Energy drinks owe a huge chunk of the popularity to Austrian entrepreneur, Dietrich Mateschitz, who in 1987 created the most famous energy drink – Red Bull. Although there’s no discussion that it tastes great and provides you with an energy boost when you need one, Red Bull’s success is largely influenced by the company’s successful marketing tactics.
Not only does Red Bull sponsor a number of daredevil activities, like Felix Baumgartner’s stratosphere jump, but the company also promotes the drink through interesting commercials. On top of everything, Red Bull also owns successful sport clubs, like RB Leipzig, a club that is competing for the Bundesliga title.
With all of this in mind, a question arises whether Red Bull really is the world’s best energy drink? A number of nutritionists claim it is not. According to them, there are several alternatives to Red Bull on the market, which are cheaper and healthier. Still, all of them agree that the best alternative is making your own natural energy drinks! If you want to learn how, here are 5 recipes!
Caffeine-Free Energy Drink
The biggest problem people have with most energy drinks is that they give them jitters. It’s all because of the high amount of caffeine. For example, a 12-oz can of Red Bull contains 111 mg of caffeine, which is equal to almost 2 espressos. Apart from making you shaky, too much caffeine can create all kinds of problems. In fact, a caffeine overdose can even kill you!
If you want to cut on caffeine, but still want to get an energy boost, you should think about making your own natural energy drink with no caffeine! Instead, you can get your energy from taurine, inositol, and organic sugar cane. Although you will not have problems finding sugar cane, you probably haven’t even heard of taurine and inositol. These two substances are great for boosting the energy levels and releasing the happiness hormone, serotonin.
You can get taurine in pills, but if you want to get it from food, your only option is seaweed. Red meat is very right in taurine, but it would not be a good choice for natural energy drinks. As a source of inositol, you can use orange juice!
Caffeine-Packed Energy Booster
If you don’t mind caffeine, you can make some tasty and healthy natural energy drinks. The basic ingredient should be green tea. An 8oz cup of green tea contains about 40 milligrams of caffeine. That does not seem enough compared to energy drinks like Red Bull, which is why you can cut on the amount of water used in brewing.
An alternative to green tea is black tea, but its taste might not be suitable for these kinds of drinks. If you feel the same about green tea, you can use caffeine supplement or green coffee extract instead. In that case, the main ingredient of the energy drink should be orange juice. To get your share of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, add lemon and pomegranate juice, blueberries and acai berries, into the mixture. If you have a sweet tooth, you can sweeten the beverage with organic sugar cane.
The trick for making a healthy energy drink is to read the label on the can and use only the natural ingredients. Take a look at BrainJuice for example. This energy drink is advertised as a nootropic, that is, a beverage that will improve your brain function! That is why extracts from fruits like blueberry and Acai berries were used.
Instead of using extracts, you can use real fruit! In order to make your natural brain-boosting energy drink, you will need equal amounts of blueberries, Acai berries and Acerola cherries. The key nutrient for boosting your energy levels is caffeine, which is found in green tea, so you should mix the fruit with this beverage. All you got to do is simply put all in a blender!