15 Homemade Healthy Energy Drinks

The need for extra energy is something wildly common among humans. Whether you need an energy boost to start the day, overcome that afternoon slump, or power through a workout or a tough task, a bit more energy is always a good idea. 

Traditional store-bought energy drinks are known for being quite harmful to your body and overall health as they tend to be very high on sugar and caffeine, as well as loaded with a variety of artificial chemicals that cause an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety among various other health issues on the long term. 

Fortunately, there are healthier alternatives today that you can make by yourself. These homemade healthy energy drinks do not only give the body the extra energy boost it needs, but also an equally needed nutritional value not found in almost all traditional store-bought energy drinks. Homemade healthy energy drinks can depend on green tea, fruits, vegetables, or seeds, the key is clean natural ingredients that you don’t have to feel guilty putting in your body. 

So let’s introduce you to some of the best homemade healthy energy drinks you can have instead of your average cup of coffee or store-bought sports drink. 

Homemade Healthy Energy Drinks

1. Cold Brewed Iced Green Tea 

AKwwRLe8K3ISe78cIjeAmxtHEspVkyi5p5sU8W4C6QWu7xg7zATyLLGsIPsMFItueQxmTwEq2C7sMTjLmpJrsmioEzYF3ayCUl0qWVdMYqRD4dFOvi57FedA7sl0aI3qVdPYM460Tl EVme37g

Let’s start simple. If you don’t feel like mixing or blending a bunch of ingredients together, there is nothing easier, better, or more refreshing than a cold-brewed jug of green tea to counter off those hot summer afternoon slumps. To give it a stronger dose of energy as well as flavour, you can add a spring of fresh mint leaves. 

Iced green tea is a natural refreshing homemade drink with a unique flavour and a caffeine kick that will definitely help you whenever you are low on energy, be it pre-workout, post-workout, in the morning, or in a hot afternoon. 

  • RECIPE
Prep TimeSteep Time Total Time
3 minutes 6 hours6 hours & 3 minutes 

     Servings: 2 glasses                                                                            Shelf life: 4 days                    

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of water 
  • 1 ½  cups of ice 
  • 1 tablespoon of loose green tea
  • 3 springs of fresh mint leaves 
  • Syrup or honey for sweetening (optional) 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a pitcher or a glass container with cool or room temperature water. It is better to use filtered or bottled water for a better tasting tea. 
  2. Put the loose green tea in the pitcher or jug of water. 
  3. Cover the pitcher, then place it in the fridge for 6 full house. 
  4. After taking out the pitcher, strain out the solids then pour the tea into a cup containing fresh mint leaves and lots of ice. 
  5. For sweetening, simply pour honey or syrup to taste into the cup before pouring the tea then stir well before drinking.

This recipe makes for two regular size cups of iced green tea, if you like to make more, you can simply double the ingredients or triple it, depending on the desired amount. However, it is essential to moderate as cold brewed green tea can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days only. 

2. Turmeric Ginger Energy Shots 

KGARNzZlAmwzCr3VPyWT4IQacQPjCM5xrPwn OCW69sWuizIZAM NG9R3c0A9 Iv6qjWftSl4Q1neWXAmN PO5HLrzjY8vmhKiTLCe25KRjDEtAprx2ufWfVcZmF 0kuNYgUhy VI6oI55hfEQ

With turmeric, ginger, lemon, and pepper, these four-ingredient shots have just what it takes to boost your energy as well as your immune system as it has anti-inflammatory components and improves digestion and blood circulation.  

Integrating these shots into your daily routine will do wonders to your overall health, not just your energy. The two main ingredients of these energy shots, turmeric and ginger, both act as anti-inflammatory agents and are known to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Ginger is also popularly known for helping with any indigestion problems. Therefore, starting your morning with this nutritious cocktail is probably one of the best things you could do for your immune system. 

