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This 2-Ingredient Energy Drink Uses Pantry Staples To Basically Turn You Into Superwoman

Liz Moody
October 16, 2018
Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor
By Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor
Liz Moody is a food editor, recipe developer and green smoothie enthusiast. She received her creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody is the author of two cookbooks: Healthier Together and Glow Pops and the host of the Healthier Together podcast.
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October 16, 2018

If you've been stockpiling honey for hot toddies and natural cough suppressants to get you through the winter, you're in luck—there's much more you can do with the miracle liquid. "Honey has been used as a food, medicine, and more by cultures all over the world for at least the last 8,000 years," writes Hannah Coughlin in her new book, The Goodness of Honey. It's antibacterial, antiviral, and a potent inflammation fighter—plus, according to Coughlin, it's the perfect base for an instant healthy energy drink.

She explains, "Honey can provide energy within seven minutes, according to research on athletes. It also provides a slow-burn effect that produces great stamina and endurance. The free fructose and glucose sugars in honey restore brain activity constantly, thus reducing or eliminating fatigue at times of our greatest physical and mental need." She recommends using the drink to kick-start your morning routine or to stave off an afternoon slump.

Instant Energy Drink

Serves 4


  • 8 cups water
  • ⅔ cup unprocessed honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 to 2 lemons


  1. Pour the water into a large saucepan. Add the honey and salt and simmer over a medium heat until both are dissolved. Then add the lemon juice and stir to combine.
  2. Leave to cool, then transfer to the fridge to chill for 2 to 3 hours before drinking.

Based on excerpts from The Goodness of Honey by Hannah Coughlin, with the permission of Kyle Books. Copyright © 2018.

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Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor

Liz Moody is an author, blogger and recipe developer living in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody has written two cookbooks: Healthier Together: Recipes for Two—Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships and Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best. She also hosts the Healthier Together Podcast, where she chats with notable chefs, nutritionists, and best-selling authors about their paths to success. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Food & Wine & Women’s Health.