Boost Your Energy – How To Make Delicious Energizing Smoothies
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Boost Your Energy – How To Make Delicious Energizing Smoothies

Do you struggle with low energy?

Maybe you feel like a zombie before noon, or after lunch? Do you feel the urge to sneak off to your car for an afternoon nap?

Did you know that energizing smoothies can actually help you fight fatigue. Today I’m sharing some tips and energy boosting smoothie recipes to increase your vitality.

If you find yourself reaching for coffee or energy drinks – STOP! These are just temporary fixes that will cause you to crash and burn out later.

​Instead, I’ll show you how you can reach for your blender and quickly make something that will improve your energy naturally and sustainably.

Why you're tired in the first place...

There are many reasons you might feel fatigued or lacking energy during the day. Here are some common issues:​

  • You have a hormonal imbalance: such as a thyroid deficiency or adrenal fatigue. Both of these issues require a medical professional to diagnose, and a combination of natural medical interventions to treat.
  • You aren’t fueling properly: don’t put low-quality fuel in a luxury vehicle. Your body requires good nutrition to run properly. You can’t expect to eat garbage and feel like gold.
  • Your iron is low: this is especially likely if you are a woman, but men can experience low iron as well. If you struggle with low-energy for a long time, have your doctor check your level.
  • Habits to beware of: skipping sleep, smoking, drinking alcohol, overdoing coffee, and not taking adequate time to de-stress. Your body doesn’t want to be energized when you’re doing the things that are known to make it sicker.

Thankfully, you can start to address all of these issues by incorporating homemade smoothies into your routine.

Fresh, quality ingredients will support your health and heal you from the inside out, and you’ll feel more alive.​

Key ingredients for energizing smoothies

Here are the staple ingredients you’ll need to make energy-boosting smoothies at home:

Energizing Fruits

Berries: packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals, berries energize you by fighting inflammation, which leads to fatigue.

Citrus: oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are packed with vitamin C, which significantly improves iron absorption. Low iron levels can cause fatigue.

Citrus for iron boost in smoothies

Bananas: high in easily digested carbohydrates, bananas can give you the quick energy boost you crave without reaching for refined sugar.

Vital Veggies

Sweet Potatoes: thanks to a hefty dose of complex carbs, sweet potatoes give a steady energy release without the crash. Plus they are an amazing source of the anti-oxidant beta-carotene.

Sprouts: sprouts contain all the nutrition of a full-grown vegetable, so a handful of kale sprouts can contain the same level of vitamins as a full bunch. More nutrients means more energy production, so reach for sprouts.

Spinach: if iron is a concern, you should be eating a lot of spinach. This green veggie is loaded with iron and anti-oxidants to fight fatigue.

Spinach for iron-rich smoothies

Bonus Superfoods

These superfoods will take your smoothie to the next level when it comes to energy boosting. While they are all optional, I highly recommend trying them out. You will feel a difference.

Maca: maca powder is one of the best superfoods for energy. It can increase alertness and make you feel more awake and alive without the crash from coffee.

Spirulina: this blue-green algae supplement has been proven to boost energy levels. It’s also a great source of the trace mineral iodine, which is the most important mineral for thyroid health.

MCT oil: this oil converts rapidly into energy, and is especially helpful for cognitive performance. It’s also a key ingredient for fat loss.

No Nasties

These ingredients will actually make you more fatigued. Keep them out of your diet!
Some people would be surprised to find coffee here, but keep in mind that even if you feel an energy boost after drinking it, the effect is short-lived, eventually leaves you feeling more drained.
Moreover, when you consume coffee on a regular basis, your body needs more and more of it just to keep the previous energy levels up.

Coffee: while coffees does have health benefits, it also messes with your energy levels. The energy boost you get from coffee is artificial, since it doesn’t address the underlying cause of your fatigue.

Sugar: refined sugar contributes to systemic inflammation, and as we discussed earlier – this is a big cause for fatigue. Plus, the sudden rise and fall of blood sugar will keep you feeling tired. Avoid at all costs.

Refined Carbs: all refines breads, pastas, and baked goods quickly metabolize into sugar. You might as well be eating a big spoonful of sugar for every slice of white bread you eat.

How to make your energy-boosting smoothie

You will need:

  • A blender, to make the smoothies
  • Energy-boosting ingredients (see combos below)
  • Glasses, jars, or travel cups for consuming or storing your smoothies​

Step 1: Select Your Ingredients

Use these key combos for reference, or follow one of the recipes below.

Situation

Key Ingredients

Early Morning Wake-Up

Banana, Sprouts, Maca

Afternoon Slump

Orange, Spinach, Spirulina

Pe-Workout Power-Up

Banana, Sweet Potato, MCT oil

Working Late

Berries, Spinach, Maca

Step 2: Blend Them Up

Add all your ingredients to the blender jar and blend until smooth. How long this takes will depend on the power of your blender. Add ice or extra liquid if necessary.

