Top 3 green juices for energy

Surveys have found that 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults consume energy drinks. Although calories can provide energy, the energy these products promise derives from the stimulant caffeine and sugar.

Caffeine may raise blood pressure, disrupt adolescent sleep patterns, exacerbate psychiatric disease, cause physiologic dependence, and increase the risk of subsequent addiction.

The median sugar content of sugar-sweetened energy drinks was found to be 25 g (107 kcal) per 8-oz serving. However, some containers provide as many as 32 oz and 108 g (400 kcal) of sugar.

Although it’s been suggested that energy drinks may promote weight loss, they’re high in sugar and actually can contribute to weight gain.

A small study of 10 healthy young women found that energy drink consumption increased carbohydrate oxidation and reduced lipid oxidation relative to a lemonade drink with an equivalent amount of sucrose [4].

Is there an alternative to energy drinks and coffee?

Have you tried a green juice for energy? Green juices can be energy drinks and meal replacements. Drinking them is a fast-track way to get the recommended five-to-seven daily portions of fruit and vegetables.

Raw juices drunk on an empty stomach are absorbed into the bloodstream within 15 minutes. It’s an instant energy boost!

These are just few green juice recipes to get your energy up:

1. Invigorating tonic
3 small beetroot, chopped into chunks, tops included
Handful of green beans (about 20)
½ pumpkin or sweet potato, cut into chunks
1 organic unwaxed lemon, unpeeled cut into chunks

Press alternate chunks of vegetable through a juicer, stir and drink immediately.

Beetroot, including the tops, and green beans are full of iron, a perfect remedy for fatigue and anemia. Pumpkin and sweet potato contains organic acid, which boosts iron absorption.

2. Energizing OJ
2 oranges, peeled and cut
3 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
300 gr spinach leaves

Vitamin C packed juice from oranges and kiwi will help to absorb iron from spinach. Vitamin B1 from spinach is involved in the conversion of carbohydrates into energy [5]. Kiwi fruit is also a good source of magnesium and vitamin E and contains copper which is needed to make energy.

3. Palate tingling treat
1 cucumber
3 limes, peeled and quartered
2 tsp powdered spirulina

Most of the time we are dehydrated, that makes us feel tired and hungry. Thanks to the high water content of the cucumber and lime juice, this recipe tops up hydration and gives a quick energy boost. Spirulina is nutritional powerhouse.

Its high antioxidant content helps to boost brain function improve mood, boost memory, and promote feelings of calm and happiness.

Energy boosting green juices revive energy slums at any time and are rich in fatigue – fighting nutrients. Next time you feel tired – have a green juice.