Nothing beats the convenience of grabbing a health drink from the fridge on your way to work. Breakfasts are the most important meal of the day, but with busy schedules it’s usually the first thing to go out the door when we are getting late. Hence, the sheer convenience of health drinks is that you don’t have to spend time thinking about what to cook or time in preparationâ€”nutrition is just at the tip of your fingers. I’m not so big on commercial energy drinks or health drinks, I much prefer to make a concoction of my own the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight. That way it stays fairly fresh and is nice and cool first thing in the morning.
There are a couple recipes that I find work well for me, but if you’re not a big fan of leafy greens and gourds, then you might want to alter the recipes just a bit. These recipes work pretty good and require little to no preparation. I’ve not come up with all of them on my own, some were born from the advice of friends, others by Google research, and yet others by personal experimentation. This is a good and simple place to start, though, and later you can figure out what works best for you. The ingredients that I feel most comfortable about using are the ones that contain natural anti-oxidant qualities. It’s the perfect way to start your day!
Quick Apple and Celery Drink
- 2 apples with the skin
- 1 cucumber
- 1 stalk of celery
Put all these into the blender or juicer. Blend till it becomes a juice form, then pour it into a cup and drink. Health drinks such as this one are best drunk in the morning so that their healing effects can cleanse your entire system. This particular recipe has a dual use. Aside from helping to fight cancer and reduce cholesterol it also helps to improve headaches and stomach pains.
Apple and Ginger Drink
- 4 carrots
- 1 apple
- 1 /4 inch of ginger
- A handful of parsley
Put all these into the blender or juicer. Blend till it becomes a juice form, then pour it into a cup and drink. If you’re someone who is a diehard health freak then adding a clove of garlic into the brew is enormously healthy as well. It was in the original recipe, but personally, considering the before office hours I’ve never been brave enough to try it! But if you do, let me know what it tastes like. The garlic and parsley in this drink provide you with loads of antioxidants.
Leafy Green Spinach Drink
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 /2 a spinach bunch
- 2 carrots
Put all these into the blender or juicer. Blend till it becomes a juice form, then pour it into a cup and drink. A dash of sweetener can also be included to make the drink more palatable, or you could try adding an orange or 1 /4 of an apple to be more nutritious. I know the blended spinach part sounds intense, but trust me, spinach is filled with antioxidants that help to keep your cholesterol at healthy levels. And besides, it really doesn’t taste as bad as it looks. ;)
Cooling Watermelon Drink
- 1 medium-sized broccoli floret
- 1 small bunch of kale
- 2 slices of watermelon cut into pieces
Put all these into the blender or juicer. Blend till it becomes a juice form, then pour it into a cup and drink. Each of these ingredients, again, is high in antioxidant content and damages free radicals.
Okay, I bet by now you are slightly disgusted with all this â€œhealthyâ€ drink talk. But, really, it doesn’t taste so bad if you are brave enough to try it. The nutritional benefits far outweigh the unpleasantries and I’m sure it won’t be long before you’ve found a vital supplement to morning coffee! Breakfasts are not worth skipping altogether, because doing so can land you with a heap of health problems.
I find that personally health drinks are the way to go as far as breakfast is concerned. Another health drink that is fairly nutritional is this brand called Ensure. Ensure drinks are pretty rich in vitamins and protein. However, I would only recommend them as breakfast drinks for those trying to maintain or lose weight, and as snack drinks for those trying to gain weight.