You can make your own homemade energy drinks that you’ll like better than store bought ones. Most of these drinks are little more than liquid sugar or caffeine, dressed up with a few healthy sounding vitamins or some slick marketing, at higher prices than your average soft drink or cup of coffee.
These recipes give you the opportunity to make exactly the sports drink you want, with exactly the ingredients you trust, and save money while you’re at it. You can raise your energy with or without caffeine and sugar – it’s your choice.
The Tools You’ll Need
For some of these drinks, you’ll need a blender. I like my Oster Classic Blender. I’ve had it for years, and it is powerful.
You do have to chop up fruits and vegetables before putting them in the Oster to be pulverized. If you want something so powerful that it can pulverize some whle fruits, you need the Vitamix or the Nutribullet.
I have several friends who swear by the Vitamix blenders. With most blenders, you need to chop stuff up before putting it in, and you can’t always leave the skins on.
With the Vitamix, I’m told you can literally stuff whole vegetables and fruits into it and it will totally puree them. You can even include quartered oranges with the peels left on.
This way, you get every bit of the nutrients instead of having any scraps. You can also pulverize nuts into nut flours, make ice creams and soups, etc.
But I have some other friends who say the Nutribullet is the way to go. It’s actually designed for making fruit smoothies pulverizes everything with very little chopping and prepping, and it’s quick and easy to use.
It’s much less expensive than Vitamix, and while it doesn’t do everything it does, not everybody wants a blender that does all those things.
You may also want to get yourself a good smoothie bottle. The Blender Bottle has a little ball whisk inside it that is designed to blend your drink when you shake it up.
Now, it doesn’t have blades, so it’s not going to pulverize chunks of fruit like a blender. But I’ve used it to mix dry powders with liquids, for example.
I used to make lunch smoothies to take to work, and the contents would separate before lunchtime (especially if I used banana). A few shakes of the Blender Bottle, and everything’s nicely blended again.
This is by far the simplest recipe in the list, which makes it great when you’ve already worked out and need to make something fast. Just two ingredients, but it’s so refreshing and reviving. You’ll get a good dose of vitamins from this drink without tons of sugar. You can use a low sugar cranberry juice if you want to reduce your sugar even more.
With turmeric, lemon, fresh ginger and pepper to help your system absorb the nutrients, it’s designed to boost both your energy levels and your immune system. Turmeric is supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is supposed to lower blood pressure, and cinnamon or cardamom is supposed to improve your circulation.
Berries, orange juice, and yogurt are a great way to start the day. The frozen berries and orange juice provide some fruit sugars for energy, and the yogurt has some fats and proteins. I love Dreaming Cow Grass Fed Yogurt in Plain if you can find it in your area. I’ve found it in stores like Fresh Market and Whole Foods.
A beautiful, thick smoothie with all kinds of fruits and veggies, with vanilla protein powder to give you stamina. If you don’t have protein power or prefer not to use it, almond butter makes a great substitute.
Tastes like cherry lemonade, but with green tea (it’s best if you brew your own rather than use a bottled version) and coconut water to boost your energy level. I really like this drink because it calls for seltzer water and the carbonation makes the drink more refreshing.
Made with organic, raw apple cider, ginger, spices, honey and hot water. There are a lot of other supposed benefits to drinking apple cider vinegar, although I’m not sure they’ve been tested in medical studies. The ginger can help with both digestion and circulation.
Several variations, with lemon juice, lime juice, and coconut water. One variation on this one adds some sea salt. We mostly hear about too much salt being bad for you, but too little is bad, too. If you sweat a lot, you may need to replenish your salt as well as your fluids.
This homemade energy drink has matcha green tea powder, Stevia and optional lime juice. This one you could just make in a Blender Bottle, like I was talking about above.
Blends an orange with coconut milk, honey, yogurt, and flaxseed. That gives you both energy and stamina, and the flaxseed provides some Omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for you.
Lemon, honey, and no refined sugar. The salt and baking soda will help you rehydrate, and the honey will raise your energy levels.
Chocolate, ripe banana, milk and a little bit of sugar. It’s practically a chocolate banana milkshake, but the banana and chocolate both have some minerals you can lose through exercise, and the milk will give you stamina.
You can add some ground cardamom cinnamon to this one for a wonderful touch of spice.
12. Strawberry Boost
Strawberries, peaches, honey, with non-fat dry milk powder. If you don’t want to use milk powder, you could replace that with yogurt.
Made with green tea and flavored teas, with honey and coconut water. This sports drink has nutrients and some caffeine, and you drink it chilled.
This comes close to the exact ratio of ingredients that makes Gatorade an effective sports drink. Remember what I was saying about salt in No. 6? This one has it, too, and it’s a good way to replenish that lost salt.