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You can make your own homemade energy drinks that you’ll like better than ones you can buy. Most of the store bought energy 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 even get a boost of energy without caffeine and sugar, if that’s what you prefer – it’s your choice.
Tools to Make Homemade Energy Drinks
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.
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