In Need Of An Energy Drink? Try This 'Easy Green Energy Drink' Alternative To Red Bull!

As shift workers, we often walk around in a zombie-like state thanks to our sleep-deprived lifestyle, and many of us rely on a caffeine kick to fire up our engines, particularly on an early shift or when we’re struggling to stay awake on night shift.

However if you’re a Red-Bull-energy-drink kind of junkie, then I’ve got a much healthier alternative for you and it’s called Spirulina.

Now if you spun the can of your Red Bull around and really studied the list of ingredients I’m sure you’d struggle to decipher the contents.

It reads more like a chemical experiment than a list of edible items.

The toxic list of ingredients (and they really are toxic) include high amounts of caffeine, preservatives and additives. The sugar contained in Red Bull is actually a sweetener called aspartame (951/E951) which is known to cause breathing difficulties, depression, dizziness, gradual weight gain, headache, insomnia, memory loss, mood changes … to name just a few! And that’s just ONE of the ingredients.

So move over Red Bull and make way for Spirulina!

This blue-green algae is high in protein as it contains all of the 22 amino acids the body requires. It’s dark green colour make it a great source of chlorophyll which helps to rejuvenate the body and assists in the building of healthy alkaline blood.

Spirulina is also rich in gamma linoleic acid (GLA) which helps to improve mental clarity, boost energy levels and decrease appetite. Yep – a real bonus if you’re trying to lose weight!

Spirulina comes in a powdered form and is great in fruit juices and fruit-based smoothies. I’ve thrown a teaspoon into some coconut water this morning (which is a natural sports energy drink in it’s own right), as it’s high in B and C vitamins, proteins and electrolytes.

My Easy Green Energy Drink

2 cups coconut water
1 teaspoon spirulina

Stir or blend spirulina with coconut water.

So forget Red Bull, ‘V’, Mother, Pepsi-Max or whatever else you’ve been lured into buying from the vending machine. Replace it with Mother Nature’s Energy Drink instead – Spirulina, because it will give you the energy fix that you’ve been searching for – without the need of a chemistry lesson!

Low On Energy? Perhaps You Need A Healthy Shot Of Something …

It’s been a crazy kind of day at work today with lots of oversold flights so it was good to walk out the door and into the fresh air and sunshine.

After a long (and wee bit stressful) 10 hour shift, by the time I got home my body was craving a supercharged juice to help boost my fledgling energy levels.

So I decided to whip up this nourishing, plant-based juice containing Carrot, Pear, Cucumber, Coconut Water, Mint plus a shot of Wheat Grass which was jammed packed with energy-boosting sustenance.

Wheat Grass contains iron, protein and numerous antioxidants including a generous supply of betacarotene (enhances immunity) and chlorophyll which is a highly alkalising food that can help counter the over-acidity of many processed foods.

In fact the benefits of wheat grass are endless

◾Strengthens the body by boosting the immune system
◾Increases energy
◾Assists with nutritional deficiencies
◾Cleanses and detoxifies, especially the liver and blood
◾Heals wounds, sores, infections
◾Is one of the best dietary sources of minerals
◾High in protein: contains all 8 essential amino acids
◾Removes waste that clogs your cells, blood, tissues and organs
◾Reduces cravings

So if you’re low on energy, then you might need a shot of something – or more specifically, a shot of wheat grass which is great in juices and smoothies and so easy to make. Perfect for when you’re too tired to cook after an early shift, night shift or extended shift like mine was today!

Shift Work Snack Ideas: Zucchini Coconut Lunchbox Bread

Do you often struggle to find healthy snacks to munch on during your shift? Are you guilty of snacking on store-bought cakes, muffins or donuts with little nutritional value? Essentially manufactured food which is laden with fats, additives, colours and flavourings?

Well I have an alternative – and I promise you will love it.

Forget the Krispy Crème donuts – you can whip this nutrient dense zucchini coconut bread at home in your kitchen and throw in your lunchbox to have for morning tea, afternoon tea or even as a midnight snack if you’re working a night shift.

Not only are there no hidden additives, colourings and flavourings – there’s absolutely no sugar!

Now before you panic and think it’s going to taste awful – think again. This recipe is delicious! And what I really love about this recipe is that it makes two cakes so you can keep one in the fridge and slice up the other one and throw it in the freezer for later.

In other words you can be all stocked for your entire working week - even if you work more than 7 days straight!

Nutritional Facts: Zucchini is SO good for you – it’s a great source of vitamin C, manganese, potassium and vitamin B6.

Ingredients

2 large zucchinis, finely grated
1 cup rice malt syrup
1 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons coconut butter or oil
3 large eggs
2 cups plain flour
1 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup toasted pecan nuts, crushed
shredded coconut (for topping)

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180C.

Grease and line two loaf tins with baking paper. Squeeze grated zucchini and drain as much liquid as you can before adding to baking mix.

Mix zucchini, syrup, oil, eggs and coconut butter in a large bowl.

In another bowl sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Add the coconut flour.

Add flour mixture to the zucchini mixture. Add pecans and mix well using a wooden spoon. Scoop mixture evenly into the prepared loaf tins. Smooth the tops and sprinkle the coconut on top.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until cooked through when tested with a skewer inserted down the middle of the breads. Remove from oven. Cool in tins for about 10 minutes before turning out onto wire racks to cool further.

Butter a slice and eat straight away or freeze in ziplock bags to carry in your lunchbox for a nutrient packed shift work treat.

Recipe adapted from Cook Republic.