EatingWell Energy Drink

July/August 2013

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Here’s a refreshing lemony energy drink recipe to give you a caffeine energy boost when you don’t want coffee. It’s a double-strength brew of green tea plus yerba maté and delivers about 135 mg caffeine plus antioxidants. Compared with store-bought energy drinks, this homemade energy drink recipe saves about 150 calories and has less than half the sugar. Add an extra-fresh taste by garnishing the rim with chopped mint. Yerba maté is a tea made from the leaves of a South American tree. Look for it with other tea in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or natural-foods stores.

EatingWell Energy Drink

Makes: 1 1/2 cups for 1 serving

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

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  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 1 yerba maté tea bag
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons agave, honey or sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Chopped fresh mint (optional)


  1. Put boiling water in a heatproof measuring cup. Add green tea and yerba maté and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, squeezing the excess liquid into the cup before discarding. Stir in sweetener and lemon juice. Add 6 ice cubes and stir until they are melted and the drink is cold. If desired, wet the rim of your serving glass and coat with chopped mint. Add more ice to the glass and pour in the energy drink.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.


Per serving: 97 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 24 g added sugars; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 11 mg sodium; 95 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value), Vitamin A (17% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 other carbohydrate

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Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Health & Diet Considerations
Gluten free
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
15 minutes or less
July/August 2013
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