We all know that during workouts, we sweat a lot and so it is necessary for us to drink a lot of water and fluid to stay hydrated. If we don’t consume fluid like healthy energy drinks then our body may get dehydrated, and we may face several health problems like, have muscle cramps, feel too much drained out and dizzy etc.
There is no doubt about the significance of drinking water during workout (and at other times), but if you feel that simply drinking water is enough, then you may be wrong, because during the workouts, your body also loses many essential electrolytes like calcium, sodium, magnesium etc.
So, in order to give your body that proper energy boost and replenish it, you need to have energy drinks pre or post your workout session. Sadly, the commercial drinks found in the market may not be up to the mark. Some of these drinks may be even high in sugar, artificial flavoring, coloring etc. This is why I prefer making my own homemade workout energy drinks which fortunately have always worked out in my favor. And if you are looking for some tips and ideas to make your own homemade workout energy drinks that are absolutely natural, then continue reading as today I will be talking about the best homemade workout energy drinks you must try.
Regular workouts are seriously important for all of us to stay fit and healthy. But we can’t ignore the drain of energy we undergo during the physical workouts. And, so, to compensate that we do need to drink the energy drinks and recharge our batteries. This actually helps to enjoy the benefits of workouts as well as not feel too tired or sick.
Moreover, energy drinks help maintaining good health in general as well. But, as I have already said that it is always better to go natural with the energy drinks. So try to make your own homemade energy drinks instead of consuming the pre-packed ones. Making fresh and healthy energy drinks for pre and post workout is not difficult and I am happy to share the recipes for homemade energy drink right here in this post.
You just have to take proper note of the ingredients and steps to make these homemade energy drinks for your workout session. Trust me, the homemade energy drinks are natural and hence safe and yes, most of them are tasty, that too naturally without addition of any artificial elements.
Best homemade energy drinks to try before and after workout
Just like you have made workouts a part of your daily life, it is best to make the workout energy drinks a part of your workout sessions as well. Energy drinks are healthy, nutritious and will definitely give a boost to your energy levels and thus improve your workout performance.
And needless to say, if you want to get the maximum benefits of drinking energy drinks, you better go for the homemade workout energy drinks instead of drinking the costly commercial products.
And if you are the one who prefer homemade energy drinks over commercially available ones, then follow some of these recipes, make your own energy drink at home and enjoy the freshness and benefits.
Green banana smoothie
Bananas are loaded with potassium which is a very important mineral that helps you to get rid of fatigue. It enables the enzymes in your body to control the production of energy. They are also loaded with Vitamins like B1, B2, B3, and B6, all of which help in the conversion of food to energy; phosphorous which increases our physical endurance power and reduces tiredness; and magnesium that is good for your muscles and nerves.
You can use romaine lettuce in it as that green healthy element, as it is rich in riboflavin, thiamine, niacin and potassium, all of which are extremely beneficial for a strong and fit system.
How to make
Take a blender and pour 2 cups of cold water in it. After that, add 1 cup of ice and chopped romaine lettuce in it and blend it for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Now, take around 4 large peeled bananas and blend them until you get a very smooth mixture. Enjoy this drink few minutes after your workout session.
Beetroot juice is one of the best homemade workout energy drinks you must try. Beetroot is a healthy vegetable and it is filled with several healthy nutrients. So, if you drink fresh homemade beetroot juice pre or post workout, it will give you energy and make you fully charged. It is already healthy but to add to the taste, you can always add little bit of pink Himalayan salt and lime juice to it.
How to make
Take a beetroot, peel and then chop it. Blend it and then transfer it to a glass. After that, add 1 tablespoon of lime juice and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to it. Stir the mixture well and then drink it fresh to get the maximum health benefits.
Chia berry juice
The next in list is the chia berry juice. This is because berries are full of antioxidants and contain natural sugars. So, it is good if you include 2 types of berries like strawberries and blueberries in this recipe. And, as far as the chia seeds are concerned, they are rich in protein and dietary fiber, both of which are important nutrients needed by your body. For the refreshing feel, you can add a handful of mint leaves to it.
How to make
Take around ½ cup of strawberries, ½ cup of blueberries and a handful of mint leaves and put all of them into a blender and blend them well. After that, pour the mixture into a glass and add 1 teaspoon of chia seeds and 1 teaspoon of honey to it. Stir them well and then drink it fresh to get energized.
