The energy drink craze is not going away any time soon, as you can see from the bulging cooler cases at your local convenience store. Prepackaged drinks with turbo-charged brand names come in all sizes and flavors, including those tiny bottles displayed in neat formation near the cash registers designed to catch the attention of bleary-eyed commuters, hungover frat boys, exhausted truck drivers and anxious students trudging to early morning exams.

Perhaps the well-crafted labels bristling with shooting flames, lightning bolts, screaming rockets and monster imagery could be a tipoff that these drinks – while possibly effective in the short term – are not the healthiest thing on the planet to be feeding your body? (Plus, a lot of them taste awful.)

Some consumers, particularly young people, may think they’re getting a good deal when they pay $3 for a 16-oz. can of dragon’s breath flames, but they’re being ripped off. What they’re getting is a few cents worth of sugar, caffeine and water in a cool-looking package.

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Want to create healthy, delicious power drinks at home, using a few simple ingredients with time-tested effectiveness for feeding the body’s energy needs? Some ingredients to keep on hand:

  • Bananas – nourishes your nervous system with potassium,
  • Figs, dates and raisins – contain natural sugars to boost energy.
  • Honey – nourishes digestion and boosts energy.
  • Bee pollen – contains essential fatty acids and amino acids and stimulates production of sexual hormones.
  • Ginseng – boosts energy and brain power and improves digestion.
  • Carrot juice – cleanses and  nourishes the body and improves blood quality which helps relieve fatigue.
  • Egg yolk – stimulates sluggish, exhausted adrenal glands.
  • Spirulina – a super-nutritious vegetable protein.
  • Soy milk – a high-quality vegetable protein alternative for cow's milk.

You can whip up nutritious, delicious energy drinks in just a couple of minutes. Toss some ingredients into a blender, pour into a carrying cup and you’re off to tackle your busy day!

Banana & Fig Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 ripe banana; 3 or 4 figs; 1 tablespoon honey; 1 cup water

Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth. Add a heaped teaspoon of bee pollen powder (or equivalent in capsules) for an extra boost. Dates or raisins can be substituted for figs.

Honey & Bee Pollen Drink

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon honey; 1 heaped teaspoon bee pollen powder; 1 cup warm water

Put ingredients in a large glass, add water, then mix with a spoon. Add ginseng extract for an extra energy boost.

Egg Yolk & Carrot Juice

Ingredients: 1 large cup of freshly extracted carrot juice; 1 egg yolk

Add the egg yolk to the carrot juice then mix well with a fork. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of spirulina powder for an extra boost.

Soy Milk, Egg Yolk & Honey Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 cup natural soy milk (unsweetened, unflavored); 1 egg yolk; 1 tablespoon honey

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth

Carrot, Apple, Egg Yolk & Honey Smoothie

Ingredients: One carrot (finely diced); half an apple (finely diced); 1 cup natural soy milk (unsweetened, unflavored); 1 egg yolk; 1 tablespoon honey; ginseng extract (3-9 grams, liquid or granulated form).

Put ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth.

Do you have a favorite healthy, natural energy drink? Share with us!

Sources: Are Energy Drinks Bad for You?
WebMD: Energy Drinks – Bad for the Teeth?
Chinese Holistic Health: Natural Energy Drinks