Tips and tricks Stay hydrated and energized on the road

Staying hydrated is key to keeping alert on the road. Drinking water can become monotonous, and drinking branded energy drinks is expensive and not necessarily good for our bodies considering how much caffeine and sugar they might contain. For all the UD truck drivers, we prepared some quick and easy recipes for your homemade energy drinks that you can enjoy at home or on the road.

Luscious Lemon

  • Slices of lemon or lime
  • 500 ml hot or cold water
  • Pinch of cayenne for a fiery version

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Lemon takes the dreary out of plain water, plus it helps balance your body’s pH, helping it from getting too acidic. Cayenne pepper will give your body an energy boost as well as keeping your blood circulating.


Apple Cider Balancer

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (preferably organic)
  • Honey, maple syrup or Stevia to taste
  • Optional – add slices of fruit for flavor: apple, pear, peach etc.
  • 500 ml cold water

Mix all ingredients in a sports or recycled plastic bottle.

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  For centuries, cider has been consumed to help maintain the body’s pH balance. It also helps regulate blood sugar, improves heart health and lowers blood pressure.


Peppery Pick-me-up


  • 2 cms fresh ginger (sliced or grated)
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Pinch of ground cardamom
  • 1-2 teaspoons of honey, maple syrup or Stevia to taste
  • 500 ml hot water
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Ginger has loads of medicinal properties. It aids digestion, speeds up metabolism, increases circulation and prevents nausea - to mention a few. Paired with turmeric and cardamom, this mixture makes a great spicy pick-me-up.


Green Cheer 


  • Green tea leaves or a green tea bag
  • 500 ml hot water
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons of honey, maple syrup or Stevia to taste
  • Brew the green tea, remove leaves or bag and stir in chia seeds and sweetener.
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Chia seeds are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants and when soaked absorb water to provide a nutritious, healthy snack.


Cucumber Cooler

For those hot, hot days, prepare and refrigerate a cool cucumber drink before you leave home. The humble cucumber is packed with vitamins and minerals, helps rehydration, lowers blood pressure and curbs your appetite. Pair it with different herbs to give your cooler a tasty twist.

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Cucumber, lemon and mint

· Half a peeled cucumber, sliced or cubed
· Handful of fresh mint leaves
· A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
· 500 ml cold water
· Crushed ice or refrigerate before leaving home


Cucumber herb-infused water

· Add basil, rosemary or mint to your cucumber water for a tasty, vitamin-packed flavor boost