As an advocate for optimal hydration as a mean to keep our metabolism working as it should, many a times I personally find my family struggling to drink the recommended water amount to keep an ideal hydration.
The truth is also that as the weather gets cooler and the days get darker, it’s easy to feel tired throughout the day.
This is due to the lower exposure to light. When you get less exposure to light, melatonin production is increased.
Melatonin makes you feel sleepy and sluggish.
During the fall/winter time, when there is less daylight and we spend less time outdoors, we might find ourselfs reaching for an extra cup of coffee or an energy drink.
If like me and you’re want to live a healthier lifestyle and want a natural alternative, there are plenty of natural ways you can boost your energy!
I will share my go to’s.
One way to give yourself an energy boost is by making an on-the-go energy drink.
Grapefruits are a natural source of energy (so you can put down that sugary energy drink).
To make a natural energy drink using grapefruit, all you need to do is infuse your water with the fruit.
- Thinly slice 1 grapefruit.
- Place the grapefruit slices in a pitcher.
- Add 2 quarts of water.
- Let it sit in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.
- Stir, strain, and throw away the grapefruit.
You can also use sparkling water for this recipe.
To make this energy drink more on-the-go friendly, pour the infused water into individual jars or bottles that you can grab on your way out the door.
If you aren’t a fan of grapefruit, you can try out another energy-boosting fruit that’s in season.
A few suggestions
Apples release energy slowly so you won’t experience a quick spike and crash. Apples also contain vitamins B and C, as well as potassium.
Navel oranges are in season from November to May. Oranges offer a powerful energy boost and many nutrients, including phosphorus, vitamin C, and more.
Lemons are available all year round. Meyer lemons in particular are in season from November to April. A glass of lemon water can give you the energy boost you need.
Limes are in season from May to October, so take advantage of them if it’s not too late. Limes have detoxifying properties, which can help to give you more energy.
I am known for preparing pitchers of infused water using all kind of citric fruits even pineapples or berries.
Blended fruit water enhanced with some spices are another way I have to boost our hydration.
By blending my fruits of choice straining all the fruit debris, adding a pinch of either cayenne pepper or vanilla essence, anise star rosemary twig etc. etc. will provide you a fragrant and deliciously fruity tasting water which not only keep you hydrated and the skin glowing, but will also boost you metabolism. A win/win formula.
These drinks simply disappear from my household as soon as they are prepared.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and make your own all-natural energy drinks at home. Try one of the fruits mentioned or a combination of them. The options are endless.