I think it’s safe to say energy drinks like 5 hour energy, monster, and red bull are bad for your body for various reasons including high sugar content, extremely high levels of caffeine, and artificial ingredients. They may be the death of you, as 5 hour energy was linked to several deaths in 2012. Life happens, and sometimes we need that extra boost of energy to get us through the day. So what should you substitute for these toxic beverages? Your diet may be the reason you’re hitting the wall, so clean that up first. But, if that doesn’t help your energy levels (lack of sleep, hangover, or just a very intense day) here are 2 healthy smoothies you can use on the go to pick yourself back up.
Chocolate Banana Espresso Protein Shake
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup of Neutral tasting vegetable such as celery or spinach (or you can use Greens + chocolate veggie powder)
1 Shot of espresso (coffee will do)
2 tbsp Almond butter
1 1/2 cups Coconut milk
5 ice cubes
Blend until all ingredients are mixed together thoroughly- there’s nothing worse than eating a chunk of frozen spinach.
Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp matcha green tea
1tsp matcha green tea
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups of ice
Add matcha to 2 tsp hot water. Mix with fork until matcha dissolves, and then add the rest of the hot water, stirring constantly. Combine all ingredients and blend together thoroughly.