 RECIPE 

Prep Time Total Time 
15 minutes 15 minutes 

    Servings: 10 shots of 50 ml            Shelf life: 7-10 days        Freezer friendly: 6 months

INGREDIENTS

  • 120 grams of turmeric 
  • 140 grams of ginger 
  • 2 large lemons or 6 tablespoons of lemon juice 
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Peel the ginger and turmeric using a spoon or a grater then place them in a bowl. (Note: Turmeric is highly staining so it is best to use gloves when handling it.).
  2. Pour the lemon juice onto the bowl containing the ginger and turmeric. 
  3. Put all your ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If the mixture turns out too thick, add more lemon juice or just dilute it with a bit of water until the preferred consistency is reached. 
  4. Carefully pour the mixture into a nut milk bag over a bowl. 
  5. Squeeze out all the liquid to get your fresh turmeric ginger-lemon juice out. 
  6. Store the squeezed juice in a glass container, preferably, a little 50 ml glass vials that can be used for daily dosages. 
  7. Refrigerate the juice and consume within 7-10 days while in the fridge. 
  8. For longer shelf life, pour the juice into ice cube trays and freeze them for up to six months. 

3. Apple Cider Vinegar Energy Drink 

TrM2BMg FhGuhpKhwz4TGmKl02JzbhdtPt7EwZnXSAeCYpPzj0bjxCYo18yl8i5OslroaASaimdsra0zaVCje6VQjHhzO2hqwzNPieIy5lGwZauo8ZxE5Hgc1F1l8yABIMOXKwpXSZfCHN1lCw

Apple cider vinegar is known for its various health benefits, it gives the body a clean boost of energy that is rarely found in other natural components. Mixing it with ginger makes for an even more powerful potion that clears all the toxins out of your body and helps with digestion and blood circulation.

However, the taste of plain apple cider vinegar and ginger is quite strong and bitter, so to overcome the taste, you can sweeten it with some honey and season it with some spices such as cinnamon.  

RECIPE

Prep Time Total Time 
2 minutes 2 minutes 

Servings: 1 large cup                                  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 glass of warm or hot water 
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon of ground ginger 
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon of honey 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all the ingredients together. 
  2. Heat up to your personal preference.
  3. Enjoy a dose of pure clean energy.

4. Cocoa Banana Smoothie 

GNcco TQ5LqbQ3cjLDcGqsW7qyWsXHjZprl1Aw5BxXiJwM 6y9DEOSlX Jy KIc7asClUJqCkscFbjML LrQrMYir0p6SX15kxvatc G78skxy6t8g GIBpTErzO2 JzCYxgAuVOBSZcrPiO6A

Made with cocoa powder, frozen bananas, and vanilla extract, this rich and creamy smoothie is not just an energy drink, it also makes for quite the delicious treat, especially after a workout for replenishing the body and restoring some of the burnt calories. 

This luscious vegan smoothie is best made with oat milk or nut milk such as almond milk and sweetened with dates for an extra boost of energy and more nutritional benefits. You can also add a tablespoon of almond butter or peanut butter for an added dose of protein. 

RECIPE

Prep TimeTotal Time
5 minutes5 minutes

    Servings: 4 glasses                                                      Shelf life: 24 house in the refrigerator 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 cups of almond milk 
  • 3 cups of sliced frozen bananas 
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder 
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 pitted and chopped dates or 2 tablespoons of honey for sweetening 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put the frozen bananas, almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and dates in a blender. 
  2. Blend all the ingredients together till a smooth and creamy consistency is reached. 
  3. For a thinner consistency smoothie, you can add more almond milk or a few ice cubes for a slushier consistency. 
  4. Pour the mixture into a glass and enjoy a creamy nutritious and energetic treat. 

Instructions on how to freeze bananas 

  1. Peel ripe organic bananas and throw away the peel. 
  2. Slice the bananas into ½ – 1-inch pieces. 
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay your banana slices down flat on the sheet.
  4. Put the baking sheet with the banana slices in the freezer for about 20 minutes. 
  5. After twenty minutes, take the bananas out and lift them up from the baking sheet using a spatula so they don’t stick to the sheet during the remaining freeze time. 
  6. Pop the bananas back in the freezer for about two hours 
  7. Take the bananas out of the freezer, loosen them from the cookie sheet using a spatula, and then transfer them into a plastic freezer bag to store them. 

5. Mixed Berries Breakfast Smoothie 

JpaCXAl4yrCQ29wlupFjH3KV4 UIi2jxl8NkodahxDHk3b04YrgLooEAhcOPZX4Mkhtm1MdQtnawbbTqMa U7bMNrOVuZ KF99a6bCO9oYQqwxr08A4qYVLb3UUSFum2yPcrA9zqaqjC0B78AQ

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So starting your day with a large cup of sustaining, nutritious, and delicious breakfast smoothie made with berries, orange juice, and yoghurt will fuel you up and give you just the right amount of energy you need to power through the rest of the day. 

