An athlete’s body needs more than just calories to create lasting energy. Enzymes, vitamins, and minerals play a critical role in the production of energy. Having a deficiency in any of these nutrients can have a strong negative impact on energy.
Fresh produce is the best source of the nutrition. The distinctive nature of fresh juice created from fresh fruits and vegetables makes the positive effects of juicing much more effective than drinking processed juice or caffeine.
While people choose to juice for several reasons, athletes tend to turn to juice for a quick and wholesome energy booster. Pure juice drinks pack a lot of nutrition in a small amount of juice, so it is a convenient snack for athletes when they are short on energy or are revving up for a long workout. Here are four juicing recipes that provide long lasting energy for those who need it.
#1: The Electric Veg
This slightly sweet, yet strong, juice is best consumed right before or after exercise. Carrots provide the mild sweetness to this juice as well as a high content of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are great for juicing along with celery, as it is good for hydration and alkalising to help with satisfactory communication among cells.
Beets are are able to act as a cleanser by working with the liver and blood to filter out toxins. Beets also have energizing minerals and phytonutrients. As a great finishing touch, fresh ginger gives this juice a distinct energy kick.
- 2 large carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 large beet
- 1 inch of ginger
Clean all of the vegetables before cutting them into on inch chunks. This will help get the most juice out of them as possible. Juice all of the ingredients and then shake up the juice to ensure it is properly mixed and drink it immediately. This makes two servings, so keep half in the refrigerator and be sure to shake it up again before finishing.
#2: The ReEnergizer
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, and great for juicing because they are able to provide a lot of liquid. Cucumber is also very hydrating, healthy, and energizing.
To add some sweetness to the taste, apples are included, which also provide antioxidants. Kale is a super food that has a multitude of vitamins and minerals. Due to its wide variety of nutritional elements, this juice is great for any time of day. It will provide an instant boost that will last through a long workout or help to recover after wearing yourself out.
- 1 large cucumber
- 2 large tomatoes
- 2 medium apples
- 2 stalks of kale
Thoroughly wash all of the ingredients before slicing the produce. Keep the skins on before putting the slices into the juicer to get as much fiber out of them as possible. Stir the juice after it is finished and drink immediately.
#3: Minty Dessert
Papayas contain papain, a digestive enzyme that helps to process food through the digestive tract. Papain helps to break down undigested proteins that can bring down your energy level. They are also high in antioxidants.
Vitamin C-rich strawberries are a great sweetener for juice and they improve your body’s red blood cell circulation and its response to oxidative stress. Using fresh mint in this juice also helps to improve digestion, which gives you a boost of energy and keeps lethargy at bay. This juice can be consumed at any time, but is a great refresher after a meal.
- Half of a papaya
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, stalks included
Wash all ingredients before cutting the papaya into chunks. Discard the stems of the strawberries and add all ingredients to the juicer. Enjoy.
#4: Energizing Tang Boost
Kiwi makes this energy drink slightly sour, and is high in vitamin C. Raspberries, being a great source of phytonutrients boost energy.
Watermelon is a great source of hydration and is also very good for improving blood flow and reducing high blood pressure. Watermelon helps to balance out the tang of the kiwi in this recipe, adding a mild sweetness. This juice recipe is perfect for hot workouts and will satisfy thirst, while quickly recharging your batteries before you start feeling tired.
- 2 kiwis
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 2 cups of watermelon
Wash the fruits before cutting into chunks. Juice everything together before adding ice and enjoying.
Add ice, and drink cold