But, the main reason why I detest energy drinks has to do with the way my body reacts to these drinks. I am highly sensitive to caffeine. Therefore, I find the “crash” brought on by these energy drinks far harder to handle than someone who is not as sensitive to caffeine as I am.
When I consume an energy drink I get a 3 to 4 hour boost of “energy”. However, this artificial boost in what manufacturers of energy drinks have coined “energy” is followed by a full night of insomnia, severe dehydration that lasts for days, and a feeling of heightened anxiety, irritability, sluggishness and at times depression, that can last as long as 48 hours. To me, a 3 to 4 hour boost of energy is not worth suffering all these consequences.
But, energy drinks do serve a real function within the fitness industry. They help athletes increase their stamina, and some argue strength as well. So, if energy drinks really do help “fuel” workouts what is an athlete who doesn’t like energy drinks to do?
Well, the answer to that question is simple: You can either 1) continue to drink energy drinks and suffer the consequences or you can 2) give my high energy pre-workout smoothie a try
This low calorie, nutritious smoothie is packed full of everything you need to “fuel” your workout without the “crash”
High Energy Smoothie Ingredients
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (unsweetened soy milk or skim milk will also work)
- 2 large bananas
- 2 scoops vanilla-flavored protein powder
- 2 scoops Creatine
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 scoop ground coffee (I use Arabica coffee beans)
- 1 1/2 cups ice
High Energy Smoothie Preparation
- In a high powered smoothie blender, blend all ingredients
- If your smoothie is not thick enough, add more ice and blend
High Energy Smoothie Nutritional Information
- Recipe serves: 2
- Calories per serving: 200 +/- depending on type of protein and milk used
- Protein per serving: 25g + depending on type of milk and protein powder used