HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO COFFEE FOR ENERGY
By Amy Jackson
There’s no question that coffee is one of the world’s most loved beverages. And while there’s nothing wrong the odd cup here and there, too much caffeine on a daily basis can lead to anxiety and insomnia, digestive issues, and even high blood pressure. The good news is, there are lots of healthy alternatives to coffee that you can try out if you’re in the mood for a detox. Switch up your brew game with these three tasty hot drink suggestions!
Matcha tea is one of the best alternatives to coffee to stay awake. Similar to green tea, matcha is packed with healthy vitamins and nutrients, but is actually superior to green tea due to much higher levels of antioxidants. Sipping a cup of this stuff could be just the thing to replace your mid afternoon coffee. Rather than causing post coffee jitters, the caffeine content in matcha makes you more alert while also calming your mind, aiding in concentration and boosting mood. If you’re trying to lose some pounds, drinking Matcha tea regularly is the perfect way to help weight loss, boosting metabolism and helping to burn calories. For those who aren’t so keen on the taste, add honey to sweeten or look for flavoured matcha which have a tasty tropical flavour!
Hot lemon water
From weight loss to detoxification and boosting the immune system, there are so many benefits to drinking lemon water. Lemon water is one of the best healthy alternatives to coffee to drink in the morning as it helps with digestion and gives your body a natural flush, which can in turn lead to brighter and clearer skin – always an added bonus! Many people also use lemon water for weight loss or to maintain a healthy weight. While lemon water doesn’t contain caffeine, the zest from the lemon should be enough to revitalise your senses, and could be a good alternative to coffee to wake you up each morning. It’s also the perfect detox drink for those cutting out coffee and caffeine altogether.
Full of powerful herbs and spices, Chai has been used for centuries in India and is definitely a drink you should consider introducing to your daily routine. The black tea in chai provides a dose of caffeine to wake you up, while also containing antioxidants called polyphenols. The many spices used in chai include ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, which while tasting amazing, also boast a variety of health benefits such as balancing blood sugar and reducing inflammation. You can buy chai in the form of tea bags, or you could even have a go at making your own chai latte for a delicious, creamy treat on those cold mornings!
Want a tasty breakfast to go with your new and improved morning drink? Take a look at our 3 healthy ways to eat chocolate for breakfast.