Aside from being delicious and high on nutrients and antioxidants, this blueberry smoothie is quite easy to make. So it is perfect to whip up quickly when running late in the morning. It is also mess-free so you can have it on the go on your way to work or while getting ready to work out in the morning. 

To make this breakfast last you till lunchtime, you can add a scoop of your favourite protein powder. This will add to the nutritional value of the smoothie and keeps you full longer. 

Yoghurt is an irreplaceable ingredient in this smoothie recipe. However, you can use plain yoghurt or a flavoured one such as vanilla yoghurt for an extra flavour. The berries used in this smoothie are also best used frozen, however, if frozen berries aren’t available at the time of making the smoothie, use fresh berries and add ice cubes to the mixture before blending. 

RECIPE 

Prep Time Total Time 
5 minutes 5 minutes 

    Servings: 4 glasses                                                    Shelf life: 5 days in the refrigerator 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 1 cup of yoghurt, plain or flavoured 
  • ½ tablespoon of vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups of mixed berries (fresh or frozen) 
  • 1 cup of ice cubes if the berries aren’t frozen 
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all the ingredients into the blender 
  2. Blend on high until smooth then scrape down the sides and blend again for a few seconds till all ingredients are of equal consistency. 
  3. Serve in your favourite cup and enjoy a healthy and energetic breakfast smoothie. 

6. Citrus Electrolyte Sports Drink 

3am F 1AAMVgrfRcSJ7OyNbUE JPczSiw3GCdti9yyDIvKzucxAlmHe CK9o57biWT83Wux8wn0VZHGHwRvjbU B0RK4ds6f9 5dk0JQDfV M3GTnCv43kCkNJO72gjnAygiNoQoewVSJrk0Sg

Electrolyte sports drinks are a popular choice among athletes and anyone who is in need of a burst of extra energy anytime during the day. 

Instead of store bought bottled electrolyte sports drinks, you can opt for a homemade healthier version that gives you the needed energy boost you seek without exposing your body to any harmful artificial ingredients. 

This citrus electrolyte drink does not only act as an energy drink but is also a highly detoxing one that helps reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, as well as replenish the body’s fluids. 

With an ingredient list of ginger, turmeric, lemons, oranges, cardamom, cinnamon, and honey, this citrus energy drink helps relieve headaches and muscle soreness, increases the brain’s oxygen intake, supports digestion, boosts blood circulation, and releases energy bursts that last for longer periods of time than those that come with store-bought energy drinks

RECIPE

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time 
5 minutes 5 minutes 5 minutes 

      Servings: 1 large glass                                          Shelf life: 2-3 days in the refrigerator 

INGREDIENTS 

  • ½ an orange 
  • 1 lemon 
  • ¼ teaspoon of cardamom 
  • ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
  • A pinch of cinnamon 
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of honey 
  • Warm water 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Put one tablespoon of honey into a glass. 
  2. Add the freshly grated ginger to the honey into the glass. 
  3. Add the cardamom to the mixture next. 
  4. Put the ¼ teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of cinnamon into the glass. 
  5. Chop up half a lemon into wedges and add them to the mixture. 
  6. Squeeze the juice out of the other half of the lemon and add the lemon juice to the mixture. 
  7. Cut up half an orange into wedges and put the orange wedges on top of the lemon wedges in the glass. 
  8. Fill the rest of the cup with warm water and mix all the ingredients well. 
  9. Drink up and enjoy this electrolyte-packed energy drink. 

7. Strawberry Boost 

UaWVH8D54HcbE99a4BB THHZ7Y7Z8anwl9 Gfsr0y12E8tQVf19HrSOTumhkgqVVaMJYTMYvHdCJg2rsixpCocMpkVn Uk E Hyg10QDYF2Xdg3p68fO3brVrx WO XaIi6zwLTvAXVikKgbBQ

Strawberries are one of the most popular summer fruits. Therefore, incorporating it into a nutritious energy drink is a great way to enjoy a summer treat while giving your body the boost of energy that it badly needs. This strawberry-based energy drink is filled with healthy natural ingredients such as lemon juice, honey, and peaches, so not only will it combat the summer heat but also support your immune system and give your body an extra dose of nutrients. 

