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This Is How To Boost Energy Without Coffee

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Not a fan of coffee? That’s okay. Whether you’re a coffee lover or hater, you can still get that boost of energy you need when you’re dragging your feet before a run in the wee hours of the morning. Enter the green.

Juicing has gained popularity over the past few years because of its health benefits and quick and easy way to get nutrients from veggies that many might not eat in a meal. But what some don’t realize is the ingredient combo is also key for your body. With ingredients like watermelon, spinach, grapefruit, ginger and leafy greens, you’ll boost energy and provide antioxidants to give your body much needed TLC to fuel your run and day.

Instead of reaching for that cup o’ Joe in the morning, a little green juice can give you that extra bolt instead. Sip on these two recipes from Annie Lawless, co-founder of Suja Juice and certified holistic health coach.

Green Boost

This juice is packed with energy-boosting ingredients so runners can put the right foot forward. With chlorella and spirulina, superfoods high in muscle-repairing protein and antioxidants, this is an excellent drink to fuel your day or pre-workout energy.

Ingredients

  • ½ small watermelon (remove rind)
  • 1 medium cucumber (with skin)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 collard leaves
  • 2 lemons, peeled
  • ¼ teaspoon chlorella
  • ¼ teaspoon spirulina

Juice the watermelon, cucumber, spinach, collard leaves and lemons. Stir in chlorella and spirulina.

Leafy Grapefruit Kick

A delicious zing of tart grapefruit and ginger root is a perfect pre-run pick-up. Additionally, cucumbers are high in water content and contain electrolytes to restore balance and fluid levels to the body.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cucumber (with skin)
  • 3 stalks celery
  • ¼ head romaine lettuce
  • ¼ head green leaf lettuce
  • 2 leaves lacinato kale
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • ½ grapefruit, peeled
  • 1 inch unpeeled ginger root

Juice all ingredients.

These recipes can be found in Annie Lawless’s New York Times Best Selling book, The Suja Juice Solution.

Fara Rosenzweig

Fara Rosenzweig

Fara Rosenzweig is a writer, editor, and certified personal trainer. She got her first taste of the gym at age 14 and fell in love with the fitness crowd. After suffering a back injury her freshman year of college, she had to set her ballet slippers aside and rehab her back. That’s when she found her passion for teaching fitness and helping others challenge themselves. Her senior year of college she ran in her first 5K and traded her ballet slippers for the latest (and brightest) pair of running shoes. Fara loves talking health, sports and fitness with any one and everyone. Her love for storytelling earned her an Emmy Award and has been seen in many other publications, such as Refinery29, Active.com, MyFitnessPal and Health.