As we step into a new year we start to think of more ways to be healthy across all aspects of life- mind, body and soul.
Here is a a list of our top picks of natural energy drinks, packed with nutrients and all set to give you that much needed boost into the new year.
1. Tribal Sports Nutrition
Challenger nutrition brand Tribal Sports Nutrition has launched two on-the-go vegan and organic energy smoothies, which are as much at home in a cycling jersey as an office lunchbox.
The smoothies utilise the energising and revitalising properties of baobab fruit to create a natural fuel for life, which provides nutrients for fuelling active lifestyles and aiding recovery. Due to their unique format, the smoothies are less concentrated than some other energy products and are thus easier on the stomach. Thanks to the baobab fruit extract, used in everyday nutrition and medicinal culture in parts of Africa, and other organic ingredients, the smoothies offer vitamin C, antioxidants and fibre alongside natural energy.
Tenzing is inspired by famous mountaineer Sherpa Tenzing and the energy drinks consumed in the Himalayas. Only natural ingredients are used and everything is plant based, which means that, while you will be getting a pretty big hit of caffeine, it’s all natural. As you might expect, the drinks are responsibly produced and everything is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Tenzing doesn’t use any additives in their natural energy boost drinks, and the products only contain 7 ingredients, so you always know exactly what you’re drinking. The natural sweetness comes from beet sugar, and a hint of lemon gives a refreshing twist. Every can is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, again all from natural sources.
You’ll be pleased to know that these natural energy drinks in the UK has not compromised on taste. There’s a range of flavours on offer including sparkling lime, sparkling lemon, sparkling berry and sparkling peach, but our favourite was the mint variety. It has a wonderfully refreshing, lifting kick even before you feel the effects of the caffeine.
Nutrition-wise you’ll be loading up on antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. The drinks are also fibre rich, and help boost your metabolism. There really are too many health benefits to list, but these drinks can help lower blood sugar, cholesterol and even increase concentration.
4. Tea Riot
For those searching for natural pre workout energy drinks; there’s quite a bit of caffeine per drink, an impressive 160mg, so you’ll certainly feel the effects. As this is derived from tea, it comes with the added benefit of L-Theanine. There’s 100mg of that, which helps with cognitive focus and alertness. The drinks are also rich in vitamin B12, which is great for the brain as well, so they’re particularly effective if you need something to boost your concentration.
The nutrition profile is equally impressive in these natural fruit energy drinks. Each product contains a mere 30 calories and just 4g of natural sugars. Sodium content is negligible, but you’ll be getting your full 100% daily requirement of vitamin B12 from just a single serving. The ingredient list is refreshingly short, consisting mostly of fruit and natural flavours like chilli. Since these drinks are high in adaptogens they’ll help combat stress.
Zingers are natural herbal energy drinks in shot form. They come in tiny, easily portable bottles packed with a range of healthy herbal pick me ups. They’re an excellent alternative to caffeine-rich drinks like tea or coffee, are low in calories, contain only negligible amounts of naturally occurring sugars and come in a range of flavours.
Those flavours are nicely varied, too. The Extra Hot Ginger Zinger packs a real punch, as does the Lime and Chilli. The turmeric based shot might not be to everyone’s taste but it does bring all the well publicised health benefits of turmeric.
The ginger shot is a particular favourite. While many energy drinks are overcomplicated with a mass of ingredients offering varying properties, this shot is nice and simple. It’s made from pure, pressed ginger with apple juice. It goes down a treat and the ingredients are, of course, certified organic, making it a great product for natural energy drinks for pregnant women.