Trying to boost your energy without the caffeine? The key to upping energy levels through food lies in a diet with plenty of B vitamins. B6, B9, folate, niacin, and thiamin in particular are the heavy hitters. In plain terms, this means consuming your fair share of fruits and veggies, along with protein-packed options like lean meats. One of the easiest ways to do this is by starting your day with a vitamin-packed juice or smoothie. This is a healthier alternative to washing down the usual cup of joe in the mornings.
The best part about these recipes? There's no need for a juicer. Although a juicer can help speed up the process, a blender and strainer are the only necessities. Keep reading for five juicing recipes for energy that will get your day started with a kick.
Citrus Beet Juice
Beets are a superfood: High in antioxidants and folate, they detox your body and raise energy levels in a snap. That's why we love this recipe for citrus beet juice by Half Baked Harvest. It contains a variety of energy-boosting ingredients like spinach, blood oranges, and lemon.
Watermelon and Ginger Juice
We found the perfect drink to enjoy as the weather begins to warm into spring: watermelon and ginger juice. This simple little tonic combines three ingredients: watermelon, ginger, and mint. No juicer required for this one—a blender will do. Give your energy levels a major boost with watermelon, a fruit high in B6.
The First Mess concocted a recipe with enough kick to last throughout the day. Carrot, ginger, and lemon combine in this fresh take on lemonade that fights off the midday slump. For a little extra flavor, throw a dash of turmeric into the mix. A strainer is recommended for this recipe after blending.
Super-Powered Orange Juice
Get your day started with this super-powered take on orange juice, courtesy of the Minimalist Baker. Carrots and citrus are both loaded with folic acid, a compound that boosts energy. This super-powered orange juice recipe is ready in 10 minutes and only takes six ingredients to make.
Carrot, Beet, and Ginger Juice
The sweetness of apple and tang of ginger blend with energy-boosting beets to make this vitamin-packed juice. Along with plenty of B6, this drink offers a surplus of vitamins A, C, and K, along with a generous dose of antioxidants.