Energy Drinks, Put That Redbull Down

Need a little lift but don’t want to be buzzing at bedtime? Before you knock back a commercial energy drink with all that sugar, caffeine, taurine and heck knows what else, consider kicking back with an anti-energy drink, designed with the opposite purpose. “In a stressed-out world full of uppers and stimulants, more energy isn’t always the answer,” relays CEO/Co-founder of KAIVAI Doug Quezada. Discovering the benefits of drinking kava led their team to create a popular version. Often considered gritty and bitter, KAIVAI makes kava much more palatable, adding ingredients like hibiscus, cinnamon and monk fruit. Forego the bull. And chill.

KOMBUCHA: Kombucha is fermented tea + sugars + SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) bacteria resulting in a slightly sweet, vinegary carbonated beverage. We like: Han’s Kombucha, available at multiple locations:  Liberty Fresh, Hello!Bulk Markets, Animalia

KAVA ROOT: Kava root extract comes from a Pacific islands shrub. Its extract produces a non-alcoholic, non-addictive drink said to improve mood and ease anxiety by upping feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. We like: Kaivai. Found at: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dans.

MATCHA: A stone-ground Japanese green tea that has 137 times more antioxidants, the amino acid L-theanine (known to enhance mood in a good way) and caffeine (works with L-theanine for added focus and stress reduction)—take that!
We like: Brass Smoothies: The Guru: Matcha, Avocado, Banana, Dates, Spinach, Coconut Water/Manna.

Jen Hill
Jen Hill
Former Salt Lake Magazine Associate Editor Jen Hill is a SLC transplant from Bloomington, Ind. As a blogger and feature writer, Jen follows the pulse of the community with interests in urban agriculture, business, fitness & beauty and anything that allows her to get out of the office and into the mountains.

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