Having energy takes energy. What do we mean by that? It takes energy to have your daily duties done in order to get to sleep at a healthy bedtime. It takes energy to shop for and cook healthy and nutritious meals that give us the energy to fuel our bodies. It takes energy to prioritize physical fitness that keeps us in shape so that we can have energy. So yes, it takes energy to have energy and sometimes it’s a struggle. That’s why we use energy-boosting drink mixes to help give us the extra push we need when we don’t get eight hours of sleep, eat a healthy diet, or skip the gym.
Energy-boosting mixed drinks are an easy, safe and effective way to provide natural energy that helps keep users mentally sharp. These drinks may contain caffeine and in some cases, use antioxidants and vitamins like B12 to give an added boost when we’re feeling sluggish.
Whether you’re trying to make it through your daily afternoon office meeting or need some help getting to the gym, these energy-boosting drink mixes will be your favorite secret weapon.
1. Pureboost Clean Energy Drink Mix
For an energy drink that is packed with vitamins and free from sugar, try the Pureboost Clean Energy Drink Mix. Pureboost mixes micronutrients and multivitamins in every pH-balanced serving. Vitamin B12, turmeric, ginger and vitamin C are combined for a natural boost of energy. Keto and vegan-friendly, Pureboost is free from soy, gluten, dairy, sugar, sucralose, artificial flavors and preservatives. The tear and pour individual packs should be mixed with 20 ounces of water and are packed with electrolytes, making them a great option for anyone who needs help hydrating.
Pros: Pureboost uses 100 mg of caffeine from natural green tea energy which means users won’t experience a ‘crash’ in energy.
Cons: Pureboost does cause some initial fizzing when first added to water, so users should leave room for overflow.
2. Zipfizz Healthy Energy Drink Mix
Boost your energy with the Zipfizz Healthy Energy Drink Mix. The vitamin-enhanced sports drink comes with 100 mg of caffeine from green tea, a serving size that is similar to a single cup of coffee. Zipfizz features vitamin B12 and antioxidants, helping to boost energy, mental awareness and reduce stress. The sugar-free mix is packaged in individual tubes and sweetened with Xylitol. Also great for hydration, each serving includes 950 mg of potassium and 100 mg of magnesium.
Pros: Zipfizz is not only great for energy but also helps the body’s natural defense system thanks to its 500 mg of vitamin C and antioxidants, which build up the immune system.
Cons: Zipfizz contains sucralose.
3. CELSIUS Cranberry Lemon On-the-Go Powder Stick Packs
Kickstart your day with the CELSIUS Cranberry Lemon On-the-Go Powder Stick Packs. Each of the individual 14 packs included in one box contains ginger root, which aids with digestion. Vitamins B6 and B12 are also included, as well as vitamin C for a total of seven essential vitamins. Celsius makes its mix available in a variety of flavors including Cranberry Lemon, Coconut, Dragonfruit Lime and Berry and acts as a more refreshing and hydrating alternative to coffee.
Pros: Celsius is free from sugar, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors.
Cons: Celsius contains 200 mg of caffeine, equivalent to two cups of coffee. This is the most of any drink on our list and isn’t appropriate for anyone with a sensitivity to caffeine.
4. Nuun Sport + Caffeine
The Nuun Sport + Caffeine is the most travel-friendly drink mix on our list, with one small tube containing 10 tablets/servings. The Nuun is packed with electrolytes like sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride to provide ample hydration that will keep users going throughout long workdays or workouts at the gym. Free from artificial sweeteners, Nuun is soy and gluten free and is both Kosher and vegan-friendly. The box shown here includes four of Nuun’s most popular flavors including Fresh Lime, Wild Berry, Cherry Limeade, and Mango Orange, giving customers 40 servings in total.
Pros: Nuun only contains 40 mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to 1/3 a cup of coffee. This gives users a jolt of energy without the crash that can come with larger quantities of caffeine. This also makes it a preferred option for those who want to limit caffeine.
Cons: Nuun is not sugar-free and contains 1 gram of sugar.
5. Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy
For an energy drink that can help you keep moving all day, try Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy. The powdered drink includes 5 grams of micronized amino acids in each serving and is free from sugar. Optimum provides instructions on how many scoops users should drink depending on their energy needs. Thanks to the bulk packaging, users can increase or decrease serving sizes of the powder, which also aids in muscle recovery and endurance during workouts.
Pros: Optimum offers nine flavor options including Blueberry Lemonade, Strawberry Burst and Blueberry Mojito.
Cons: Optimum is packaged in one large container and is therefore not as convenient to take on the go. It also contains soy.
6. GU Energy Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Mix
Workout harder and longer using the GU Energy Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Mix. Boosted amino acids help to decrease muscle damage and shorten recovery time while sodium helps to maintain water balance during especially sweaty workouts. Designed for high-intensity training sessions, GU includes 35 mg of caffeine to increase focus and 59 g of carbohydrates that delivers energy with no delay.
Pros: GU also has a grape-flavored caffeine-free option.
Cons: GU Energy comes with a big price tag.
7. Everly Energy
For a healthy energy option, try Everly Energy, which uses organic green coffee bean extract for 120 mg of coffee per serving. Everly includes six B vitamins as well as vegetables, which provide natural food coloring. The Keto-friendly energy drink comes in an easy to pour pouch. We also like that Everly donates part of their proceeds to children with waterborne diseases.
Pros: Everly is naturally sweetened with stevia-leaf extract and organic erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol found in pears and grapes, instead of sugar or aspartame.
Cons: Everly’s packaging is a bit of an issue because it does not come with a scoop like other powders and is not individually packaged in single servings.