We’ve all had those mornings where we think ‘I need a cup of coffee just to make some coffee’. Whether you’re a new parent, studying for a final exam, or had an exceptionally great night out. We’ve all experienced the coffee crash, fatigue, and probably the coffee jitters. Although some studies have shown that there are health benefits to coffee, we always recommend trying some a coffee alternative. You might be surprised how great you feel!
While coffee is a wonderful option for improving energy and productivity, there are known consequences of consuming coffee on a regular basis. Anxiety, stress, insomnia are common side effects of coffee.
Although it affects individuals differently, there are many great coffee alternatives that provide essential health-boosting nutrients. Here are 10 alternatives for your morning coffee that will support your health and keep you energized throughout the day.
1. Green Tea
If you read our article ’20 Reasons to Drink Green Tea Every Day’, you know that we’re big fans of green tea. Every cup of green tea has contains an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients that aid in weight loss, lowered cholesterol and the reduced risk of diseases like heart disease and cancer. Considering these amazing benefits, is there any reason you’re not drinking green tea?
Matcha is another fantastic coffee alternative for anyone needing a caffeine boost but attempting to reduce their coffee intake. Matcha is also packed with numerous vitamins and minerals that further support your weight loss and health goals. Plus there are a variety of different ways to consume matcha, including, matcha cheesecake and cookies!
3. Protein Shake
What we love about morning shakes is the endless combinations, flavours, and ingredients that nourish your body before starting your day. Protein shakes are proven to be particularly effective after a workout so if you’re heading to morning bootcamp, a protein shake is a perfect way to fuel your body!
4. Fresh Juice
Not only are fresh juices a great way to get your daily vitamins and minerals, fresh press juice has also been shown to improve your skin, balance your sugar levels, and reduce inflammation. Fresh juice (like apple juice) is also filled with digestive enzymes. Lower your risk of diabetes with the addition of some leafy greenss.
5.Barley Wheat Grass Juice
Adding a shot of wheat grass or wheat grass powder to your morning drink has many incredible mind and body-boosting benefits. Dense micronutrients found in barley wheatgrass work to fight inflammation and disease, improve your gut health, and support a strong muscular and nervous system. It’s even proven to be an effective anti-cancer agent.
6. Infused Water
When it comes to getting enough water, we don’t even have enough space on our entire website to talk about how vital water is to supporting every cell in our body! There is no better way to start your day than by hydrating yourself, waking up your metabolism, and preparing your body for breakfast. Infusing your water with healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs invigorates your taste buds while providing you an extra dose of vitamins and minerals. May we recommend lemon and mint or strawberry ginger as a coffee alternative!
7. Lemonade with Turmeric and Apple Cider Vinegar
If there is such a thing as a ‘super drink’, then a lemonade with turmeric and apple cider vinegar would be it. Lemons provide a boost of vitamin C, helping your body manufacture collagen, while decreasing your risk of developing a variety of diseases.
8. Homemade Electrolyte Drinks
You’ve likely been told to drink something with electrolytes when you’ve been ill, hungover, or after a long workout. It is good advice to be aware of your electrolye intake considering they are positively charged minerals that keep our organs functioning properly! We lose electrolytes as sweat, exercise, or when we’re dehydrated.
If we do not replenish our depleted electrolytes stores, it can lead to cramps, fatigue, or other serious conditions. However, replenishing them isn’t as difficult as you think. The most common electrolytes found in our bodies are calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphate, chloride, and magnesium. Incorporating natural fruits, vegetables, and electrolyte powders into meals and drinks is effortless and essential for any high-energy lifestyle.
9. Maca Latte
We love maca and we’re not afraid to talk about it! This superfood has impressive health benefits and practically no downsides. Making a maca latte in the morning (we love this one!) will give you a natural yet powerful boost of energy, strengthen your bones, and could even improve your love life!
10. Reishi Mushroom Tea
Reishi mushroom tea is a great coffee alternative. The nutrient properties in Reishi detoxifies your liver, regulates your immune system, fights disease, supports a healthy heart, and alleviates allergies. Plus you can add it to your regular tea or have it on its own in hot water.
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