Sip This Energy
Relying on extra-large coffees to make it through your day? Despite the instant energy boost, consuming copious amounts of caffeine can ultimately sap you to exhaustion. Perhaps a better approach to soaring through the afternoon is to nourish yourself with a healthy, refreshing, energy-boosting smoothie. Before you reach for that next double shot espresso, consider one of these flavorful sips.
Smoothies provide an instant lift that lasts
In the article Caffeine-free tips to boost your energy, certified nutritionist Angela Pifer extols the virtues of smart snacking and recommends smoothies as a healthy alternative to coffee. She suggests smoothies made with rice, almond, cashew, soy or regular dairy milk, with the addition of another protein to ensure your smoothies satisfy your hunger and keep you full. Drinking a smoothie instead of coffee will raise your blood sugar levels and keep them on an even keel. You won't have the instant surge of energy and eventual crash that often comes with caffeine.
Healthy smoothie recipes
Here are smoothie recipes, courtesy of Emily M. White, author of Caffeine-free tips to boost your energy, and regular contributor for SheKnows.com. For the following smoothie recipes, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth or your desired consistency.
Chocolate Raspberry Shake
Very Berry Shake
Orange Julius Shake
Apple Pie Shake
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