Natural Energy Drinks (Part 2)

  1. Spicy Warmer
If you’re after a warm beverage to energize without the caffeine, then this is it! Packed with soothing, anti-inflammatory spices it nourishes your insides at the same time. Simmer 2 cups of hot water in a small pan. Add 1 inch of fresh ginger, sliced. Then ¼ teaspoon of turmeric, 1 ½ teaspoon of honey, and ¼ teaspoon of ground cardamom. Serve in your favourite cup with a slice or two of lemon! greensmoothie-14
  1. Green Machine
Green vegetables are rich in chlorophyll that oxygenates the blood. Oxygenated blood helps to increase your energy levels and make your brain sharper! Juice 2 small cucumbers, 1 celery stalk, ¼ cup of kale leaves, ¼ cup of spinach, 1 tablespoon of parsley, 1 teaspoon of greens powder and juice of ½ a lemon. Serve with crushed ice.
  1. Protein Power Up
Enjoy a glass of this to start your day and you’ll be powered up for the whole morning! Protein, healthy fats and slow-releasing sugars combine to give you a sustained energy release, whilst the greens boost your chlorophyll intake, oxygenating your cells. Combine ½ a banana, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1 tablespoon of vegan protein powder, ½  cup of chopped kale, ¼ cup coconut yogurt, ½ tablespoon flax seeds, ½ tablespoon hemp seeds, and ¾ cup of nut or coconut milk.
  1. Beet The 3pm Slump
Beets are rich in nitrates which helps to reduce the amount of oxygen needed by blood vessels and muscles to function. Nitrates are converted to nitric oxide in the body which helps to reduce blood pressure by widening the blood vessels, allowing oxygen to flow easily. The combination of energy boosting beetroot, zesty lemon and apple will have you powering through the afternoon! Juice 1 small beetroot, 1 apple, 1 lemon, 2 celery stalks, and 1 handful of spinach. Serve with ice.
  1. Super Shot
This tart shot of energy is sure to wake you up! It’s also a potent detoxifying beverage, cleansing your liver, kidney and bowels. Get ready to be buzzing! Combine 4 ounces of cranberry juice, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, and the juice of half a lemon. If that’s too strong, add 4 ounces of water. Chase with more water if needed. Support your body’s natural ability to give you energy throughout the day with these delicious drinks and feel alive all day long!  Source: Food Matters

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