Best Energy Drink – Juicing for Health

Nutritionally, the word ‘energy’ refers to the amount of calories (kilojoules) in a food.

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That doesn‘t mean this section is full of high-calorie drinks or juice recipes, however the drinks in this section offer energy in the form of fructose, or natural fruit sugars, combined with lots of vitamins and minerals to keep the body nourished. Basically, the best energy drink you can have. Whether you are employed in hard physical labour, sitting in an office, or running a house and meeting the demands of a family, you need to feel at your best at all times and to be able to cope with any crisis that may occur. So indeed, this section contains the best energy drink recipes.

It is all too easy to reach for a candy bar, soft drink, or caffeine hit when you need a lift. The trouble with this is that even though you will have a fairly immediate rush of energy it will not be sustained and you will end up feeling lower than you did in the first place. This often leads to another coffee or candy bar, creating a vicious circle of highs and lows.

Healthy drinks may be thought of as being time-consuming or difficult to make. Admittedly if you are home during the day it is easier to make your own drinks, but if you are committed to a healthier lifestyle, it is not unreasonable to think about installing a juicer or blender in the office kitchen. Your co-workers will probably be interested in using it, helping to offset costs (or you could convince management of the increased productivity it will create!). Once you are in the habit of making juices or blended drinks every day it will become second nature and not much more of a chore than making coffee.

For sustained energy levels throughout the day make sure you start with a good breakfast, choosing natural cereals and whole grains, and avoiding commercial sugar-laden “breakfast foods”. Have a nutritious lunch that includes protein and carbohydrates – a simple chicken or tuna fish sandwich and salad is good – and a not too heavy evening meal. Between meals, snack on fresh and dried fruits, nuts, and drinks from this page.

Try to get some exercise during the day especially if you work at a desk or any other sedentary occupation. Even just a walk around the block at lunchtime will re-energize you for the afternoon. It is amazing how expending energy can make you feel more energetic.

Try some of the following ‘juicing for health’ energy recipes and decide which is the best energy drink for you.


Banana and Mango Frappé

This drink is light and refreshing 0n a hot summer day yet the banana makes it filling enough to provide energy between meals.


1 ripe banana, peeled and chopped

1 small mango, peeled, cut from pit, and chopped

6 ice cubes


In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1


Strawberry and Watermelon Booster

This gorgeous drink combines energy from the natural fruit sugar of grapes with the cooling, refreshing properties of watermelon. It also has plenty of vitamin C from the strawberries and the lime. Guarana gives a natural energy boost.


1 1/3 cups ( 7 oz/220 g) chopped and seeded watermelon flesh

1 cup (4 oz/125 g) hulled fresh, or thawed frozen, strawberries

1 cup (4 oz/125 g] grapes 1/2 lime, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1/2 teaspoon guarana powder


In a juicer, process the watermelon, strawberries, grapes, and lime. Whisk in the guarana and serve immediately.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Cantaloupe and Papaya Juice

Sometimes we may unknowingly be mildly dehydrated, which can cause fatigue. Cantaloupe (rockmelon) has a high water content along with sodium and potassium, which help to rehydrate the body. Papaya aids digestion, chlorophyll promotes red blood cell production, and mint stimulates mental clarity.


1/4 cantaloape (rockmelon), peeled, seeded and chopped 1/2 small papaya, peeled, seeded, and chopped

10 fresh mint leaves

1 teaspoon ( or as directed on the bottle)

liquid chlorophyll (optional)


In a juicer, alternately process the cantaloupe and papaya with the mint leaves. Stir in the chlorophyll and serve immediately.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1


Breakfast in a Glass

For those who can’t drink dairy milk, substitute rice or soy milk, but try to use calcium-fortified products. You could also use soy yoghurt, though most lactose-intolerant people can tolerate regular yoghurt. Almond meal and sunflower seed meal supply unsaturated fatty acids, and wheat germ provides vitamins B and E. If you use a ripe banana, the drink should be sweet enough, but you can add a little honey to taste, if desired.


1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml] milk

1/2 cup (4 oz/125 g) plain (natural) acidophilus yogurt

1 ripe banana, peeled and chopped

1 cup (4 oz/125 g) hulled fresh, or thawed frozen, strawberries

2 tablespoons almond meal 1 tablespoon sunflower seed meal 2 teaspoons wheat germ


In a blender combine all the ingredients and process until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups (20 fl oz/625 ml); serves 2


Fig, Plum and Soy Shake

This shake is very thick and filling, and is an ideal breakfast or lunch drink for when you don’t have time to sit down and eat. Dried fruits are a great source of concentrated energy, as are nuts and seeds. They are also rich in minerals such as iron and calcium, and the soy milk provides B vitamins and protein.


