Best Ways to Boost Your Energy

Posted at: 01/22/2013 10:26 AM

Energy drink sales are soaring, but is are caffeinated beverages really the best way to get more energy?  Your Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Jen Haugen, will deliver quick and easy ways to boost your energy in a healthy way.

Food as Fuel

Energy Drinks
What is actually in an energy drink?  Jen will break down the ingredients for you to give you the full story.

How much caffeine?
Jen will share what caffeine levels are in common drinks and share what is too much and why they aren’t recommended for youthful buyers.  

  • Coffee: 133 mg in 8 oz
  • Soda: 35 mg in 12 oz
  • Energy drinks: 80-229 mg in 8 oz

Adverse effects include nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, increased urination, abnormal heart rhythms and digestive problems.  Consuming more than 360 mg per day show significantly increased blood pressure and anxiety.

Super sips
Juicing can make getting fruits and vegetables a little easier and Jen will share what are the best fruits and vegetables to use and how to increase the fiber.

Other great drinks:

  • Kefir
  • Chocolate milk
  • Green Tea (helps with focus)
  • Water (especially for workouts)

Healthy Energy Juices

Potent Pairings

  • Spinach + Apple + Carrot
  • Kale + Berry + Orange
  • Apple + Pear + Grape
  • Red Bell Pepper + Tomato + Celery + Carrot

Make the most of your juice:

  • Fill up on fiber – boost the fiber content by adding back some of the pulp or try ground chia seeds.
  • Stabilize the sugar – try adding non-starchy vegetables to keep an even balance, 4 to 6 ounces is a portion of juice.
  • Drink it right away – fresh squeezed juice can quickly develop harmful bacteria, so drink it right after you make it.

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.