Sunday, April 1, 2012

Homemade Energy Drinks

The below recipes may seem extreme but  they were my attempts at coming up with a 'healthier' energy drink option for a good friend of mine that works out professionally for 6-8 hours a day and needs a TON of liquid calories.  Due to recent requests, I decided to put this post back up.  The recipes are not perfect - still tweaking them.  If you come up with a healthy energy drink recipe (that tastes good :) I'd love to hear about it. 

Here are the recipes / recommendations...

Homemade Energy Drink Recipe:

Mix all the following ingredients together:

1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup RAW Enzyme Rich Honey*
6 Cups of Spring Water (48oz)
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Bob’s Red Mill Aluminum Free Baking Soda *
1 Tbsp. of Blackstrap Molasses
4 Cups of Fruit Juice (Cranberry or Grape Juice or Fruit Juice Mix)(32oz)
3-5 Drops of Metabolic Essential Oil blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger and Cinnamon.

Recipe (Quadrupled) – If you are EXTREME with CARDIO and EXTREME with your DURATION and you need more CALORIES during the day, use this recipe...

1 1/3 cup of Lemon Juice – 65 Calories
1 cup of Raw Enzyme Rich Honey – 960 Calories
24 Cups (192oz) of spring water – Zero Calories
1 Tsp. of Sea Salt – Zero Calories
1 Tsp. of Aluminum Free Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda – Zero Calories
4 Tbsps. of Molasses – 240 Calories
8 Cups (64oz) of Cranberry / Grape Juice Blend or other Fruit Juice Blend - 1120 Calories
10-12 Drops of the Metabolic Essential oil Blend* (A blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger and Cinnamon)

Total Calories = 2385

Other Options...

Coconut Water: When running marathons and triathlons, a friend of mine ditches the sugary, carbonated drinks her friends drink and she buys a case of coconut water at Costco. She says she has better endurance and strength than those she runs with and tries to encourage other she runs with to also use coconut water to hydrate their bodies. http://www.livestrong.com/article/118605-fresh-coconut-water-nutritional/

Green Drink : We love Ormus Greens from Sun Warrior. Years ago, my husband used Red Bull Energy drinks to stay awake when traveling long hours. He switched to herbal alternatives which worked really well but the thing he likes the best is Ormus Greens. Just a tsp. of the green powder added to water gives a great boost of energy. You could add the green powder to the recipe above or omit the lemon juice and add the greens. Anytime you can juice greens and drink them, you reap the benefits from freshly juiced herbs and leafy greens but if you don't have the time or you are on the road traveling, Ormus Greens is fabulous!

Spirulina Powder: A great protein source. Adding this to the drink could make the ratio for carbs and protein greater than a 0:4 ratio depending on the amount of spirulina you add to your drink.

Aloe Vera Juice: So many health benefits. I LOVE aloe vera juice! It protects and nourishes the body inside and out. Add a couple tbsps., or a cup of it – depending on your preference.  Purity is important.

Herbal Teas instead of lemon juice: Boil 32oz of water, remove from heat and add 1 cup of spearmint tea leaves (refreshing), or peppermint tea leaves (invigorating).

Fruit Juice : Try Grapefruit juice, grape juice, pureed strawberry juice, pureed pineapple juice, pureed mango juice, pureed raspberries, etc. as juice in place of lemon juice. Add a drop of  peppermint oil to make it even more refreshing and ‘cool’ to the taste during the hot summer days.

Raw Milk from Pasture Fed Cows: Raw milk can be a complete food.  Put some molasses with it and you have a great remedy for those fast food cravings. Use INSTEAD of the above recipe.

Almond Milk or Rice Milk: See recipes below. Almond Milk – 7 Calories per Almond = 60 calories per 8 oz. / Rice Milk – 120 Cal per cup.  Many Recipes are available online. Use the rice milk or almond milk to get your calories and add some cacao powder, carob powder or lucuma to give it a chocolate milk taste.  Still sweeten with honey (for more calories) and molasses.  Add cinnamon or nutmeg or try giving it a real kick with cayenne pepper.

Rejuvelac (probiotic drink):

Ingredients:

· 2 cups sprouted organic soft spring wheat berries
· filtered water
· cheesecloth (or a sprouting screen)
· half gallon jar (or two quart size jars)

Preparation:

This tonic was popularized by Ann Wigmore, the first of American practical nutritionists to recognize the importance of enzymes and lacto-fermented food in the diet. Rejuvelac should be yellowish, cloudy and tart, without being too sour, and slightly carbonated.

Place wheat berries in a 2-quart glass jar. Fill with water and cover top with cheesecloth held in place by a rubber band. Soak at room temperature for 8 to 10 hours. Drain through the cheesecloth, rinse and drain again. Place jar at an angle and leave for 2 days, rinsing two to three times per day, while the berries begin to sprout. After 2 days, rinse thoroughly and fill jar with water. Soak 48 hours. Pour off the rejuvelac and store in a glass container in the refrigerator. A layer of white foam may form at the top, which should be gently lifted off with a spoon.

A second batch may be made by filling the jar and soaking for 24 hours; and a third batch, by filling again and soaking another 24 hours. After that the berries will be spent and may be put outside for the birds.

Use the Rejuvelac in place of the filtered water to have an amazing probiotic rich energy drink.

So next time you head out for a long distance run or need liquid energy because of a long drive ahead, you may want to consider preping one of the above suggestions.

In closing, here are some articles I found that talked about the energy drinks commonly used...

a. Cytomax http://www.livestrong.com/article/278255-cytomax-nutrition-facts/
b. Red Bull and other drinks http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/the-health-dangers-of-energy-drinks/
c. http://www.thetruthaboutsixpackabsreviewed.org/do-energy-drinks-make-you-fat
d. Here is a great article that talks all about the harmful effects of carbonation http://www.ehow.com/about_5365577_harmful-effects-carbonated-water.html.

If anyone has any insight or personal experience using homemade energy drinks for hydration during exercise etc. I would love to hear your comments. 

With much love,

Steffanie

*Honey

According to the National Honey Board, there are 64 calories per tablespoon of natural honey.
The nutritional values are as follows per tablespoon, according to the National Honey Board:
Water: 3.6 g /Total Carbohydrates 17.3 g / Fructose: 8.1 g / Glucose: 6.5 g / Maltose: 1.5 g

According to the honey board, honey contains some acids (amino and organic) along with antioxidant enzymes and vitamin C.

Honey also contains very small amounts of the minerals calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, selenium, copper, chromium and manganese

* Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) http://www.alternativehealthzone.com/nutrition-tips/health-benefits-of-baking-soda

*Molasses

When it comes to nutrition, molasses is one of the healthiest ways to sweeten food while also providing things like calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium to name a few. Based on the type of molasses you have and/or use, this will determine the nutrition value of the molasses. This is all based on whether the molasses comes from the first, second or third boiling of the molasses. We love Blackstrap Molasses.

Depending on the number of times it is boiled, the color of the molasses will vary. Blackstrap molasses can provide 20% of the daily value of iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium when 1 tablespoon is eaten.

Most of the calories that come from molasses are carbohydrates.

 *The Metabolic Blend is a proprietary formula that includes a blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils. Just add 8 drops to 16 oz. of water (regular size bottle of water, use glass or stainless steel container) and drink between your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach, and lift your mood. The blend also makes a delicious and healthy flavored water for proper hydration during exercise or other activity. It has zero calories and is an excellent replacement for high-calorie beverages or for drinks that contain artificial sweeteners and colors.