5 Homemade Natural Energy Drinks to Fuel Your Workout
Need a good natural post-workout recovery drink? Skip those artificially colored energy drinks and pasteurized, highly-processed, refined juices in bottles and tetra packs. Instead, prepare your own fresh, all-natural, and truly nourishing high-octane sports drink! They are easy to make and loaded with nutrition and will keep you from binging after a long and tiring workout.
All you need is a large sports bottle and an insulated lunch box to carry along your smoothies or juices. Don't forget to put an ice pack inside your insulated lunchbox to help keep your freshly made drink cold for hours.
Here are some amazing recipes (all are vegan!) to get your started.
1. THE COCOLINA - A Coconut Spirulina Energy Drink Coconut water is Potassium-rich and nature's best isotonic drink. Spirulina is a protein-rich algae that contains 8 essential and 10 non-essential amino acids, potassium, energy giving B vitamins such as B1, B2, and B6, and magnesium, a mineral essential for energy.
Ingredients: Coconut water and ½ teaspoon spirulina powder
Directions: Pour coconut water into sports bottle and mix in the spirulina powder. Tightly secure bottle cap and shake well. If you cannot stand the taste of spirulina, just take 500mg tablets and down them with the coconut water in between training or workouts. This can also be consumed as a pre-workout drink.2. Orange Flax Smoothie Oranges are good sources of potassium, magnesium, B1, B2, B3, B6, and folate. Flax oil (or hempseed oil) will slow down the release of fruit sugar into the bloodstream, giving you a steady supply of energy for a few hours.
Directions: Add a little cold water (about half a cup) and blend. Drink slowly. Great as a pre-workout drink.3. Refreshing Apple Cider Drink Apple cider vinegar contains significant amounts of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, B1, B2, and B6.
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar; 16 ounces cold water; 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup/raw agave syrup/raw coconut nectar (for diabetics: 2 teaspoons yacon syrup/2 teaspoons coconut sugar or raw coconut nectar/4 drops stevia)
Directions: Transfer all ingredients into a sports bottle and shake well.If you like bananas, you will love the the Green Banana Smoothie and Banana Wheat Grass Smoothie that can be found here.
Looking for more natural foods to fuel your workout? Read the articles below:
- Healthy Foods to Fuel Your Workout
- The Low-down on Natural Ways to Fuel Your Workout
- Eat Like An Athlete: 8 Amazing Plant-Powered Foods
- Protein in a Plant-based Diet: A Vegan Bodybuilder's Perspective
- Slaying the Protein Dragon: Plant-based Protein and the Endurance Athlete
- Distance Running on Plant-based Fuel
This article was originally published on One Green Planet.
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