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I started out with the intention of coming up with a recipe for a homemade version of the store bought energy drinks, but after doing some research and discovering how unhealthy they are for you, I decided instead to try and design a less sugar/caffeine fueled way to help myself through the workday afternoon sleepy slump.

What I landed on was a system of three drinks and some energy boosting ideas that are going a long way to helping me keep my energy up all day long! Here's the good on the drinks:

The Fire Hydrant (left) - 3-4 8oz glasses throughout the day

filtered water
1 slice lemon
1 pinch cayenne pepper

Other than getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do to help keep your body functioning at optimum levels. So this drink is just water with a squeezed lemon slice and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The lemon not only tastes good, but is also super alkaline* which helps your body maintain a healthy pH level. The cayenne pepper helps raise energy levels naturally and provides protection for your heart by helping to maintain proper cardiovascular movement throughout the body. Combining this with 4-5 glasses of regular water will bring you up to your recommended 8 glasses of water per day!

*For an explanation of lemons' miraculous transition from acidic outside of the body, to alkaline once ingested, visit this link: http://phbalance.wikispaces.com/Lemons+Alkaline%3F

The Quick Fix (center) - as needed, during the day
(I don't recommend drinking it at night as it might keep you up)

hot water
1 1/2 - 2 tsp honey (to taste)
1 inch of fresh ginger root
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp tumeric

Cut off two thin slices of ginger and place in your cup or mug.
Use a garlic press to juice the remaining ginger into your mug.
Add both spices and fill your mug with hot water and stir.

This is the closest thing I found to a non-caffeine/refined sugar pick me up! And I find it pretty delicious. Ginger speeds up metabolism and increases circulation. It also aids in the digestive process which can help stave off the post lunch coma that contributes to the afternoon slump. Turmeric, a cousin of ginger, also helps speed things up in the body, including energy levels! And Cardamom has long been valued medicinally for its ability to increase circulation and improve energy. Honey is mother nature's equivalent of an energy shot and is one of the best kinds of sugars for your body.

The Heavy Lifter (right) - 1 glass in the morning

1 ripe banana
1/4 cup raw almonds or 2 tbsp almond butter
1 scoop of high quality whey protein powder (low sugar content)
2 washed kale leaves
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

According to Dr. Oz, sixty percent of women don't get enough protein in their diets and that is often the number one reason for fatigue! (http://www.doctoroz.com/media/print/11196) A morning protein shake is a really easy and delicious way to make sure that you're starting the day off well fueled. Pair this with a piece of whole grain toast and you have everything you need to give you a solid energy foundation for the day.

The next steps are energy booster tips that I find, when done along with the drinks, help me keep on keeping on all day long!

 
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MadManG8 days ago

These are great! Do you have any ideas for a quick shot of energy, but not that powerful so that it lasts like an hour?

Thank you for your great information. This will help me a lot to boost my energy.

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pac-man2 months ago
Really impressive! Going to make the heavy lifter tomorrow(just wothout the protein powder) :)

Definitely going to try these. I love ginger!

HanaP2 months ago

love this i always make the lemon one

Stillie4183 months ago

Great article. Wish I had a way to print these 3 energy drink recipes. Great article!

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very useful thanks!

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Love it!

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Florencez3 months ago

very nice,i like it..... the home made things are healthy and better in taste as compare to other market products.

These are some great ideas, I cannot wait to try them out. I especially like the idea of lemon and cayenne pepper throughout the day!

I will try these for sure turmeric is suppose to be so good for you.

ritas14 months ago

My grandmother, who was a nurse in WW I, had a very similar mix she kept in her frig and drank every day, it was distilled water, lemon, honey & cayenne pepper.

She lived to be 100 !!

MaggiO4 months ago

great article.........

AssiaL4 months ago

This is exactly what I was looking for! I'll try them out and see how it turns out
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Love these! Trying them as we speak :)

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Light_Lab4 months ago

wellrested and keyguy13 have a wonderful extensive discussion going on about the body's pH and I don't think I should add to that. As a chemist who suffers from hyper-acidity I feel compelled to say there is no truth to the claim that lemons convert to alkaline on ingestion. Reading the reference above I believe this myth stems from the misunderstanding of the expression "weak acid" as applied to citric acid. This is a chemistry expression and refers to the ability of the acid to disassociate and produce hydrogen ions in solution. In no way could a weak acid contribute to alkalinity in a strict chemistry sense.

Nevertheless if you can handle the acidity lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. As part of a balanced diet, lemons and other fruits definitely contribute to health in many ways. Overall Paige's drink recipes appear to be very healthy to me. Good work Paige!

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ned10311 months ago

I just wanted to share this with everyone. I recently found this stuff online and the grocery store that is called True Lemon. It's a little packet, like your typical sugar packet size, that contains real lemon. It's not artificial. There is also True Lime. I mention this because I was think of The Fire Hydrant drink and down in these replies someone asked if you can make them in advance. What if you're at work and all that's available is the 8 ounce cup that you carry with you and the drinking fountain. Well, one of the True Lemon packets is the equivalent of one lemon wedge. So, you can carry these packets and however you would carry the cayenne pepper and then just add water when your ready. Not to mention, if you're like me, I get a little leery of asking for lemon wedges at restaurants. My sister carries a few lemon and lime packets in her purse. When she orders a glass of water or tea, she adds her own lemon or lime. I only mention this because it would make taking this places easy. All you need is water.

Here's the website for the True Lemon packets. All Natural.

http://truelemon.com/

The site can direct you to a local store that sells the stuff or you can buy it online. I would compare prices before you buy from either. For me, online is cheaper. For my sister where she lives, the store is cheaper. You decide.

Sorry for the long post. Great Instructable. I'm looking forward to making these.

Grannie_4_7 ned10311 months ago

Thank you, ned103. What a wonderful tip! I followed the link you provided and discovered that this product is sold in one of our favorite grocery stores near us. I've already added it to our grocery list for the next time we go into town. Thank you. Hoping for you to have happy days!

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