RECIPE 

Prep Time Total Time 
5 minutes 5 minutes 

  Servings: 1 large glass                                               Shelf life: 1-2 days in the refrigerator 

INGREDIENTS 

  • ½ a cup of frozen strawberries 
  • 2 tablespoons of honey for sweetening 
  • ⅓ a cup of non-fat milk powder or non-fat yoghurt 
  • 2 peach halves 
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 
  • ½ a cup of ice cubes 
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (optional) 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put the strawberries, honey, milk powder or yoghurt, peach halves, and lemon juice in the blender. 
  2. Mix on high speed till a smooth consistency is reached. 
  3. Add ice cubes and blend again at high speed until the ice is fully crushed. 
  4. Pour the mixture into your favourite smoothie cup and enjoy a cupful of summer energy goodness. 

8. Beet Energy Juice 

Vmbb3TOSGrfFflzsW JZqKICDwBD1CPkDUTkwLJlR7C6LmBV0M34HNbtD2EWSh364BfGu29oDYTZ786NkOQdSQtNVo 02HBEFUJE50t09LS7z4F IBoPJ9XxZgHEwmMjHsXssrPMdKhlQtDr1w

Beets are one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory and energizing agents. Mixing beets with other healthy natural components such as carrots, ginger, and lemons will, for sure, result in one of the most energizing and nutritious drinks that you can drink before or post a workout or have as a healthy energy-boosting snack to keep your energy up throughout the day. 

Beet-based smoothies or energy drinks have become quite popular over the past few years after several scientific research have shown that there is a strong link between the consumption of beets -whether in juice or whole form- and improved athletic performance. Whether you are an athlete or not, we can all agree that an instant boost of energy is always welcome, especially a clean healthy one that adds an actual nutritional value to your body instead of damaging it. 

RECIPE

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time 
5 minutes 5 times10 times 

    Servings: 1 glass                                            Shelf life: up to 12 hours in the refrigerator

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium beet or 2 small ones 
  • 3 medium carrots 
  • 1 medium orange 
  • ¼ piece of ginger (optional) 
  • 2 stems of organic celery (optional)
  • 1 dash of fresh lemon juice 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Wash the vegetables and fruits thoroughly under running water. Make sure to scrub the beets well using a veggie scrubber or your hands because they tend to have a lot of dirt in them. 
  2. Chop off the tops and bottoms of the beets then cut them up to the size that fits your juicer or blender. 
  3. Cut off the carrot tops and chop them up to smaller sizes to fit in your juicer. 
  4. Peel the orange and cut it up. 
  5. If you are using ginger, juice it up first, then follow it with the beets, then the carrots, and finally the orange. 
  6. Blend all ingredients together using a high-speed blender or juicer until a smooth consistency is achieved. 
  7. Pour the energy mixture into your favourite glass and enjoy a dose of pure healthy nutrients. 

9. Fresh Pomegranate Juice 

Clgqaz2 PDCnPMMouhiDfAsCc T5LsCrzx159SRu Ix UISFnidorOn9vH5Xa0uF2DdA8kj7OwlzktcXm D WPd68JJht3P8RJYwhEvP CVhxpKMRBdkykxfXJLsq1IG4GVKz32XiI5LDjHl2w

Other than being incredibly tasty, Pomegranate is packed with antioxidants, minerals, and a variety of vitamins. The arils of the pomegranate contain punicic acid and punicalagin which are strong antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory abilities. Just one pomegranate contains a big amount of various vitamins such as Vitamin K, Vitamine C, potassium, and folate. That (and so much more) is why a fresh patch of pure pomegranate juice in the morning could alone give you just the right amount of energy to reboot your system and get you active and ready to conquer the day ahead. 

A lot of us have a fairly firm pre-conceived belief that opening, cutting, de-seeding, and juicing a pomegranate is too difficult or challenging. However, as you will see with the following recipe and instructions, it is actually a much easier process than most people think. 

