When it comes to energy drinks there are all different types; Sugar-loaded, sugar-free, Monster, Redbull, 5 Hour Energy, Amp, powdered energy, liquid energy, and every type in between.
They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, some I’m sure you’ve never heard of before. But what are energy drinks actually supposed to do? The obvious answer is give us some added energy. But what actually happens is we get that surge of vitamins and minerals in the first few hours, and we still get a crash-like effect after we have processed that drink.
Over time (as I’m sure you’ve noticed) you get used to the amount of caffeine, or B vitamins, that you actually need to consume more of the energy drink. Instead of one can, you have a can and a half. Or instead of one scoop, you have two scoops of energy.
This can put some unneeded stress on your adrenal glands, and in the long-term your energy drinks can actually help deplete you of energy. So how do we change this, or add food that boost our mitochondria (energy centers of our cells)?? We give our bodies the foods and ingredients that will help give us energy from the inside out, versus just an hour or two at a time. So here is my prescription for some much needed energy.
*I rarely measure or weigh my ingredients so I’ll give you each item, and you can add or subtract as you see fit.
Ingredients (add all of these into your blender):
16-24 ounces of water (the more water you add, the more liquid your mixture will be)
2 big handfuls of kale
2 big handfuls of spinach
1 handful of cilantro
1 handful of parsley
1 ounce of wheatgrass (optional)
1 medium green apple
3/4 cucumber (skin on)
Thumbs length or more ginger root
Hefty splash of lemon juice
Blend for 60-90 seconds. Add a few ice cubes to your mixture to make it cooler, and enjoy.
Drink this “energy” mixture for 5-7 days and you will notice a huge difference in overall energy. Energy is all about the mitochondria, so the more you work on your energy from your inside, the better chance you’ll have of succeeding!
As always, keep working hard.
Megan Williams Training