, natural energy drink? Share with us!



Boston.com: Are Energy Drinks Bad for You?
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Chinese Holistic Health: Natural Energy Drinks

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