Wake Me Up! Recipes

A new day has dawned, a to-do list the length of your arm is waiting for you and you have to summon the energy to get out of bed. You finally free yourself from the pull of your pillow, slouch into the kitchen and look around for something - anything - to wake you up.

A simple cup of coffee might have all the caffeine you need, but it’s not exactly interesting or inspiring. Especially not if you have been drinking the same thing for years, rarely rotating between brands or how you make it. It’s just another basic part of breakfast. You need to wake up, starting with your palette - so let’s try a few different ideas and recipes to spice things up. 

Option One: Green Energy Of A Different Kind

The term ‘green energy’ probably brings to mind wind farms and tidal power, but on this occasion, it’s this type of greenery:

Yes, it’s vegetable juicing time. 

Juicing has its merits and its downsides. If possible, try and buy a juicer that doesn’t destroy the fiber in the vegetables. It might create a thicker, chunkier juice than you’d like, but it is many times better for you. 

Place into your juicer:

  • 2 parts celery. A base for any good juice. 
  • 2 parts kale. Vitamin B12 is great for energy and there’s stacks of it in kale. 
  • 1 part apple. Without a fruit, juices can be tart and unpleasant - and they won’t encourage you to want to repeat the exercise. Using an apple adds a touch of sweetness without pure sugar. 
  • Pinches of: turmeric (numerous health benefits), paprika (if that doesn’t wake you up, nothing will) and cinnamon. 
  • A small amount of chia seeds for extra energy. 

Juice it all together and drink it down in one gulp. 

Option Two: So, It’s Got To Be Coffee

Okay, fair enough, if you can’t face liquid vegetables at the start of the day then it seems no one could blame you. 

However, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be relegated to the same old thing. Try shaking up your coffee habits by switching to a brand that offers a richer flavor; with options like Civet coffee and other innovative creators, there’s no reason to be stuck in a rut. 

With a new coffee, you just need to add something special. Here are a few things to try:

  • Brew your coffee with vanilla pods. This works particularly well if you use a French press. Leave it a little longer than you normally would to steep and you’ll have a sweet, all-natural coffee after 10 minutes. 
  • You can also add chia seeds to coffee after it’s been brewed. Leave for five minutes and the seeds will expand, creating a pudding-like consistency. Chia seeds take a little getting used to, but they are a one-way ticket to energy. 

If All Else Fails…

If you desperately need a pick up and don’t have the time to brew anything more interesting, ice cold water will wake you up. You’ll gasp when it hits your throat, but soon you’ll feel the impact. It’s not just good for alertness; drinking water first thing in the morning stimulate digestion and also aids liver function. 

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