High Performance Elixir Recipes

By Corbin Links

Get Your Performance On!

One of my top questions goes a little something like this…

…”Corbin, how can I boost my energy, business, performance, and concentration in a healthy, non-junky-store-bought way?”

My best answer is to pack in at least one performance elixir per day. No fillers, chemicals, dyes, or drugs. Just good ol’ nutrition!

The recipes below are copyrighted, and taken as excerpts from our paid coaching packages. The full list is in the dozens, but I’ll share a few of my favorites below. No excuses now, get with it!

Spiced Golden Cafe

A creamy warm-spiced cafe that’s perfect for mornings or anytime you want exotic nourishment. Gold flax seed oil and super-herb turmeric add depth, richness, and golden hues. A delicious drink for a thirsty mind and discriminating palate.

  • 2 cups freshly-brewed coffee
  • 1/2cup cashews (unsoaked)
  • 1/2–1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2–1 tsp ground turmeric (to taste)
  • 1/4tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cayenne *or* ground paprika
  • 1 tsp vanilla *or* vanilla-flavored stevia to taste
  • 2 Tbsp gold flax seed oil *or* virgin coconut oil
  • 1–2 Tbsp coconut/palm sugar *or* other natural sweetener to taste
  • healthy pinch of sea salt
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend on high-speed until very smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.
  4. Yields about 2 1/2 cups.

Turmeric is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic agent.

Turmeric is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, fiber, vitamin B6, iron, potassium and manganese.

Turmeric has long been used to relieve stomach aches; using it four times daily will soothe indigestion.

Turmeric contains curcumin which can relieve or delay the liver damage that leads to cirrhosis.


Halva Bee Java

The best way to describe the flavor of this robust and tasty warm brew is coffee with a hint of halva flavor. Halva derives its name from the Arabic word for “sweet” and is one of the most popular treats in the world. The commonly used main ingredient in halva is tahini or sesame seed butter. Surprisingly sesame seed butter can act like a creamer, adding distinct aura and body to this beverage. Toss in a pinch of cinnamon, coconut oil, honey and bee pollen, and you’re in the superfood coffee zone; conducive for mindful performance and adventurous palates.

For sweeteners I alternate between honey for a more traditional bent and maple syrup for an alluring departure. However, feel free to use any sweetener you wish

  • 2 cups freshly-brewed coffee
  • 1–2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1/8–1/4tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp bee pollen
  • 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil *or* gold flax seed oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla *or vanilla-flavored stevia to taste
  • 1 Tbsp honey *or* maple syrup or other natural sweetener to taste
  • pinch of sea salt
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend on high-speed until very smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.
  4. Yields about 2 1/2 cups.

Sesame seeds contain a wide range of nutrients including copper. Copper is a trace mineral that helps build strong tissue, maintains blood volume, and produces energy in your cells. Copper is also needed to manufacture collagen, the essential protein that keeps your skin taut and your body limber. Plant foods are the best source of copper with sesame seeds being at the top of the list. Sesame seeds are also a good alkaline source of calcium and zinc which support bone health and brain function.

The calcium content in unhulled sesame seeds is little higher and in a different form than that of hulled sesame seeds. It’s questionable, however, which form is more bioavailable and/or beneficial.


Chili Brasil Espresso

A mix of intense flavors creates this delicious and exuberant warm drink. Sweet, creamy, spicy, and rich; perfect for the wanderlust in your soul.

  • 2 shots espresso
  • 2 cups Brazil nut milk or other nut milk of choice
  • 2 -3 Tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/4–1/2 tsp paprika or cayenne or dried chili flakes
  • 1/2–1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 virgin coconut oil (optional)
  • 1–2 Tbsp honey or stevia or other sweetener of choice to taste
  • 1/4–1/2 tsp sea salt to taste
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend until very warm and frothy. This may take a minute or two.
  3. Serve immediately.
  4. Yields about 2 1/4 cups.

