Functional & Energy Drinks
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Energy drinks are known for giving you a needed boost. Whether it’s recovering from an intense workout, refueling after a sporting event, or another active period, the right beverage can help you sail through the day. But not all energy drinks are filled with the right kinds of ingredients. Like other packaged or processed foods, it’s important to pay close attention to ingredient labels to ensure you’re not drinking extra sugar or empty calories. Our lineup of functional and energy drinks are designed for healthy active lifestyles and incorporate good-for-you additions like adaptogens, superfoods, and herbs.
What are Superfoods?
Superfoods are a collection of ingredients that are typically sourced from the soil—such as vegetables, seaweed or algaes, and seeds—believed to offer high nutritional value. Here are some of the most popular superfoods that are easy to find and incorporate into your routine.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a superfood chameleon because you can use it for everything from frying up a batch of pancakes to DIY skin care recipes. Known for encouraging lower blood pressure and supporting weight loss, coconut oil is a must-have for your healthy pantry.
- Chia seeds: “Tiny but mighty” is one way to describe chia seeds, which are small black seeds that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and delivers 11g of fiber per 2 tablespoon serving.
- Maca powder: Maca powder is native to Peru’s Junín Valley and made by grinding the root of the maca plant into a find powder that’s an easy addition to smoothies.
- Turmeric: This golden spice is popular in many global cuisines, and is believed to offer some nutritional benefits too. Turmeric contains curcumin, a type of curcuminoid believed to help reduce inflammation.
Top Functional and Energy Drink Brands
Our members love these three favorite energy drink brands.
Inspired by Brazil’s Amazon, three California surfers founded Sambazon in 2000 and offer fair trade, organic, and non-GMO beverages made with the açaí berry.
This medicinal mushroom company is powered by superfood fungi like lion’s mane, chaga, and more. From matcha-infused powders to comforting hot chocolates (and yes, tropical flavored energy drinks) there’s something for everyone.
BrainGear works closely with neurologists from Stanford and the University of Texas, Austin to develop its line of nutritional drinks. Each recipe features 13 nutrients believed to support brain health.
Best Non-GMO Energy Drinks
These drinks nix-GMOs and are easy to enjoy on-the-go.
Sambazon Amazon Energy Drink, Acai Berry
The ingredients for this energy drink (like superfood açaí) are sustainably sourced from Brazil’s lush Amazon forests. Member Meredith shares “This drink gives me the caffeine I need. I like the berry flavor, and the light carbonation is refreshing.”
BrainGear Brain Nutrition Drink
To support better focus, try BrainGear’s tangerine-flavored drink. It’s made with 13 science-backed ingredients like green tea extract and vitamin E, and you’ll feel the effects within 15 to 30 minutes.
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Focus Shot With Lion’s Mane
Get some extra energy without stimulants using the power of medicinal mushrooms. Lion’s mane is believed to help increase energy naturally, and is blended with a tropical pineapple flavor.
Energy Boosting Tips From Thrive MarketIf you’re low on energy, we have some (natural) ideas.
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The Benefits of Raw Honey
Is there anything raw honey can’t do? This pantry staple may help fight allergies, ease symptoms of the common cold, and more.
How to Use Adaptogens
If you’ve heard about adaptogens but need more info before committing to a daily regime, get the scoop on these superfoods and choose the one that’s right for you.