Step 3: Feel the Boost

Like a rocket launch - feel the boost with an energy smoothie

Drink your smoothie and feel the boost. You should feel energized within 30 minutes, and the energy should last a few hours.

To save time, prepare your energizing smoothies ahead of time. For example, if you know you are prone to an afternoon slump, make a smoothie in the morning and store it in the fridge so you’re prepared when the fatigue hits.​

Energy Boosting Smoothie Recipes

Energy Boosting Smoothie Recipes

Here are my go-to energy boosting smoothie recipes for every time of day…

Wake-Up Call

This smoothie is perfect for boosting your energy in the morning, without the crash of a coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup kale or broccoli sprouts (or baby spinach)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 3 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the jar of your blender.
  2. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass or travel cup and get energized for the day.

Slump Buster

This smoothie will perk you up during your mid-afternoon slump. Don’t reach for that coffee and doughnut!

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh orange, peeled, chopped and seeds removed
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the jar of your blender.
  2. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass or travel cup and feel your brain turn back on.

Sweet Sweat Shake

This shake will fuel you up to power through your workout.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup mashed sweet potato
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. Steam your sweet potato, mash it and cool. You can also freeze mashed sweet potato in your ice cube tray for easy incorporation into smoothies.
  2. Add all ingredients to the jar of your blender.
  3. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until smooth.
  4. Pour into a glass or travel cup and get ready to sweat!

Evening Energizer

This smoothie will keep you energized after dinner, without the sleep disturbances caused by caffeine.

Evening energy smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the jar of your blender.
  2. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass or travel cup and stay productive into the evening.

What else can you do to increase energy?

Fuel Regularly

Have some food or a snack every 3-4 hours to prevent your blood sugar from going too low, which will cause fatigue.

​When you blood sugar is low, you are more likely to reach for sugary things that will only create more fatigue.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water, since dehydration can cause fatigue. Most adults should be drinking at least 2 quarts of water daily. If you sweat heavily, live in a hot or dry environment you will need even more.

If you exercise, use this hydration calculator ​to determine how much extra water you will need.

Be Prepared

Make smoothies ahead so they are at arms reach during moments of weakness.

Check out this video for a demonstration on how to make freezer smoothie packs to save time:​

So Get To It!

Whatever time of day your energy dips, there’s an energizing smoothie to help you out. Give my recipes a try and let me know what you think.

Remember: if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will keep feeling how you’ve always felt.

Ditch the coffee, sugar and junk food and boost your energy levels naturally with healthy superfood smoothies!​

 

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  • Ashley says:

    Great tips. I’m trying to drink less coffee… need to incorporate more of these smoothies into my morning routine!

  • Joyce says:

    Recipes look delicious, especially number two – I need that! Will definitely try tomorrow.

  • Hayley says:

    I’ve been feeling a bit flat lately so I definitely need to start incorporating these type of smoothies into my day.

    Going to start off with the Wake Up Call!

    • Jennifer Pelegreen says:

      Thanks for your comment, Hayley! These kind of smoothies are great for giving you more energy so I’m sure they’ll help you to starting feeling more like yourself!

      Love to hear how you get on with the Wake Up Call 🙂

      • Hayley says:

        Only just seen this but I absolutely loved it! It’s one of my go-to smoothies now for sure 🙂

  • Adam says:

    My main reason for making smoothies was to lose weight but I’d really like to be able to boost my energy levels too so I’m looking forward to trying some of these out.

    The Evening Energizer and Wake Up Call smoothies look fab 🙂

    • Jennifer Pelegreen says:

      You can definitely do both, Adam … one of the great things about smoothies is how many ways they can help with different goals!

      Really hope you enjoy those recipes 🙂 Let us know how they turn out!

  • David says:

    I’ve been feeling sluggish lately and I know my diet is at least partly to blame so I’m making the effort to be healthier. In particular I’ve been looking at healthy smoothie recipes that might give me a boost so I’m glad to have come across this post!

    Looking forward to trying some of these out 🙂

    • Jennifer Pelegreen says:

      Thanks for your comment, David!

      Diet and lifestyle in general can make such a big difference to how you feel so it may well be that your eating habits have a lot to do with it.

      Fingers crossed that these recipes will get you back on track and feeling great!

  • Kelly says:

    Just what I need right now – thanks! Overhauling my diet is a bit priority at the moment to get more energy so I’ve been looking for smoothie recipes to help with this. Looking forward to trying some of these out!

    • Jennifer Pelegreen says:

      Our pleasure, Kelly! Hope these recipes help you to start boosting your energy and feeling better in yourself 🙂

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