3 Natural Energy Boosters to Add to Your Juices, Smoothies

Easy ways to boost your energy, especially if you're giving up coffee.

February 13, 2015
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If you're coming off of coffee or find you need a little something extra to help you get going in the morning, consider adding one of these natural energy boosters to an a.m. juice or smoothie. Use 1 to 3 teaspoons per serving (see note under matcha), adjusting for flavor and effect.

Cacao Powder and Unsweetened Nibs
The seed of the tropical cacao fruit, cacao is the primary ingredient in all chocolate and is high in antioxidants, magnesium, theobromine, and phenethylamine. The taste is bitter and chocolaty.

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Maca Powder
Maca root is a Peruvian superfruit in the cruciferous mustard family traditionally used by indigenous cultures for energy, endurance, and libido. The powder has a sweet, nutty taste with hints of butterscotch.

Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea is a finely ground, powdered, high-quality green tea from Japan known for its anticancer properties and typically used to boost metabolism and relieve stress. It is high in catechins, chlorophyll, antioxidants, and L-theanine. Matcha green tea has an intense sweetness and deeper flavor than standard grades of green tea due to its high amino acid profile.

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Note: Matcha is relatively high in caffeine (about 70 milligrams per teaspoon), though it does deliver L-theanine, which helps eliminate the jagged buzz. If you know you are sensitive, stick with only about a quarter or a third of a teaspoon with this one. That will give you about the amount of caffeine of a cup of green tea.

Rodale Wellness recommends checking with your doctor, pharmacist, or professional holistic healer before starting any new supplement.

Adapted from The Detox Prescription