It’s easy to walk into a store and find a long line of shelves filled with one of the latest trends: Energy drinks. You’re likely to see Red Bull, 5 Hour Energy, V8 Fusion Energy … the variety seems endless. And if you need a pick-me-up, consuming an energy drink can be a handy way to accomplish that. The problem is that many energy drinks are just not good for you – many are high in sugars, carbs and calories. But don’t fret. Many energy drinks out there produce the right results. In 2016, Jeunesse Global introduced Nevo, earning a consumer product of the year award with this refreshing energy drink that uses real fruit juices, only 50 calories and no artificial flavors. Next time you need a jolt of energy, consider this list of energy drinks that have a more approach in mind:
Red Bull Editions
Perhaps the most common of energy drinks on the market today, the original Red Bull is high in sugar and carbs. Red Bull has since introduced Red Bull Editions, with the same amount of taurine, caffeine and B vitamins, but just 5 calories per can.
Meet an energy drink that also offers a bit of fat-burning. Celcius includes ginger, green tea, calcium and vitamins B and C, and the sugar substitute sucralose. It’s available in its original fitness blend, a line of “naturals,” and in powder sticks.
Nevo by Jeunesse Global
Jeunesse Global (who we’ve written about before) is a fast-growing company that specializes in helping people live healthfully and live young. One of Jeunesse Global’s top products is the award-winning Nevo energy drink, which uses real fruit juices and other ingredients. Nevo has four refreshing formulas – Lemon Ginger, Acai Grape, Mixed Berry and Peach Mango – that stand out among energy drinks. It has only 50 calories per can, and has no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.
Nevo is loaded with B vitamins, and it touts plenty of energy from green tea, guarana and yerba mate. Used for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon, guarana seeds provide a source of caffeine. And the antioxidant properties of the vitamin C in Nevo make it an important nutrient to consume daily. If you are searching for a great alternative in an energy drink, give Nevo from Jeunesse a try. This tasty energy drink just might become one of the best parts of your daily routine.
Green tea is available in just about as many varieties as branded energy drinks. Of course, one of the major ingredients in most energy drinks is caffeine. A normal cup of coffee can have anywhere from 95 to 200 milligrams of caffeine. A cup of green tea has between 24 and 40 milligrams of caffeine – that’s about a third of the caffeine compared to coffee. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; a bit of caffeine can go a long way. Plus, many of the fancy coffees nowadays have enough calories in them to equal a full meal, which can lead to obesity. Green tea also contains an amino acid that can help you focus better.
V8 Fusion Energy
You probably remember those commercials with people smacking their heads and saying they wish they would have had a V8. It’s incredible to think that the vegetable and fruit mix has been around since 1933. The company started off trying to ensure everyone had their daily amount of vegetables. Now, the parent brand has introduced its own energy drink.
V8 Fusion Energy is a blend of juices that provides a full serving of fruits and vegetables and no added sugar – it’s sweetened with sucralose and has 50 calories per can. Green tea provides the caffeine, and L-theanine is added to help provide mental alertness and focus. V8 Fusion comes in a variety of flavors. If you have a hankering for a fizzy apple cinnamon energy drink, V8 Fusion has you covered.
As it has increased in popularity in the last few years, coconut water has been considered by many to be an energy drink. While it can help reduce your sodium intake, coconut water also contains high levels of potassium, making it a great post-workout hydrator, both refreshing and replenishing. The best coconut water comes from Thai coconuts and contains high levels of minerals and potassium. If you aren’t big on the taste of it, you can always combine it with other fruit to make a smoothie.
Make Your Own Energy Drink
Although the variety of energy drinks on the market is considerable, making one yourself is not difficult. In fact, concocting the perfect recipe might be so much fun it gives you a bit of a mad scientist complex. Numerous ingredients can be added to make it your own. Plus, you can do some research and add some healthy herbs into the mixture.