John Basedow: Need a healthy boost everyday? Some smoothie ingredients have an energizing effect and pack tons of beneficial nutrients into one serving.
Now here are some of my favorite natural energy drink mix-ins. Blueberries not only add flavor, they are also high in anti-oxidants and fiber. The nutrients in blueberries help convert food into fuel. Enjoy them in the morning to get your day started or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Bananas are a great shaper thickener and are easily digestible carbohydrates. Add the quick energy that you crave. This fiber heavy food also, curbs appetite, coconut water is ideal for replenishing an athlete's energy after an intense workout.
This miracle liquid is choke-full of electrolytes will efficiently rehydrate your body and maximize energy. Dark chocolate can turn any berry smoothie into a decadent treat. Darker chocolates contain anti-oxidants and just enough caffeine for a little pick-me-up. The minimal sugar in dark chocolate satisfies sweet craving without doing too much damage. Almond butter and peanut butter may not seem like smoothie ingredients, but their nutty flavors and healthy fats promise otherwise.
Nuts provide energy for a long day and can re-energize your body without adding too many extra calories. Whey protein powder following a workout provides fuel for muscle building. Add this powder to any smoothie for improved concentration. Well, it doesn't jolt you with energy, it will help you feel more awake and focused for the task at hand.
So the next time you need an energizing boost, try adding one or more of these mix-ins to make your next smoothie a real eye-opener.