3 dried figs, chopped

3 dried dates, pitted and chopped

3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml) water plus filtered water to taste

2 red-fleshed plums, pitted and chopped

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) soy milk

1 tablespoon sunflower seed meal

1 tablespoon almond meal


In a small saucepan, combine the figs, dates, and 3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml) water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until soft, about 10 minutes. Let cool. Transfer to a blender and add the plums, soy milk, and sunflower seed and almond meals. Blend until smooth and frothy. Thin with more water to taste before sewing.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups (20 fl oz/625 ml); serves 2


Orange, Pineapple and Mango Juice

The fruits in this drink provide energy in the form of fructose, as well as all the benefits of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C and B6. The guarana is a natural stimulant.


1 large orange, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 mango, peeled, cut from pit, and chopped

1/4 pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 teaspoon guarana powder


In a juicer process the orange, mango, and pineapple. Whisk in the guarana and serve immediately.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Peach, Apricot and Tahini Blend

This rich, nourishing drink will give you a lift on difficult days. It is high in beta—carotene, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, and the cardamom sweetens the breath, reduces gas, and eases indigestion.


1 large peach, unpeeled, pitted, and chopped

2 fresh jigs, chopped

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) apricot nectar

1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)

pinch ground cardamom

filtered or spring water to taste (optional)


In a blender, combine all the ingredients except the water and process until smooth. Thin with a small amount of water to taste, if desired.

Makes about 2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml); serves 2


Carob and Strawberry Milk Shake

This is a great morning or afternoon treat for kids. The strawberries are high in fiber, and have the added benefit of neutralizing plaque, so they help to prevent tooth decay. The carob and almond meal provide protein and calcium, and palm sugar is a slow—release carbohydrate, ensuring sustained energy.


1 cup (4 oz/125 g) hulled fresh, or thawed frozen, strawberries

3/4 cup (6fl oz/180 ml) milk

1 tablespoon carob powder

1 tablespoon almond meal

1 1/2 teaspoons palm sugar


In a blender, process all the ingredients until smooth and frothy.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1-2


Nectarine, Pineapple and Ginseng Drink

This is great for that mid—afternoon slump. Instead of having a soft drink or coffee, try this truly refreshing drink. It doesn’t just taste good, it has beta-carotene and vitamin C, both antioxidants, as well as potassium for healthy blood pressure. The ginseng will boost energy levels, enhance memory and stimulate the immune system.


1 ginseng tea bag or sachet

1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) boiling water

1/4 pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1 nectarine, pitted and chopped


Put the ginseng tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and refrigerate the tea until chilled, about 30 minutes. In a juicer, process the pineapple and nectarine. Pour in the tea and stir to combine.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1


Peach, Apricot and Tahini

Blend This rich, nourishing drink will give you a lift on difficult days. It is high in beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, and the cardamom sweetens the breath, reduces gas, and eases indigestion.


1 large peach, unpeeled, pitted, and chopped

2 fresh jigs, chopped

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) apricot nectar

1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)

pinch ground cardamom

filtered or spring water to taste (optional)


In a blender, combine all the ingredients except the water and process until smooth. Thin with a small amount of water to taste, if desired.

Makes about 2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml); serves 2


Carob and Strawberry Milk Shake

This is a great morning or afternoon treat for kids. The strawberries are high in fiber, and have the added benefit of neutralizing plaque, so they help to prevent tooth decay. The carob and almond meal provide protein and calcium, and palm sugar is a slow-release carbohydrate, ensuring sustained energy.


1 cup (4 oz/125 g) hulled fresh, or thawed frozen, strawberries

3/4 cup (6fl oz/180 ml) milk

1 tablespoon carob powder

1 tablespoon almond meal

1 1/2 teaspoons palm sugar


In a blender, process all the ingredients until smooth and frothy.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1-2


Nectarine, Pineapple and Ginseng Drink

This is great for that mid-afternoon slump. Instead of having a soft drink or coffee, try this truly refreshing drink. It doesn’t just taste good, it has beta-carotene and vitamin C, both antioxidants, as well as potassium for healthy blood pressure. The ginseng will boost energy levels, enhance memory and stimulate the immune system.


