Your Energy Drinks Guide (the healthy one, naturally)
We are lovers of coffee here at Chōsen, and starting off our active days with a 50/50 mix of cold-brew coffee and coconut water. As well as being a trusted pick-me-up, coffee has many health benefits. It’s a natural antioxidant that’s also rich in riboflavin (vitamin B2), which is important for energy production. Being a stimulant, coffee needs to be consumed in moderation, of course, to ensure healthy blood pressure and heart function.
Here we explore a menu of other energizing drink options to get you through a perfectly balanced day.
Mad About Matcha
While matcha contains caffeine, it only has between a quarter and half of what you might find in coffee, and the energy boost experienced through drinking matcha is significantly gentler than the adrenal insulin spike delivered by a shot of coffee.The superfood du jour, matcha contains 20 times more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries.
In Turmeric We Trust
You might have noticed ‘Golden Lattes’ increasingly popping up on café menus recently. These healing drinks contain turmeric as their key ingredient.The curcumin found in turmeric is known for its powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. New research conducted by Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne has proven turmeric to reduce fatigue and significantly improve concentration and memory.Typically, a Golden Latte will consist of turmeric mixed with warm almond or coconut milk, but this energizing Golden Healing Tea is also worth a try:– Grate one teaspoon of each fresh turmeric and fresh ginger– Add hot water– Stir in lemon and a touch of honey.We guarantee you’ll feel the healing goodness in every sip!
Raw to Roar
Health drinks are a matter of taste, but raw juices are a constant favorite, providing instant access to revitalizing vitamins and nutrients.Leafy vegetables are rich in chlorophyll and oxygenate the blood, boosting brain function and physical performance. To create your own recipe, try mixing in kiwi, lemon and other fruits, and boosting flavor with herbs and spices such as ginger. We add zesty mint to our green juice to help digestion.
Herbal teas like peppermint and ginseng are caffeine-free energy alternatives. Ginseng has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, and is believed to improve alertness and learning ability. While store-bought teas don’t necessarily have high concentrations of this healing root, a cup is always relaxing, and brewing up is a great way to take a break, stretch the legs and refocus.
Kick It Up With Kombucha
Kombucha’s healing properties are mainly attributed to healthy digestion, and due to high levels of probiotics, natural acids and enzymes achieved through fermentation of black tea.While kombucha contains small levels of caffeine, the energy spike and increased performance experienced through drinking are believed to be the result of iron and B vitamins.To gain the most from a kombucha brew, consume regularly in small quantities. The gradual release of iron improves oxygen supply to the body for a longer-term effect. Happy sipping!