Since pomegranate is the only ingredient in this energy drink, the quality of the fruit itself could make or break the whole finished product. So it is extremely important to get the fruit at the right time of its peak season and in the right state to produce a fresh delicious patch of juice. It is true that pomegranate is available all year round, however, the peak season for pomegranate in the UK is during the Autumn months. When picking out pomegranates, try going for ones that are heavy for their size with a firm skin and bright colour and plump. 

RECIPE 

Prep Time Total Time 
5 minutes 5 minutes 

         Serving: 2 glasses                                                  Shelf life: 3 days in the refrigerator

 INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 large pomegranate or 2 medium ones 

INSTRUCTIONS 

Stage #1: Cutting and Opening 

  1. Wash the pomegranate under running water then place it on your work surface with the blossom facing upwards. 
  2. Cut a 1 ½  inch circle around the blossom using a paring knife while scoring diagonally into the surface of the fruit’s skin. 
  3. Using your fingers, peel off the circular section. 
  4. Feel with your fingers for the 5 or 6 vertical ribs of the pomegranate, then make shallow cuts along these ribs scoring the skin of the fruit. Make sure not to cut too deep so as to not puncture the arils inside the pomegranate. 
  5. Using your fingers, gently pull open the sections of the pomegranate like you would do with flower petals, working from the top down. 

Stage #2: De-seeding 

  1. Add the pomegranate sections to a medium bowl filled with water. 
  2. Pop out the pomegranate arils using your fingers. The arils will now sink while the peel and pith will float. 
  3. Using a large spoon, skim off the floating debris, then drain the arils using a sieve or a strainer. 

Step #3: Juicing 

  1. Put the strained arils in a high-speed blender. It is best to do it 1-2 cups at a time. 
  2. Pulse the blender a few times briefly to release the juices from the arils. Blending for longer periods of time will cause the seeds to pulverise, releasing a bitter flavour. 
  3. Pour the contents of the blender into a medium bowl through a sieve or a strainer. Using a spoon, press the pulps into the sieve to extract as much juice as possible.
  4. Pour the pure juice into a glass or a to-go cup and enjoy a fresh dose of delicious energy. 

 10. Dragon Fruit Smoothie or A Pitaya Bowl 

G08BWbzU04biB0yX4BP 67Mn LO9tvjw2VO CTJfg0FQJUCAvss639s1sKCrO QfEbgG4AHuzSD5gmwn  WG0noPwpR9uX0ofe6TYj5Qu7c41DnlJmvFRhFHab9mNJt0NrQ3zAvw7D4JFKGCrA

Other than being exotic and colourful, tropical dragon fruit is packed with antioxidants and healthy nutrients. Mixing dragon fruit with other healthy and hearty ingredients such as banans, almond milk, fruits, and/or green veggies, will naturally make for both a healthy and tasty smoothie that you can have as breakfast, snack, or dessert to nourish your body and boost your energy levels. 

This dragon fruit smoothie recipe is incredibly easy and can be made within 5 minutes with only three main ingredients: dragon fruit, banana, and your preferred type of milk or yoghurt. However, this hearty smoothie is like a blank canvas with which you can freely get creative. You can add fruits (frozen or fresh) such as strawberries, mango, kiwi, pineapples, blueberries, and/or raspberries for an additional flavour. You can also add some vegetables such as kale or spinach to this recipe for extra nutritional value as it won’t affect the texture of the smoothie and will be barely noticeable when it comes to the taste. If you want to make it more protein-packed, you can add a scoop of your favourite protein powder, it won’t affect the taste but will make the smoothie more filling which is especially needed if you are having it as a breakfast smoothie as you will need something to sustain you until lunchtime comes around. 

This recipe can also be adjusted according to your dietary restrictions or preferences as you can make a non-dairy vegan version of it using almond milk or oat milk instead of full-fat milk or yoghurt. You can also make it the keto-friendly version of it by substituting strawberries or raspberries for the bananas. 

You can also make a thicker version of this dragon fruit smoothie with frozen fruits or ice cubes and have it as a pitaya bowl which you can garnish with some nuts and cut up fruit pieces, perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or dessert. 