1 ginseng tea bag or sachet

1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) boiling water

1/4 pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1 nectarine, pitted and chopped


Put the ginseng tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and refrigerate the tea until chilled, about 30 minutes. In a juicer, process the pineapple and nectarine. Pour in the tea and stir to combine.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1


Kiwi and Cantaloupe Juice with Spirulina

This juice is light and refreshing, and provides plenty of vitamins C and A. Spirulina is very rich in nutrients, including protein, iron, calcium, vitamin B12, and beta-carotene. It is also a natural appetite suppressant.

1/4 cantaloupe (rockmelon), peeled, seeded, and chopped

2 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped

1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder


In a juicer, process the cantaloupe and kiwifruit. Whisk in the spirulina and serve immediately.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Beet and Carrot Juice with Rosemary

This a good drink for anyone who sits at a desk all day. The gingko and rosemary both help to improve circulation and stimulate memory. The beet (beetroot) is high in folic acid, calcium, and iron. Carrots are a rich source of antioxidants in the form of beta—carotene.


1 beet (beetroot), trimmed, unpeeled, and chopped

1 large carrot, chopped

5 ml liquid ginkgo (or as directed on bottle)

1/2 teaspooon finely chopped fresh rosemary


In a juicer, process the beet and carrot. Stir in the ginkgo and rosemary. Serve immediately.

Makes about 3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml); serves 1


Peach and Raisin Smoothie

Kids will enjoy the sweet flavor of this drink, while receiving the benefits of energy from the raisins, protein from the soy milk, and vitamins A and C and zinc from the peaches. Cinnamon improves digestion and stimulates circulation.


1/3 cup (2 oz/60 g) golden raisins (sultanas) 2 peaches, unpeeled, pitted, and chopped

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) soy milk

pinch ground cinnamon


Put the raisins in a small bowl and add boiling water to cover. Let stand for 5 minutes, then drain.  In a blender, combine the raisins and the remaining ingredients. Process until smooth and frothy.

Makes about 2 cups (8 fl oz/500 ml); serves 2


Prune, Honey and Oat Milk Drink

This is a re-energizing and soothing drink for when you are a having a busy, stressful time at work. Oat milk nourishes the nervous system and helps to reduce the effects of stress, yoghurt soothes the digestive system, and prunes provide a concentrated source of energy as well as potassium, iron, and vitamin B6. Saffron is thought to help ease depression.


6 prunes, pitted and chopped

3/4 cup ( 6 fl oz/180 ml) water

1 teaspoon honey

pinch saffron threads

1 tablespoon hot water

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 nil) oat milk

3/4 cup ( 6 oz/180 g) apricot acidophilas yogurt


In a small saucepan, combine the prunes and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the prunes are soft, about 10 minutes. Let cool. In a small bowl, combine the honey and saffron. Add the hot water and stir to dissolve the honey. Let stand to soften the saffron, about 5 minutes. In a blender, combine the prunes and their liquid, oat milk, yogurt, and saffron liquid.


Process until smooth and frothy.

Makes about 2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml); serves 1-2


Plum, Black Currant and Grape Juice

If you are in the habit of snacking on candy bars when you need an energy boost, try this tangy drink instead. Grapes are high in minerals, including chromium, which  helps to prevent sugar cravings. The black currants contain flavonoids, which are antioxidant, and the fennel stimulates the digestive system.


1 large red-fleshed plum, pitted and chopped

1 cup (4 oz/125 g] fresh, or thawed frozen, blackcurrants or blueberries

1 cup (4 oz/125 g) red grapes

1/4 fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and chopped


In a juicer, process all the ingredients.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Apple and Citrus Juice

Ginseng works to stimulate the mind and body, relieving mental and physical fatigue. Apple and citrus are both good sources of vitamin C, helping to boost the immune system, which can be suppressed when you are overtired.


ginseng tea bag or sachet

1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) boiling water

1 large orange, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 small lime, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 apple, unpeeled, cored, and chopped


Put the ginseng tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and refrigerate the tea until cold, about 20 minutes. In a juicer, process the orange, lime, and apples. Pour in the tea and stir to combine.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Try one or two of these recipes every couple of days, or change them daily, and decide for yourself which is your best energy drink recipe.

18. August 2010 by Sue
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