Right now we're living in strange, stressful times. One of the effects of stress – as you probably know – is that it tends to sap your energy fast. So, if you, like many, are trying to get used to working remotely, maybe homeschooling the kids, trying to minimize trips to the store and yet still keep everyone well fed…the list goes on. So if you are lacking energy recently it's no surprise.
Reaching for one of the many energy drinks on the market is very tempting. Lots of them now have no calories, claim to be all kinds of good for you and they are easy to find, as they are in every gas station and corner store.
However, even the low cal energy drinks contain a lot of additives and an awful lot of caffeine. Ever noticed that most have a warning now that they should only be consumed by those over 18? Yeah, that should tell you something.
However, this having been said the boost you get from those energy drinks keeps you going. Coffee might be a better idea but a) not everyone likes it and b) there's only so much coffee you can drink. However, before you crack open that next can, consider adding one (or more) of these better for you energizers instead.
1. Green Tea
When you think of tea, your first thought might be of a boring afternoon tea-time, but tea can actually be a lot of fun! An unlimited variety of tea varieties, flavors, or infusions are easily available and reasonably priced. Drink it hot or cold, depending on your preference.
Teas contain quite a bit of caffeine, which boosts your energy, but it has the added bonus of containing certain substances that benefit your health. For example, green tea includes antioxidants and minerals that are good for your health and diet and also provide the much-needed caffeine that helps get you through your day.
Brew your own tea at home rather than purchasing bottled iced tea ‒ it contains a lot of sugar. Plus, brewing is easy ‒ even on your busy schedule. Pour some boiling water over 1 teaspoon of tea leaves for a hot drink and 2 teaspoons for iced. Let it steep for three to five minutes, and voilà!
2. Yerba Mate
Originating in the South American rainforest, yerba mate (MAH-teh), or “mate,” comes from the holly tree.
A staple in many areas of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, it has recently become popular in other parts of the world. While you prepare it similarly to black or green tea, many experts argue that it contains even more beneficial properties.
Not only does it contain caffeine, but it also has antioxidants, minerals, and other beneficial substances, which combine to make it an excellent choice for a healthy energy boost.
Yerba mate can be brewed just as strong as coffee, but unlike coffee, however, it’s not acidic or addictive, which means you don’t have to worry about having caffeine jitters by the end of the day.
Similar to tea, yerba mate can be consumed hot or cold. Rather than preparing it with boiling water, use hot water to brew it to preserve its nutrients. Steep a half-ounce of loose-leaf yerba mate for three to five minutes for a hot pick-me-up, or, alternatively, let it chill and pour it over ice.
3. Ginger Root Tea
Ginger root benefits your immune system and digestion, and it may, some research suggests, help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, among other benefits.
Even though it contains no caffeine, and thus can’t provide an immediate energy boost, its various health benefits may help you maintain your energy levels and stay healthy in the long term. Additionally, it also can help relieve muscle pain and allow you to relax, helping you stay calm whatever your busy day throws at you
To make ginger root tea, depending on how spicy you want the flavor, brew it for 5 minutes or longer. To boost the brew, add mint leaves, lemon, honey, or other herbs and spices. Drink it cold or hot, depending on your preference. Drink a cup of ginger root tea when you first wake up, or sip on it throughout your day.