RECIPE 

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time 
3 minutes 2 minutes 5 minutes 

    Servings: 2 bowls or glasses                                       Shelf Life: 3 days in the refrigerator 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 cups of dragon fruit (2 frozen pitaya packs or 1 medium dragon fruit) 
  • ½ cup of almond milk (or the preferred type of milk or yoghurt) 
  • 1 large whole banana (preferably frozen) 
  • 2 scoop of protein powder (optional)

Toppings (Optional) 

  • Granola and/or chia seeds 
  • Walnuts, almonds, or the preferred type of low-calorie nuts. 
  • Fresh fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, mango, banana, and/or pineapples. 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. If you are using fresh dragon fruit, chopt it up into small cubes and freeze them overnight. If you are using frozen pitaya packs, you can use them as they are. 
  2. Slice the frozen banana into chunks. 
  3. Gather all your ingredients and prepare your highspeed blender. 
  4. Start by pouring the milk into your blender first. 
  5. Follow by adding the frozen banana chunks and dragon fruit or pitaya. 
  6. If you are using protein powder, add it to the blender next. 
  7. Place the blender’s lid and secure it then start to blend on low speed and increase to high gradually. Blend for 30 to 60 seconds or until your mixture has reached the desired consistency. If you find it too thick, add more milk; if you find it too thin, add in more fruits.
  8. Depending on the consistency you choose to settle with, pour the mixture into glasses or bowls and garnish with nuts, granola, seeds, or fruits. 
  9. Serve and enjoy a nutrients packed treat. 

11.  Double Layered Mixed Berry Green Power Smoothie

Although double-layered smoothies may be more work to make, they are also double the benefits and taste. 

The first layer of this rich and creamy smoothie is the berries layer which is packed with nutrients and antioxidants as well as flavour thanks to its rich ingredients list that contains blueberries, raspberries, avocado, banana, milk, and protein powder for the energy and sustainability. 

The second layer of this double-layered delight is the green healthier layer. With ingredients like spinach, mango, kiwi, avocado, banana, milk, and protein powder, this layer is rich, creamy, healthy, filling, and very flavorful as well. 

As you could clearly see, each layer of this two-layer smoothie could easily stand on its own as each one contains a variety of healthy and nutritional components that sustain the body as well as energize it. However, mixing the two layers together in one smoothie is what makes this double-layer smoothie the rich power-loaded energy bomb that it is. 

RECIPE 

Prep Time Total Time 
10 minutes 10 minutes 

Serving: 4 large glasses

INGREDIENTS 

  • The Berry Layer 
  • 1 Medium frozen banana cut up into chunks 
  • 1 cup of raspberries 
  • 1 cup of blueberries 
  • ½ an avocado 
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder 
  • 1-2 cups of milk 
  • The Green Layer 
  • 1 cup of diced mango 
  • 1 medium kiwi peeled and diced 
  • 2 cups of spinach 
  • ½ an avocado 
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder 
  • 1-2 cups of milk 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • The Berry Layer 
  1. Prepare your high-speed blender. 
  2. Put all your ingredients of the berry layer in the blender together. 
  3. Blend at high speed until a smooth consistency is reached. 
  4. Pour the berry smoothie into your serving glasses filling halfway. 
  5. Set the glasses aside. 
  • The Green Layer 
  1. Wash your blender, then put all the ingredients of the green layer into it. 
  2. Blend at high speed until smooth. 
  3. Pour your green mixture on top of the berry layer in the same serving glasses. 
  4. Stick your favourite smoothie straw in and enjoy a gulp of creamy goodness. 

12. Homemade Gatorade 

No matter how health-conscious we might be, we all have moments in the midst of the scolding summer heat when we surrender to the thirst and exertion and gulp down a drink of cold refreshing Gatorade or a similar sports drink. However, we all know that the ingredient list of such drinks is not exactly the healthiest out there, so if you drink it once or twice, you wouldn’t drink it all summer long, or at least you shouldn’t. 

Fortunately, you can now make your own copycat Gatorade and boost your electrolytes without exposing your body to harmful processed ingredients such as fake sweeteners, artificial flavouring, and food dye. 

With healthy natural ingredients like coconut water, fresh fruit juice, honey, and lime juice, you will be able to fight off the summer heat with this electrolyte-replenishing all-natural sports drink any day every day without having to worry about the consequences. 

DISCLAIMER: This recipe contains added salt, therefore, if you have any sort of medical condition that requires you to watch your sodium intake, please consult your physician before consuming this drink. 

