Many commercial energy drinks like Red Bull contain harmful ingredients like caffeine, high amounts sugar, high fructose corn syrup, additives, and red dye #40. Caffeine can be so dangerous in high quantities that 5-Hour Energy drinks were linked to heart attacks and convulsions in United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) investigations after complaints were filed. You can of course find healthier versions of energy drinks at natural grocers and health food stores but many of these are pasteurized to prolong shelf life. Pasteurization decreases the nutritional value of even the most wholesome ingredients. This includes flash pasteurization, although this better than other forms of pasteurization.
You can easily make your own natural energy drinks at home for much healthier alternatives to those commercial energy drinks. These can be taken on the road in an insulated thermos to give you energy at work, school, during a work-out, or after a work-out. These are also great to take on hikes! Below you will find suggestions for 5 natural energy drinks that contain easy to find ingredients and are super easy to make.
Banana and Wheat Grass Smoothie
3-4 ripe bananas
2 cups cold water (add more for a thinner smoothie)
1 tablespoon wheat grass powder (or fresh if you have it)
Bananas give a great deal of instant energy. One or two bananas give you enough energy for a strenuous work-out. Bananas are very high in potassium and also the B complex vitamins that are perfect for restoring depleted energy and increasing energy when you need it. They are also a significant source of fiber. Bananas make a great tasting smoothie plus they contain trypotophan and this can help put you in a great mood!
Like Spirulina discussed later in the article, wheat grass is another superfood that contains a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. You can never go wrong with adding either to a smoothie. Both are also two of the most alkalizing foods one can eat. This is important because the modern diet has so many acid forming foods that throw the body into an acidic state that can make it more susceptible to diseases like cancer and more prone to infection.