Stuck In The Afternoon Slump? Try This Energy-Boosting Tonic

mbg Contributor By Caroline Muggia
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Caroline Muggia is a writer, environmental advocate, and registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) with a B.A. in Environmental Studies & Psychology from Middlebury College.

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We all know the feeling of wanting an energy boost after the 3 p.m. slump rolls in. While it can be tempting to reach for another coffee or a sugary snack, there are plenty of healthier ways to get a little pick-me-up without the crash. It comes down to finding those naturally uplifting ingredients.

Honey is an excellent option as it's a natural source of energy and could even help satisfy your craving for sweets. This tonic from The Honey Companion by Suzy Scherr is made with coconut water to help you hydrate and salt, which is a natural electrolyte. The hints of raw honey, lime, and lemon contribute to the refreshing citrusy and sweet taste.

Whether you sit at a desk all day or are an athlete, this tonic will restore your energy levels without the ups and downs. It takes only a few minutes to make, and chances are you already have some of these ingredients on hand. If you're planning ahead, make sure to blend this up and put it in a jar in the fridge for up to three days. This way you already know what to reach for when you start to feel the afternoon blues.

Energy-Boosting Tonic

Serves 2


  • 2 cups coconut water
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey


  1. Combine the coconut water, lime and lemon juice, salt, and honey in a blender. Blend until the honey dissolves.
  2. Drink immediately, or store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Based on excerpts from The Honey Companion by Suzy Scherr with the permission of The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton & Company. Copyright © 2019.

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