Coconut water is one of the most recommended natural drinks during summer and if you drink it post your workout, it will supply you with enough energy and strength. This is because it is a natural electrolyte that will help your body replenish the lost salts and will help in balancing the electrolyte levels in your body. Moreover, coconut water is a good source of healthy fats and natural sugars that are also essential for your body.
How to make
Take around 2 tablespoons of chopped coconut and add to 300 ml of coconut water and then stir it well. You can then refrigerate it and enjoy chilled coconut water after your workout session to get refreshed and energized.
Orange energy drink
This energy drink contains the benefits of oranges, lime juice and grapes, all of which are very much needed by your system. Both the orange and the lime juice are rich in Vitamin C. As far as the grapes are concerned, they are natural sugars which provide your body with the glucose your body needs before an extensive workout session. If you drink it at least 30-60 minutes before starting your exercises, then you will be become charged up and energized.
How to make
Toss around 1 cup of chopped orange and ¼ cup of green grapes into a blender and blend well. After that, pour the mixture into a glass. Then add around 2 tablespoons of lime juice and ½ teaspoon of roasted and powdered cumin seeds in it. Stir it well and drink it.
Watermelon energy drink
This is my personal favorite and is undoubtedly one of the best homemade workout energy drinks you should look out for. The primary reason behind watermelon energy drink being so effective is that it is rich in natural sugar and is also a perfect electrolyte balancer. Besides that, you will be able to enjoy the several health and beauty benefits of watermelon as well. You can consume this drink about 45 minutes before you start your workouts or may even drink it 10 minutes after finishing your workouts.
How to make
Take a watermelon and slice it in small portions. Take out the seeds you can and then blend it in a blender and strain remaining seeds. Now, add around 1 cup of coconut water, 1 tablespoon of lime juice and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to it. You may also like to add a bit of roasted cumin seeds to it. Stir the mixture well and consume it as you like, i.e. before or after the workouts.
Pomegranate energy drink
Pomegranate is one of the healthiest fruits available to us and if you drink pomegranate energy drink, I am sure it will help you a lot in your workouts. This drink is amazing to taste and it provides your body with the energy and the strength you require before you start your workouts. So, you can easily drink it half an hour before your workouts to feel energized.
How to make
Take around ½ cup of pomegranate and 2 tablespoons of passion fruit pulp and put them into the blender and blend the ingredients well. Pour into the glass and mix 1 teaspoon of honey and stir it well and its ready to drink.
Peach flax energy drink
You can definitely consider drinking peace flax energy drink because it is rich in protein, natural sugar, healthy fats and antioxidants. Moreover, besides increasing your energy levels, it is also essential in boosting your immunity, so you get to stay fit and free from diseases by drinking this energy drink.
How to make
Take 2 freshly chopped peaches, 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds, a pinch of black salt and 1 teaspoon of lime juice. Now, toss all of them in your blender and blend it all well. Pour the mixture in a glass and drink it 45 minutes before you start doing your workout.
Apple cider vinegar energy drink
Apple cider vinegar is very healthy as it is rich in important nutrients like for example, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, B1, B2 and B6. And, when you drink apple cider vinegar energy drink, your internal pH levels get balanced and all the functions inside your body also go fine. You feel more active and charged up. So, it is best if you drink it about 45 minutes before you start with your workouts.
How to make
Take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of ginger juice and mix them with 1 cup of water. Stir all of the ingredients well and then drink it.
Grapefruit energy drink
The grapefruit energy drink is loaded with electrolytes and natural sugars. Hence, it will keep you very active and pumped up throughout your workout session. In short, you will be able to perform the exercises better. So, it is advisable if you consume it about 1 hour prior to your workout session.
How to make
Take 1 grapefruit and a cup of chopped sweet lime and toss them into the blender and blend well. Now, pour the mixture into the glass and add 1 teaspoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of black salt in it. Stir the ingredients well and enjoy the refreshing drink before you hit the gym.
Pineapple grape energizer
This is definitely one of the best homemade workout energy drinks to look out for. This is because pineapple and grapes are rich in minerals, Vitamins and several other nutrients that are very healthy for your body and are very beneficial in comparison to the several brands of energy drinks you find in the market. Also, the drink is very tasty and it hardly takes 4-5 minutes to make.
How to make
Take 1 cup pineapple (chopped) and ½ cup of green grapes and blend well. Now, pour into the glass and add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt into it. Stir well and consume it about 45 minutes before starting your workouts to enjoy the maximum benefits.