Cacao is an exotic superfood which grows in many regions of the Amazon basin, South America, and Central America. It has a pod or husk, which contains a sweet pulp inside, and the cacao beans are encased in the pulp. A common misconception is that cacao is a major source of caffeine. In fact, it has very, very little. What it does contain is a distant relative of caffeine called theobromine. Theobromine is an alkaloid found in small amounts in cacao, but doesn’t stimulate the system in the same manner as caffeine does. Besides the slightly “upbeat” feeling it provides, theobromine is also said to be a cavity-fighting anti-bacterial agent.


Iced Almond Sesame Mocha

Deep flavorful lower-glycemic beverage that can be served over ice cubes or on its own. Sesame is mellowed between layers of chocolate, almond, and coffee producing a rich and nutrient-dense flavor treat.

I use only plain stevia for added sweetness however, feel free to sweeten as desired.
This is two-part recipe that includes how to make the Sesame Seed Milk needed as the base

  • 2 cups *Sesame Seed Milk* (see recipe below)
  • 3 Tbsp blanched or white almond butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 2 tsp leftover coffee grounds *or* ground coffee *or* espresso
  • 2 tsp sunflower lecithin (optional, but highly recommended)
  • stevia or other light sweeteners to taste
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ice cubes for serving glass(es)
  1. Add all ingredients (except serving ice cubes) to a blender.
  2. Blend until very smooth.
  3. Serve immediately over ice cubes in serving glass(es).
  4. Yields about 2 cups.

Sesame Seed Milk

A unique delicacy among milk, Sesame Seed Milk is a breeze to make since no soaking is required. Delicious in beverages, cooked cereals, savory dishes, desserts and anywhere you want fabulous sesame flavor. I used white or hulled sesame seeds to make this milk.

Because sesame seeds are so small the pulp from the milk is very fine which makes it a little more difficult to strain. I use a very fine sieve rather than a nut milk bag and gently move the pulp around with a spatula while straining (being careful not to press the pulp into the sieve). You can opt out of straining and simply blend a little longer until the consistency is almost smooth or as smooth as you can get it. Either way your milk will be a delicious addition to this beverage.

  • 4 cups water
  • 1cup white or hulled sesame seeds
  1. Add ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend on high-speed until very warm (but not hot) and fairly smooth.
  3. Strain or use immediately.
  4. Can be stored refrigerated up to 5 days.
  5. Yields about 4 cups.

Sunflower lecithin is a naturally occurring plant fat that’s extracted from sunflower seeds. Unlike other types of lecithin, it doesn’t require potentially damaging solvents such as acetone or hexane to process.

Sunflower lecithin is rich in Phosphatidylcholine (PC), Phosphatidylinositol (PI), Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid), which are considered beneficial to the brain and nervous system. It plays a vital role in building brain cells and improving cardiovascular function.

Sunflower lecithin is a great source of choline–necessary for every cell in the body as it’sone of the main components of cell membrane.


Destiny Greens Smoothie

Delicious lower-glycemic greens-rich shake. I add a touch of plain stevia for extra sweetness. Rich, creamy and potent.

  • 2 Tbsp mashed avocado
  • 1/2 cup spinach leaves or other chopped leafy greens
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley or cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 medium-sized cucumber (about 1/2 cup chopped)
  • Few leaves of fresh sage or tarragon (optional but highly recommended)
  • Small handful of sprouts of choice(optional)
  • 1 1/2 medium-sized frozen bananas, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • stevia or other natural sweetener to taste
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  1. Add all ingredients except frozen banana and ice cubes to a blender.
  2. Blend on high-speed until thick and smooth.
  3. Add frozen banana and ice cubes and blend again until creamy and frosty.
  4. Serve immediately.
  5. Yields about 3 1/2 cups

Spinach is a member of the goose-foot family, which makes it a relative to beets and chard.

Spinach leaves are both a mild diuretic and a mild laxative.

Spinach is best eaten fresh. It loses nutritional properties with each passing day.

Spinach eases constipation and protects the mucous lining of the stomach which helps eliminate and prevent ulcers.

Spinach contains a compound called oxalic acid which blocks the absorption of calcium and iron. However, you can reduce the oxalic acid simply by steaming for at least two minutes or combining with a good source of vitamin C (as in this recipe).

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Corbin Links -- Health Nut, Nutritionist, Tech Warrior, Business IT Strategist and Consultant, Author, Podcaster, Blogger, and Other Duties as Required.

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