Many people rely on energy drinks for a much-needed pick-me-up to power them through the day.
Yet, most popular energy drinks are loaded with added sugar — many even more than soda. Some also harbor artificial colors and sweeteners, which you may prefer to avoid, and pack large amounts of caffeine, which can leave you feeling jittery, anxious, or agitated (1Trusted Source).
Note that both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) consider a daily intake of up to 400 mg of caffeine to be safe (2Trusted Source).
All the same, several brands make healthy, naturally derived energy drinks that give you the boost you crave without the side effects.
The energy drinks in this list contain:
- 0 grams of added sugar
- no artificial sweeteners or colors
- less than 200 mg of caffeine per serving
Here are 10 of the best natural energy drinks.
A note on price
General price ranges are indicated below with dollar signs ($ to $$$). One dollar sign means the product is rather affordable, whereas three dollar signs indicate a higher cost.
Generally, prices range from $0.22–$1.75 per serving, or $14.95–$54.00 per package, though this may vary depending on where you shop.
Serving size varies. Seven of the products below are beverages, while three are powders.
- $ = under $0.25 per serving
- $$ = $0.25–$1.00 per serving
- $$$ = over $1.00 per serving
1. Sound Sparkling Organic Yerba Maté with Citrus and Hibiscus
Sound makes refreshing beverages that are naturally sweetened with botanical extracts.
Although not advertised as an energy drink, its Sparkling Organic Yerba Maté contains 70 mg of caffeine from yerba maté, white tea, and green tea that’s sure to give you an energy boost.
Yerba maté tea is made from the leaves of Ilex paraguariensis, a tree native to South America. It’s a concentrated source of caffeine.
Sound’s beverage is flavored with extracts of hibiscus, lemon, and lime, which lend a delightful citrusy taste without any added sugar.
Each 12-ounce (355-mL) bottle provides (3):
- Calories: 0
- Caffeine: 70 mg
2. MatchaBar Hustle Matcha Energy (Sparkling Mint)
Matcha is a powdered green tea packed with an array of powerful antioxidants, including flavonoids, flavonols, and phenolic acids, which constitute up to 30% of the dry mass of matcha (4Trusted Source).
MatchaBar Hustle Matcha Energy is made with ceremonial-grade matcha — a high quality version with a delicate taste. Plus, it’s naturally flavored with monk fruit, as well as extracts from lemon, lime, elderberry, and spearmint.
Keep in mind that the mint and lemon-lime flavors have only 5 calories each and no added sugar, but the peach and berry flavors have 40 calories each and small amounts of sugar.
Each 12-ounce (355-mL) bottle provides (7):
- Calories: 5
- Caffeine: 120 mg
3. Vital Proteins Collagen Energy Shots
Vital Proteins Collagen Energy Shots provide a concentrated dose of caffeine derived from coffee fruit extract.
Moreover, these products are low in calories and pack 7 grams of protein each. They’re naturally flavored with grapefruit and lemon juices.
Each 3-ounce (89-mL) bottle provides (9):
- Calories: 40
- Caffeine: 90 mg
- Protein: 7
4. Mati Unsweetened Sparkling Organic Energy Drink (Unsweetened)
Mati Sparkling Organic Energy Drink is made with brewed guayusa tea.
Guayusa tea contains caffeine, as well as phenolic antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties (10Trusted Source).
This product is flavored with less than 1% fruit juice. Just make sure you buy the unsweetened version, as Mati also offers a sweetened variety.
Each 12-ounce (355-mL) bottle provides (11):
- Calories: 0
- Caffeine: 115 mg
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5. Toro Matcha Sparkling Ginger
Toro Matcha Sparkling Ginger drink is packed with flavor from organic lemon and ginger juices, plus organic Japanese matcha.
It supplies 60 mg of caffeine per can — enough to give you a gentle shot of energy. This drink is a good choice for people who are sensitive to highly caffeinated beverages, as it contains less than a regular cup of coffee (12Trusted Source).
Each 12-ounce (355-mL) bottle provides (13):
- Calories: 10
- Caffeine: 60 mg
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