Cherry lemonade energy drink
Cherries are sweet and are very nutritious. The recipe of cherry lemonade that I am recommending you is full of natural sugar and antioxidants that keep you strong, energetic and charged up throughout your workout session. So, it is best if you drink it about 45 minutes before you start your workouts.
How to make
For making the cherry lemonade energy drink, you need around ½ cup of chopped cherry, ½ cup of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of honey, and ¼ teaspoon of fennel seed powder. At first, you need to put the chopped cherries and a little amount of water into the blender and blend well. Then pour the mixture into a glass and add lime juice, honey and fennel seed powder into it. Stir the ingredients well and your drink is ready for consumption.
I am sure you already know about the several health benefits of green tea but do you know that it is one of the best energy boosters that you can drink pre or post workout session? Well, yes and this is because green tea is rich in antioxidants and also contains a small amount of caffeine. You can drink it 1 hour before you start doing the workouts as that will prevent you from getting hungry or easily tired.
How to make
Take a saucepan and pour a cup of water into it and then bring it to a boil. After that, switch off your burner and allow it to stay for about 3 minutes for the water to cool down a bit. Now, add the green tea leaves and let it steep for 3 minutes. Then strain it and consume it.
Well, the health benefits of coffee are not unknown to us and when it comes to boosting of energy and enhancing performance, there are very few alternatives to coffee. So, when we are talking about the homemade workout energy drinks to look out for, we can’t ignore coffee.
Coffee is rich in caffeine which is an energizer. It is Ok if it is drank in limited amounts but in the commercial energy drinks, it is often present in high amounts which might have a negative impact on your health. So, it is best to make your own coffee and boost your energy levels.
How to make
Pour around 1 ½ teaspoons of instant coffee to a cup and then add 1 cup of hot water in it. Stir it well and then drink it.
Over to you: which is your favorite energy drink?
Extensive workout sessions drain a lot of energy from you. And if you are a regular gym person or do exercises regularly at home, it is advisable that you drink energy drinks before or after the workout sessions to keep yourself fit and energized. Because energy drinks can help in keeping you charged up, energetic and also helps your body replenish the loss of nutrients during the workout.
Now, there are a whole lot of energy drinks available in market. But the problem with some of them is in order to make these drinks tasty and colorful; they often add artificial sugars, flavors and colors which may not be good for a health conscious person like you.
Wondering about alternatives? Well, the best alternative is the homemade energy drinks. It is not difficult to make fresh and healthy energy drink using fresh produce and without adding artificial sugar or anything else that may harm you. It is best to make your own homemade energy drink and drink it fresh, pre or post your workout session as per your need.
There are many benefits of fresh homemade drink. Like the natural energy drinks you make at home also has the sodium content under control that helps a lot to the blood pressure or hypertension patients. Even the carbohydrates are not more than 8%, which helps in effective weight loss. So, in short, the natural energy drinks that you make at home are much healthier in comparison to the packaged energy drinks you buy from the store.
I have already shared a list of 14 best homemade workout energy drinks that you can make easily at your home and drink before and after your workout sessions. All of these drinks can be made up of healthy fruits and veggies that are essential for healthy living.
It is just that when you consume them in the form of smoothies or energy drinks, they get healthier and tastier. Obviously, the mixture of several healthy ingredients will make the end product healthier and also soar high in the taste quotient. You already know how to make these energy drinks at home, so go ahead and try some of these recipes.
However, besides all of the homemade natural health drinks, you must also take note that you are drinking enough water as your body must never be dehydrated during or after the workouts as that will affect your performance and will make you tired, fatigued and dizzy easily.
I would also like to give you a suggestion which is to try to do exercises depending on your physical abilities. The reason I mentioned this is because the physiological functioning varies from person to person, so a particular exercise may not suit you even though it can be beneficial for others. So, if you are suffering from any particular health concern, always consult your doctor and then follow a proper exercise chart.
This is also applicable for the energy drinks. The reason behind it is because many times if you are suffering from any disease like for example if you are a Diabetic patient, you are not supposed to eat certain fruits which are otherwise good for others. See, the list I mentioned about the homemade workout energy drinks is from a general point of view and will be of help to a majority of you but yours may be a special case, so please consult a good doctor and then take the necessary steps.
If you use any other homemade natural workout energy drink and have been benefitted, please do not forget to share the recipe with us. I would be happy to add that in my list.
Until then, stay healthy and make your workout sessions more enjoyable with the natural homemade workout energy drinks.
Which one is your favorite energy drink by the way?
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.