Drink in These 10 Natural Energy Boosts

Drink in These 10 Natural Energy Boosts

Keep your energy levels high with these 10 delicious additions to your favorite smoothies.


By: Marina Delio

Have you ever experienced the mid-morning or mid-afternoon energy dip? While sugar and caffeine provide instant energy, the inevitable crash that follows will leave you feeling even more run down.

Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue, and smoothies and juices can help keep you hydrated while providing other healthy sources of energy. So when you or the kids are starting to lose steam, refuel with a nourishing smoothie.

Here are some power ingredients to try in your next drink.

1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have been superfoods for centuries and are particularly beneficial because of their endurance properties. These little seeds are high in protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants. They can even help with suppressing hunger, as they make us feel full due to their fiber content.

Add chia seeds to your smoothie while the blender is running, and they won’t even be noticeable in the drink. Or you can sprinkle them on top of your smoothie for a little extra nourishment.

2. Nuts
Almond butter is a delicious addition to your smoothie that adds protein, fiber and healthy fat, which will make you feel fuller longer. Blend in a tablespoon of it — or any other kind of nut butter — per smoothie for a nutritional boost.

Another popular way to enjoy nuts in your smoothie is to sprinkle them on top, along with seeds and berries. The crunch can make your smoothie even more satisfying!

3. Bananas
Bananas are often recommended as one of the best pre-workout foods because they are easy to digest and provide potassium for quick energy. Frozen banana slices are a tasty way to make smoothies creamy and sweet, too.

4. Berries
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, goji and acai berries are powerful antioxidants and are all terrific additions to your smoothie. Keep a few bags of frozen berries in the freezer and you’ll always be ready to whip up a healthy, cool treat.

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5. Turmeric
Most people are familiar with powdered turmeric, but it’s also sold in root form. With its countless good-nutrition properties, turmeric is a great spice to add to your diet. Add a piece of peeled turmeric root to your next glass of juice or smoothie for an instant pick-me-up.

6. Greens
Smoothies and juices are easy ways to get more greens into your diet. Even toddlers won’t notice you’ve snuck greens into a sweet smoothie.

Add a handful of baby spinach or baby kale to your blender along with your favorite frozen fruit and juice and blend until all visible green pieces are gone.

Dark chocolate or berry smoothies camouflage greens wonderfully for green smoothie novices!

7. Citrus
An orange or two added to your juice or smoothie provides a quick shot of Vitamin C that will boost your energy and your immune system.

Lemon juice has the same effect and also helps to detoxify the body. Simply smelling citrus has been proven to lift spirits and energy levels.

8. Yogurt
Just 4 ounces of plain, fat-free Greek yogurt adds 12 grams of protein to any snack. Adding yogurt to your smoothies will make them creamy and protein packed.

9. Oats
Oats are a fantastic way to bulk up smoothies. They grind up so finely you won’t notice them, but they add one full serving of whole grain — as well as additional vitamins and minerals to keep your energy up.

10. Raw Cacao Powder
Cacao is a favorite for transforming a banana smoothie into a pseudo-chocolate shake. But it’s not just a treat for your taste buds — it also contains protein, antioxidants and fiber that are good for your body.

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