Five hour energy. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? All those ads for that artificial stimulant make it sound like a healthful thing. But there’s really nothing natural or healthy there. Just caffeine. For REAL five hour energy, try this healthy fresh fruit juice using a high performance blender. Feel free to add vanilla protein powder for a healthy breakfast in one minute! Now that is real five hour energy!
Grapes – Grapes make a terrific foundation for many juices and smoothies. They are full of water and lend a nice sweet flavor. Green grapes disappear completely into liquid, while red grape skins may still be somewhat visible. Red grapes bring the added benefit of resveratrol from their skins, so they are a healthier choice. Resveratrol is known for it’s anti-aging properties. Seeded grapes are a great choice with high-powered blenders for accessing the phytonutrients of the grape seed. Another fact, the flesh of the grape contains approximately 1/20th-1/100th of the total antioxidant capacity of the seed or the skin!
Strawberries – Strawberries are mighty tasty and are just about the most popular fruit. The greens on the strawberry contain chlorophyll which is a natural blood purifier. So leave ‘em on! Though many times, fresh isn’t always available and most commercially frozen will have the greens removed. Use what works in your life. Strawberries are hard to keep fresh. Frozen is fine. As with everything, go organic.
Oranges – Every day, somebody asks me if they can just toss the whole orange into their blender. Well, you CAN…but it’s going to taste mighty bitter and could give you a bit of a tummy-ache. The outer skin of an orange contains limonin and many other phytonutrients and oodles of tart orange flavor. Used in moderation, the skin of the orange adds a lot of flavor but be careful, as too much will become bitter tasting. So experiment with a soft fruit peeler – a simple kitchen tool that looks like a potato peeler but with a serrated edge. Remove just the orange part in strips, leaving as much bright orange tangy flavor as tastes right to you! Try to leave as much of the pith (white part) as possible to access the riboflavin needed for healthy joints.In addition to oranges’ phytonutrients, vitamin C and fiber, they are a good source of thiamin, folate, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), potassium and calcium.
Cabbage – While green cabbage is the most commonly eaten variety of cabbage, I highly recommend trying red cabbage because of added nutritional benefits and its robust hearty flavor. I don’t think you will be disappointed! The rich red color of red cabbage reflects it’s concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which contribute to red cabbage containing significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage. Interest in anthocyanin pigments continues to intensify because of their health benefits as dietary antioxidants, as an anti-inflammatory, and their potentially protective, preventative, and therapeutic roles in a number of human diseases. Plus it makes everything a pretty purply pink color that kids can’t resist!
Pineapple – Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart. They are second only to bananas as America’s favorite tropical fruit. Adding pineapple makes just about anything sweeter. Pineapple contains a wonderful enzyme called Bromelain (especially the core) which aids in digestion, speeds wound healing and reduces inflamation!
Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe, like all melons contains a lot of water, making them a great addition to smoothies. Leave the seeds on, since melon seeds are a great source of protein that doesn’t come from an animal source. In fact, pound for pound, melon seeds contain more protein than meat! And hey, it makes food prep easier which is always okay by me. Cantaloupe brings a nice sweetness to smoothies, eliminating the need for additional sweeteners.
Five Hour Energy Juice
2 cups organic seeded grapes
2-3 organic strawberries (with greens if possible)
1/8 organic orange (with peel if you like an extra punch of orange!)
1” slice of pineapple with core
1” slice of cantaloupe with seeds
1/2 to 1 cup red cabbage
1 cup ice (more if you like it slushy)
Five hours of energy. Right there in your smoothie cup.
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