6 Natural Ingredients In Energy Drinks 

Whether used as a replacement for your morning coffee or for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, drinks containing caffeine  and other stimulates are the norm in most households. From coffee to Red Bull, everyone has their favorite but not all are good for you and some can have adverse health affects.

Here are 6 natural healthy ingredients to look for in your caffeinated beverage of choice:

Caffeine. The health benefits of caffeine are extensive and affect numerous facets of our health. A 2017 meta-analysis found caffeine to significantly improve cognition by boosting alertness and enhancing performance in motor tasks. The same study also noted a positive link between caffeine intake and decreased incidence of neurological decline associated with aging.

But, when consuming caffeine you want to look for natural caffeine and avoid synthetic caffeine.

Synthetic caffeine is produced by chemical synthesis of urea as a raw material, which is then combined with different chemicals such as methyl chloride and ethyl acetate. When caffeine is made synthetically, it is produced with a much higher concentration and is absorbed much faster by the body. 

Natural caffeine is the type of caffeine that is naturally found in foods like coffee, tea, and chocolate. Caffeine from green tea and guarana is especially beneficial. Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.

But there are other natural sources to give us a boost besides caffeine.

Guarana is derived from the seeds of a South American tree. Because it’s high in caffeine, guarana has become a popular energy supplement. It is also rich in antioxidants, can improve focus, and research has shown that guarana may improve your ability to learn and remember.But there are other natural sources to give us a boost besides caffeine.

Ginseng Root has been shown to increase energy, sharpen cognitive function and even have anti inflammatory properties.

Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a compound that helps generate energy in your cells. It’s good for the brain, and can increase energy & improve performance. Your body produces CoQ10 naturally, but its production tends to decrease with age.

Chromium. You may not know much about chromium, an essential trace mineral, but it’s an important substance that helps metabolize macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) and provide energy to the muscles and brain. Chromium doesn’t naturally occur in the body, so it must be added through diet.

B vitamins. Vitamin B12 along with B6 are best for energy. Almost every cell in the body uses B12. Besides helping form red blood cells, B12 converts fat and protein to energy. A B12 deficiency causes tiredness and anemia. But B1 & B3 provide a lot of energy as well. B6 manages energy and helps sustain vigor. 

When choosing a beverage to give that extra boost, make sure it doesn’t contain a lot of sugar. You may get a quick pick me up, but then comes the crash leaving your feeling even more tired than before.

If you would like to try an energy drink that contain all 6 of these healthy ingredients, click here to learn about my favorite, delicious daily go to!

Peppermint Mocha Protein Drink

This Hot Peppermint Mocha protein drink provides all of the nutritional benefits of a protein smoothie but tastes like a decadent hot peppermint mocha. The perfect breakfast for cold winter mornings or snack for an afternoon reading by the fire. Top with a little whipped cream & enjoy!


Protein Drink

  • 10 oz almond milk
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Coffee Protein
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Peppermint Mocha Protein
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Dairy Free Whipped Cream

  • 1 can 13-14 oz of full fat coconut milk (found in the baking goods area of grocery store)
  • 2-3 Tbsp confectioners sugar
  • cinnamon, vanilla or any flavor you would like Optional


Protein Drink

  • Heat almond milk to your preference.
  • Add vanilla and protein powder. Blend with frother for creay results.

Dairy Free Whipped Cream

  • Place can of full fat coconut milk in the the fridge upside down, let it chill overnight.
  • Open the can. Carefully spoon out the top layer of opaque white stuff that has gathered at the top of the can. Spoon into a mixing bowl.
  • Add 2-3 Tbsp of powdered confectioners sugar to the coconut cream. Optional: add cinnamon, vanilla bean – any small amount of flavor you’d like.
  • Grab a hand beater and medium bowl. Whip the coconut milk. Start on low and move to a higher speed, move the beater in an up and down motion to infuse as much air as possible.
  • Top warmed drink with whipped cream and any other toppings. Serve and enjoy!


  1. If for any reason your whip seems too stiff or dry, you can add a few teaspoons of the leftover coconut liquid or non-dairy milk. If your whip seems too soft or watery, you can add another tablespoon of sugar OR stick your mixture back in the fridge – it may need to firm up again.
  2. Coconut cream is best eaten right after it is whipped as it will lose some fluffiness if you stick it in the fridge to chill. But it actually holds up better than I expected!

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