After all, even endless hours of Zoom calls still require a high level of attention, focus, and energy.
While water is always a great option to stay hydrated and energized, sometimes you need a bit more oomph—maybe a little jolt of caffeine, possibly some nutritionally dense calories—to keep your muscles and your brain fueled for whatever comes next, be it an all-day webinar or workout session.
Whatever you’re choosing to stay hydrated with, just make sure you’re first staying hydrated.
“It is important to keep hydrated for health,” says Stella Volpe, Ph.D., R.D., a nutrition professor at Virginia Tech. “Even if you are working in front of a computer, you still need to stay hydrated.”
Remember, too, when you think abut hydration and energy, “research supports adequate hydration is for both optimal cognitive and physical performance, with just a 2% fluid loss being linked to difficulty concentrating, says sports dietitian Kelly Jones, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., of Kelly Jones Nutrition.
Even minor dehydration can affect physical and cognitive performance, as well as your overall health. If you think of your body as a pool of water that your cells swim around in, you want an abundance of fluid for them to operate.
Dehydration reduces the amount of fluid circulating in your bloodstream. This means that your cells have a tougher time doing their jobs and that can affect larger systems within your body. Your heart may have to work harder, which limits your body’s ability to cool itself, which prematurely fatigues your muscles. And then, boom, you have no energy.
These six drinks have helped me fuel my performance, whether that means inside the gym, on the tennis courts, or just endless hours of zoom calls. Hopefully they’ll give you a boost too.
Chocolate 26G Protein Shake
While I’m partial to chocolate, it comes in a variety of flavors depending on your preference. And while it tastes best when chilled, it’s super convenient in that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated until opened, making it great for a road trip, your gym bag or anywhere else a fridge might not quite be an option.
Kombucha + Energy
Fermented foods, like kombucha, and many others, can help feed those healthy gut bacteria that are crucial for health, immunity, regularity and, really, everything.
Health-Ade kicked it up a notch and added guarana, a source of caffeine, in their PLUS energy ‘buch, to give you that pick you up you may need. With 120 mg of caffeine per bottle, that’s just a tad more than a traditional cup of coffee (which rings in around 100 mg of caffeine).
Siggi’s Strawberry Whole Milk Yogurt Drink
This was close to the start of a brand called Siggi’s, named after the founder, who is Icelandic and had moved to the U.S. to bring their quality yogurt to this country. At the time my colleagues in Iceland told me I had to look for this particular brand because he was making yogurt authentically.
Fast forward to today and the brand is now mainstream and offering not just incredible yogurts, but a variety of products, including this drinkable yogurt that’s tasty, rich in probiotics, and offers high quality protein with very little sugar.
It’s a perfect complement to a meal or even as a snack between meals that offers just enough energy to satisfy without leaving you uncomfortably full.
*Disclaimer: Chris Mohr was once a spokesperson for NOW foods, but he is no longer under contract.
Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane
And, no, you won’t be thinking you’re drinking powdered mushrooms; in fact, once you take a sip, you’ll forget that there’s even mushroom in the name.
This product, contains 50 mg of caffeine for a nice, soothing amount of energy that can give you that little extra edge when needed.
Add in the benefits of collagen peptides (from bovine hide) and we’ve got a winner, winner err… bovine dinner. The convenience of the travel packs makes it that much easier and always makes my “must have” bag when I travel. This product also comes in a canister, which is good for when at home and looking for a nice, warm beverage as the temps drop.
Chris Mohr, PhD, RD
Chris Mohr, PhD, RD is the co-owner of Mohr Results, Inc (MohrResults.com) a well-being consulting company
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