Coming up with a recipe for a homemade version of the store bought energy drinks can be a difficult task, but after doing some research and discovering how unhealthy they are for you, you can instead try and design a less sugar/caffeine fueled way to help you through the workday afternoon sleepy slump.
Doing some research we found at least three drinks and some energy boosting ideas that are going a long way to helping you keep my energy up all day long! Here’s the good on the drinks:
The Fire Hydrant – 3-4 8oz glasses throughout the day
Other than getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do to help keep your body functioning at optimum levels. So this drink is just water with a squeezed lemon slice and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The lemon not only tastes good, but is also has an alkaline forming effect on your body’s system which can help your body maintain a healthy pH level. The cayenne pepper helps raise energy levels naturally and provides protection for your heart by helping to maintain proper cardiovascular movement throughout the body. Combining this with 4-5 glasses of regular water will bring you up to your recommended 8 glasses of water per day!
The Quick Fix – as needed, during the day
Cut off two thin slices of ginger and place in your cup or mug.
Use a garlic press to juice the remaining ginger into your mug.
Add both spices and fill your mug with hot water and stir.
This is the closest thing found to a non-caffeine/refined sugar pick me up! And it’s pretty delicious. Ginger speeds up metabolism and increases circulation. It also aids in the digestive process which can help stave off the post lunch coma that contributes to the afternoon slump. Turmeric, a cousin of ginger, also helps speed things up in the body, including energy levels! And Cardamom has long been valued medicinally for its ability to increase circulation and improve energy. Honey is mother nature’s equivalent of an energy shot and is one of the best kinds of sugars for your body.
The Heavy Lifter – 1 glass in the morning
Sixty percent of women don’t get enough protein in their diets and that is often the number one reason for fatigue! A morning protein shake is a really easy and delicious way to make sure that you’re starting the day off well fueled. Pair this with a piece of whole grain toast and you have everything you need to give you a solid energy foundation for the day.