When Athletes Need Energy, This Is What They Drink. 4 Juicing Recipes For Energy!
When most people hear the word “juice diet,” they think: weight loss. But for athletes, juicing is about more than just slimming down. Cyclists, swimmers and runners use juice to gain the energy they need to compete against their rivals. Read on to discover four cutting-edge juicing recipes for energy.
To prepare these drinks, simply process the ingredients in a juicer until they look ready to drink. Then, serve. Optionally, add some ice. Drinking these drinks right after you make them will ensure that you get the most out of these beverages in terms of nutrition.
Juicing Recipes for Energy #1. Unbeetable Beetroot Blend
In 2011, the University of Exeter gave nine professional cyclists a half-liter of beetroot juice three hours before the scientists measured their performance. The result? A whopping three percent improvement!
Scientists believe that drinking beetroot juice on a regular basis is even better than drinking it one time, just ahead of a race. The nitrate found in beets opens up the blood vessels, making it easier for the heart to move blood to muscles in need of oxygen.
Combining beets with other vegetables known to boost performance will improve the taste and allow you to take in a wider range of nutrients and vitamins.
Grind up the following vegetables and drink up to get the most out of your beetroot juice:
- 1 fresh beet
- 3 carrots
- 2 kale leaves
- 1 inch of ginger
- 1 lemon (rind included)
- 1 clove of garlic
Juicing Recipes for Energy #2. Protein Pump-Me-Up
If you’re training to build muscle, your body needs protein. Though most people know that pineapple contains tons of vitamin C, few realize that this tropical fruit also contains a large amount of protein.
The other source of protein we’ve featured in this mix is kale. Pound for pound there is no better source of protein than kale, aka Tuscan cabbage. When it comes to juicing, green leafy vegetables make for excellent additions to any mix.
In addition to eating plenty of lean meat and nuts, add our Protein Pump-Me-Up juice cocktail to your diet to get an additional protein boost. Absorbing protein from a variety of different sources is a good idea if you want to build muscle while simultaneously pulling in a wide range of other important and healthy nutrients.
Here are the ingredients:
- 1 pineapple
- 3 apples
- 4 carrots
- 4 large celery stalks
- 1 big handful of parsley
- 10 leaves of kale
- 1 inch-long hunk of ginger
Juicing Recipes for Energy #3. Restorative Red Cherry Rocket Fuel
In 2006, a group of scientists paid 14 college students to do some brutal elbow extension exercises. The ones that drank cherry juice felt less less pain and were significantly less tired than the ones who gulped the placebo.
To avoid the burn by drinking cherry juice, you’ll need to find Montmorency cherries. They’re quite sour, so we’ve added a variety of other sweet juices into the mix to even out the taste.
Here’s what you’ll need to buy to make Restorative Red Cherry Rocket Fuel:
- 1 green apple
- 1/2 pound of fresh strawberries
- 1 pound of Montmorency cherries (remove the pits, of course)
- 1 large celery stalk
- 1 organic cucumber (rind included)
- 1/2 organic lime (rind included)
Juicing Recipes for Energy #4. Tomato Tornado
The fitness world is still buzzing about a 2013 study from Food and Chemical Toxicology that identified a new compound found in tomato juice called lycopene. Lycopene not only enables super fast muscle recovery, it also stabilizes blood sugar levels.
Plain tomato juice tastes like watered down ketchup– so we added in some carrots to make for a more interesting flavor.
Here’s how to make a Tomato Tornado:
- 4 large carrots
- 1 organic lemon (rind included)
- 1 organic lime (rind included)
- 1 tomato
- 1 big handful of cilantro
With these four performance enhancing drinks running through your veins, you’ll gain the extra edge you need to reach and exceed your fitness goals.
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