Mix up your own energy drink

Homemade Energy Drink Recipes

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I'm hooked on energy drinks. I have one pretty much every afternoon. It's getting to be more than I can afford. I've read that they're mostly sugar, caffeine, and vitamins. Does anyone have a recipe for a homemade energy drink? I'm sure I could save some money.

Your Body Will Thank You

Make green smoothies instead. The all natural fruit and veggie blend gives you total nutrition and the vitamins perk you up. Of course, going off of the caffeine will be an adjustment at first, but your body will thank you.
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Start with Green or Black Tea

Try green or black tea you brew yourself. Add honey to taste and take a vitamin pill. Tea is healthy and is a great pick-me-up. The honey adds sweetness and some trace minerals. Drink it hot or cold. It's delicious! If you wish, eat a small piece of seasonal fruit with the vitamin pill, making it more effective.

Get Rid of the Additives

My husband gets leg cramps after a day of hard work, so he started drinking Powerade® and Gatorade. I came across this recipe for a homemade version without all the "additives".

For half of a gallon, mix:

1/2 gallon water
1/2 C cane sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 pkg. unsweetened powdered drink mix

Mix well and serve

Benefit from Pure Cherry Juice

Mix water, pure cherry juice (with no added sugar), and sea salt. It doesn't take near as much salt as you might think before it tastes like sea water, so you'll need to experiment with the right proportions! Cherry juice is said to help keep muscles from being sore. Again, you can use as much or as little as your taste prefers.

Homemade Energy Drink from SodaStream

I purchased a SodaStream. They have an energy drink mix that tastes like Red Bull®, and it works!

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Quite Good and Very Inexpensive

I found a recipe for homemade energy drink at Mom On A Mission, and it is quite good and very inexpensive.

Keep Your Homemade Energy Drink Natural

I make my own smoothies. Sometimes I use protein powder, but usually I make smoothies without it. I am concerned about the additives. Greek yogurt gives a healthy dose of protein in a smoothie and you can add any fruit. I use banana and/or apple as a sweetener, so no sugar is needed. I also make green smoothies with water as the base. To make, I include a banana, a quarter to a half of an apple, spinach, kale or collard greens, and sometimes flax seeds. Then I blend it all together.

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