November 16th, 2007 · No Comments

Lately it seems that there has been a rise in the amount of energy drinks promising to give you super-human strength to study, party, or skateboard all night. More sophisticated consumers, however, aren’t buying into the hyped up marketing and packaging.

Energy drinks do allow me to align every spoke on every wheel in the neighborhood, but after five hours of that I feel exhaustion that I otherwise wouldn’t feel,” says avid bike-rider Bernice Undergar. “Also, the packaging is deceitful and wasteful. I’d love it if there was an eco-friendly, locally produced, self-aware, sustainable energy drink.”

Well, friends, there are alternatives that are local, so local you don’t even need to leave home after you’ve returned from your bike ride to the local co-op and/or CSA plot. Here are some easy recipes that should give an equal amount of energy without the waste or “wasted” feeling that energy drinks produce.

Conscience Soothing Smoothie:
2 cups berries of choice
1 banana
1 or 2 icicles from eavesdrops (if summer, omit)
¼ cup blue-green algae
¼ cup hay

Blend with your built-in food processor, your teeth! Serve in canning jars and for a little flair, garnish with yarn…yarnish!

Solar Power Bars:
4 cups stone ground wheat
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup proverbial seeds
½ cup steamed spinach (if you have a dog, let it pant on the spinach)
½ cup “dog hydrated” broccoli

Mix with honey, shape into pieces slightly under serving size to remind people not to waste, and enjoy!

Tags: AP Issues · Kate Kennedy · October/November 2007

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