RECIPE 

Prep Time Total Time 
10 minutes 10 minutes 

Serving: 8 servings 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 3 cups of pure coconut water 
  • 1 cup of your favourite fruit juice 
  • 2 tablespoons of honey 
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt 
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons of fresh lemon or lime juice (optional) 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Pour the coconut water and fruit juice into a pitcher and mix them together. 
  2. Add in the honey and sea salt and stir until completely dissolved. 
  3. Stir in the water and add the lemon juice to taste, if desired. 
  4. Serve cold or pour over ice for extra hydration. 
  5. Enjoy a powerful dose of refreshing electrolytes. 

13. Blueberry Coconut Energy Smoothie 

5vsP E6PnRbj4Olup Sb7aUXy5ikOBEBoGoaBmqlzeVJZSq 6bsellMaZUaTRicp6KYfVPcoHDFkRwP1f4e3tKJep2nGWL5 D5 3WFD2b4GGxkUO4 AaGZaEqSw6WvWaQ1wHba KZG4vDNgkeA

Blueberries are always a good idea when it comes to smoothies thanks to their antioxidant properties as well as strong and delicious flavour. So you really can’t go wrong if you go with a blueberries-based smoothie. Put the blueberries with coconut milk and greek yoghurt and you have a creamy protein-rich and flavorful smoothie that will most definitely start your day right. 

Although this recipe is already very nutritious, you can still add a scoop of your favourite protein powder if you are going to have this as a breakfast smoothie and would like to fill you up all the way till lunchtime rolls around.

RECIPE 

Prep Time Total Time 
5 minutes 5 minutes 

Servings: 1 tall glass 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 cup of ice 
  • ½ cup of frozen blueberries 
  • ¼ cup of Greek yoghourt (plain or flavoured) 
  •  ⅓ cup of cold coconut milk 
  • ¼ cup of blueberry pomegranate juice (or a similar fruit juice) 
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut 
  • 1 scoop of flavoured protein powder (optional)
  • Coconut flakes for garnish (optional) 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. In a high-speed blender, put the ice, blueberries, greek yoghurt, coconut milk, fruit juice, and coconut, in that order. 
  2. Blend all ingredients on high speed for one minute or until a smooth consistency is achieved. 
  3. Pour the mixture into your favourite tall smoothie glass. 
  4. Garnish with coconut flakes and enjoy! 

14. Matcha Energy SmoothieIi3z3DTItnIfuQg ItVrWvSX3roLdsBXhocDdkmGKba4Ef3CYN7Q2h1aAtAYFBAbUZcGm42UydylpqvgSNBgBU7xyJ28OHclz45vwk3U58QQ 6TPTR0OBHe1QdQTDmqHMCCUlh9rki1M53ELAw

For those who are not familiar with it, Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves and is a great healthy alternative from which you can get that much-needed caffeine dose in the morning. Without facing that afternoon crash that we all fear. 

In addition to being very high in antioxidants, Matcha tea helps protect the liver and kidneys, promote heart health, reduce cholesterol levels,  enhance metabolism, as well as boost brain function. 

Although matcha is highly beneficial and nutritious on its own, this smoothie recipe will take it to the next level. By mixing matcha with healthy ingredients such as spinach, blueberries, coconut milk, and almonds, you multiply the benefits your body is getting as well as the delicious flavours you get to enjoy. 

Just like matcha tea gives your body a huge load of nutrients, the rest of the ingredients in this hearty energy smoothie help improve your overall health as well as boost your energy levels. Spinach, for example, is extremely rich in vitamins and nutrients as it contains high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and calcium. As for blueberries, they are one of the most antioxidizing foods so it works wonders for your immune system.  Almonds, on the other hand, are one of the most low-carb nuts and are rich in healthy fats and protein which makes them very filling, therefore are a very diet-friendly food.

With an ingredient list like this, this matcha green smoothie does not only replace your morning cup of coffee or tea, it can also replace your breakfast. So with just one drink, you can get your morning started without wasting time cooking or having to skip breakfast for not having enough time. It is also quite filling and energizing so it will sustain you all the way till lunchtime rolls around. 

