Energy drinks have become as much of an essential for your sports bag as your running shoes, tennis racket or towel. They are a great way to give your body a boost before athletics and hydrate quickly afterwards.
Despite this I am often put off as the majority commercial energy drinks are so full of preservatives and colourings they resemble 'kryptonite', not exactly what I want to drink after naturally detoxing and cleansing my body through sports. This led me to research and create my own natural energy drink recipe.
Much to my surprise, despite all the fancy long words on the sides of expensive energy drink bottles the active ingredients in most energy drinks are vitamins from the B family, such as B-complex vitamin or B6 and B12 vitamins, two essential B vitamins for boosting energy.
Green Tea also makes an excellent base for an energy drink as Green Tea has been found to contain the equivalent of 30 - 50 milligrams of caffeine making it comparable to diet coke and other soft drinks. Not only can green tea give you that energy boost you’re probably looking for with a caffeinated energy drink, but it can also help gradually improve your overall health as Green tea has been linked to improved weight loss as Green teas, like Matcha, have been shown to increase your metabolism. Your body naturally burns calories throughout the day for energy, but adding green tea to a diet can encourage that natural process.
In addition by making your own energy drinks at home, you will also avoid artificial chemicals and preservatives in canned energy drinks, save money and avoid purchasing none reusable plastic bottles.
To make this simple recipe you will need the following ingredients:
- 4 x cups water.
- Electric kettle.
- 3/4 x single cup organic green tea bags.
- 1 x carton of organic fruit juice concentrate (any flavour).
- 1 x Pitcher with lid.
- Long handle spoon.
- 8 doses of liquid B complex vitamins.
- 1 x tablespoon of organic honey.
- Fresh fruit such as organic orange or mint leaves.
Step 1: Pour four cups of tap water into the kettle and boil.
Step 2: Remove from heat and let the water cool for approx. three minutes, as green tea needs to be steeped at a temperature of approx 60 °C as the tannins in the leaf dissolve at 80°C. Therfore brewing green tea at lower temperatures ensures that its sweet and complex flavours will not be overpowered by the bitter-tasting tannin flavours which often lead many novice green tea drinkers to claim they don’t like the "bitter" taste of green tea as they dont steep it at the correct tempreture.
Step 3: Place 3 to 4 green tea bags into the bottom of a pitcher and Pour the 4 cups of boiled water over the green tea bags.
Step 4: Cover the pitcher with hot water with a lid or a saucer and allow to brew and enthuse for three to five minutes, depending upon how strong a green tea flavour you want.
Step 5: Remove the organic green tea bags. Pour the juice concentrate into the tea. Mix in two and a half cups of additional water and the liquid B vitamins mix. I have found that adding fresh fruit such as oranges, mint leaves can give it a refreshing taste and have also added a small amount (1 tablespoon) of organic honey to add even more quick release energy to the energy mix.
Step 6: Stir and serve over ice or chill in the fridge. The natural energy drink will keep fresh in the fridge for a week if covered so is perfect for taking to several training sessions.
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