5 recipes that will boost your energy levels naturally
There are many reasons why we sometimes feel depleted of energy and just tired. Whether it’s caused by vitamin deficiencies or just being overworked, there are better options to boost your energy levels other than to consume energy drinks frequently. These 5 recipes will boost your energy levels naturally, and offer priceless health benefits.
A recent report has revealed that consuming energy drinks frequently damages your heart and teeth, but consuming green tea, dark chocolate and guarana supplement will boost your energy levels without damaging your health. So, here are 5 recipes, using these 3 ingredients, that will boost your energy levels naturally.
1) green ginger mint tea
4 tangerines or 2 oranges
1 piece (4 inches/10 cm) gingerroot
2 bunches spearmint stems removed
1 cup green tea leaves such as gunpowder
Peel rind from tangerines (remove pith); place on rack. Slice gingerroot into 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick slices; place on rack. Remove leaves from spearmint; place on rack. Let dry at room temperature until brittle, about 24 hours. Break into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces.
In bowl, mix together tangerine rind, ginger, mint leaves and tea leaves. Spoon into decorative bag or airtight jar. Makes about 30 servings.
2) honeydew mint ice tea
5 green tea
3 cups cubed peeled honeydew melon about half melon
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup mint leaf
In large heatproof measure or bowl, steep tea in 8 cups (2 L) boiling water for 4 minutes. Discard bags.
Meanwhile in large saucepan, bring melon, sugar, 1 cup (250 mL) water and mint leaves to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until melon is broken down, about 8 minutes. Add to tea; let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.
Strain through cheesecloth-lined sieve into pitcher, pressing solids only gently so beverage remains clear. Serve with ice cubes.
3) dark chocolate banana smoothie
2 frozen bananas
1-2 oz. dark chocolate
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
Dash of vanilla extract
In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Add more chocolate if desired. Serve immediately.
4) guarana smoothie
1 tsp. Guarana powder
1 cup of unsweetened yogurt
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp. clear honey
Papaya (optional) - The banana can be replaced with a papaya
Place the Guarana powder, yogurt, banana and honey into your Ninja Blender and process until smooth. To obtain your desired consistency, add milk.
5) dark chocolate truffles with matcha green tea
1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea
7 ounces 70% Dark Chocolate, fine chopped, divided
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
Matcha green tea, as needed to coat truffles
Combine cream, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea in nonstick sauce pan and whisk to blend. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; remove from heat.
Immediately add 5 ounces fine chopped chocolate to hot cream mixture and gently stir to blend. Spread chocolate/cream ganache mixture in shallow dish and refrigerate until firm to touch.
Shape chilled chocolate ganache mixture into balls and arrange on plate or baking sheet lined with wax paper. (If chocolate ganache gets too soft to roll into balls, refrigerate briefly.)
Freeze truffles until firm.
Melt 2 ounces chopped chocolate in top of double boiler. Dip frozen truffles in chocolate to lightly coat. Cool.
Roll cooled truffles in matcha green tea powder to lightly coat. Store truffles in refrigerator until ready to serve.
If you are depleted of energy and just feel constantly tired, you may want to read this. For more natural approaches to boost your energy levels and improve mood, here are vitamin and supplements that can help, and also learn why one glass of water can help you feel less tired. Note that there are other health benefits of consuming green tea and dark chocolate, for example: green tea has been reported to be anticancer and dark chocolate protects the heart.