RECIPE 

Prepping Time Total Time 
2 minutes 2 minutes 

Servings: 1 tall glass 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 cups of ice cubes 
  • 1 cup of cold coconut milk (or your preferred type of milk) 
  • 1 teaspoon of matcha tea powder 
  • 1 cup of spinach 
  • ¼ cup of blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 10 whole almonds 
  • 1 tablespoon of honey for sweetening (optional) 
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (optional) 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Gather all your ingredients and prepare your high-speed blender. 
  2. Place all the ingredients into your blender and blend for about 10-15 seconds or until smooth. 
  3. Pour the mixture into a tall smoothie glass and enjoy your first sip of the healthiest caffeine morning drink. 

15. Cherry Lemonade Energy Drink 

Yh DbO23t2CHLIR BSKYhAsStf9Ded8O3wsgUNwu7PXPh0SbM8qBKRCOeJmPOTfFC4VfmKi1YiR ZfNDjJubBqK2RI5AHyVLCcaU90Opb 4IbgfuTJOumFfrEM6jSkArkH1n Y 0WvaD3XMrEA

A tasty, refreshing, and energizing delight, this cherry lemonade energy drink is perfect for replenishing your body’s fluids, overcoming the summer heat and exertion, as well as boosting your energy levels when a bit of extra energy is due.  

When mixing ingredients like cherry juice, lemon juice, coconut water, and green tea, you get your body’s need from caffeine with a dose of fresh and pure nutrients and electrolytes that will boost your body’s energy levels and leave you feeling hydrated, refreshed, and energized. 

RECIPE

Prep Time Total Time 
2 minutes2 minutes

Servings: 1 large glass 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 cup of cold-brewed unsweetened green tea 
  • ½ a cup of flavoured coconut water
  • ½ a cup of pure cherry juice 
  • ½ a cup of seltzer water 
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar 
  • ½ a cup of ice cubes 
  • The juice of 1 lemon 
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional) 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Put the green tea, cherry juice, coconut water, seltzer water, agave, and lemon juice in a large glass or a pitcher. 
  2. Stir well or shake till all ingredients are mixed together. 
  3. Serve over ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices. 
  4. Enjoy a gulp of cherry lemonade freshness. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Now that we have covered all of our favourite healthy homemade energy drinks, let’s cover some of the most frequently asked questions about energy drinks, store bought or homemade. 

Are energy drinks worse than coffee? 

In the case of some store bought energy drinks, that is, in fact, the case. Most energy drinks contain artificial flavours, complicated sweeteners, and a variety of harmful chemicals that, if consumed in large quantities, cause an increase in blood pressure as well as anxiety. So if you can not substitute store bought energy drinks with some of our alternative homemade healthy options, coffee is a better choice for your body and overall health than most store-bought energy drink options. 

What is the best way to drink an energy drink; chug or sip? 

To get the best outcome, it is preferred to sip an energy drink, not chug it. This is because chugging sports drinks or energy drinks could cause you to get a strong burst of energy all at once which is more likely to result in a crash soon after. Sipping an energy drink, however, allows for a more gradual effect which is less likely to result in a crash. 

How long does the effect of energy drinks last? 

The effects of traditional energy drinks commonly kick in within an hour of consuming them. Over the following 2-3 hours, the effects of the energy drink start to wear off although the chemicals stay in the system for a much longer time. 

What are the tools needed for making energy drinks at home? 

XeBtoLseAZTP54pWiU1ohvk32GmLo07cjPZRAYPjPj4jiupm6NrAAZ3tLlKFq0nfhBa9riPErGuVQEYsXfTCMVGxxEXz70Bf9iyU3lMwdiBenEpt832qx M1r6 ZBLMWIEXe6i Cyc2vLdIhgw

For most of our list of homemade energy drinks, the main tool you’ll have to have is a blender, to be more specific, you will need a relatively powerful and high-speed blender that can pulverize whole fruits, vegetables, and nuts as well as crush ice cubes for ice-cold smoothies. 

And of course, you can’t forget to have on hand a cool-looking tall glass and straw to sip those morning energy drinks in style. 

Having known some of the many alternative options available out there, would you still go for store-bought energy drinks or do you feel ready now to make your own? Let us know which ones are excited to try and share your thoughts with us! 

Tags

Share with Our Social Media

Popular Posts

Subscribe to our Recipes

Never miss out on the latest recipes or drink concoctions

Subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive recipes and industry insights