No office is complete without a coffee-maker, and for many people the day doesn’t start until they’ve had their morning coffee. Although the caffeine can give you a kick first thing in the morning and the sugar might give you a bit more energy (if you take yours sweetened), caffeine is not what your body really needs. A cup of coffee every now and then is great, but what you need during a busy day at work is a drink that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients.
When you drink juices instead of caffeinated or artificially sweetened drinks you give your body live nutrients and enzymes that work for much longer. Instead of a short burst of energy, these nutrients will give you sustained energy while boosting your mood and your immune system. The high water content in juices is also far better at hydrating your body than drinks like coffee which are more likely to drain fluids from your body more quickly.
Boosting your energy the healthy way doesn’t have to be hard either. There are simple juices you can drink with no blender or juicer required. We’ve rounded up our top picks of office favourites to give you the energy boost you’re looking for.
Store bought juices are not as healthy as freshly-made juices, so try to buy 100% fruit juice or cold pressed juice if you’re not able to make your own juices at home.
We know this one is a bit of a cheat, but we feel it deserves a spot here anyway. If you’re after something healthy but can’t stand the taste of plain water, lemon water might be right for you. Drink it hot or cold by simply adding a dash of lemon juice to your water. Lemon juice can be bought squeezed and ready to be used and you can even find it in small bottles that are easy to transport.
Lemon water contains antioxidants that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The slight sour taste can be a great way to wake yourself up or give you an energy boost. And the pectin found in lemon juice will leave you feeling more satisfied so you won’t be snacking as much.
This trusted breakfast favourite has earned its place with its high vitamin-C and potassium content. Many store-bought drinks will also be enriched with calcium and vitamin D. One glass of orange juice can give you long-lasting energy as well as help your body absorb nutrients more easily for sustained energy. The citrus flavour is also good for refreshing you in the morning or if you feel yourself losing focus during the day.
Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene which help to oxygenate your blood, giving you that bit more energy. Low oxygen levels in blood are often the cause of lethargy and weakness, so a quick drink of carrot juice might be all you need to get you going again. Carrots are also naturally sweet, so if you’re craving something sweet and healthy, carrot juice is a great option.
Freshly Squeezed Juices
Of course, nothing beats freshly squeezed juices. A lot more nutrients are retained if you make the fruit juice yourself, or better yet, use a blender and keep as much of the pulp and peel as you can. Keeping as much of the fruit as possible helps it to maintain its beneficial properties including fruit’s high fibre content. Making your own juices also allows you to mix fruits for the best results.
Beetroot and Apple
Juice a couple of beetroots with an apple for a high hit of antioxidants and nitrates. These help to improve blood flow and brain activity as well as aid in muscle and heart function.
Although this one is high in sugars and calories and won’t help you lose weight, it will definitely give you an energy burst. Pomegranates are high in antioxidants and when coupled with the natural sugars this drink offers rejuvenation, energy, and protection for brain functions. It may not taste sweet, despite its high sugar content, so avoid adding sugar if you find it a little too tart.
Cranberry and Apple Juice
Cranberries have been used for a long time to help with digestion, but they also carry antioxidants, polyphenols, and antibacterial properties. Drinking fresh cranberry juice is linked with sustained energy, a healthier heart, and fewer infections. Add an apple to cut through some of the dryness and give a bit more sweetness, and you have a powerful energising juice.
Lychee, Peach, and Coconut Water
This unusual combination is a great source of calcium and electrolytes. Where all the other juices have focused on antioxidants for the energy kick, this one focuses on the electrolytes. Electrolytes energise your cells and restore balance, refreshing a tired body and rejuvenating both body and mind. This mix also has enough calcium in it to rival a glass of milk, helping your heart beat regularly and making sure your blood clots normally.
These juices are all great ways to get energy during the day, but if you have a bit more time and are looking to add a few more nutrients, then smoothies are a good option for you.
Although not technically juices, smoothies combine the benefits of fruit juice with added advantages of unusual foods like powders, leafy vegetables, other liquids (such as milk and milk alternatives), nuts, and even some butters or pastes. The combination of these ingredients allows you to build a drink that gives you exactly what your body needs. The flexibility of smoothies makes them a popular go-to for breakfasts, snacks, or lunch for a lot of busy people.
If you have a blender or smoothie maker, consider adding smoothies to your diet as a good energy source. Use some of the ingredients mentioned above, or add your favourite energy boosting ingredient. Some of the top energising smoothie ingredients are:
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Protein Powders
- “Greens” including celery, green apples, limes, and cucumber